SWC Open 5km, Tonbridge School Track 20th Aug 14
A busy week saw Surrey Walking Club members taking part in four events the first of which was their own Open 5km promotion which this year moved south to Tonbridge. Other events, the holiday season and the greater distance from London resulted in only two visitors but a field of 10 marked a successful and friendly event. On the track however competition was strong with most of the field expecting times within a minute or so of the half hour. After little walking but fit from some running David Crane almost broke 26 let alone 30 minutes a best time for the distance and a performance not far from his previous spell of good form over longer distances a couple of years ago. Also showing improved form was Shaun Lightman in second also easily breaking the half hour and bringing a sub hour 10km within reach. Behind them the next three, Mick Harran, Dan Maskell and Peter Hannell were together for the first few laps with Mick gradually pulling away from Dan in the second half. The race was spanned by the Cranes as the tail of the field was Davidís father, Peter, who has raced irregularly but still managed a reasonable 35 minutes.

1. D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 26 min 4 sec; 2. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 28 min 56 sec; 3. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 30 min 45 sec; 4. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 31 min 9 sec; 5. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 31 min 29 sec; 6. S.Pender (E&H M60) 32 min 44 sec; 7. A.Martin (Sy WC W45) 33 min 47 sec; 8. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 34 min 33 sec; 9. P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 35 min 5 sec
1.O.Hopkins (Lewes U13B) 19 min 4 sec.

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