Steynings’s Alf Palmer Memorial 5km Race, Broadbridge Heath 14th Dec 19
Although sunny, a cold wind and a slight shower made this race much less enjoyable for the stationary officials, the good field were little affected. Thirty seven starters over all of the races represented a considerable success especially as nearly half of the total were in the young age groups. In fact the overall winner was Under 20 Abigail Jennings in a good time and 90 seconds clear of second place, M70 Ian Richards. Surrey Walking Club had seven out with the first being Malcolm Martin almost a minute quicker than his recent Tonbridge time. By coincidence his wife Angela was also ahead of her Christmas Cup performance by about the same amount. By the end the competitors were fairly spread out but there were some mid-race battles. Shaun Lightman beat old rival Arthur Thomson (Enfield) by 15 seconds after the latter had started almost last and passed 6 people and only slowed at the last to let Shaun regain his position. The other SWC were somewhat off form towards the back. Blackheath’s Jonathan Ellerton scored another personal best by half a minute in the Boy’s 3km while Carla Forsyth was 3rd In the girl’s equivalent with a 20 second improvement.

Results:
Men 5km
1. I.Richards (Steyn M70) 26 min 39.7 sec; 2. T.Jones (Steyn M60) 28 min 28.6 sec; 3. M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 28 min 52.7 sec; 8. D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 35 min 34.7 sec; 9. S.Lightman (Sy WC M75) 36 min 1.6 sec; 11. M.Harran (Sy WC M80) 36 min 40.4 sec; 12. C.Flint (Sy WC M75) 36 min 43.9 sec; 13. P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 37 min 45.5 sec.

Women 5km
1. A.Jennings (AFD U20W) 25 min 21.5 sec; 2. S.Alves (Barn W45) 27 min 52.6 sec; 3. M.Morris (M&M U20W) 28 min 28.8 sec; 13. A.Martin (Sy WC W55) 37 min 34.9 sec.

Boys 3km
1. J.Ellerton (B&B U15B) 18 min 33.3 sec; 2. H.Perry (Lewes U15B) 20 min 51.5 sec.

Girls 3km
1. N.Mitchell (Win U15G) 17 min 28.7 sec; 2. L.Billingham (AFD U15G) 18 min 27.8 sec; 3. C.Forsyth (B&B U15G) 18 min 34.5 sec.

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