Veterans AC 5 mile League, Battersea 10th Jun 14
The June VAC League 5 miles in Battersea Park saw a field of 17 – not bad number for the series but this was the 2014 Championship edition a few more might have turned out. Surrey Walking Club’s contingent of 9 enjoyed a warm sunny evening weather which these events usually enjoy. Shaun Lightman was the first SWC up in 5th having started fairly quickly and held pace as others weakened and caught some of those ahead including Dan Maskell. Both enjoyed improved performances although Dan’s was the larger relative gain. Several of the rest found the combination of several other races and the temperature taxing and were down on their bests although the last two of the team provided noteworthy performances with John May winning the M80 section inside 72 minutes and Kevin Burnett forsaking the parallel running event to record a time almost 2 minutes ahead of expectation. As usual several age-group medals went to SWC members including gold for Shaun and John.

1P.Ryan (Ilf g M60) 43 min 12 sec; 2, J.Hall (Belg g M65) 47 min 11 sec; 3. A.Thomson (E&H 1st M75) 47 min 19 sec; 5. S.Lightman (Sy WC 1st M70) 48 min 24 sec; 6. D.Maskell (Sy WC 1st M65) 49 min 34 sec; 8. P.King (Belg/Sy 2nd WC M60) 51 min 47 sec; 10. P.Hannell (Sy WC 2nd M70) 52 min 28 sec; 11. M.Harran (Sy WC 2nd M75) 54 min 23 sec; 12. C.Flint (Sy WC 2nd M65) 55 min 41 sec; 14. D.Hoben (Sy WC 3rd M60) 58 min 34 sec; 15. K.Burnett (Sy WC 3rd M70) 63 min 12 sec; 16. J.May (Sy WC 1st M80) 71 min 53 sec. g = non–VAC guest 

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