08 September 2016
Race Walking Information
Shaun Lightman (Blackheath & Bromley Harrier - 1968 Olympic Games, 50k
Walk) has a coaching session at 5.30 pm at Norman Park on Thursday evenings.
More information about race walking -
Congratulations to Izzy Bridge (U15 G) who has been selected to race walk
for England against Ireland in the Nihill Shield at Hillingdon on October 2.
This caps a fantastic season for Izzy who is currently ranked 2nd in the UK
for the 3,000m walk and is a just reward for all of the hard work she has
put in over the course of the season.
Report for 4/9/16 –
Open Meeting 3/1 Km Walks,Tonbridge School (29/8), Jim Sharlott/BMAF 10km,
Abbey Park, Leicester (3/9) and Wadelincourt 24 hours,
AC held their usual August Bank Holiday Open meeting including a track walk.
Shaun Lightman turned out mainly to support his Blackheath & Bromley
coaching group. It was a bright warm summer morning as four competitors
faced the starter. Christopher Hobbs (Ashford) went into a commanding lead
from the gun and easily won the race. Abigail Smith walking 1km had a race
long battle with Shaun Lightman in the first part of his 3km. She finished
in a time which equaled her personal best. Lightman continued and finished 2nd
whilst Abigails' elder brother, Josh, brought up the rear to complete his
first 3km race.
event this weekend was the traditional Jim Sharlott 10km which included the
British Master’s championship. The course is a multi-lap oval in the park
with a good surface and it’s natural beauty was only marred by the very
light rain during the race. The shape means the competitors always have a
good view of those up to half a lap ahead. Teams of four meant Surrey’s
three did not score in the team race but were 2nd Masters team.
Roger Michell was in good form and started strongly as he chased Peter Bosko
(Birchfield) for the M65 group race. Although unable to hold his rival, the
gap was only exactly one minute behind at the end despite Bosko having a
great race himself for 3rd overall while Roger was up in 7th.
Some way behind them was a group of four consisting of the whole M70 group
and Sara Lightman who ended 4th lady. The others in the group
included Surrey Walking Club’s Shaun Lightman and Peter Hannell. The two
Lightman’s started behind the other two but passed by after a lap or two
thus encouraging the others to hold on. On this occasion Shaun faded
slightly as he returns from injury and Hannell was able to stay nearer to
Sara and claim the M70 victory while Shaun just managed to hold off 3rd
M70, John Borgas, by 2 seconds.
previous weekend saw SWC’s indomitable pair of ladies, Sandra Brown and
Kathy Crilley in Belgium for the bi-enniel 24hours where the initial
temperature was 35 degrees and a steady start was essential. Sandra once
again won the women's event with 109 miles and up in 5th place
overall.Kathy was just outside of the medals as she completed over 100km.
Tonbridge Open Meeting 3/1 Km Walks,Tonbridge School (29/8):
C.Hobbs (Ashf M60) 15 min 56.09 sec; 2. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 19 min
20.86 sec; 3. J.Smith (B&B U15B) 21 min 55.89 sec.
A.Smith (B&B U13G) 6 min 18.21 sec.
Sharlott/BMAF 10km, Abbey Park, Leicester (3/9):
M.Williams (Tam 1st M50) 52 min 26 sec; 2. D.Butterly (Leic WC 2nd
M50) 54 min 16 sec; 3. P.Boszko (Bir 1st M65) 59 min 34 sec; 7.
R.Michell (Sy WC 2nd M65) 1 hr 1 min 34 sec; 11.
P.Hannell (Sy WC 1st M70) 1 hr 6 min 22 sec; 12.
S.Lightman (Sy WC 2nd M70) 1 hr 6 min 39 sec.
1.A.Wheeler (Leic WC 1st W60) 1 hr 3 min 20 sec; 2. C.Dyall (Nun
1st W35) 1 hr 4 min 20 sec; 3. F.Bishop (AFD 1st W55)
1 hr 5 min 51 sec; 4. S.Lightman (Leic WC 1st W45) 1 hr 6 min 17
Wadelincourt 24 hours, Belgium (27-8/8):
1. M.Olivares 180.426 km; 2.P.Langlois 177.535 km; 3. P.Bunel 175.808 km.
1. S.Brown (SyWC W65 5th overall) 175.101 km; 2. M.Sonnois
155.566; 3. C.Bizard 144.282 km; 4. K.Crilley (SyWC W65 14th
overall) 105.482 km.
Report for 28/8/16 –
Inter-Club 5km, Allianz Park, Hendon (27/8) and Joint Veterans & Southern
Counties AC T&F Championships 3km Walk (28/8):
Holiday week-end saw races every day while many of the potential competitors
were away. This partially accounted for the low numbers at each venue. The
LICC 5km is normally an opportunity to get a good time with large numbers
over all standards. 17 is a fair number for a normal track race but low for
these races and the spread of standard and the high temperatures led to
generally slow times and only one personal best. The leaders certainly were
competitive finishing only a second apart and among the best performances.
Surrey Walking Club had three out with Dan Maskell in 5th man but
with four women ahead as the fair sex seemed to deal better with the
conditions. David Hoben’s recent long distance races in similar difficult
conditions brought him among the best performances and near his normal time
and thus much closer to several usually faster men. Among these was Shaun
Lightman, recovering from injury and only 73 seconds ahead.
first time the two local Veteran’s area Clubs combined for their annual
track & field championships. This should have meant larger numbers and,
while this was the case for some events like the 5km and 200m runs, the walk
was very poor with only 4 out. On the positive side this led to a very
cheerful group despite the event being around 30 minutes late and all
intended to give the crowd good if spread performances. The first home in a
fair time despite the lack of competition was Penelope Cumming of AFD while
first man, John Ralph, was out of form. SWC’s representative, Peter Hannell,
was unsurprisingly last although near recent times after working hard to
catch Fiona Bishop (Woking) who was pleased to just break 19 minutes.
Inter-Club 5km, Allianz Park, Hendon (27/8):
G.Chapman (Head M60) 28 min 54 sec; 2. M.Culshaw (Belg M50) 28 min 55 sec;
3. J.Ralph (E&H M55) 30 min 48 sec; 5. D.Maskell (Sy WC M65) 32 min
31 sec; 7. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70) 34 min 8 sec; 11. D.Hoben (Sy
WC M60) 35 min 21 sec.
P.Cummings (AFD W40) 29 min 39 sec;2. H.Middleton (E&H W50) 30 min 35 sec;
3. M.Noel (Belg W50) 31 min 5 sec.
Veterans & Southern Counties AC T&F Championships 3km Walk (28/8):
P.Cummings (AFD W40) 17 min 6.25 sec; 2. J.Ralph (E&H M55) 18 min 8.8 sec;
3. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 18 min 56.98 sec; 4. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 19
min 23.24 sec.
Report for 21/8/16 –
Veterans AC 5 mile Summer League, Battersea Park
The last of the 2016 season of the,
historically, popular 5 milers in the pleasant surroundings of Battersea
Park just went into double figures. The absent visitors missed a friendly
race in fine sunny late summer conditions.
Mark Culshaw had yet another win
for this season while second placed David Bowker from marathon orientated
Fairlands Valley Spartans appeared for the first time in a creditable second
Fiona Bishop saw a return to
pre-injury form, with the best performance of the night only half a minute
behind Belgrave’s Maureen Noel.
Centurian’s Captain and Surrey
Walking Club member, Kathy Crilley, made a brief departure from her long
distance regime to take part just before an imminent 24 hour road race and
not long after another distance event. Despite her natural weariness she was
in fact a minute or so ahead of recent times for these races. There were
three men from Surrey also out and in fact they together with Kathy and a
novice comprised the whole of the second half of the finishers. Mick Harran
was the first of these and though his time was modest he worked hard to
keep close to the illustrious Arthur Thomson who came past mid-race after a
Veterans AC 5 mile Summer League,
Battersea Park (17/8):
1. M.Culshaw (Belg M50) 48 min 57
sec; 2. D.Bowker (FVS M55) 52 min 18 sec; 3. A.Thomson (E&H M80) 53 min 23
sec; 4. M.Harran (Sy WC M75) 54 min 19 sec; 5.
P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 55 min 1 sec;
6. D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 58
min 18 sec.
1. M.Noel (Belg W50) 52 min 37 sec;
2. F.Bishop (AFD W55) 53 min 9 sec; 3. K.Crilley (Sy WC W65) 1 hr 0
min 55 sec;
P.Hannell – Press Sec. 21/8/16
Report for 7/8/16 – British
Masters 10km Track Championships, Birmingham (31/7), Redcar National 100
miles (6-7/8), Kent Young Athletes League, Medway (7/8), Southern Counties
Veterans League, Wimbledon (11/7) and Woodford Tuesday Walks (19/7):
Although the National Masters
10km Track Championships were poorly attended, all of the top walkers turned
out in their age groups. Among these were Roger Michell competing in the M65
group against world age group champion Ian Richards. Although, inevitably,
some way behind Ian, Roger’s time was a season’s best for 10km.
This year’s National 100 miles
was held up in Redcar in the very North of Yorkshire and four SWC members
attended although only Sandra and Richard Brown attempted the full distance
with Sandra successful and only a few minutes behind her 2015 time. David
Hoben went for the 20 miles at a reasonable pace. Full report to follow.
Three of Shaun Lightman’s
coaching group, who are members of Blackheath & Bromley, took part in the
latest Kent Young Athletes League. Isabelle Bridge went with Jack Childs in
the Under 15 2km and built up a commanding lead over Andrea Arnold of
Dartford to win by over a minute. Josh Smith walked a sensible race to come
through strongly in the last 200m to finish in 13m 33 having just overtaken
Rowan Burford (Dartford) 13m 34s and Annabel Arnold (Dartford) 13m 34s by
the line. This was a personal best. Abi Smith, in the U13 1km went with the
leader for the first 100m but dropped back slightly down the field and
gamely kept a third position to finish in 6m 16.7s - a personal best by more
than half a minute. Also racing for Blackheath was Habbnah Clark who
finished in 7m 47s.
Two earlier results have come to
light – the regular Tuesday race at Woodford in July included another
come-back race from Steve Crane as he boosted a rather small field but was
well placed in 3rd in a time in line with his form before his break.
The South London section of the
Southern Counties Masters league saw three Surrey Walking Club members out
for their track clubs. Ian Statter had raced very little for a few years so
found the speed difficult but was well under 13 minutes. Not far behind was
new member and newcomer to race walking, Jules Williams, improving her
British Masters 10km Track
Championships, Birmingham (31/7):
1. F.Reis (SCVAC M55) 50 min
48.2 sec; 2. I.Richards (Steyn M65) 52 min 16.2 sec; 3. M.Williams (Tam M50)
53 min 53.7 sec; 5. R.Michell (Sy WC M65) 1 hr 2 min 12.6 sec.
Redcar National 100 miles
1. F.Van Der Gulik (Holland) 20
hr 30 min 56 sec; 2. C.Vesty (Leic WC M50) 20 hr 39 min 44 sec; 3. J.Millard
(Holland) 21 hr 2 min 25 sec; 4. S.Brown (Sy WC W65) 21 hr 10 min 6 sec.
20 miles race:
D.Hoben (Sy WC M60) 4 hr 34 min
Other SWC partial completions in
the 100 miles were:
Richard Brown 66 miles in 14h
Chris Flint 32 miles in 8h 27m
Kent Young Athletes League,
1km – Girls U13
3. A.Smith (B&B U13G) 6 min 16.7
2km – Girls U15
1. I.Bridge (B&B U15G) 12 min
2km – Boys U15
1. J.Smith (B&B U15B) 13 min 33
Southern Counties Veterans
League, Wimbledon (11/7):
4th M50. I.Statter (Croy/Sy WC
M55) 12 min 52.8 sec; 1st W35. J.Williams (Croy/Sy WC W45) 13 min 4.8 sec;
4th M35. D.Hoben (C Stri/Sy WC M60) 13 min 42.2 sec.
Woodford Tuesday Walks (19/7):
1. S.AllenB (Barn M60) 17 min
15.8 sec; 2. G.Smith (E&H M55) 17 min 26.8 sec; 3. S.Crane (Sy WC M35) 18
min 14.5 sec.
P.Hannell – Press Sec. 7/8/16
Report for 24/7/16 –
Milers Club 1 mile Walk, Sutcliffe Park (20/7/16):
prestigious British Milers Club event was, once again, generous enough to
permit a one mile race walk (1km previously). A field of 11 was respectable
and the event had a full quota of judges acting under the higher
international set of rules. There were no disqualifications and most of the
youngsters achieved good or even best times on a warm evening. Surrey
Walking Club’s Shaun Lightman and Peter Hannell took part to support the
event with other established walkers and were pleased to see that youth and
enthusiasm won the day as the most of juniors pulled away. Even the youngest
of them, Under 13 Abi Smith of Blackheath & Bromley and coached by Shaun,
made a good effort in only her second race, to hold Geraldine Legon despite
her age and size.
members of Surrey Walking Club completed the 100th edition of Nijmegen
Marches, which was started in 1906 by the Dutch military to keep their
personnel fit after the introduction of motor transport. There were a number
of new features to mark the occasion, including a return to the 55k a day
distance for the first time since 1966 when it was the minimum distance for
men under 50. The most high profile of the celebrations was probably the
longest lap of honour in recorded history of 50k, a lap of honour so long it
went into the night and out into the following day, and that was fitted
in-between the normally planned 4 day marches for 3 of the 4 days. Kathy
Crilley from Surrey Walking Club and also Captain of the Centurions
ultra-distance organisation was selected to take part in this. Each
afternoon a different group of 25 set off, on other days there were teams
from the military, police, Olympians. In all, over 4 days, a total of 100
took part to fit in with the theme of 100th celebrations. Kathy
completed 55k a day for the marches as a member of the Metropolitan Police
Walking Club team.
Centurion and SWC member Chris Flint also did the event in his capacity as
member of the Metropolitan Police Walking Club team in full police uniform
covering 160k in all. In addition David Hoben covered 55k a day as civilian.
All four days had extreme heat with temperatures into the 30s, with some
torrential rain and electrical storms on Day 4.
celebratory features planned in this part of Holland, better known for its
part in Operation Market Garden, were extensive changes to the route
including some villages that it had never visited before, a number of 100
year old cars, a ‘passport’ into one village with officers in period
costumes. Also, on the last day, it was attended by Netherland’s King
Willem-Alexander at the finish and at the bridge over a major river that is
constructed by a different army each year.
Milers Club 1 mile Walk, Sutcliffe Park (20/7):
L.Legon (Camb H U20 M) 7 min 32.32 sec; 2. C.Hobbs (Ashf M60) 8 min 1.06
sec; 3. M.Smith (Ashf U17B) 8 min 8.81 sec; 5. S.Lightman (Sy WC M70)
9 min 51.01 sec; 6. P.Hannell (Sy WC M70) 10 min 22.71 sec.
E.Ghose (Ton U20W) 8 min 23.2 sec; 2. E.Butcher (Camb H U17G) 8 min 24.61
sec; 3. B.Fury (M&M U15G) 9 min 17.53 sec; 4. G.Legon (Bexley W55) 10 min
52.37 sec; 5. A.Smith (B&B U13G) 11 min 51.25 sec.
Hannell – Press Sec. 24/7/16