Surrey Walking Club Christmas Cup & Open 5km 18th Nov 18
Although a little early for Christmas the Surrey Walking Club race attracted 33 finishers with many family supporters as half of the field were youngsters or under 20/23s. It was sunny but quite cold due to a strong Easterly breeze. The main race included the SWC championship won by Francisco Reis and handicap for the Cup which was won narrowly by Ian Statter. The overall winner was unsurprisingly Guy Thomas (Tonbridge Under 23) walking comfortably for 21 to lap the field at least twice. Francisco, almost 40 years older, had a fair race to hold off David Crane, also at his expected speed, by less than half a minute. Jacqueline Benson (Ashford) had the best performance although unable to hold Blackheath’s Isabelle Bridge. These two filled the women’s frame behind a clear, three minute, win by Abigail Jennings (AFD). SWC themselves filled 9 of the 33 results which was a good turnout to welcome the large number of visitors. It was good to see Martin Malcolm and Ian Statter turning out after a considerable time out for injuries. In addition to the main event the younger racers were able to complete 1, 2 or 3km and among several good times were Katie Brash’s (B&B) win in the 3km.
This was an enjoyable, well organised event with good racing, many family members supporting and plenty of friendly conversation.

Results:
Men 5km (SWC Handicap in Brackets)
1. G.Thomas (Ton U23 M) 21 min 26 sec; 2(3). F.Reis (Sy WC M55) 25 min 12 sec; 3(2). D.Crane (Sy WC M40) 25 min 37 sec; 4(9). M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 29 min 51 sec; 5(4). C.Cobo-Corrales (Sy WC M35) 30 min 1 sec; 6. M.Culshaw (Ilf M50) 30 min 15 sec; 7. D.Kemp (Arena M55) 30 min 49 sec; 8(6). D.Maskell (Sy WC M70) 32 min 28 sec; 9. R.Penfold (Steyn M75) 32 min 54 sec; 10(1). I.Statter (Sy WC M60) 33 min 10 sec; 11(7). C.Flint (Sy WC M70) 34 min 36 sec; 12. S.Cartwright (Col H M60) 34 min 40 sec; 13(5). M.Harran (Sy WC M80) 34 min 49 sec; 14(8). D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 37 min 0 sec.

Women 5km
1. A.Jennings (AFD U20W) 26 min 1 sec; 2. I.Bridge (B&B U20W) 29 min 0 sec; 3. J.Benson (Ashf U20W) 29 min 17 sec; 4. L.Carty (AFD U17G) 29 min 17 sec; 8. A.Smith (B&B U15G) 30 min 54 sec;6. S.Davies (AFD W50) 31 min 56 sec; 7. R.Lawless (Unatt W55) 32 min 54 sec; 8. G.Legon (Bexley W60) 34 min 18 sec; 9. A.Hinchcliffe (AFD U20W) 35 min 20 sec.

1km
1. C.Perry (Lewes U11B) 6 min 36 sec;

Mixed 2km
1. K.Stringer (M&M U15G) 11 min 24 sec; 2. H.Perry (Lewes U13B) 14 min 15 sec; 3. E.Cooper (Ashf U13G) 16 min 15 sec.

Mixed 3km
1. K.Brash (B&B U15G) 17 min 8 sec; 2. D.Nova (Ashf U15G) 17 min 59 sec; 3. M.Morris (M&M U17G) 18 min 16 sec; 4. C.Wallis (AFD U15G) 18 min 26 sec; 5. R.Harding (Ashf U17G) 18 min 43 sec; 6. G.Heaton (H'field M55) 22 min 36 sec.

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