Slater/Bryce Track 10km, Horsham 24th Mar 12
The first outdoor Track race of the Spring was held by Steyning AC at the Horsham track with three Surrey Walking Club members enjoying a warm visit to Sussex for this annual memorial race. The relatively hot March sunshine was something of a shock to the performance of many in the field although Shaun Lightman in 8th position and first man home for the club lost only a minute or so on his expected one hour target. The field ahead contained a number of strong and younger walkers but Shaun was undeterred by some inevitable lapping and indeed easily lapped a struggling Hannell himself. Chris Flint started a few minutes late due to traffic problems during a long drive from home but his relative performance was the least affected by the temperature as he was allowed to join the race a lap and a half behind Hannell. The strange result was that the latter was beaten on time by Chris without ever seeing his clubmate, who was catching him from behind, taking part.

1. I.Richards (Steyn M60) 49 min 38.7 sec; 2. J.Ball (Steyn M45) 52 min 28.7 sec; 3. J.Hall (Belg M60) 54 min 56.4 sec; 8. S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 1 min 31.7 sec; 10. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 4 min 48.6 sec; 11. P.Hannell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 5 min 20.1 sec.

1. J.Lennon (Steyn W50) 58 min 36.3 sec; 2. H.Middleton (E&H W45) 1 hr 0 min 28.3 sec; 3. A.Belchambers (Steyn W55) 1 hr 8 min 38.3 sec; 4. A.Martin (Padd W W45) 1 hr 11 min 5.8 sec.

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