|This race was staged in the “Yacht Handicap” format with the competitors with the slowest anticipated time off first and the others starting after their handicap time until the fastest left around 25 minutes later in this case. If performances were exactly in line with expectation the recorders would have seen all of the 45 who turned out arriving together. In fact they were spread over 8 minutes with 35 within a period of four minutes indicating the good job done by the handicapper. The system means a competitive race with nobody isolated for much of the race and it was easy to see the best performances. Surrey Walking Club’s David Delaney did this in being the 10th to finish overall and the first of the 7 strong club contingent. Only 20 seconds behind was Peter Crane having been just 45 seconds ahead at the start and both finishing in the top quarter. A similar pairing of our fastest two racers David Crane and Shaun Lightman saw Shaun off 2 minutes ahead but David finishing 9 seconds ahead as Shaun picked up speed after a conservative start and almost held off his faster comrade. Mick Harran finished between them from a lower handicap as all three were just below mid-field. Of the remaining Surrey pair Kathy Crilley had the better race finishing only 20 seconds behind the aforementioned trio while David Hoben was perhaps handicapped rather too heavily as a good 5 mile time left him well down the finishers. Conditions were cool with warm sunshine at times but a strong breeze on the return part of each lap. Click here to see photos from the race|
Hanidicap results in square brackets.
1. F.Deuter (Hill) 37 min 29 sec [14-62m 49s]; 2. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 40 min 16 sec [36-65m 46s]; 3. J.Ball (Steyn M45) 40 min 41 sec [30-65m 6s]; 4. D.Crane (Sy WC) 44 min 17 sec [27-64m 53s]; 9. S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 46 min 31 sec [31-65m 11s]; 15. H.Middleton (1st W E&H W45) 47 min 42 sec [43-66m 47s]; 18. M.Noel (2nd W Belg W45) 49 min 17 sec [34-65m 27s]; 20. M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 50 min 54 sec [29-65m 4s]; 23. S.Barnett (3rd W E&H W60) 51 min 34 sec [22-64m 29s]; 25. P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 52 min 51 sec [13-62m 56s]; 28. D.Delaney (Sy WC M65) 53 min 18 sec [10-62m 38s]; 33. D.Hoben (Sy WC M55) 56 min 29 sec [42-66m 34s]; 40. K.Crilley (Sy WC W65) 59 min 33 sec [35-65m 28s].