|Norman Park track saw the annual 3,000 metre championship races with a joint race with Surrey Walking Club in the race-walking event last Wednesday. Of the seven out, three were BBHAC members of whom two were also SWC members joining the other four SWC. The race was won by SWC’s David Crane whose time, just inside 15 minutes, was a best. A parallel road running career seems to have improved, rather than harmed, his walking fitness and, in spite of the effect of previous wins on his handicap, he once again triumphed to win the Handicap Cup as well. In doing so he lapped the entire field despite the presence of BBHAC’s young, excellent competitor, Abi Smith, who was not at her best. In this she was not alone as the field was very spread out giving little competition and slowish times apart from David at the front. The nearest thing to a competition was between Chris Flint and David Hoben with the former having marginally better race to open a 45 second gap by the end. David Crane was naturally the SWC winner while Abi won the BBHAC event. Another of Shaun Lightman’s group, Under 13 Carla Forsyth is not allowed the full distance under the UKA rules but made excellent work of her 1km effort.|
(SWC Handicap in brackets)
1(1). D.Crane (Sy WC M40) 14 min 56.6 sec; 2. A.Smith (B&B U15G) 18 min 5.4 sec; 3(5). D.Maskell (Sy WC M70) 19 min 52.8 sec; 4(2). C.Flint (Sy WC M70) 21 min 12.6 sec; 5(3). D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 21 min 57.2 sec; 6. P.Hannell (Sy WC M75) 23 min 52.4 sec; 7(4). K.Burnett (Sy WC M75) 26 min 17.1 sec.
1. C.Forsyth (B&B U13G) 5 min 37.6 sec.