|Only Shaun Lightman turned out for Surrey Walking Club this weekend as he was prepared to travel up to the Midlands for this historically big race. He was rewarded with a good time - a minute up on recent races after a race-long battle with Coventry’s Martin Slevin who eventually caught Shaun with 800 to go to finish only 6 seconds ahead although 20 years younger. The leaders of the men’s and women’s races both provided some special interest as the first man, a visitor from New Zealand named Quentin Rew, was sub 40 minutes - an excellent time from the 2012 Olympian while the first Woman also took part in the London Olympics under her maiden name of Jackson . Behind Quentin was Tonbridge’s Tom Bosworth with a big personal best only just outside of 40 minutes. The conditions were very good with a cool breeze and no rain.|
1. Q.Rew (Hyde Park NZ) 39 min 51 sec; 2. T.Bosworth (Ton) 40 min 19 sec; 3. J.Higgins (Leeds C U23M) 42 min 48 sec; 8. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 1 min 26 sec.
1. J.Atkinson (nee Jackson) (M&C W) 45 min 2 sec; 2. B.Davies (Card U23W) 46 min 42 sec;3. H.Lewis (P'broke U23W) 46 min 59 sec; 7. P.Cummings (AFD W35) 1 hr 0 min 32 sec;