|In what has become one of the most popular Race Walking events of the year 68 faced the starter for the Moulton 5 miles in Suffolk.The weather was cool with a fresh easterly breeze which was against the competitors on the way out but against them on the return journey. Soon after the start the field was fairly evenly spread out with Francisco Reis (Ilford AC) with Deuter Fabian (Hillingdon AC) Phil Barnard (Ilford AC) and Jonathan Hobbs (Ashford AC) contending the lead. At half way Jonathan Hobbs dropped back as did Phil Barnard with Francisco Reis just heading of a fast finishing Deuter Fabian to win. The Surrey Team were led home by David Crane who had a race long battle with Chris Hobbs and Steve Uttley. Steve managed to edge ahead but David got the better of Chris Hobbs. Further down the field Shaun Lightman started with Diane Bradley Martin Fisher and Steve Allen. Steve and Martin proved too strong for Shaun but he managed to build up a lead over Diane Bradley by the finish. Chris Flint started steadily – he is still recovering from last week’s 100 miles. He was just beaten by Sean Pender (Enfield) but managed to get the better of Callum Wilkinson ( Moulton). Dave Delaney had a race long battle with Jon May and Diana Braverman just losing out to both. He was closely followed by Peter Crane who walked well to close on Dave Delaney at the end. Son Steve Crane began well but faded after 2 miles and was overtaken in the last mile by former Olympic Silver medallist Paul Nihill. As a result Surrey W.C. finished third team. Click here to see photos from the race|
1. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 39 min 25 sec; 2. F.Deuter (Hill M40) 39 min 32 sec; 3. P.Barnard (Ilf) 41 min 21 sec; 4. J.Hobbs (Ashf U20M) 42 min 25 sec; 10.
D.Crane (Sy WC) 44 min 19 sec; 16. S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 46 min 42 sec; 26.
C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 51 min 22 sec; 37. D.Delaney (Sy WC M65) 54 min 59 sec; 38.
P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 55 min 6 sec; 52. P.Nihill (Sy WC M70) 59 min 58 sec; 53.
S.Crane (Sy WC) 1 hr 1 min 29 sec.
Teams: 3. Surrey Walking Club