|The return of winter weather greeted competitors at what has traditionally been the biggest event in the Race-Walking calendar. Although numbers were down the field did include 2012 Olympians Dom King and Neringa Aidietyte, 3rd and 1st respectively in their Victoria Park races. The menís winner Michael Doyle from Ireland, but representing the Ashford AC club, the winning team, was just outside of 70 minutes. Surrey Walking Club had 7 starters including second Claim, Paul King, who, coincidentally had the best race and held off Shaun Lightman who was hampered by a slight injury. First home for Surrey and up in 9th place was David Crane in his first race at the distance who was also not fully fit after a seasonal cold and had a somewhat isolated race. Both Chris Flint and Mick Harran started well only to suffer in the last two of the 10 laps but while Chris still managed a good time and held off Peter Hannell for the last SWC scorer, Mick was disappointed but still was slightly ahead of recent performances. Unfortunately David Hoben, who was out for longest in the lowering temperature was a couple of minutes outside of the 2 hour time limit although his time was on a par with his best recent events. Click here for photos from the race|
1. M.Doyle (Ashford) 1 hr 11 min 31 sec; 2. Dan King (Col H) 1 hr 12 min 54 sec; 3. Dom King (Col H) 1 hr 15 min 5 sec; 9.
D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 1 hr 35 min 26 sec; 14. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 1 hr 44 min 24 sec; 15.
S.Lightman (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 45 min 27 sec; 17. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 47 min 18 sec; 18.
P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 47 min 29 sec; 20. M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 48 min 16 sec.
Teams: 1. Ashford AC 11pts; 2. Ilford AC 30 pts; 3. Surrey Walking Club 41 pts; 4. Leicester WC 56 pts.