|On a cold wet and windy afternoon Surrey Walking Club’s interest focused on two of the races - the girl’s under 15 3km and the senior men’s 10km. In the girls U15 Abi Smith, trained by Surrey’s Shaun Lightman, started with Mia Dunwell (IoM) and Katie
Stringer (Medway and Maidstone) but was dropped in the first kilometre however she finished well ahead of Charlotte Wallis (Aldershot Farnham and district) in similar time to other races but with others improving for this major event.
In the national 10km, attention focused on Francisco Reis, who had a pleasing race having battled with Ana Garcia (Sheffield) with Ana getting the better of him at 8km. He was also caught by Maddie Shott (Belgrave) but held off her late challenge to finish 1st in the V55 race in 52m 46s. At the front of the field Tom Bosworth (Tonbridge), 6th in the Rio Olympic Games, had had a battle with Cameron Corbishley for the first 4km before Corbishley received a 60 second penalty for technical infringements. This is the first time the “Pit Lane” pause has been used in a UK race. In third position Chris Snook (Aldershot Farnham and District) walked well. The first three made the qualifying time for an invitation to an international in Podebrady (Czech Republic) and the European Cup in Lithuania.
1. T.Bosworth (Ton M) 41 min 26 sec; 2. C.Corbishley (M&M U23 M) 42 min 51 sec; 3. C.Snook (AFD U20 M) 44 min 29 sec; 10 (guest in the Champs). F.Reis (Sy WC 1st M55) 52 min 46 sec.
Girls U15 3km
1. K.Stringer (M&M U15G) 16 min 34 sec; 2. M.Dunwell (Northern IoM U15G) 16 min 22 sec 3. A.Smith (B&B U15G) 17 min 20 sec; 4. C.Wallis (AFD U15G) 17 min 44 sec.