|The weather during the early part of last Wednesday was un-promising with intermittent heavy showers and mainly drizzle in between so the evening Open 5km surprised us with only slight dampness and a good racing temperature. Races at 5, 3 and 1Km were offered and a total of 11 out was not too bad in the conditions. The winner was Hungarian ex-international Gyula Dudas who beat SWC’s David Crane by a few tens of metres after a strong start from Gyula which David eventually recovered to take the lead only for a fast last lap from his opponent who overtook again by the small margin. It was also good to see Malcolm Martin coming back in cheerful form and not too far behind with David and himself being only 30 seconds down in the incorporated handicap calculation. The other two SWC were rather further down with David Hoben still recovering from his 100km the previous weekend (see below) while injured Hannell managed to complete the distance and break 40 minutes. Mention should also be made of the personal best Achieved over 3km by Blackheath & Bromley’s Johnny Ellerton|
SWC Handicap Position in brackets
1. G.Dudas (Hun M50) 25 min 55.6 sec; 2(1). D.Crane (Sy WC M40) 25 min 58.1 sec; 3. E.Ghose (Ton U23W) 27 min 6.8 sec; 4(2). M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 29 min 35.9 sec; 5. G.Manzotti (Ton W40) 30 min 10.4 sec; 6(3). D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 36 min 40.6 sec; 7. P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 39 min 17.4 sec.
1. J.Benson (Ashf U20W) 16 min 14.2 sec; 2. C.Hobbs (Ashf M60) 16 min 34.4 sec; 3. J.Ellerton (B&B U15B) 20 min 6.5 sec.
1. L.Burr (Ton U13) 6 min 11.2 sec.