|The weekend saw the British Masters Championship in Birmingham – a prestigious event with a large number of competitors but only one SWC member – Roger Michell – out. He came away with a gold and silver medals. With the travel it tends to be only the best few with a realistic chance of reaching the podium who turn out. This was true of the two M70 events with Roger battling with the excellent ex-Olympian, Ian Richrds, from Steyning. Ian easily won the 5km but in the shorter 3km his style was not controlled enough to satisfy the judges leaving Roger the victor. In both races Roger’s time were just above his recent averages and he had plenty of competition from other age groups and the female walkers and finished mid-field despite being among the oldest age groups.|
1. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 18 min 6.7 sec.
1. I.Richards (Steyn M70) 26 min 13.9 sec; 2. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 30 min 39.2 sec.