SWC Alec Potton Memorial 7 miles, Sandilands, Croydon 2nd Nov 14 
Despite the very grey weather with intermittent rain during the journey both to and from Surrey Walking Clubís 7 mile championship the race was blessed with dry and warm conditions. Numbers were a little down partly due to the availability of the current venue being restricted to Sunday afternoon and some alternative will be considered for the future. Unusually, only two visitors joined what was a fair turnout of Club members. As for the last 32 years of this event former international, Mark Easton, won the race and the Championship as he gradually drew away from the improving David Crane in a time slightly down on last year. David, on the other hand, had the compensation of a personal best and victory in the handicap. If many approached this longish race on the hills of the quite new venue with some apprehension they seemed to find that more experience of the course revealed that the hills are not really very hard and achieved reasonable times. Although not as numerous as hoped the competitors, apart from Mark and David who were well clear, were quite evenly spread and were able to benefit from seeing the competition ahead. Davidís father, Peter, also did well for runner-up in the handicap as he improved on recent races and held off Chris Flint and David Hoben.

1(7). M.Easton (Sy WC M50) 1 hr 1 min 24 sec; 2(1). D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 1 hr 2 min 11 sec; 3(5). D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 12 min 52 sec; 4. S.Pender (E&H M60) 1 hr 13 min 28 sec; 5(4). P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 1 hr 14 min 57 sec; 6(6). M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 15 min 47 sec; 7(-). P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 16 min 29 sec; 8(2). P.Crane (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 19 min 45 sec; 9(8). C.Flint (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 20 min 17 sec; 10(3). D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 20 min 18 sec; 11. G.Legon (Bexley W55) 1 hr 23 min 5 sec.

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