|A relatively big event, these races attracted about 45 in all despite the main event, the BMAF Championship, despite being held over what these days is regarded as a long distance at 20km. The weather was a little warmer than expected although it cooled considerably towards the end. Performances were generally good as befits a National Championship in the Veterans context. The non-championship 10km times were virtually spot on the expected time across all of the contestants. The best relative time was a personal best from Angela Martin by about 3 minutes over the 20km. Angela’s husband was first Surrey Walking Club man home in the main race in a time just below his best but very creditable nonetheless. His 5th position in his age-group reflected the fact that his age group had by far the largest and best quality entry. Shaun Lightman was a little further down the field due to recent injury so he accompanied his daughter Sarah, who is a member of Leicester AC now, and herself achieved a good personal best. Surrey’s overall turn-out was a little down due to a Club social event in the evenng causing travel difficulties which also accounted for some doing the shorter 10km distance. This race was judged on the slightly less strict “B” rules which still include the well-known one foot in contact requirement. Of the 6 SWC members in this race the first home was David Crane but it was the third SWC, Dan Maskell, whose 61 min 47 sec time was the best performance and near his fastest. Click here for photographs from the race|
20 km Men
1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 1 hr 48 min 32 sec; 2. T.Jones (Steyn M55) 1 hr 53 min 40 sec; 3. S.Allen (Barn M55) 1 hr 56 min 18 sec; 9. M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 2 hr 5 min 34 sec; 11. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 2 hr 14 min 49 sec; 14. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 2 hr 17 min 50 sec.
1. G.Narviliene (Belg 1st W40) 1 hr 53 min 42 sec; 2. K.Donaldson (Leic WC1st W45) 2 hr 7 min 55 sec; 3. M.Noel (Belg 1st W50) 2 hr 8 min 44 sec; 7. S.Lightman (Leic WC 2nd W40) 2 hr 17 min 50 sec; 8. A.Martin (Sy WC 2nd W45) 2 hr 21 min 13 sec.
1. C.Wilkinson (E&H U20M) 50 min 38 sec; 2. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 53 min 23 sec; 3. P.Ryan (Ilf M55) 56 min 40 sec; 4. D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 58 min 7 sec; 8. R.Michell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 1 min 24 sec; 9. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 1 min 47 sec; 10. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 6 min 34 sec; 16. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 10 min 21 sec; 17. D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 10 min 24 sec.
1. A.Vroobel (Hill Sen W) 1 hr 6 min 25 sec; 2. A.Jones (Steyn W55) 1 hr 7 min 1 sec; 3. L.Spinks (E&H W40) 1 hr 10 min 36 sec.