Combined Surrey/Sussex County Championships 3/2km 9th Sep 18
As usual the combined Surrey/Sussex 3km Championship was held with the all ages Decathlon/Heptathlon – not the same as the main championships but quite a busy, well attended day. As usual I am pleased to report a race where only six of the satisfactory 19 total contestants was of masters status and the rest were 16 or less plus the Under 20 winner. First home in the 3km was Peter Selby coached Oli Hopkins in 14¾ minutes and around his previous pb. Surrey Walking Club’s interest was in both County’s Senior men with a Gold for Sussex’s Paul Gaston and Surrey’s Ian Statter and Silver for Peter Hannell (Surrey County). The first walked well and finished up with some of the girls and inside 19 minutes for a deserved medal. Meanwhile in the Surrey contest Ian & Peter battled, if in slow motion, for 5 laps when Ian’s fitness told and he stretched to 30 seconds ahead. Ian showed little effect from the decathlon events he was also battling through.

Results:
Surrey
Senior Men 3km
1. I.Statter (Sy WC M60) 20 min 57.56 sec; 2. P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 21 min 27.63 sec.

Sussex
Senior Men 3km
1. P.Gaston (Sy WC M70) 18 min 53.13 sec; 2. R.Penfold (Steyn M75) 19 min 41.69 sec.

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