|The National 10km was again held at the Hillingdon Cycle Track in Hayes, Middlesex but again the sudden high temperatures generally held back times for most and caused several retirements. The best news for Surrey Walking Club was a bronze team medal gained not so much for three high class times but for the not insignificant achievement of finishing a complete team. There was a notable absence of Midland and Northern teams apart from Leicester whose finishers including Sarah Lightman who achieved a pb for the distance as she tracked father, Shaun, as far as she was able. Shaun was SWC’s first man home down a couple of minutes like most of the competitors but adapting well to the conditions and steadily pulling away from the rest of the team. Dan Maskell raced carefully in the heat and finished without fading but in a time rather slower than recently but over a minute clear of Peter Hannell who held on to complete the team. The only walker to perform significantly well was the winner, Under 20 Callum Wilkinson from Enfield, who is a rapidly improving young prospect. Click here for photographs from the race|
1. C.Wilkinson (E&H U20M) 46 min 22 sec; 2. Dan King (Col H) 47 min 49 sec; 3. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 50 min 48 sec; 15. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 3 min 40 sec; 18. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 6 min 29 sec; 19. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 7 min 52 sec; 20. S.Pender (E&H M60) 1 hr 8 min 41 sec.
1. Ilford 275; 2. Enfield 273; 3. Surrey WC 248 points.
1. E.Achurch (Leic WC U20W) 51 min 37 sec; 2. G.Narviliene (Belg W40) 54 min 8 sec; 3. M.Turner (Nthn(IOM) W40) 55 min 48 sec; 7. Sarah Lightman (Leic WC W40) 1 hr 6 min 40 sec.