|The annual 15km out and back in the pleasant if hilly countryside near Steyning saw the usual turnout of nine of whom 5 represented Surrey Walking Club. Although the temperature was normal for the period there was a cold northerly breeze which seemed to affect the stationary spectators more than the competitors. Standards were rather varied so gaps soon appeared with the front two separated from 3rd by over 10 minutes although times were for the most part in line with or better than might have been expected. Trever Jones of the home club held Hungarian Olympian for two thirds of the distance was only 16 seconds down by the finish in the centre of this pleasant and busy town. SWC’s Paul Gaston continued his run of good form and finishing 10 seconds faster than last year. In 6th place Chris Flint had a good result having raced with Colchester’s Stephen Cartwright most of the way but tiring to lose over a minute in the latter stages. The course suits David Hoben who came in ahead of Mick Harran who was not at his best. Not far behind Kathy Crilley, in preparation for imminent longer races, was two and a half minutes quicker than her last, 2016, time with an even paced effort with her return journey one second different from the outward.