|The Surrey Walking Club held its annual Christmas Cup 5 km track walking race last Saturday. The weather was cool with light drizzle throughout. 14 competitors faced the starter despite the depressing conditions. Three competitors shared the initial lead - Jacqueline Benson (Ashford), Malcolm Martin (Surrey) and Grazia Manzotti (Tonbridge). These positions were held with Benson making the pace. With 2km remaining Martin developed a stitch and dropped rapidly but still finished 3rd. Benson pushed on to win. Further down the field were David Hoben and Martinís wife, Angela, brought up the rear with the latter improving to win the handicap. One of the best performances came from fast-improving Grazia Manzotti. Two of Shaun Lightmanís training group raced. Jonny Ellerton won the U15 race in a new personal best of 19m 06.6s for 3km while Fiona Bishop (Aldershot Farnham and District) reappeared after a long absence to finish 4th lady in 38m 02s.|
Mixed 5 km (SWC Handicap positions in brackets.)
1. J.Benson (Ashf U20W) 28 min 45.7 sec; 2. G.Manzotti (Ton W40) 28 min 52.1 sec; 3(2). M.Martin (Sy WC M60) 29 min 49 sec; 4. R.Emsley (Steyn M65) 30 min 4 sec; 5. R.Penfold (Steyn M75) 33 min 29.3 sec; 6. G.Legon (Bexley W60) 34 min 59.8 sec; 7. G.Heaton (H'field M60) 35 min 32.8 sec; 8(3). D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 36 min 24.7 sec; 9. F.Bishop (AFD W60) 38 min 2 sec; 10(1). A.Martin (Sy WC W55) 38 min 44.8 sec.
Mixed 2 km
1. 1. J.Ellerton (B&B U15B) 19 min 6.6 sec; 2. H.Perry (Lewes U15B) 22 min 11.8 sec.
Mixed 1 km
1. C.Perry (Lewes U11B) 6 min 25.1 sec; 2. L.Burr (Ton U13B) 6 min 29.5 sec.