Surrey Walking Club Christmas Cup 5km, Selsdon 10th Dec 11
The third of this seasons promotions by Surrey Walking Club was the Christmas Cup a lighthearted handicap event over 5km. The festive season brought out the usual Christmas hats etc. by some of the more adventurous while the rest raced as competitively as ever. The field of 32 for what was once a small Club race, but now attracts many visitors, was a record for the event and the weather, while not warm, was pleasant enough. SWCs home course is not easy with two sharp short hills and one long slightly up-hill drag and most were slower than the previous week at Bexley. The Club members were particularly pleased to see Lyn Atterbury over from Poland and taking the Cup for a handicap victory with a fast time 15 seconds ahead of Shaun Lightman. SWC had the winner, Mark Easton, after a tight contest with Portuguese international, Francisco Reis competing for Ilford. SWC itself had 16 out again a record for recent times with several not seen for a while. Joining Lyn in the handicap frame were Mark Easton and Kevin Burnett in third all performing well.

Results:
Men (SWC hcpin brackets):
1(2). M.Easton (Sy WC M45) 24 min 6 sec; 2. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 24 min 15 sec; 3. S.Uttley (Ilf M50) 26 min 8 sec; 4. S.Allen (Barn M55) 26 min 44 sec; 5. G.Thomas (Ton U17B) 28 min 32 sec; 6. R.Elmsley (Steyn M55) 29 min 5 sec; 7(1). L.Atterbury (Sy WC M60) 29 min 24 sec; 8(5). S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 29 min 39 sec; 9. R.Penfold (Steyn M70) 30 min 6 sec; 10. L.Legon (Bexley U15B) 30 min 32 sec; 11(12). M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 30 min 38 sec; 12(7). P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 31 min 0 sec; 13(5). I.Statter (Sy WC M50) 31 min 9 sec; 14(10). P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 30 min 30 sec; 15. C.Lawton (Belg M60) 30 min 40 sec; 16(16). C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 32 min 12 sec; 17(4). D.Delaney (Sy WC M65) 33 min 25 sec; 18(15). D.Crane (Sy WC) 34 min 2 sec; 19(14). P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 34 min 5 sec; 20(8). A.Statter (Sy WC U17B) 34 min 23 sec; 21(13). D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 34 min 38 sec; 22. D.Sutcliffe (Bed H M75) 37 min 10 sec; 23. B.Hercock (E&H M75) 38 min 8 sec; 24. M.Barnbrook (Ilf M65) 38 min 40 sec; 25(3). K.Burnett (Sy WC M70) 39 min 12 sec; 26. D.Ainsworth (IIf M60) 39 min 48 sec; 27(9). B.Imber (Sy WC M65) 41 min 23 sec.

Women:
1. H.Middleton (E&H W45) 28 min 35 sec; 2. C.Cotterill (Ton U20W) 31 min 19 sec; 3. A.Martin (Unatt W40) 34 min 7 sec; 4. G.Legon (Bexley W50) 36 min 58 sec; 5(11). K.Crilley (Sy WC W60) 37 min 15 sec.

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