BMAF T&F Championship 3km, Birmingham 25th Aug 18
The National Masters T&F Championships, covering all events, was held in cool conditions under cloudy skies threatening rain - ideal for racing Ė and as popular as ever. Roger Michell and Peter Hannell represented Surrey Walking Club with the former looking forward to the world Masters in Malaga in a week or so. The main Menís race was headed by two world class age group walkers with Fransisco Reis (TVH/Portugal) and Ian Richards (Steyning) with the latter in Rogerís age group. Having accepted that winning the group was out of the question Rogerís target was to hold onto John Hall (Bels), in the next younger group, as far as possible. This was made more difficult as John himself had a good result prior to Malaga but although the gap slowly grew a 45 second difference at the end was a fair time with, hopefully, more to come in Spain. The older menís age groupís 3km was held with the womenís race so the oldies were not quite so outpaced! The M75 group was one of the largest with three out. Hannell in 2nd held onto Doug Milson (Hill) but was missing any sprint finish and ended 7 seconds adrift. The 5km on Sunday had no SWC entries.

Results:
Overall Men
1. F.Reis (TVH M55) 14 min 18.06 sec; 2. I.Richards (Steyn M70) 15 min7.43 sec; 3. M.Williams (Tam M50) 15 min 41.06 sec; 6. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 17 min 50.11 sec; 13. P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 21 min 13.84 sec

Men 70.
1. I.Richards (Steyn M70) 15 min 7.43 sec; 2. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 17 min 50.11 sec.
Men 75
1. D.Milson (Hill M75) 21 min 6.87 sec; 2. P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 21 min 13.84 sec; 3. R.Stewart (NSP M75) 22 min 49.89 sec.

Overall Women
1. P.Cummings (AFD W40) 17 min 1.75 sec; 2. L.Bellfield (Hale W50) 19 min 9.9 sec; 3. A.Wheeler (Leic WC W60) 18 min 0.5 sec.

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