Surrey Walking Club 5km, Tonbridge 20th Dec 14
The last of Surrey Walking Club’s own races for 2014, the Christmas Cup Handicap, was held on the Tonbridge School track this year. In addition to the 10 Club members out there were a number of Kent youngsters and a few other visitors present. Conditions were excellent as the cold wind was negated by warm sunshine for the season. The venue is excellent having been recently renovated. As it happens the well-appointed trackside room which the Club used for the presentation and refreshments was the latest stage of this process and we were lucky enough to have first use. A field of 18 was headed by Under 20 Guy Thomas who treated this as a serious race and achieved an excellent personal best of just over 22 minutes. The first home for SWC was David Crane also in a pb for 5km to take the handicap and lead the next clubman, Malcolm Martin, by over a minute and a half. Perhaps the most remarkable performance came from Shaun Lightman who, though a couple of minutes over his normal times, beat Chis Flint, Mick Harran and Peter Hannell despite having been seriously ill less than a month ago. Generally times were around expectation giving a very close handicap result apart from David Crane well ahead. In 2nd place Malcolm was just 14 seconds in net time ahead of a good race from David Hoben.

1. G.Thomas (Ton U20M) 22 min 10 sec; 2. F.Reis (Ilf M50) 24 min 10 sec; 3(1). D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 25 min 23 sec; 4(2). M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 27 min 4 sec; 5(8). D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 31 min 2 sec; 6. O.Hopkins (M&M U15B) 31 min 33 sec; 7. S.Pender (E&H M60) 31 min 34 sec; 8(9). S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 31 min 37 sec; 9(5). M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 31 min 50 sec; 10(4). C.Flint (Sy WC M70) 31 min 54 sec; 11. R.Penfold (Steyn M70) 31 min 58 sec; 12. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 32 min 1 sec; 13(3). D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 34 min 8 sec; 14(7). P.Crane (Sy WC M70) 34 min 27 sec; 15. D.Stevens (Steyn M75) 36 min 49 sec.

1. E.Ghose (Ton U17G) 30 min 32 sec; 2. G.Legon (Bexley W55) 33 min 58 sec; 3(6). A.Martin (Sy WC W50) 34 min 20 sec.

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