Veterans AC 5 mile Road Walk, Battersea Park 13th May 14
This was due to be the second race of the Summer 2014 season although cancellation of the April race made this our first visit of the year to this attractive course on the 1.75 mile loop of the road inside the edge of the Park. Perhaps the previous cancellation had put off a number of competitors in the run held in parallel but the walk field was not far from its usual level at 13. Those not attending missed the very pleasant conditions prevailing with the usual accompaniment of numerous casual runners and cyclists enjoying the sunshine but not interfering with the race. Half of the field were Surrey Walking Club members the first of these home was Shaun Lightman. Shaun started steadily from towards the back only to finish the last circuit at great pace having overtaken 7 competitors and reached 4th place but was unable to raise his pace in the last sprint and ended 6th. Immediately behind him in both position and relative performance came Dan Maskell who had started quickly with a large group of seven and held his place in the middle of the group as it split and was only overtaken by Shaun. The rest of the team were around their expected times although David Hoben had the best result while Sandra Campbell, behind David, slowly improves and beat the hour by more than half a minute.

1. T.Jones (Steyn M55) 42 min 5 sec; 2. P.Ryan (Ilf M60) 42 min 23 sec; 3. J.Hall (Belg M65) 46 min 34 sec; 6. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 47 min 21 sec; 7. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 50 min 18 sec; 9. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 50 min 48 sec; 10. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 52 min 2 sec; 11. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 52 min 16 sec; 12. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 56 min 17 sec; 13. S.Campbell (Sy WC W45) 59 min 29 sec

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