Southern Area 10km Road Championship, Sutcliffe Park, Eltham 29th Mar 14
Recently this event has been held within Surrey Walking Club’s own Open 10km but this year Cambridge Harriers hosted a dedicated event on a new course in Sutcliffe Park. As a race this was very pleasant – the weather was slightly windy but sunny and warm, the course had two good straight flats and just enough incline on the rest to make it interesting and good competition down the field. However race numbers, including under 13, 15 and 17 races, were disappointing. Even SWC only had a bare minimum of 3 women and 3 men although they won the men’s race and would have won the women’s two but were placed second as Sandra Campbell could not score for SWC temporarily due to a technicality. The best result was Sandra Brown’s victory in the women’s race well inside the hour, despite being the oldest in the race, while Malcolm Martin was in bronze medal position in the men’s event. As it happens these results were both achieved with some ease as Sandra’s time was not up with her excellent recent 10 miles while Malcolm unusually did not get a pb as he was preparing for the much more important National 20km next week. The best performance came from Christ Flint who had great competition from Anne Jones of Steyning to record a time several minutes ahead of recent races thus winning the SWC handicap incorporated into this race as a separate SWC Open was not held. Sandra Campbell and Paul King were also up on recent times by small margins with the former easily breaking an expected 75 minutes. In spite of a lack of numbers and other minor problems it was an enjoyable event which may be repeated. Click here for photographs from the race

Men (SWC Handicap in brackets)
1. T.Jones (Steyn M55) 53 min 10 sec; 2. C.Hobbs (Ashf M55) 53 min 24 sec; 3(6). M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 57 min 32 sec; 4(3). P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 1 hr 4 min 7 sec; 5(1). C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 5 min 24 sec; 6(-). P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 5 min 38 sec.
1(4). S.Brown (Sy WC W60) 58 min 59 sec; 2. P.Cummings (AFD W35) 1 hr 1 min 8 sec; 3. R.Crossnan (Belg W) 1 hr 1 min 37 sec; 6(5). A.Martin (Sy WC W45) 1 hr 8 min 4 sec; 8(2). S.Campbell (Sy WC W45) 1 hr 14 min 23 sec. 

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