|The World Masters Championship with over 8,000 participants and lasting almost two weeks is the biggest T&F including several road events and all competitions multiplied by 10 or more age groups. British race walking presence was a little down particularly as most of the racers attended only one or two of the three distances on offer – 5km track,10 and 20km road. Surrey Walking Club was represented by Roger Michell and Malcolm Martin in 3 races. Roger received a team Silver Roger while Malcolm missed individual Bronze in 4th position. Roger’s 10km time was just a little better than expected while he had an excellent 20km even though his rank was down slightly. Malcolm’s return to his best is still in progress but a world 4th in spite of this indicates his class. The unfortunate John Borgas (Loughton) was one of a fairly small proportion of disqualifications. As to the general GB performances Ian Richards claimed Gold in all three events, while Dom King likewise in the 5 and 10km and Lisa Kehler in the 20km. Lisa’s performance in the W50 led to a Gold team medal with Melanie Peddle and Cath Duhig. This despite Cath, individual bronze, being a W60 and permitted under the team rules. The GB W55 group was already complete with another team Gold (M.Jackson, H.Middleton & M.Noel).|
1. I.Richards (Steyn) 54 min 8 sec; 2. F.Ettorino (Ita) 58 min 2 sec; 3. N.Frable (USA) 1 hr 1min 28 sec; 7. R.Michell (Sy WC) 1 hr 4 min 2 sec.
GB & NI were 2nd team (Richards, Michell & John Borgas) behind Italy who were 10 minutes ahead in total. France in 3rd was 2 minutes behind.
1. A.Montiel (Mex) 1 hr 53 min 57 sec; 2. C.Heywood (Austrl) 1 hr 55 min 33 sec; 3. R.Gallo (Ita) 1 hr 57 min 11 sec; 4. M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 2 hr 7 min 46 sec.
1. I.Richards (Steyn) 1 hr 55 min 0 sec;; 2. F.Ettorino (Ita) 2 hr 2 min 33 sec; 3. T.Dooley (USA) 2 hr 10 min 2 sec; 10. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 2 hr 15 min 36 sec.
GB Team incomplete because of the unfortunate dq of Borgas.