|Surrey Walking Club’s Dave Hoben’s good performance deservedly won the Enfield 5 miles yacht handicap. (A yacht handicap is a race where the slowest start first so the whole field finish around the same time leading to a very competitive situation). He was overtaken by Dave Kates but the latter came under the judges ban for illegal style. Hoben had an actual time of 54m 29s around 3 minutes faster than expected. The majority of the SWC team came in one immediately after the other in a group about a minute later then the handicapper’s estimate. Malcolm Martin, with the Club’s fastest actual time, continued his improvement on last week to finish in 44m 32s - a good solid race. Dan Maskell started 20 secs ahead of Shaun Lightman and Shaun caught up with him after 1/2 a mile and they walked together for two of four laps when Shaun drew away and was closing on Mick Harran but just failed to catch him. Dan then closed on Shaun but ran out of road before he could catch him. Mick finished with an actual time of 52m 25s with Shaun on 49m 37s and Dan Maskell on 50m 09s but net of their handicaps all three plus Malcolm were within a remarkable 30 seconds.
Further down the field Malcolm's wife Angela had a good, solid race but unluckily did not get the handicap allowance she deserved and though she managed a reasonable actual time of 54m 30s she was among the last to finish. Meanwhile Sandra Campbell produced another personal best to finish in 57m 15s and, with an accurate handicap, was 4th finisher. Thanks should also go to our band of officials especially SWC’s Pam Ficken who was a recorder.
1. 1. C.Wilkinson (E&H U20M) 37 min 8 sec; 2. F.Deuter (HillM) 39 min 32 sec; 3. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 39 min 34 sec; 7. M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 44 min 32 sec; 12. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 49 min 37 sec; 14. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 50 min 9 sec; 18. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 52 min 25 sec; 19. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 54 min 29 sec.
1. H.Middleton (E&H W50) 50 min 8 sec; 2. M.Noel (Belg W50) 50 min 55 sec; 3. A.Jones (Steyn W55) 52 min 28 sec; 7. A.Martin (Sy WC W50) 54 min 30 sec; 8. S.Campbell (Sy WC W45) 57 min 15 sec.