|The weather was not promising for the annual walk in the pleasant if somewhat hilly lanes of Sussex however the rain held off and the temperature was ideal for the strenuous effort. As usual this exactly measured undulating course saw surprisingly good times from most of the field. There were almost 20 out and they were fairly evenly spread so most had competitors in view to chase and this may have contributed to the standard. The race incorporates a form of self-handicapping where all set a target time which is low enough to stretch themselves and Surrey Walking Club’s Paul Gaston won this as he and Dan Maskell battled for the whole race and finished just 4 seconds apart. Dan won the battle but Paul finished just 2 seconds outside their joint 64 minute target to win the Handicap competition while Dan “bust” it by 2 seconds and under the unique rules was out. Dan was the fastest of 7 SWC men out and also showed the best form. Shaun Lightman started well but slightly slowed on the return journey for fear of “busting" his somewhat easy self-target In fact he was over a minute too slow. Mick Harran also walked well not far behind these three as he started conservatively but overtook three on the return journey. Dave Delaney and David Hoben, further down the field, were also quite close with the former in front but the latter showing more improvement but not enough to get near his over-ambitious target. As usual all were treated to the usual Steyning hospitality and this friendly event lived up to its reputation.|
1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 50 min 17 sec; 2. J.Ball (Steyn M50) 57 min 23 sec; 3. G.Chapman (Head M60) 58 min 36 sec; 4. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 3 min 58 sec; 5. P.Gaston (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 4 min 2 sec; 6. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 5 min 39 sec; 8. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 6 min 37 sec; 10. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 7 min 46 sec; 11. D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 11 min 2 sec; 12. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 12 min 30 sec.
1. S.Hales (Steyn W) 53 min 14 sec; 3. 2. A.Jones (Steyn W60) 1 hr 5 min 41 sec; 3. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 1 hr 6 min 51 sec.