|Of the 5 Surrey members in Coventry only four were first claim so leaving the team vulnerable to non-completion with the strict judging applied at National level however Surrey were very pleased to win the National team race with 3 to score as well as the subsidiary 4 to score event. This was a step-up in distance for SWC ‘s first home, David Crane, and he was naturally somewhat cautious at the beginning. However he caught several during the latter stages to just hit two hours which was a slight improvement on his, already good, recent comparative times. Behind him Roger Michell also had a good race to easily break 130 minutes and get back to his form before a long, enforced break last year. Wednesday’s race seemed to have only a positive effect on Belgrave first claimer, Paul King, as he again pulled away from Chris Flint. Both achieved good times and left Peter Hannell some way behind although slightly ahead of expectation. Although SWC team members were not among the very fast leaders, the effort of getting a full team to travel was rewarded with a win over many Clubs with some faster individuals but struggling to complete good standard teams. Click here for photos from the race|
1. T.Bosworth (Ton) 1 hr 27 min 49 sec; 2. Dom King (Col H) 1 hr 32 min 36 sec; 3. J.Waddington (IOM Vet M45) 1 hr 49 min 53 sec; 12.
D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 2 hr 0 min 0 sec; 15. R.Michell (Sy WC M65) 2 hr 8 min 26 sec; 16.
P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 2hr 9 min 0 sec; 18. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 2 hr 11 min 24 sec; 20.
P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 2 hr 15 min 37 sec.
Teams 3 to score 1st SWC 255 pts; 2nd Leicester WC 243 pts; 3rd IOM vets 190 pts.
4 to score: 1st SWC.