|Surrey Walking Club held their 5km track championship for the Christmas Cup at Tonbridge School Track in blustery conditions on Saturday. This race included shorter races for newer walkers. Visitor, Francisco Reis, took a lead from the gun, followed by David Crane and Malcolm Martin. David chased Francisco keeping his lead to under 15secs and was gaining on him when with 4 laps remaining Francisco suddenly retired injured. David went on to win in a personal best of 25m 01s. He was followed by Malcolm who missed his target of 27m by just 3 seconds. Malcolm's wife, Angela, was with Paul Gaston who drew ahead to finish in 31m 53s but Angela held on to finish in a personal best of 32m 20s. A battle was developing between Peter Hannell and Mick Harran when just after 2 km Peter had an unscheduled stop, leaving Mick to cross the line in 33m 49s. At the rear of the field David Hoben and David Delaney were together for the first 2km when Delaney surged ahead to finish 48secs ahead of Hoben. Other notable performances was a good race by Olly Hopkins (Lewes AC U17) who again broke 30m finishing in 29m 23s. Once again it was David Crane who had the best race to also win the Handicap from Angela Martin. The wind affected times by about a minute for most of the field and David alone was actually even faster than recent races.|
1. A.Childs (Maidstone & Medway U11B) 7 min 55 sec.
1. A.Hussain (Lewes U13G) 7 min 3 sec; 2. K.Stringer (Maidstone & Medway U11B) 7 min 18. sec; 3. M.Hussain (Lewes U13G 7 min 29 sec.
1 J.Childs (M&M U15B) 17 min 40 sec.
1. H.Childs (Unatt W40) 23 min 13 sec.
5km (SWC handicap in brackets)
1(1). D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 25 min 1 sec; 2(3). M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 27 min 3 sec; 3. O.Hopkins (Lewes U17B) 29 min 23 sec; 4(4). P.Gaston (Sy WC M65) 31 min 53 sec; 5. R.Penfold (Steyn M70) 32 min 17 sec; 6. B.Kirkdale (Hastings Runners M55) 33 min 11 sec; 7(7). M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 33 min 49 sec; 8(6). D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 34 min 59 sec; 9(5). D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 35 min 47 sec.
1. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 32 min 4 sec; 2. A.Ingham (Lewes W50) 32 min 15 sec; 3(2). A.Martin (Sy WC W50) 32 min 20 sec.