|This year’s National 100 miles race attracted competitors form 5 different countries including four from Surrey Walking Club. It was started, on Saturday 2nd August at midday by the Mayor of Southend -on-Sea, Councillor Christopher Walker. Hot and humid weather conditions faced the competitors, who were attempting the 402 1/2 laps of the athletics track. The afternoon became hotter, however the evening and night were cool but after sunrise on Sunday morning the temperature and humidity rose again.
From the gun Richard Gerrard of the Isle of Man set a fast pace and was never headed. He completed the 100 miles in 19hr 36m 33s. The weather took its toll on club members Paul King and Richard Brown who retired at 55 and 87 miles respectively. Sandra Brown set a world record for the women's 65 age group of 20 hrs 40m 33s. She was also the 1st lady and 2nd in the race overall. Chris Flint had covered 85 1/2 miles by the time limit of 24 hours. Another notable performance was of club member Shaun Lightman's daughter racing for Leicester Walking Club. She finished 2nd Lady and 4th overall with a time of 22hrs 18m 47s. This was a Midlands record by over half and hour. She was awarded the athlete of the meeting trophy.
The disappointment of the day was Joyce Crawford who missed 100 miles in 24 hours by 1/2 mile. However she was allowed to continue to the 100 mile point and on the last lap was accompanied by a group of supporters.
|1. K.Gerrard (IOM Vet M40) 19 hr 36 min 33 sec; 2. S.Brown (Sy WC W65 world rec.) 20 hr 40 min 33 sec; 4. S.Lightman (Leic WC W40) 22 hr 18 min 47 sec; 5. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 85.5 miles in 24 hr 0 min 0 sec; Retired: R.Brown (Sy WC M65) 87 miles and P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 55 miles.|