|The Surrey Walking Club Open 100 miles incorporating the RWA National Championship and Centurion Centenary 100. was by far the most important event of the Clubís year with longest,distance, time and size of entry. The last figure was 83 entries of which 3 or four failed to start and many failed to reach the full distance making the achievement of the 33 who did so that much greater. About 25 of the entries came from the Continent, mainly Holland, and the great majority of these were Dutch with whom the event is especially popular. This report relates only to the Surrey WC interest and a much fuller report elsewhere deals with the many interesting features of this large event. The use of the roadway inside the grass horse track at Lingfield Racecourse for the first time was a great success with excellent facilities and very few drawbacks. The two principal outcomes from the Clubís point of view were an individual win by the widely renowned Sandra Brown in the Womenís event and a win in the Menís team event in the English Racewalking Association championship. The race leader from the Netherlands set off quickly at around 12 min laps and soon dropped the rest with Sandra about 5th lapping about 1.75 minutes slower. The leader held this pace for 10 of the 84 laps and the settled to 12.75 until halfway while Sandra steadily held around 14 minute pace until the same point by which she was up to 3rd. She began to hold the leader around 72 laps when their common pace was down to 15 minutes the leader having very suddenly dropped from 14. She was around 5 laps behind by now but in clear second half a lap clear of 3rd and an hour ahead of the next female. Although she accelerated to inside 15 rather than fading like most of the field, including the leader, she had no chance of making significant inroads into his lead despite such a steady and excellent performance. The next two SWC finishers, Ian Statter and Roger, both came into the race under-prepared for this very long distance but remained close throughout although Ian gained a lap during the unseasonably dark, cold though short night. The final time difference was only 24 minutes at peak finishing period of 21 to 22 hours they were separated by 8 others with Ian up to 5th. The third first claim SWC man was Chris Flint whose below par performance meant he managed only 97.6 miles but this was near enough to the 100 to score in the National team which won team event. The last completed finisher was second claim member Paul King who got the loudest cheer finishing the less than 3 minutes inside the 24 hour limit. An hour earlier our second female competitor, novice Sarah Lghtman, completed well inside the time after a very strong and steady effort starting with laps around 15 minutes and hardly falling below 17. She now is a member of the Band of Centurions whose Centenary was also celebrated during this event. Click here for full results and click here for photographs from the race|
1. B.Soeren (Dak Drunen) 19 hr 4 min 7 sec; 2. R.Pistorius ( RWV Rotterdam) 20 hr 26 min 26 sec; 3. F.De Roeck ( RWV Rotterdam) 20 hr 33 min 2 sec; 5. I.Statter (Sy WC M50) 21 hr 12 min 25 sec; 10. R.Michell (Sy WC M60) 21 hr 36 min 17 sec; 26. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 23 hr 57 min 20 sec; n/a. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 97.63 mls; n/a. R.Brown (Sy WC M60) 66.81 mls; n/a. D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 34.81 mls.
First team in RWA champs.
1. S.Brown (Sy WC W60) 20 hr18 min 23 sec; 2. I.Klinkendon ( RWV Rotterdam) 21 hr 4 min 2 sec; 3. C.Mestdagh ( RWV Rotterdam) 21 hr 30 min 57 sec; 7. S.Lightman (Leic WC/Sy WC W40) 22 hr 55 min 58 sec; n/a. V.Brown (Sy WC W) 28.89 mls; n/a. P.Ficken (Sy WC W65) 24.15 mls.