Vets AC 5 miles, Battersea Park  19th Apr 11
A warm Tuesday evening saw the first of the 2011 Veterans AC 5 mile road series including 10 Surrey Walking Club members in field of 14. Three or four other SWC regulars were missing so this was an excellent turnout with Mick Harran up in 3rd place. The best performances came from Peter Crane and Dave Delaney although Dave finished clearly behind Peter on this occasion. As this race was only two days after a hard 30km for Paul King and Chris Flint, it was unsurprising that their times were a little down for this race. As the Surrey Walking Club 100 miles at Lingfield is not too far away in early July several, including Paul and Chris, are putting in the training miles as well as taking part in the current busy racing schedule over shorter distances. It was good to see two of our female members, Kathy Crilley and Pam Ficken also turning out for this event. We did not however see Ian Statter, another potential 100 miler, which was unsurprising after his excellent sub 5 hour racewalk in the London Marathon just two days earlier.

1. P.Ryan (Ilf M55) 43 min 45 sec; 2. S.Allen (Barn M50) 47 min 10 sec; 3. M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 50 min 32 sec; 5. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 51 min 25 sec; 6. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 51 min 39 sec; 7. P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 51 min 55 sec; 8. D.Delaney (Sy WC M65) 53 min 39 sec; 9. I.Thomson (Sy WC M60) 53 min 58 sec; 11. D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 57 min 8 sec; 12. K.Crilley (Sy WC W60) 1 hr 1 min 2 sec; 14eq. J.May (Sy WC M80) 1 hr 7 min 55 sec; 14eq. P.Ficken (Sy WC W65) 1 hr 7 min 55 sec.

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