|Steyning AC were pleased if a little worried by the numbers turning our for this popular annual race but they found sufficient lap-scorers to cope well with a senior field of almost 20 together with a number of youngsters racing over shorter distances. Surrey Walking Club were pleased to have an unusual outright victory this year, as happened last year, with international Mark Easton turning out to provide a not unexpected first place. Having let the leaders go for the first few laps while he settled into his first race for some time suddenly he was with and past the others. Not that it was effortless, as Steyning’s excellent 60 year-old Ian Richards held the gap down to about half a lap. We look forward to Mark’s appearance at a few more of these races during the Spring. Meanwhile the rest of the Surrey team struggled on with a little less fluidity but with two good sub races. Shaun Lightman was not at his best but caught Peter Hannell just before halfway only to lose the lead few laps later and fought to stay within reach. With 5 laps to go his form returned and he passed again and drew away, only relenting on the last lap when out of danger. A couple of laps behind Dave Delaney walked a well judged race as he fell behind Peter Crane by 30 metres which he steadily pulled back in the second half and finally managed a two second victory.
A good number of supporters completed a satisfied band at the prize-giving with Easton taking the race victory and Richards the County Championship.
1. M.Easton (Sy WC M45) 49 min 49 sec; 2. I.Richards (Steyn M60) 50 min 58 sec; 3. T.Jones (Steyn M50) 53 min 26 sec; 7. S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 2 min 18 sec; 8. P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 2 min 32 sec; 9. M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 3 min 25 sec; 10. D.Delaney (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 6 min 50 sec; 11. P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 6 min 52 sec.