Southern Area T&F Champs Walks, Ashford 18th Aug 19
The Southern Area Track Walks Championships were, once again, held outside of the main Southern Area Meeting for time tabling reasons and now a further threat to the race walks has arisen based on the number of competitors taking part despite the fact that some of the field events and less popular track events have lower numbers. For this reason it was important to encourage people to take part despite the fact that some will have not being prepared to take a high risk of disqualification under the very strict judging essential to these events. It is pleasing to report that twenty athletes toed the line Ė and mostly the younger age groups. The competitors included Surrey Walking Clubís David Crane and Lightman trained Abi Smith and both won their respective classes with David being particularly pleased to survive the disqualifications, which have occurred previously from time to time. The Senior Menís division had three competitors but Davidís time even after a cautious race was clearly the best. Likewise Abi Smith (Blackheath & Bromley) had more than average competition but walked hard to beat Katie Stringer by 5 seconds.

3km U15B
1. C.Hopper (Camb H U15B) 15 min 25.94 sec.

3km U15G
1. A.Smith (B&B U15G) 17 min 0.81 sec; 2. K.Stringer (M&M U15G) 17 min 5 sec; 3. N.Mitchell (Win U15G) 18 min 13.82 sec.

5km Sen M
1. D.Crane (Sy WC M40) 28 min 42.13 sec; 2. D.Mitchell (Win M45) 30 min 33.53 sec; 3. C.Hobbs (Ashf M60) 30 min 57.38 sec; 

5km Sen W
1. P.Cummings (AFD W40) 28 min 5.73 sec; 2. M.Peddle (Loughton W50) 29 min 54.58 sec; 3. G.Manzotti (Ton W40) 30 min 48.53 sec.

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