|The first National Championship of 2011, the 10 miles, was held over the usual fairly flat course within the University of Warwick. Although the field was not quite as large as might have been hoped all of the top names were there on this sunny but slightly cold afternoon. Following the final National of last year – the 10km – where Surrey came away with an unexpected team gold, they had to settle for bronze this time. With many more teams out this was probably as great a surprise but well deserved by a good turnout and a determined effort from all with no disqualifications. The team this time included Shaun Lightman who was still around four minutes behind Roger Michell but held on well despite an enforced lack of training leading to some slowing. However both Roger and Ian Statter, the last scorer, maintained their speed to the end. Although not scoring, Gary Macdonald and Peter Hannell held on well to back up the team. Second claimer Chris Flint once again had an excellent race to finish strongly not far behind Shaun. Click here for photos from the race|
|1. A.Wright (Belg U23M) 1 hr 10 min 46 sec; 2. Dan King (Col H) 1 hr 12 min 34 sec; 3. M.O'Kane (Cov U23M) 1 hr 12 min 59 sec; 16.
R.Michell (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 37 min 10 sec; 22. S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 41 min 5 sec; 24.
C.Flint (Lon V/Sy WC M65) 1 hr 41 min 40 sec; 25. I.Statter (Sy WC M50) 1 hr 42 min 42 sec; 27.
P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 44 min 21 sec; 32. G.Macdonald (Sy WC M50) 1 hr 51 min 9 sec.
1.Yorkshire RWC 257 pts; 2. Redcar RWC 249 pts; 3. Surrey Walking Club 237 pts.
6 teams finished.