Veterans AC, Surrey, Middlesex & Herts County 10km, Battersea 10th Apr 19
This event, sponsored by Veterans AC as their age-group 10km championship, incorporates the Senior County Championship for Surrey, Middlesex and Hertfordshire and was a popular start to the track season for many athletes. It was held during this spell of warm sunny days but by race time the sun was almost down and conditions were cold with a slight breeze which became unpleasant for the many officials judging and lap counting. The walkers were less affected though few in number with nine starters (including one dnf) in a race which saw twice this number five years ago. The small competition and cool weather did not however prevent a couple of personal bests although not among the four Surrey Walking Club starters. First home among the SWC was Malcolm Martin as he carefully returns from injury and had a race long battle with Steve Allen (Barnet) who ended only 12 seconds ahead. Mick Harran was isolated for much of the race but held on for a time much in line with other recent races while some way behind him came Angela Martin, not at her best, bravely completing the field. Among the personal bests was the Surrey female champion, Madeline Shott (Belgrave), who did her best to hold the winner and Herts, champion, David Annetts (N.Herts), to half a lap in an excellent performance. Mick Harran’s race was rewarded by the Surrey male gold medal. The Martins were Kent guests in the County results and several of the others were guests in the VAC event.

1. D.Annetts (N Herts 1st M50) 48 min 54.7 sec; 2. S.Allen (Barn M60) 59 min 15.2 sec; 3. M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 59 min 27.6 sec; 4. D.Bowker (FVS M60) 1 hr 11 min 55.6 sec; 5. M.Harran (Sy WC 1st M80) 1 hr 13 min 43.1 sec.

1. M.Shott (Belg W) 49 min 53.9 sec; 2. M.Noel (Belg 1st W55) 1 hr 5 min 40 sec; 3. A.Martin (Sy WC W50) 1 hr 19 min 13.8 sec.

County placings
Surrey: M M.Harran; F M.Shott
Middlesex: F M.Noel
Herts: M D.Annetts, S.Allen and D.Bowker

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