SWC Gazette Cup 4 Miles, Sandilands, Croydon 28th Oct 14
The 2014/15 Surrey Walking Club year began with their 4 miles for the Gazette Cup in the remarkably warm sunshine Sunday afternoon. There were only 5 visitors as there was an Enfield race the previous day but 10 Club members represented a healthy turnout and only one dnf. At the front by nearly 3 minutes was Under 17 Luc Legon of Cambridge Harriers despite this being a very low level event for the English Schools Champion. The next two were SWC clubmates in similar form at the moment who, after battling together for the first half of the race, finished half a minute apart as Malcolm Martin recognized his advantage over David Crane on the uphill section and managed to open a gap. In 5th place second claim Paul King had the best race to win the handicap as he tried very hard to catch Dan Maskell although the fitter man did not fade on the hills as the laps went by and ended well clear in second handicap. Completing the Scratch and Handicap frames was David Crane with 3rd place on both scores. Further down, Club President Trevor Sliwerski followed a difficult journey to arrive in time with a difficult race but finished to tie with Sandra Campbell well inside 50 minutes although Sandra’s time was the better acheivement in spite of being completely exhausted at the end.

1. L.Legon (Camb H U17B) 34 min 2 sec; 2(6). M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 35 min 37 sec; 3(3). D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 36 min 5 sec; 4(2). D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 40 min 28 sec; 5(1). P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 41 min 58 sec;6. R.Penfold (Steyn M70) 42 min 22 sec; 7(-). P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 43 min 22 sec; 8(4). P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 45 min 36 sec; 9(7). D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 45 min 52 sec; 10(9). T.Sliwerski (Sy WC M60) 49 min 35 sec; 11. D.Sutcliffe (Bed H M80) 53 min 19 sec.
1(5). A.Martin (Sy WC W50) 45 min 23 sec; 2. G.Legon (Bexley W55) 47 min 32 sec; 3(8). S.Campbell (Sy WC W45) 49 min 35 sec.

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