|Although numbers were a little down on last year the quality of the field was much improved by the return of one of GB’s great young prospects, Emma Achurch from Leicester Walking Club who won in an excellent time. The 19 year old was soon clear of the rest and came home in under 73 minutes and 11 minutes clear of Steyning’s Ian Richards in 2nd. Surrey Walking Club had 3 out with a couple of regulars absent. Dan Maskell and Paul Gaston resumed their usual friendly rivalry with Dan 30 seconds ahead at the turn on this beautiful and sunny but cold course. However, by the finish Paul had caught and passed Dan only for the latter to gain a 4 second lead at the finish with the best SWC performance. Chris Flint also continued his return with a time 4 minutes better than last year despite losing a minute or so to Anne Jones with whom he had been on even terms for the outward journey before tiring in the latter stages.