|A new race was held by Veterans AC in memory of Cecil Gittins, a very loyal Club official both as track timekeeper and all race walking activities over many decades. A new venue at the Gravesend Cycle track met with approval all round having been made possible by Cecil’s generosity. Almost 40 starters faced the gun together with many family and official visitors. Three distances were offered – 5, 10 and 15 km with 2.5 added as several youngsters turned out. Organiser and SWC member David Hoben did well to deal with the inevitably complex race entry, timing and results issues – as well as walking 10km! David Crane and Malcolm Martin were certainly the SWC stars as Malcolm won the 15km while David was an excellent 2nd in the main 10km race and both scored personal bests. In both cases they were isolated for a good part of the races on a course full of hills and twists although good fun after the first exploratory 2.5km lap. Shaun Lightman coming slowly back from injury also had a good race as he pulled past and away from those initially ahead gaining some 8 places. Despite the burden of organisation Hoben was somewhat ahead of recent performances. Chris Flint also returning from serious injury surprisingly took on and performed well over the longer distance. It was also good to see Spanish member, Carlos Cobo-Corrales, who is studying in the UK again finding the time to do the 15km in spite of an enforced lack of training time. His time although below what he might have hoped for was only slightly outside of his 90 minute target.|
1. F.Reis (SCVAC M55) 50 min 35 sec; 2. D.Crane (Sy WC M35) 51 min 9 sec; 3. O.Hopkins (Lewes U17B) 57 min 42 sec; 6. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 3 min 12 sec; 9. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 6 min 13 sec; 10. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 7 min 5 sec; 12. D.Delaney (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 12 min 3 sec; 13. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 12 min 15 sec.
1. A.Ingram (Lewes W55) 1 hr 3 min 26 sec;2. L.Jones (E&H W50) 1 hr 5 min 34 sec; 3. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 1 hr 8 min 49 sec.
1. M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 1 hr 25 min 3 sec; 2. C.Hobbs (Ashf M60) 1 hr 26 min 29 sec; 3. M.Culshaw (Belg M45) 1 hr 33 min 3 sec; 4. C.Cobo-Corrales (Sy WC M35) 1 hr 33 min 18 sec; 6. P.Gaston (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 41 min 11 sec; 8. C.Flint (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 46 min 55 sec;
1eq. A.Jones (Steyn W60) 1 hr 49 min 28 sec; 1eq. A.Martin (Sy WC W50) 1 hr 49 min 28 sec; 3. J.Miles (Hill W60) 1 hr 49 min 29 sec; 4. K.Crilley (Sy WC W65) 1 hr 59 min 46 sec.