Downham Market 10 - 30km Races   17th Apr 11
A new promotion offering 10, 20 or 30km was held on a 2.5km loop in a quiet residential area of the pleasant country town of Downham Market. A field of about 30 appeared from a large radius on a very pleasant Sunday morning although the sun was a little too hot early on. This was not a flat course despite the general impression of the flat fenlands. Four Surrey Walking Club members made the trip to East Anglia and two bronzes resulted although competition in the 10km which included Peter Hannell was much thinner. The strongest competition, including the rest of the SWC entries, was in the longest distance with 12 tiring laps with frequent corners on top of minor inclines. Paul King started strongly but within his limits with Chris Flint just behind. Chris had a disappointing race and fell 5 minutes behind by the finish while Paul continued his pace to pass several of those ahead and claim 3rd in a good time. Iain Thomson started steadily being unsure of his form over the distance but continued, with no great problem, to complete the distance in a fair time which can probably be improved with greater experience. Altogether it was a very friendly event which was very well organized.

10 km:
1. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 53 min 39 sec; 2. A.Ellam (E&H M50) 1 hr 2 min 22 sec; 3. P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 4 min 29 sec.

1. J.Hall (Belg M60) 1 hr 59 min 50 sec; 2. A.Thomson (E&H M70) 2 hr 4 min 40 sec; 3. H.Middleton (E&H W45) 2 hr 4 min 43 sec. (no SWC)

1. S.Allen (Barn M50) 3 hr 15 min 52 sec; 2. M.Fisher (Redc M45) 3 hr 15 min 52 sec; 3. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 3 hr 23 min 50 sec; 6. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 3 hr 28 min 25 sec; 8. I.Thomson (Sy WC M60) 3 hr 36 min 39 sec.

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