Gazette Cup 4 miles, Sandilands, Croydon 6th Oct 13
Surrey Walking Club’s 2013/14 road walking programme started as usual with the shortest distance, 4 miles, scratch and handicap race for the Gazette and Jubilee Cup respectively. While the winner of the Club race was once again ex-International and current President of the English Race Walking Association, Mark Easton for the 14th, non-consecutive time many of the other features were different. The outright winner was an under 20 guest from Tonbridge AC, Guy Thomas – the first winner of his age group for many years. With the temporary demolition of the Monks Hill Sports Centre SWC were, for the first time, using what may well become their new home road course at the Addiscombe Cricket Club near the centre of Croydon. The layout is roughly rectangular on quiet roads with a good surface and including some appreciable inclines during the 0.9 mile laps. The field was a healthy 23 including 5 women and a Club turnout of 13. Although the hills gave generally slightly slow times the Club Handicap was won by Dave Delaney in 42 and a half minutes, a minute or so inside expectation. It was good to see that several of the others in the top five handicap positions came from the group of new and improving entrants to race walking while second in the Club scratch race was the newly married David Crane after a short break from competition. Another very welcome return to racing was Club Captain Nolan Simmons after many months of injury naturally slower than previously but making a great effort to get back. 

1. G.Thomas (Ton U20M) 32 min 15 sec; 2(9). M.Easton (Sy WC M50) 33 min 0 sec; 3. T.Jones (Steyn M55) 35 min 14 sec; 4. L.Legon (Bexley U17B) 36 min 43 sec; 5(13). D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 37 min 9 sec; 6(4). M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 38 min 16 sec; 7(3). D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 39 min 52 sec; 8(8). M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 40 min 32 sec; 9. S.Pender (E&H M60) 40 min 46 sec; 10(5). P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 41 min 0 sec; 11(2). I.Statter (Sy WC M55) 41 min 5 sec; 12(1). D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 42 min 36 sec; 13(7). D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 45 min 4 sec; 14. D.Stevens (Steyn M75) 46 min 26 sec; 15(12). N.Simmons (Sy WC M70) 50 min 53 sec; 16(10). K.Burnett (Sy WC M70) 51 min 57 sec; 17. D.Ainsworth (Ilf M65) 54 min 35 sec; 18. B.Hercock (E&H M75) 55 min 52 sec.
1. A.Jones (Steyn W55) 41 min 52 sec; 2(11). A.Martin (Sy WC W45) 43 min 42 sec; 3. N.Grimsey (E&H W55) 46 min 51 sec; 4. G.Legon (Bexley W55) 48 min 58 sec; 5(6). K.Crilley (Sy WC W65) 49 min 23 sec.

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