|On a wet Boxing Day morning, six intrepid walkers faced the starter at Preston Park for the annual 5.5 mile event. Trevor Jones (Steyning) took a commanding lead and was never headed despite walking comfortably within his capability. The race for second place between Julie Drake and David Kemp (both Arena) went to the tape finishing what was judged to be a dead heat. They were followed by Ron Penfold breaking the hour in a good time despite being isolated by four minutes ahead and behind. Further back Shaun Lightman was overtaken by Judith Carder (Brighton and Hove) who then chased David Hoben for all of the four laps only for David, in the final half mile, to manage to hold her off by 5 seconds for a good time under the poor conditions and a hilly course. Lightman finished in 7th position.