Tonbridge School Track 25th Aug 14
Tonbridge AC held their Bank Holiday Monday Open Meeting again in cool drizzle and including the usual 3km walk although this was held on their normal footpath course in the very pleasant school grounds. This continued the tradition of the Bill Collins Memorial race and, appropriately for this great, departed coach, was mainly youngsters from the three fairly local Clubs producing new young walkers Tonbridge, Cambridge Harriers and Aldershot & Farnham. The winner, Tom Snook, from the last of these was 20 seconds clear of second placed Chris Hobbs (Ashford) having pulled steadily clear over the race. Surrey Walking Club had two members in the field of 10 and both responded to the cheerful company with good times. David Hoben was almost a minute ahead of his Herne Hill time after a battle with Geraldine Legon (Bexley) who closed appreciably in the last of the six laps but failed to avoid the wooden spoon. It was good for racewalking to see all of the veterans, apart from Chris Hobbs, filling the latter part of the field behind their up and coming juniors whose usual high spirits were much in evidence.

1.T.Snook (AFD U20M) 14 min 48 sec; 2. C.Hobbs (Ashf M55) 15 min 8 sec; 3. E.Butcher (Camb H U15G) 17 min 42 sec; 5. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 18 min 36 sec; 8. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 20 min 12 sec.

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