|The usual report for this race begins with a description of the pleasures of a satisfying walk out into the rolling hills of Sussex. Alas this year there will be no such tidings as almost ten miles of rain and cold winds made this more of a challenge than a pleasure. At this point it is appropriate to record how grateful the contestants were to the judges and marshals who remained almost stationary in such conditions for the two hours the racers were “enjoying” themselves. This was especially so as there were as many of the former as the latter field of only nine.
The first three were well spread and the rest in small groups as Ian Richards typically sped to a very good time and away from the rest including 2nd placed ex-international Hungarian visitor George Dudas. George, who despite being quite a bit younger, was quite unable to hold Ian in good form. Surrey Walking Club’s Paul Gaston was in 4th place, just in front of AFD’s Fiona Bishop, and finished with a good time despite the conditions. Peter Hannell and Ilford’s Ed Shillabeer who lives in Plymouth were close all race with both returning from injury and were pleased to get through in slowish but acceptable times all things considered. Friendly competition, as ever, yielded better performances and in this case ensuring both finished despite positions down the field and, of course, the rain.
|1. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 1 hr 17 min 14 sec; 2. G.Dudas (Hungary M50) 1 hr 25 min 44 sec; 3. T.Jones (Steyn M60) 1hr 33 min 47 sec; 4. P.Gaston (Sy WC M70) 1 hr 43 min 19 sec; 8. P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 1 hr 53 min 57 sec.|