|The usual healthy number of 45 walkers toed the line at the Picketts Lock Sports Centre, Lee Valley, North-East London for the latest in the 2011 Enfield League 5 miles. Conditions were more or less perfect with little wind, no hot sunshine but not too cold. Times were generally good and Surrey Walking Club’s first finisher Mick Harran was inside 48 minutes and near his best having other competitors all around him. Similarly David Hoben, although somewhat isolated, also made one of his best times and was in the upper 2/3 of the finishers with quite a few of the very welcome first timers behind him. The other two male members of SWC fared less well as they returned from a long break in Stephen Crane’s case and a short one for Peter Hannell. Stephen may be excused as his absence relates to a very new family and perhaps we shall see his 25th position soon revert to nearer 5th again, commitments permitting. SWC were also pleased to, once again, have a finisher in the women’s race with Kathy Crilley in 9th and only a minute behind Stephen. Kathy had recently also taken part in the Roubaix 28 hours in France. She was one of three in the 5th women’s team – The Lightening Ladies – who completed 193.6 km between them. This was a mere 10km behind 3rd - the Dutch team.|
1. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 38 min 55 sec; 2. T.Jones (Steyn M55) 40 min 44 sec; 3. D.Fabian (Unattached) 40 min 56 sec; 15. M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 47 min 50 sec; 22. P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 50 min 8 sec; 23. D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 54 min 51 sec; 25. S.Crane (Sy WC) 56 min 50 sec.
1. S.Miles (Hill W) 45 min 35 sec; 2. H.Middleton (E&H W45) 46 min 25 sec; 3. A.Belchambers (Steyn W55) 49 min 43 sec; 9. K.Crilley (Sy WC W60) 57 min 45 sec.