Steyning AC 15km, Steyning 15th Jan 11
This annual fixture was due to be held two weeks later but the organisers had been asked to advance it due to a clash with a special event on the usual date. However the off-putting weather may have caused them to regret the change. As it happens the cold winds and light rain generally prevalent disappeared during the race and a reduced band set off down the High Street quite comfortably into the country lanes that make up this course. The fact that the numbers were low disguises the quality of the field as the first two home were twin, current internationals who came over from Colchester while the third placer was local but an outstanding M60 almost holding the leaders until half-way. Almost 10, often hilly, miles was no picnic but Surrey Walking Club’s first home, second claim Chris Flint, managed a quite excellent time. While Peter Hannell struggled our third finisher, newcomer Iain Thomson, showed both his speed and his long distance training to finish less than two minutes behind Hannell. The early darkening of the sky made all very grateful for the usual welcome at the Steyning Clubhouse afterwards.

1. Dan King (Col H) 1 hr 7 min 10 sec; 2. Dom King (Col H) 1 hr 7 min 10 sec; 3. I.Richards (Steyn M60) 1 hr 8 min 41 sec; 4. C.Flint (Lon V/Sy WC M65) 1 hr 33 min 47 sec; 5. P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 39 min 23 sec; 6. I.Thomson (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 41 min 33 sec.

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