Blackheath & Bromley and Surrey Walking Club 3km Championships, Norman Park, Bromley 30th May 18
The annual 3km race in Bromley saw what must have been a record turnout for many years with 14 starting despite being a fully judged “A” race and with only three visitors boosting the numbers. Three of Shaun Lightman’s coaching group (all B&B) and three of Noel Carmody’s Cambridge H group added youth as well as numbers. 8 SWC, some also B&B members, completed the tally. Naturally and encouragingly, the two Blackheath youngsters took 1st and 2nd positions in the Blackheath championship from the veterans with newcomer Louise Crocker 3rd. Abi Smith was not far from Cambridge’s Christian Hopper while Abi Smith was isolated and this was not her best race but she did beat Hannah Hopper who is in the next age group. Of the rest it was Mick Harran (M80) who had the best race as he almost held Chris Flint (M70) failing by just over a second. David Crane was clearly SWC’s best followed by Dan Maskell and Mick while Mick won the handicap from Chris. We should also mention Nolan Simmons who raced after several years of injury and was not far off his previous times. His return was most welcome by all and if the handicapper had made a more generous adjustment for the absence he might have easily won the handicap.

1. L.Legon (Camb H U23 M) 13 min 16 sec; 2(3). D.Crane (Sy WC M40) 14 min 15.1 sec; 3. C.Hopper (Camb H U15B) 16 min 58.7 sec; 4. I.Bridge (B&B U17G) 17 min 18.9 sec; 5. A.Smith (B&B U15G) 18 min 29 sec; 6. H.Hopper (Camb H U17G) 19 min 20.7 sec; 7(4). D.Maskell (Sy WC M70) 19 min 46.5 sec; 8(2). C.Flint (Sy WC M70) 20 min 18.1 sec; 9(1). M.Harran (Sy WC M80) 20 min 19.7 sec; 10. L.Crocker (B&B W40) 21 min 43.3 sec; 11(-). P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 21 min 52.1 sec; 12(5). D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 21 min 56.5 sec; 13(7). N.Simmons (Sy WC M75) 24 min 42.9 sec; 14(6). K.Burnett (Sy WC M75) 26 min 1.8 sec.

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