|In a winter of extremes this Saturday turned out very hot for the time of year with little wind and overall conditions which were conductive to excellent spirits and good times. A field of 16 was a little down on previous years but Surrey Walking Club’s share of 6 was good for a race so far from London. Once again it was Malcolm Martin up in 4th and with another personal best ahead of the SWC party in position and performance having held on to those in 2nd and 3rd positions for most of the race only losing 150 metres or so over the last few laps as Steve Allen of Barnet and John Hall of Belgrave buth achieved improved times themselves. Ahead of them the winner, 65 year old Ian Richards from Steyning, who had the previous week achieved a world age record, was a little dissatisfied with ‘only’ 51 minutes 10 seconds. Next Surrey man was Shaun Lightman in line with recent performances but just lapping newcomer Paul Gaston and Peter Hannell with the former also breaking his best for the distance by over two minutes. Although the other SWC were a little down in times overall it was a good day for the Club as all enjoyed the cheerful atmosphere and the subsequent friendly presentation.|
1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 51 min 10.77 sec; 2. S.Allen (Barn M55) 54 min 21.55 sec; 3. J.Hall (Belg M65) 54 min 30.35 sec; 4. M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 55 min 16.82 sec; 6. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 1 min 54.31 sec; 8. P.Gaston (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 4 min 30.05 sec; 9. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 4 min 31.36 sec; 10. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 5 min 30.04 sec; 11. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 13 min 16.73 sec.
1. P.Cummings (AFD W35) 1 hr 0 min 22.43 sec; 2. S.Davies (AFD W45) 1 hr 6 min 32.06 sec; 3. F.Bishop (AFD W50) 1 hr 8 min 51.2 sec.