Surrey Walking Club Gazette Cup 4 miles, Selsdon 15th Oct 11
Surrey Walking Club’s first Club race of the new season was welcomed by pleasantly warm sunshine on their home course in Selsdon on the edge of the countryside. The winner for the not so unlucky 13th times was Mark Easton in a time well inside 8 minute pace. The wins stretch back to 1985 when this short course enabled the young man to beat his more experienced clubmates. This time he was still in front of some of today’s group of similarly aged young walkers among the visitors who made up exactly half of the field of 22. Among the other Club members the handicap winner who was judged to have had best performance was Dave Delaney who returned to the sport recently after a break of over 20 years and is still coming back to his current unknown potential. He formed one of a group of 7 Surrey members occupying consecutive positions in the middle of the list also including father and son Peter and Stephen Crane who finished within a few seconds of each other. Nearly a third of the field were women as the sport seems to be recently attracting more of this half of the population trying to get fitter and this race included several such relative newcomers. Towards the back of this group was Shaun Lightman, not up to his racing best, while in Leicester his daughter and second claim SWC member, Sarah managed 6th in the Leicester 7 miles in 1 hr 22 min 8 sec..

1(4). M.Easton (Sy WC M45) 31 min 34 sec; 2. S.Uttley (Ilf M50) 33 min 20 sec; 3. D.Bradley (Ton W50) 36 min 39 sec; 4. B.Parsons (Ton U20M) 37 min 52 sec; 5. H.Middleton (E&H W45) 38 min 4 sec; 6. G.Thomas (Ton U17B) 38 min 32 sec; 7. D.Sharpe (Ilf M55) 39 min 24 sec; 8(3). I.Statter (Sy WC M50) 39 min 34 sec; 9. S.Pender (E&H M55) 26 min 12 sec; 10(8). P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 40 min 57 sec; 11(7). C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 41 min 6 sec; 12(10). S.Crane (Sy WC) 43 min 13 sec; 13(5). P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 43 min 18 sec; 14(1). D.Delaney (Sy WC M65) 43 min 18 sec; 15(11). S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 44 min 21 sec; 16(6). D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 44 min 21 sec; 17. A.Martin (Padd Wood W40) 45 min 4 sec; 18. G.Legon (Bexley W50) 47 min 27 sec; 19(9). K.Crilley (Sy WC W60) 47 min 38 sec; 20. B.Hercock (E&H M70) 47 min 58 sec; 21. K.Livermore (E&H M75) 53 min 48 sec; 22(2). P.Ficken (Sy WC W70) 53 min 48 sec.

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