|The cold if typical winter weather did not prevent a good field travelling to Victoria Park, Hackney. Most of the usual competitors from the various clubs were to be seen for this important event although Surrey Walking Club itself had one or two missing. The front of the field was very fast with the menís winner, Belgraveís Alex Wright, breaking the course record as did the first woman Neringa Aidietyte, a Latvian Olympian. The total out, including the young athletes, was about 70 and on this flat but somewhat uneven course times were on average satisfactory but ranged widely from very good to rather poor. Of the five Surrey Walking Club members only one, David Crane, had a good race as he achieved a personal best of fifty five and a half minutes. He made a fast start and managed, once again, to beat near rival John Hall from Belgrave who until recently was always well ahead. It was David who contributed most to the teamís 3rd place with the other two, Mick Harran and Peter Hannell in the second half of the field. Mickís time after a steady start was not far from recent performances while Peter was well below fitness after an injury break. David Hoben also struggled in an isolated position but was well clear of the rear of the field. It was interesting to see from the results that the number of senior women doing their 5km event was almost that of the senior men with far more new and younger participants. Click here for photos from the race|
1. A.Wright (Cov) 41 min 24 sec; 2. D.Kingo (Col H) 44 min 56 sec; 3. J.Ball (Steyn M45) 52 min 47 sec; 5.
D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 55 min 34 sec; 13. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 1 hr 3 min 55 sec; 14.
M.Harran (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 4 min 56 sec; 18. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 6 min 16 sec; 22.
D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 15 min 7 sec.
1. Belgrave 74 pts; 2. Ilford 70; 3. Surrey Walking Club 56; 4. Hillingdon 32.