|A very pleasant afternoon saw 17 set off from Steyning northwards into the countryside for the first race of Steyning AC’s 14/15 programme. A few regulars were missing but the total held up with a similar number of new faces including 6 from Surrey Walking Club. The rather hilly course saw a wide variation in outcomes with the winner, super-vet Ian Richards from the home club, immediately pulling away from the chasers although his victory was eventually limited to only a couple of minutes. Similarly SWC’s first man, Dan Maskell, set off ambitiously not too far from the chasing pack but finished only half a minute ahead of Shaun Lightman who started more steadily. This however was an excellent race for Dan with a victory over Shaun and a place in the top half of a strong field. Not far behind was Paul Gaston who is new to walking and still an active runner but used his strength to more or less hold several experienced competitors. Further back was David Hoben who appears to enjoy the hills and finished much nearer his clubmates than usual in a 10km time near his best. There was an associated competition for the nearest to their pre-race estimate - but not inside it - which was won by the 2nd overall racer, Trevor Jones, with a time remarkably only 5 seconds outside of his estimate with Dan 3rd with a 13 second gap.|
1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 51 min 3 sec; 2. T.Jones (Steyn M55) 53 min 5 sec; 3. P.Ryan (Ilf M60) 53 min 30 sec; 6. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 2 min 33 sec; 7. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 3 min 7 sec; 9. P.Gaston (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 4 min 52 sec; 10. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 5 min 27 sec; 13. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 7 min 1 sec; 14. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 10 min 33 sec.
1. P.Cummings (AFD W35) 1 hr 0 min 23 sec; 2. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 1 hr 10 min 28 sec; 3. C.Killick (Steyn W60) 1 hr 14 min 24 sec.