|For various reasons numbers were a little down for this long-standing event involving a hilly out and back into the countryside north of the pleasant town of Steyning but rather surprisingly the elevation of the start and the turning point are almost the same. With five out, Surrey Walking Club had a good share of the field with two comparatively new walkers, but experienced runners, naturally having the best races. The latest, Paul Gaston, a long distance performer, was the most improved while Dan Maskell enjoyed a hard race as he set off quickly and almost held the great Arthur Thompson. In position the two were separated by Shaun Lightman coming back to form as a cautious outward journey was followed a slightly quicker returned as those in front tired. The absence of a number of slower competitors left Dave Delaney in a rare last place but he did not lose too much time and recorded not a bad result. Conditions were surprisingly mild early on but cooled rapidly as the wind strengthened in the last third making Davidís longer experience of the poorer weather all the more commendable.|
1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 1 hr 17 min 26 sec; 2. T.Jones (Steyn M55) 1 hr 26 min 27 sec; 3. S.Allen (Barn M55) 1 hr 30 min 5 sec; 5. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 33 min 59 sec; 7. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 37 min 42 sec; 8. P.Gaston (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 39 min 0 sec; 9. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 40 min 25 sec; 10. D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 45 min 57 sec.
1. J.Lennon (Steyn W55) 1 hr 36 min 2 sec; 2. A.Jones (Steyn W55) 1 hr 40 min 56 sec; 3. F.Bishop (AFD W50) 1 hr 44 min 16 sec.