Veterans AC 5 mile League and Championship, Battersea Park 19th Jun 18
At the other end of the scale the June, championship version, of the VAC 5 mile league series in Battersea Park was poorly attended. With only 9 out and these spread across the age groups so that most received gold medals, SWC was relatively well represented by over half the starters. On a warm evening, performances were generally good especially from winner and newcomer to racewalking, David Annetts (N Herts). He finished nearly 10 minutes ahead of Belgrave’s Maureen Noel in second. One might have expected a great deal of isolation in a spread of nearly 20 minutes in finishers but in fact 5 of the 9 were in a quite tight competition around 56 minutes with Chris Flint having a good race behind Fiona Bishop (AFD). Ahead of these two and at the front of this group was SWC’s first home, Dan Maskell, who is racing often at the moment and who’s time was a little down on expectation. David Hoben was well clear of Peter Hannell’s disappointing last place.

1. D.Annetts (N Herts 1st M50) 42 min 28 sec; 2. M.Noel (Belg 1st W50) 51 min 50 sec; 3. D.Maskell (Sy WC 1st M70) 55 min 3 sec; 5. C.Flint (Sy WC 2nd M70) 56 min 17 sec; 6. P.King (Belg/Sy WC 1st M65) 56 min 59 sec; 8. D.Hoben (Sy WC 2nd M65) 59 min 7 sec; 9. P.Hannell (Sy WC 2nd M75) 1 hr 1 min 1 sec.

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