SWC Alec Potton Memorial 7 miles, Addiscombe, Croydon 1st Nov 15
The second of Surrey Walking Club’s annual cycle of races was held in sunny weather and relative warmth for November. The 7 miles is, these days, a step up from the 5km and 5 miles raced by most over the previous summer months. In addition the course included 8 ascents of the hill so the race was somewhat of a challenge but attracted the majority of the Club’s regular male walkers. The women’s field included all of the visitors but none of the Club’s female racers. Having won the Club Championship for an incredible past 33 years all eyes were on former international Mark Easton and fast improving David Crane at the front of the race. In the event David pulled away early on and, while Mark was more than a minute quicker the last year, David was a massive five minutes up and finished 3 minutes clear to claim the championship. In doing so also beat the handicapper to also take home the Handicap salver. These two were also more than 10 minutes clear of the field and naturally David recorded the leading relative performance. Dan Maskell in third was also in good form as he managed to beat Shaun Lightman this time. Mark and Shaun, although behind their opponents, still walked well up to their current levels while further down Paul King had a good race as he battled with visitor Fiona Bishop from Aldershot finishing only 3 seconds ahead.

1. D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 57 min 4 sec; 2. M.Easton (Sy WC M50) 60 min 11. sec; 3. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 72 min 43. sec; 4. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 74 min 4. sec; 5. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M60) 75 min 38. sec; 6. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 77 min 32 sec; 7. D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 80 min 15. sec; 8. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 82 min 22 Sec.
1. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 75 min 41. sec; 2. A.Jones (Steyn W60) 76 min 5. sec; 3. G.Legon (Bexley W55) 79 min 21 sec.

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