European Masters, Venice 6th Sep 19
The European Masters Championship was held in Venice a month ago but has so far not been reported here despite a team gold for a SWC member. There was a fair sized British contingent in Italy with 10 in the racewalking events which include a track 5km and road races over 10 and 20 km spread over a week. Roger Michell, a regular at these World/European international events was the Club’s only representative but currently belongs to the very strong M70 group. GBR won all three team golds with Steyning’s Ian Richards gaining the individual gold also in all three races. Although not up to Ian’s incredible standard, Roger was a worthy contributor to the team with times well ahead of the other SWC members of a similar age and at this meeting produced three especially good performances.

5km M70
1. I.Richards (Steyn M70) 27 min 8.7 sec; 2. E.Formentin (Italy) 30 min 22.62 sec; 3. P.Boszko (Bir M70) 27 min 33.14 sec; 5. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 30 min 22.62 sec.
1st team.

10km M70
1. I.Richards (Steyn M70) 49 min 32 sec; 2. E.Formentin (Italy) 51 min 54 sec; 3. P.Boszko (Bir M70) 53 min 6 sec; 9. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 57 min 46 sec.
1st team.

20km M70
1. I.Richards (Steyn M70) 1 hr 55 min 57 sec; 2. P.Boszko (Bir M70) 2 hr 0 min 49 sec; 3. E.Formentin (Italy) 2 hr 0 min 49 sec; 8. R.Michell (Sy WC M70) 2 hr 16 min 3 sec.
1st team.

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