Jim Sharlott 10km, Leicester 7th Sep 14
The Jim Sharlott 10km was held at Abbey Park Leicester with the main event being the Open and Veterans 10km championship . The course consisted of 13 3/4 laps of Abbey Park. The weather was warm and sunny with a gentle breeze. From the gun a group consisting of Ian Richards (Steyning), Francisco Reis (Ilford) and Steve Uttley (Ilford) led the field. They quickly built up a commanding lead and eventually Ian Richards won with Francisco in Second and Steve in third. In the next group Surrey's Roger Michell had a race long battle with Sean McMullen (Ireland) and Peter Bosco. Peter surged ahead with 2 laps to go but Roger held off Sean to finish in 57m 43s, a personal best since he turned 65 to gain 2nd M65 and 3rd handicap. Just behind him Shaun Lightman began fast and after two laps he settled with a group consisting of himself John Constanitnou (Birchfield) and Andrew Frazer (Scotland). With 4 laps to go Andrew dropped Sean and John with John drawing ahead of Shaun. Shaun finished with 63m 52s.1st M70. Just behind Shaun Dan Maskell had a lone race which enabled him to concentrate on pace judgement. He passed 5 km in 32m 28s and finished with 64m 57s. A second 5km in 32m 29s!! Shaun's daughter Sarah (Leicester) walked with a group and eventually drew away with a strong finish. Surrey Walking Club finished 2nd team in the veterans championship.
Later in the afternoon participants took part in "Smile Mile" in aid of Alzheimers Society. Andrea Lightman took part and finished in 14m 39s. She was with a group and managed to draw ahead 500yards from the finish.

2nd M65. R.Michell (Sy WC) 57 min 43 sec; 1st M70. S.Lightman (Sy WC) 1 hr 3 min 52 sec; 3. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 4 min 57 sec.

Veterans Team: 2nd SWC.

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