|Tuesday saw the main event in the Veterans AC Summer five miles in Battersea Park. Not only was this the Championship event it was also graced by the attendance of Mike Bushell from the BBC as he watched the event with his camera man. His intention to experience the racing was unfortunately thwarted by other duties and thus a late arrival but most of the competitors came within his view as he enjoyed a pleasant evening in the Park.
Despite the two previous races within four days, Shuan put in his best time for a few years as he tried to stay with Maureen Noel of Belgrave. He managed to pass at one point but ended a just 7 seconds behind and took M70 gold in the Championship. A good field of 22 included 9 SWC members and several guests and half of these, like Shaun, were inspired by the occasion to produce fast times. Among these Mick Harran managed to hold off the excellent M80 Arthur Thompson who started cautiously but overtook several on the last lap including Mick who responded with a sprint to finish 7 seconds ahead and win M75 Gold.
1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 41 min 5 sec; 2. M.Culshaw (Belg M50) 48 min 14 sec; 3. S.Bennett (Ilf M55) 50 min 19 sec; 4. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 50 min 33 sec; 5. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 52 min 8 sec; 7. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 52 min 31 sec; 10. A.Thomson (E&H M80) 52 min 39 sec; 9. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 53 min 4 sec; 10. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M65) 53 min 33 sec; 11. C.Flint (Sy WC M70) 54 min 41 sec; 14. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 57 min 43 sec; 17. D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 1 min 14 sec.
1. P.Cummings (AFD W40) 48 min 15 sec; 2. M.Noel (Belg W50) 50 min 26 sec; 3. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 54 min 49 sec; 5. K.Crilley (Sy WC W65) 1 hr 1 min 14 sec.