Looking Back’ards and For’ards with Sadness and Optimism

There are two elements to this post. The first part looks to the past in remembering one of the great characters of Northern race walking and athletics. Guy Goodair takes up the story.

Ken Bingley passed away last Thursday after a short illness He was 89 years old.

He was a legend at the Pontefract Park run, always manning the same spot. It became known as Ken’s Corner. He volunteered a grand total of 262 times, 228 times at Pontefract, 32 at Frickley and 2 at Nostell. He ran a total of 112 park runs, all at Pontefract.

Ken’s best race walking times were 7 miles: 60.01, 10 miles: 85.15, 20miles: 3.12.59, 20km:113.47 and 50km: 5.24.41. He was a member of Wakefield’s winning team in both the 1966 and 1967 IOM TT Walks and won medals in the Northern 10 miles from1962 to 1966, the Northern 20 miles in 1964 and 1967 and the Northern 50km in 1962.

1962 NARWA 10 miles championship

Ken was also an accomplished road and fell runner ( Three Peaks, Three Towers and numerous short fell races. Rest In Peace, Ken.

Given our club’s proud Centurions’ history, it is fitting also to include this poem scribed by the lately departed Ray Platt of Southend AC, C939. I suspect its contents resonate with all of the hardy souls, who have attempted and completed the Hundred. Deep respect to all. Thanks to Dave Ainsworth for the link.

A CENTURION STORY
By Ray Platt

The sun shone proudly from cloudless skies
Hats, sweat and sunglasses protect our eyes
We check our watches as the time nears one
For we know we walk and dare not run

One hundred miles or more or less
My legs will venture with some distress
Remember the training, remember the pain
Each strike of the foot again and again

The hours pass and my legs are strong
Lonely thoughts, lonely time are helped by song
My back held straight, tired arms are swinging
To the gentle song my head is singing

Great shock as I peer at my swollen hands
Blood congealed and congested like swollen glands
The torture and pain one suffers for glory
Will open the pages of life’s full story

The sun has gone, the moon appears
Long hours have passed since starting cheers
My thoughts travel briefly of forthcoming night
Long shadows, dark trees cast daunting a sight

Dawn, sunrise appears once again
My body sways with onslaught of pain
My lips are dry, I search for water
Without such fluid my body will falter

My legs recover by body strong
The speed increases, I march along
I search for reasons of knowing why
One hundred miles do or die.

The second part focuses on our activities on the ground over the next few weeks.

Firstly it’s not long before we reach the deadline of January 31st for submitting your times for the Virtual 5 Kilometres Handicap. The decision to include this in the Annual Handicap competition was made at the AGM. As an incentive to be involved I attach Dave’s handicap allowances. As the old saying goes, ‘can you beat the handicapper?’ This thought takes me back to an era when there were many more Open events and the need to send your entry form in advance. The form asked always for your most recent time at the distance involved. Armed with this information and having their nose to the ground the handicapper would draw up their list of allowances. Almost always handwritten this subjective but considered opinion was pinned to the door of the dressing room on the day of the race. On arrival competitors would crowd around to see how much of an allowance they had been granted – a signal for much pre-race banter!

JANUARY VIRTUAL 5 KILOMETRES HANDICAP

Tony Bell 04 00
Chris Bolton 11 15
John Crahan 07 00
Peter Crahan 08 15
Eric Crompton 14 15
Stuart Edgar 04 00
Adrian Edwards 02 00
Dave Evans 05 30
Pat Evans 07 00
Guy Goodair 11 15
Roy Gunnett 07 45
Joe Hardy 06 15
Ian Hilditch 04 00
Andrea Lennon 13 45
Dan Maskell 05 15
Tony Malone 02 30
Phil McCullagh 06 30
John Payn 14 15
Martin Payne 03 25
Irene Pike 06 45
John Pouncy 10 00
Jane Pouncy 13 00
Steve Sargent 07 15
Sailash Shah 06 55
Alf Short 07 45
Greg Smith 04 15
Tony Taylor 00 00
Ron Wallwork 16 15
Steve Walker 02 00
Stephen Wilde 07 00
Glyn Jones 06 25

Your 5km clockings to Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com by January 31st

SAM SHOEBOTTOM TROPHY

The Sam Shoebotton 2020. Will this finish ever be excelled?

Secondly, to much relief and anticipation, the Sam Shoebottom Trophy 10 kilometres race will go ahead on Saturday, February 5th at Simister. Roy Gunnett is to be thanked for making all the necessary arrangements. There is one very important departure from the normal. As decided at the AGM this year’s races will start at 1.00 p.m. There is some concern that members using public transport might be effected adversely by this decision. Thus latecomers will be allowed to start and will be included in the handicap results.

As ever I wish I could be with you but travel abroad has been fraught with issues, although the situation may be improving. As it is getting around on Crete is hazardous. Snow is sweeping across the landscape.The South of the island is cut off from the North. So much for warm weather training!

Crossing fingers the weather in Simister will be mild and calm with personal bests abounding.

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Remembering stalwarts of our sport, the latest is the compassionate Geoff Hunwicks

Just over a year ago we were mourning the loss of Paul Nihill, a giant of our sport. In 2021 we witnessed the deaths of other major figures, Bernard Kannenberg and Gerhard Weidner from West Germany, Vladimir Golubnichy and, easily missed, Rudy Haluza of the Essex Beagles and the USA, who finished 4th in the 1968 Olympics.

We witnessed the passing of too many stalwarts closer to home. Thanks to Dave Ainsworth for much of this information.

Mary Worth [Steyning AC]

Derek Appleton C868 [Folkestone AC]

John Barraclough C382 [Yorkshire RWC]

Fred Baker C266 [Highgate Harriers]

Fred Baker, who completed 19 Hundreds, Ta to Tim Erikson

Graham Peddle C605 [Surrey WC]

John Price C214 [Birmingham WC]

Peter Goodchild C471 [Surrey WC]

George Towers [Leicester WC]

Wally Emery [TrowbridgeAC]

Philip Prashner [Loughton AC]

Bill Garrett [Ilford AC]

John Brock [Southend AC]

Dave Stevens [Steyning AC]

Jim Ellis [Yorkshire RWC]

Andrew Fraser [Yorkshire RWC and Scotia RWC]

Andrew in the lead

Mick Elliott [Sarnia RWC]

Mick Elliott

Jack Clifton [Met Police WC]

Len Armstrong ]Redcar WC]

Derek Hayward [English Schools]

And as 2022 dawns we hear that Geoff Hunwicks has recently died.

Dave Ainsworth writes:

Race walking is mourning the loss of one of their leading members from past decades. While a hospital patient after a lengthy period of illness, Geoff Hunwicks passed away at the age of 71.


In Ilford’s colours he was part of their team – along with Roger Mills and Brian Armstrong, who won the 1968 National Junior 5 Miles Championship at Little Hulton in Salford. Geoff’s success saw him awarded a GB International vest at junior level. Success followed success and in 1975 at Southwick, Geoff was part of Ilford’s team which won the Club’s first ever Senior Walking Championship, over 10 miles, the other members being Roger Mills and late athletes Steve Gower and Lew Mockett. He was a regular competitor in Essex representative teams winning the Essex 50 Kilometres’ Championship twice in succession – 1976/77. He served as the Club’s Hon.Press Officer for a spell in the ’70s, submitting many reports to the Ilford Recorder and the long since defunct Ilford Pictorial. He participated in both running and race walking events and was active on the Club’s social scene.

Geoff leads Shaun Lightman, Ian Richards and Bob Dobson. Ta to Tony Perkins

When leaving Ilford he relocated to Weymouth where he turned out for Weymouth St.Paul’s Harriers, and held Club offices.. He was also an organiser as, along with the late Harry Callow, staged well supported races along the town’s seafront. He then emigrated to The Gambia to run “The Gambian Home For Children With Learning Difficulties”, a managerial position he held until his sad demise.

He was involved in many sports and activities. He enjoyed success as a chess player, reaching County standard and was involved in competitive league skittles, which he took most seriously, to a high level and could always hold his own at the snooker table. He also stepped out into the ballroom on a number of occasions.

Geoff goes back a long way and is fondly remembered up in Lancashire. Indeed our paths first crossed when I was spectating at the 1968 National Junior and Youth Championships, held in Little Hulton. Manchester. In the Junior 5 Roger Mills was victorious and led Ilford to the team victory, backed up by Brian Armstrong and Geoff.

The story of his work in Gambia is remarkable and moving.

Hart House, a home for children with learning difficulties and disabilities, is a “purpose built” 2 storey building (25 by 14 metres) which was completed around the summer of 2002, financed by its English C.E.O. Mr. Geoff Hunwicks, who sold his family home to move to The Gambia to live there and set up the project (which was partly financed by him for sustainability and development in the difficult years). The home is the first and only one of its kind in The Gambia, situated 20 km from the capital of Banjul and 6 km from the airport.

Geoff had over 30 years experience in this area with all ages and types of learning difficulties especially the severe/profound as well as practicing holistic massage therapy. He worked as a volunteer in Bethlehem for 2 years in a similar home.

As things stand, following Geoff’s tragic death, the home has been forced to close and it’s not clear if it will reopen.

See https://www.harthouse.net/ to keep up with further information.

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2022 FIXTURES – Living with COVID?

I know he’s from across the Pennines but here’s New Year’s inspiration from 70 years ago – the great Roland Hardy

It’s difficult, even absurd to look forward to the New Year without mentioning COVID.

Almost two years of draconian, damaging restrictions on normal life and relentless propaganda have not stopped the spread. The vaccines, it is agreed, do not prevent infection and transmission. Blaming the unvaccinated is increasingly hollow. Yet there is a sliver of hope. OMICRON is, as is the rule with virus variants, more infectious but milder. If the incredibly expensive and pointless mass testing of the healthy ceases. If the emphasis shifts to treating those, who are seriously ill for all manner of reasons. If society takes a deep breath and calms down, then there’s a goodly chance that Sam Shoebottom can be remembered in style.

A muddy, younger Tony Bell on the country welcoming the New Year in 2014

Find below the 2022 Fixture List

February 5 Sam Shoebottom 10k at Simister

March 5 Alison Trophy 15k at Chorley

April 2 Macclesfield Shield at Sutton Macclesfield

May 7 Dave Crompton Memorial Trophy 7 miles at Chorley

June 3 Dick and Zena Smith Trophy 5 & 10k at Bury AC Track

June 19 BMAF 5k at Horwich

July 2 Barnard Trophy 10k at Sutton Macclesfield

July 23 Fred Pearce Trophy Relay 3x5k at Simister

August 13 Goodwin Cup 10k at Chorley

September 3 Lambert Trophy One Hour at Bury AC Track

October 1 Albert Rigby Shield 10k at Sutton Macclesfield

November 5 LWC AGM 5k at Simister

December 3 Dick Maxwell and Xmas Handicap 5k at Simister

Hoping that the BMAF 5k at Horwich will go ahead this year

All the races are held under B category rules and start at 1.00 p.m. except the BMAF event, which is an A category championship, kicking off at 11.00 a.m. Please note the new starting time of 1.00 p.m. as agreed at the AGM

An Important Addition

As I understand the AGM agreed that a January Virtual 5k Time Trial should be added to the fixture list and this would be incorporated into the Annual Handicap Challenge,

Thus we are encouraging everyone to incorporate a 5k ‘bash’ into their January training programme and let Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com have your times by midnight, January 31 at the latest.

As ever Dave Evans will be the handicapper extraordinaire.

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New Year’s News – Faster Walkers have Healthier Minds!! Plus Some Blackpool Memories

In these doom-mongering times some research we can all agree with, even if we’re a touch biased! Last week I was laying the fire with some very old newspapers donated by a neighbour and at the last minute rescued this 2019 article. I wonder if our New Zealand friend, Mike Parker can shed any more light on the study, which was evidently carried out in Dunedin. Any road we can all puff out our chests, knowing we’re a clever lot! Or can we?

Harking back to our previous post, in which Ron Wallwork revisited the club’s exploits in 1957, young Chris Bolton has got in touch with this lovely anecdote.

A Happy New Year to you and thank you for the feature showing results from 1957.

It brought back many memories since it was the year I joined Lancashire Walking Club.

My first event is not featured but it was the Lancashire County One Mile Track Championship at White City. There were only two competitors, Fred Pearce and myself.   Fred won in about 8-27 and I was a minute adrift. As I crossed the line I was only partially comforted by the comment of the chief judge, Harold Willcox, “well done lad, I could see you weren’t trained.”

My next effort was the Manchester to Blackpool walk where Vic Murray’s sister was my attendant.  At Freckleton, I told her I was retiring and a lovely couple took me into their house to await my collection.  After providing me with a plate of sandwiches, a pot of tea and a bowl of hot water in which to bathe my feet it became apparent that I had been abandoned.  The only solution was to  put my shoes back on and walk the remaining twelve miles to Blackpool.  I struggled to finish in 11 hours 3 minutes, last again.

Therefore in my first two races, one at one mile and one at 51.75 miles, I finished last.  Quite a range of talent I’m sure you will agree!

Each following year, on the Blackpool Walk, a sandwich and a cup of tea awaited me at Freckleton as I passed through. Five years after my first adventure I finished fourth and on the way home I stopped at Freckleton to show my supporters the team trophy and to thank them and recognise their part in my survival.

Continuing the Blackpool theme here is a group of photos from the early 1950s. There are no details with the images so I’ve tried to make my best guess as to the dates. I think the first two are from 1952 with Percy Reading [Polytechnic Harriers] completing a hat-trick of wins with George Lamb [Lancashire WC] second. Just marvel at the crowds lining the approach to the finish at Blackpool Town Hall.

Percy Reading
George Lamb

The following two images are of the same two athletes finishing first and second respectively once more in the previous year 1951. How frustrating for George, trying I think to be the club’s first winner of this Classic event. I need to do some more homework as that sounds improbable. Certainly it looks as if George had walked himself to a standstill. Is he being given smelling salts whilst the St John’s Ambulance is at hand?!

Percy flanked by the crowds and a considerable police presence.
Georges is surrounded by all and sundry. I wonder if the attention was all that welcome?

I’ll be back next week with more odds and soda plus thoughts on the future. Have a beltin’ weekend, noisy or quiet.

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LOOKING BACK IN HISTORY TO 1957 from 2021

In between the turkey butties, sprouts, pudding and sherry you might relax and peruse this fascinating glimpse into the year 1957 put together by Ron Wallwork, to whom we are very grateful. I’ve acquired a new printer, which has allowed me to scan in Ron’s originals. Although I know a bottom line is missing here and there. I’ll do better next time. Next time around I’ll ask Ron to use a larger font on his originals.

In the meantime, I wish you a joyous Christmas Day in spite of the renewed efforts to spread gloom and anxiety. Next week I’ll put together some memories of 2021 and stare into the crystal ball.

The Kentish Marshes in winter painted by Marilyn Taylor

LOOKING BACK TO 1957

In Ron’s original, he documents two club races in January. Didn’t scan properly.

January 5th Goodwin Cup 10 miles at West Didsbury- 18 finished. Won bu Joe Barraclough in 80:09 from john Grocott 90:14 and Alan Pugh 91:30.

January 19th at St. Helens 7 miles Handicap – 14 finished. Won by Cliff Royle: H’cap time 49:20 Actual 72:05. Fred Pearce Junior was 8th H’cap 53:30 Actual 67:30.

  1. In fainter type within the scans Ron notes that “Sam Morgan is recorded in the 07/01/1914 Sporting Life as finishing second in North Manchester Harriers 4 miles and was still serving the sport in the early 60s”.
  2. He notes too, ”A remarkable 35 days for Joe Barraclough, 1st June, 1st Lancs AAA 2 miles in 14:17; 10th June, 2nd Bradford 50kms in 4:48:06; 15th June, 12th in National 5okms in 5:18;45; 22nd June, 3rd Manchester-Blackpool 51.75 miles in 8:44:18 and finally 4th London and Back 100 miles in 19:03:34. Long distance races in hot conditions, much travelling – what a feat!

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WORLD ATHLETICS RACE WALKING TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP TO INCLUDE MASTERS EVENTS

Out of interest [I can’t see any of us making Oman in March!] I wonder what members and supporters think of this initiative. Thanks to Marcia del Mondo for the news.

Muscat (Oman) – World Athletics Race Walking Team Championship will also have events reserved for Masters (WMA)March 4/5, 2022

Although Marcia dal Mondo by editorial choice does not deal with the multiple Master activities in the context of race walking due to time problems, the news that was provided to us with the request for its advertising is a juicy bit of news and we cannot avoid to follow it up. It marks a turning point in the history of the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championship.

 World Masters Athletics (WMA) and World Athletics have worked hard over the last few years to develop a closer relationship. World Athletics now invited Masters Athletes to join the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships held in Muscat/Oman. WMA President, Margit Jungmann and WMA Vice President Brian Keaveney drafted a competition program to attract Masters race walkers. WMA and World Athletics want to offer this new opportunity for Masters Athletes around the world to come together and celebrate their love of race walking and competition. They will join the best race walkers in the world to test themselves. Oman is a beautiful, peaceful country, and Muscat is a scenic city full of things to be discovered. 

The World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Muscat will be held on 4-5 March 2022 including a mixed 4x2km Masters relay and 10km age group races.  

Some tentative details on the Masters races:

1.- The relay team consists of two race walkers made of one woman and one man. Each country can enter any number of teams in the following categories:  – Age 35-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+- Mode: Each athlete will RW two 2K loops alternating between a man and a woman. A woman or a man can go first or second but must alternate.

 2.- Individual race 10km with team scoring   – All 5-year age groups starting at 35-39 can compete. The top three athletes both male and female can medal. Most likely there will be one mixed-sex 10K race.     – Team scoring for age groups will be used. 

The background dates back to March 2021, when World Athletics and WMA had reached an historic agreement that would see official Masters Championships held for the first time alongside the World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia in February 2022. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, World Athletics had to postpone this event to 2023.  

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Defying the Elements: The Nightmare Xmas 6 miles!

All praise to the indomitable spirits, competitors, officials and supporters, who did Dick Maxwell proud by turning up at Simister on Saturday for the club’s Xmas 10 kilometres. Nightmarish conditions even though we didn’t use the infamous Nightmare course! Saying I would have loved to be there rings rather hollow!

Post-Race 1 – thankfully back in the warm

As ever Dave Evans reports:

The journey to Simister for this memorial race was about the worst we can remember. It lashed down and several competitors faced delays with accidents on the motorway caused by heavy rainfall and high winds.  A pre-race check by one of our marshalls indicated that our usual out and back course would have to be shortened by about 300 metres unless our walkers were happy to walk that distance in calf-high water.

Do we really want to?

Despite the heavy drizzle and cool breeze, the field of seven set off into the maelstrom while the officials ran for cover. It was just over half an hour later when the leading walkers came into view clocking reputable times in the conditions. A number had indicated that their day’s activity would be limited to half of the full race and it was no surprise to see Glyn Jones heading the field in fine style despite a niggling knee problem. Glyn and Pat Evans chose the shortened course recording times of 32 minutes 24 and 35 mins 13 respectively.

Glyn finishing strongest over 5k

The remaining weather hardened individuals stood to their task with gusto(strong wind in Italian !)and actually walked as well if not better in the second part of their challenge. Defying his years, Ian Hilditch claimed the fastest gross time of the day with a very strong 65 mins 29 with new club president Joe Hardy claiming second spot in an excellent 68 mins 47.

Ian – fastest on the day

Phil McCullagh straddles both running and walking and achieved an admirable 69 mins 44 walking both halves in the same time. Stephen Wilde, another duathlon performer, runner and walker, added another race to his portfolio with a steady 73 mins 12 and club secretary Roy Gunnett, recovering from some medical treatment on his shoulder and arm, walked with his usual aplomb and great style.

Phil, oblivious to the elements

Roy looking relaxed

Greg Smith, a more regular Marshall these days, did a virtual solo out and back and recorded a sound 33 mins 53, the second-fastest time on the short course.

Great to see Greg back on the road
Pat dashing back to warm the pies

Thanks to Sailash Shah, Irene Pike, Louise Waite and Martin Payne for helping with the officiating and Pat Evans for the catering which rounded off a good day despite the abysmal weather.

Post-race 2 featuring Greg – taken by Louise?

Thanks to Martin Payne and Greg Smith for the photos.

Post-script

It’s no wonder familiar faces were missing on the day but a special mention for Tony Bell, who spent Thursday night in the Sheffield Hospital A & E with his sick wife. We hope she is on the mend. Not to forget Stephen Walker, whose step-son, Michael is featured on BBC Saturday Kitchen Live, then has been chosen to do a film shot on Monday in London. Congratulations in order.

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DICK MAXWELL MEMORIAL TROPHY AND XMAS HANDICAP 10KM. DECEMBER 4

We are looking forward to a grand turnout for our annual Xmas event at Simister, especially as no one need be deterred by talk of the Nightmare course!! In the spirit of goodwill to all men and women, not least John Crahan, the race will take place on the usual out and back to Heaton Park, starting at 1.30 p.m. Sighs of relief all round.

Over fifty wintry years ago I’m losing touch with the formidable Jake Warhurst [Sheffield UH] and hanging on to a hidden Mick Holmes [YRWC]

As has become usual in these unusual times we are asking you to inform Dave Evans if you are attending and in what capacity – as a competitor, as a spare of hands or merely as a welcome spectator. Most importantly, on the vital issue of the post-race pie and peas, we need you to let Pat know whether you require the vegetarian option. Contact dave.evans08@hotmail.co.uk

Being an adopted Wiganer from Leigh [a very dangerous thing to admit locally] I’ve obviously ordered a couple of pies, However, as things stand, I will not make the start line but will be vociferous on the sideline, exclaiming the usual welcome banalities – ‘looking good’; ‘keep it going’; ‘dig in’ etc……

And, to add that the club annual subscription is due – an absurd snip at only 15 pounds. Details to follow.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon.

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POST-AGM UPDATE

Smartly dressed Sam Morgan might well be on his way to the Club AGM of that year[?].

Ahead of the full minutes of the 2021 AGM Dave Evans draws our attention to the following:

  1. Joe Hardy has accepted the role of President.
  2. Tony Bell won the AJTaylor Award and Martin Payne the Cliif Royle Trophy
  3. Roy Gunnett covered the financial side of the club and said we were in good position with a balance of nearly £2000.  We have decided to up the race fees for our own fixtures from £3 to £4 and this alone should help us to balance the books annually. We had a deficit in this last year but this was largely because we bought the Dave Crompton trophy. We are very lucky with Macclesfield and Chorley costing us precisely nothing to hire their facilities.  The Bury track is subsidised but we still pay out over £100. The Simister hall costs us £30 which is pretty good.
  4. The Centurions 100 will be at Middlesbrough next August (20/21). More details to follow. A copy of the revised fixture list will be circulated in due course.
  5. We are not having the secret Santa next month. given that this is not really something appropriate to us oldies! Pat will be doing pie and peas and if you are vegetarian she will provide more vegetarian pies. Answers on a postcard or more immediately to dave.evans08@hotmail.co.uk
  6. There will be a Virtual addition to the fixture list in January 2022. It will form part of the club handicap competition and will be a 5k. More details to follow.
Pat Evans on the chase in grimy weather of this month’s AGM

In conversation with Dave, he revealed that he completely forgot to mention the collection of the annual subscriptions! I presume this might have something to do with Roy’s healthy financial report! Anyway, we need to cough up at the December race.

To many people’s relief, we will not be using the Nightmare course for the Xmas 10 kilometres. More details to follow.

Many thanks to David Lamb for the great photo of Sam Morgan. Sam gave outstanding service to the club and for many years was the organiser of the Moston 10 miles Open race.

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Bill Jackson Trophy and AGM 5K, November 6

Our Simister Annual General Meeting venue

Dave Evans reports:

Tony Bell leads five other aspirants towards the turn in Heaton Park

Nine sturdy aspirants toed the starting line and headed into a cold strong breeze on the outward 2.5 k leg of the AGM 5k. The handicapper played the usual trick of employing a start of sorts for each wave of walkers but none reflected their real handicap adjustment. The return journey was much more enjoyable I am told but the driving rain both ways was uncomfortable. We had no “guests” on this occasion so the competition was domestic and the final times were pretty good across the board with no one performing “out of character “.

Martin Payne in stylish headgear chased by Phil McCullagh

Winner of the handicap and now thankfully back to good health was Martin Payne whose 31 mins 20 in the race proper was only 23 seconds slower than scratch man Adrian Edwards, the latter strolling in the poor conditions and showing excellent style. Tony Bell appears to be benefiting from coaching at his Yorkshire base producing the second-fastest time of the day with a speedy 31 mins 02. Many thanks to Greg Smith for marshalling at the turnaround point and Pat for the post-race catering.

Pat Evans finishing just in time to sort out the refreshments. Much appreciated!

SCRATCH

1. Adrian Edwards 30 mins 57
2. Tony Bell 31 mins 02
3. Martin Payne 31 mins 20
4. Joe Hardy 34 mins 48
5. Sailash Shah 34 mins 55
6. Roy Gunnett 34 mins 58
7. Phil,McCullagh 35 mins 16
8. Pat Evans 35 mins 33
9. Andrea Lennon 42 mins 01

Andrea Lennon clearly glad to make the finish

HANDICAP

1. Martin Payne 27 mins 20
2. Tony Bell 27 mins 42
3. Joe Hardy 28 mins 24
4. Phil McCullagh 28 mins 37
5. Sailash Shah 28 mins 42
6. Roy Gunnett 28 mins 44
7. Andrea Lennon 30 mins 01
8. Pat Evans 30 mins 11
9. Adrian Edwards 30 mins 23

Great shot of Phil McCullagh in full stride

Thanks as ever to Greg Smith for the photos. More to follow in the coming weeks.

More news on the AGM to follow.

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