|The main events of the weekend were the London 5/10 km Open Walks which were held in unusually mild February weather. Besides London residents the races welcomed the several visitors from as far away as Plymouth and Leicester. About 60 started including a few in the shorter Under 15 races. Surrey Walking Club fielded ten including one second claimer with the first SWC home in the two main events being husband and wife Angela and Malcolm Martin with another personal best for the latter in the best SWC performance as he broke 58 minutes. In team terms it was a very good day for SWC with victory in the menís 10km and third in the womenís 5. As usual Club members filled most of the middle third of the finishers with Shaun Lightman having a slightly better race than recently to come through this range of places and finish half a minute ahead of Dan Maskell. Chris Flint had a good race as the Peter Hannell, Mick Harran and Chris finished very close to each other after a tight last lap sprint. In the 5km Angela Martin broke 33 minutes for the first time and compared well with all of her other distances as she held on well to finish within 20 seconds of Abingdonís Noel Blatchford. Although not fielding a full team she and Sandra Campbell gained third place using the usual incomplete team scoring rules. Click here for photographs from the race|
Senior Men (10km)
1. Dan King (Col H) 44 min 56 sec; 2. S.Uttley (Ilf M55) 55 min 13 sec; 3. S.Allen (Barn M55) 55 min 59 sec; 5. M.Martin (Sy WC M55) 57 min 53 sec; 10. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 2 min 23 sec; 11. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 3 min 3 sec; 12. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 1 hr 4 min 36 sec; 13. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 5 min 16 sec; 15. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 5 min 29 sec; 16. C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 5 min 32 sec; 23. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 14 min 16 sec.
Team: 1. Surrey Walking Club, 2. Enfield & Harringay and 3. Ilford AC.
Senior Women (5km)
1. G.Narviliene (Belg W40) 25 min 25 sec; 2. P.Cummings (AFD W35) 29 min 21 sec; 3. M.Noel (Belg W50) 31 min 6 sec; 5. A.Martin (Sy WC W45) 32 min 58 sec; 12. S.Campbell (Sy WC W45) 38 min 10 sec.
Team: 1. Cambridge Harriers, 2. Belgrave Harriers and 3. Surrey Walking Club.