Virtual League Racing Series – Week 24 with a milestone Week 26 in the offing

Significantly next week sees Week 26 of the Virtual Series, illustrating that the competition has been going for a full half year. Helen Elleker, who has contributed so much to keeping the show on the road is hoping for a big turnout to celebrate the milestone. Hence we are encouraging as many people as possible to submit a 2k time for this coming seven days. If you’ve not been involved before it’s no problem just send me your time and date of birth – tonymtaylor@gmail.com

I think we should be proud as a club for the way we have supported the Virtual Series during this surreal year.

Virtual League Racing Series – Week 24

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (87.35%)
2 Manx Harriers (78.24%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (69.29%)
4 Steyning AC (52.50%)
5 Sarnia Walking Club (49.41%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (40.60%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (16)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (30)
3 Quickstep Fitness (61)
4 Steyning AC (183)
5 Birchfield Harriers (189)
6 Sarnia Walking Club (190)

Dave Evans going so fast he’s a blur!! Ta to Greg for the photo.

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 93.53% Lancs WC 10:44.0

Greg Smith M65 82.11% Lancs WC 11:30.0

Dave Evans M70 86.42% Lancs WC 11:37.0

Tony Bell M55 60.35% Lancs WC 13:57.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.16% Lancs WC 15:26.0

It was brilliant to see Pat Evans entering the women’s ranks, finishing 4th in the Age-Graded race.

Pat attired for training in the Lakes

Pat Evans W65 76.10% Lancs WC 13:36.0

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VIRTUAL LEAGUE SERIES 23 – still prominent in the results with Guy doing us proud

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (83.73%)

2 Manx Harriers (77.59%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (71.26%)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (71.00%)
5 Steyning AC (52.38%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (46.18%)

Guy Goodair here in 2007 has done us proud across the Virtual Series

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (13)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (38)
3 Quickstep Fitness (59)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (73)
5 Birchfield Harriers (177)
6 Steyning AC (188)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 94.71% Lancs WC 10:36.0

Greg Smith M65 80.59% Lancs WC 11:43.0

Tony Bell M55 68.73% Lancs WC 12:15.0

Guy Goodair M80 75.90% Lancs WC 15:17.0

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AUGUST LWC VIRTUAL SERIES: 10 KILOMETRES RESULTS and NEWS of a VIRTUAL FRED PEARCE RELAY

Great to put a face to a name, Here’s Marco Bernatzki in full stride, looking relaxed and very safe!

10 KILOMETRES SCRATCH

[G] indicates Guest, who is not counted in the team race.

  1. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia RWC 52:02
  2. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 54:49
  3. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar 55:50 [G]
  4. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia RWC 57:53
  5. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia RWC 59:14
  6. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia RWC 67:54
  7. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 67:59
  8. Dave Evans M70 LWC 68:03
  9. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia RWC 68:55
  10. Glyn Jones M75 Coventry Godiva 69:23 [G]
  11. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 69:24
  12. Greg Smith M65 LWC 69:31
  13. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia RWC 69:49
  14. Pat Evans F65 LWC 70:11
  15. Linda Hinshelwood F55 Scotia RWC 70:38
  16. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 72:11
  17. Martin Payne M55 LWC 72:32
  18. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia RWC 72:39
  19. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 7240
  20. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 72:59 [G]
  21. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia RWC 73:20
  22. Tony Bell M55 LWC 73:42
  23. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 89:19

TEAM RACE [MIXED]

SCOTIA RWC [1, 3, 4 and 5] 13 pts

LWC [2, 6, 7 and 9] 24 pts

10 KILOMETRES AGE-GRADED

  1. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 54:49 – 97.63%
  2. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia RWC 52:02 – 86.85%
  3. Pat Evans F65 LWC 70:11 – 83.69%
  4. Glyn Jones M75 Coventry Godiva 69:23 – 82.89% [G]
  5. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia RWC 73:20 – 82.72%
  6. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 69:24 – 80.42%
  7. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC72:40 – 80.39%
  8. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 89:19 – 78.83%
  9. Dave Evans M70 LWC 68:03 – 78.64%
  10. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia RWC 59:14 – 77.77%
  11. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar 55:50 – 75.68% [G]
  12. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia RWC 57:53 – 75.34%
  13. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia RWC 69:49 – 75.12%
  14. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia RWC 68:55 – 75.11%
  15. Linda Hinshelwood F55 Scotia RWC 70:38 – 74.25%
  16. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 72:11 – 74.14%
  17. Greg Smith M65 LWC 69:31 – 72.25%
  18. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia RWC 67:54 – 71.94%
  19. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 67:59 – 70.60%
  20. Martin Payne M60 LWC 72:32 – 63.51%
  21. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia RWC 72:39 – 63.41%
  22. Tony Bell M55 LWC 73:42 – 60.76%
  23. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 72:59 – 58.14% [G]

TEAM RACE [MIXED]

LWC [1, 3, 5 and 6] 15 pts

SCOTIA RWC [2, 4, 8 and 9] 23 pts

Great shot of Greg Smith competing in the 2007 Centenary 5k at Simister

10 KILOMETRES HANDICAP

The race within a race based on handicap allowances was a traditional feature of Race Walking events across the decades at a club level, but particularly within Open races. Entry forms would always ask for one’s latest performance to assist the handicapper decide on your allowance based on the fastest prospective competitor starting from scratch i.e. having no handicap allowance. The handicap race was seen as providing motivation for athletes throughout the field – from a younger walker breaking through to a seasoned veteran still striving to do do their best.

  1. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia RWC Actual 52:02 Allowance 00:10 H’cap time 51:52
  2. Greg Smith M65 LWC 69:31; 16:25; 53:06
  3. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia RWC 57:53; 04:30; 53:23=
  4. Glyn Jones M75 Coventry Godiva 69:23; 16:00; 53:23=
  5. Martin Payne M55 LWC 72:32; 18:20; 54:12
  6. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia RWC 73:20; 19:00; 54:20
  7. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar 55:50; 01:15; 54:35
  8. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia RWC 59:14; 04:35; 54:39
  9. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia RWC 67:54; 13:10; 54:44
  10. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 54:49; 00:00; 54:49
  11. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 69:24; 14:30; 54:54
  12. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 67:49; 12:45; 55:04
  13. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 72:40; 17:35; 55:05
  14. Pat Evans F65 LWC 70:11; 15:00; 55:11
  15. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia RWC 68:55; 13:30; 55:25
  16. Linda Hinshelwood F55 Scotia RWC 70:38; 15:10; 55:28
  17. Tony Bell M55 LWC 73:42; 18:00; 55:42
  18. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 72:59; 17:05; 55:54
  19. Dave Evans M70 LWC 68:03; 12:00; 56:03
  20. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 72:11; 14:40; 57:31
  21. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia RWC 69:49; 12:00; 57:49
  22. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia RWC 72:39; 14:30; 58:09
  23. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 89:19; 22:20; 66:59

Congratulations to Dave Evans on his handicapping- just 3 minutes covering 2nd to 18th, which by chance is himself!

FRED PEARCE VIRTUAL 5K RELAY – THE SEPTEMBER CHALLENGE

We’ve decided to make your 5 kilometre clocking in September the basis for a Virtual Fred Pearce Relay. This race has always been a highlight of of our season, commemorating the immeasurable contributions to our club of both father and son. In recent years Dave Evans has mixed and matched competitors into teams of three with a view to orchestrating a close fought final leg. Exciting and good fun!

Joe Hardy hands over to Russell Jackson in the 2019 Fred Pearce Relay

Hence we are asking if you would indicate if you would like to be in Dave’s mix. He will use as a starter the 5k times from June with due cognisance of improvements since then over the longer distances. We very much hope our friends and guests from Scotia and beyond will participate. In addition we would welcome your involvement even if this is your first appearance in the Club Series.

Therefore it would be enormously helpful to Dave as the handicapper and creator of the teams if you could let us know if you are happy to be involved by September 21st. 5k times will be accepted up to midnight, October 1st.

James Pearce and Bronte were hoping for better weather this year. It will have to be a sunny 2021 then

Hoping very much you will be part of our effort to keep up our collective spirits and our commitment to remembering Fred Pearce Senior and Junior as they were affectionately known.

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Virtual League Series 22 – top team again plus Southend AC One Mile result

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (86.41%)

2 Sarnia Walking Club (71.57%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (70.15%)
4 Manx Harriers (48.68%)
5 Ilford AC (44.63%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (40.82%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (25)

2 Quickstep Fitness (55)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (65)
4 Manx Harriers (170)
5 Birchfield Harriers (191)
6 Ilford AC (204)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 96.37% Lancs WC 10:25.6

Wearing the LWC vest on top of the podium in the over 60 category of our local village run

Stephen Walker M60 82.39% Lancs WC 10:44.0

Greg Smith M65 80.48% Lancs WC 11:44.0

Tony Bell M55 68.36% Lancs WC 12:19.0

Martin Payne M60 67.70% Lancs WC 12:48.0

Guy Goodair at Bury in the 2 hour race commemorating Ron Wallwork’s record

Guy Goodair M80 75.00% Lancs WC 15:28.0

Southend-on-Sea AC Virtual Mile
Monday, 30th August 2020

Men’s 1 Mile
1 Jonathan Hobbs SM Ashford AC 7:20.0
2 Owen Toyne U15M AUSTRALIA 7:33.0
3 Ray Robinson M45 Redcar RWC 7:53.0
4 David Kemp M60 Arena 80 8:01.0
5 Bob Care M70 Midland Vets AC 8:07.6
6 Tony Taylor M70 Lancashire WC 8:21.0
7 Steve Partington M50 Manx Harriers 8:35.0
8 Christopher Hobbs M65 Ashford AC 8:36.6
9 Stephen Walker M60 Lancashire WC 8:38.0
10 Trevor Jones M60 Steyning AC 8:47.0
11 Ian Torode M60 SWVAC 9:09.0
12 Richard Emsley M65 Saint & Sinners 9:12.0
13 Glen Blythman M35 Quickstep Fitness 9:17.0
14 Martin Fisher M55 Redcar RWC 9:19.0
15 Mick Barker M80 Northern Vets AC 9:20.0
16 Paul Hawkins M60 Stratford-upon-Avon AC 9:24.0
17 Steve Taylor M50 Manx Harriers 9:30.0
18 Greg Smith M65 Lancashire WC 9:37.0
19 Simon Morgan M50 Colchester Harriers 9:43.0
20 Rob Elliott M60 Sarnia WC 9:47.0
21 John Constandinou M45 Birchfield Harriers 9:48.0
22 Tony Bell M55 Lancashire WC 9:54.0
23 Marco Bernatzki M50 GERMANY 10:03.0
24 Brian Adams M70 Leicester WC 10:10.0
25 Martin Payne M60 Lancashire WC 10:17.0
26 Ron Penfold M75 Steyning AC 10:22.6
27 Dennis Jackson M75 Quickstep Fitness 10:34.0
28 Kevin Le Noury M60 Sarnia WC 10:50.0
29 Alan O’Rawe M75 Ilford AC 11:07.0
30 Graham Jackson M50 Quickstep Fitness 11:17.0
31 Chris Flint M75 Surrey WC 11:40.4
32 Mark Williams M55 Birchfield Harriers 11:41.0
33 Mick Le Sauvage M80 Sarnia WC 11:44.0
34 Steve Kemp M60 Eatern Vets AC 11:45.0
35 John Paddick M75 Quickstep Fitness 12:07.0
36 William Misner M80 USA 12:15.4
37 Guy Goodair M80 Lancashire WC 12:16.0
38 Steve Allen M60 Ilford AC 12:38.0
39 Dave Ainsworth M70 Ilford AC 13:29.0
40 Terry Casey M75 Loughton AC 14:16.0
41 Tony Perkins M70 Ilford AC 14:30.0

Women’s 1 mile
1 Erika Kelly SW Northern AC 7:36.0
2 Jacqueline Benson U23W Ashford AC 7:59.8
2 Millie Morris U20W Ashford AC 7:59.8
4 Mia Dunwell U17W Northern AC 8:06.0
5 Julie Drake W50 Arena 80 8:32.1
6 Katie Stringer U17W Medway & Maidstone AC 8:40.1
7 Emma Dyos W45 Ilford AC 8:44.0
8 Grace Whittingham U17W Ashford AC 8:59.5
9 Rachel Lawless W55 Ilford AC 9:10.0
10 Rachel Harding U20W Ashford AC 9:13.2
11 Helen Middleton W55 Enfield & Harringay AC 9:21.0
12 Sarah Sowerby W55 unattached 9:38.0
13 Helen Elleker W60 Derbyshire and South Yorkshire Harriers 9:41.0
14 Linda Mountford W50 Castle Point Joggers 9:54.0
15 Cath Duhig W65 Ryston Runners 10:02.0
16 Lesley Morris W60 Ilford AC 10:03.0
17 Pamela Abbott W55 Enfield & Harringay AC 10:19.0
18 Fiona Bishop W60 Enfield & Harringay AC 10:34.0
19 Silvia Dell Anno W60 ARGENTINA 10:35.0
20 Maura Kelly W50 Northern AC 11:03.0
21 Karen Williams W65 Birchfield Harriers 12:32.0
22 Helen Toyne W45 AUSTRALIA 13:36.0
23 Elizabeth Hancock-Michau W65 AUSTRALIA 14:00.0
24 Val Mountford W75 Southend-on-Sea AC 14:12.0

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VIRTUAL LEAGUE SERIES 21 – still very much in the mix

Good to see Dave Evans showing sprightly form on the road as he puts to one side his administrative duties, which are so vital to our continued presence on the UK race walking scene plus a fastest clocking for Martin Payne.

Dave seen here with Christine Pearce. We have plans to organise a Virtual Fred Pearce Relay in the month of September

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (84.17%)
2 Manx Harriers (77.16%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (71.60%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (68.30%)
5 Steyning AC (53.95%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (40.82%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Manx Harriers (13)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (32)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (62)
4 Quickstep Fitness (70)
5 Steyning AC (179)
6 Birchfield Harriers (187)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 91.40% Lancs WC 10:59.0

Dave Evans M70 83.19% Lancs WC 12:04.0

Greg Smith M65 77.93% Lancs WC 12:07.0

Tony Bell M55 68.54% Lancs WC 12:17.0

Martin Payne M60 65.56% Lancs WC 13:13.0

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JOIN THE RWA 200 CLUB AND SEND IN YOUR AUGUST 10K TIME

Message from Mark Easton, the Honorary Race Walking Association Treasurer

Mark Easton – a great stylist

THE RWA 200 CLUB

What is it?

The Race Walking Association 200 Club is a monthly prize draw with cash prizes for members. It has been run successfully for the benefit of the RWA for a number of years, and is one of the three major funding sources for the RWA. We have up to 200 members each with a unique number that is entered into the monthly prize draw.

What can you win?

Every month we draw 3 numbers out to win prizes of £25 (1st prize), £15 (2nd prize) and £10 (3rd prize).

How much does it cost to become a member of the 200 Club?

The cost is just £12 per year for each number you hold, and there is no limit on how many numbers you can purchase.

This sounds great – how do I join?

It is payable by standing order on the 1st October each year. For details email Mark Easton at rwatreasurer@yahoo.co.uk

So come on and join in the fun and support your sport!


VIRTUAL CLUB SERIES 10 KILOMETRES

And don’t forget to submit your August 10 kilometres clocking for inclusion in our Club Virtual Series – tough to do in isolation – by midnight, Tuesday September 2.

Fred Pearce – never forgotten

We will be dropping down in distance for September to 5 kilometres with a view to holding a Fred Pearce Virtual Relay. Look out for more information.

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Virtual League Racing Series: Races 19 and 20 – still on top

Further to our encouragement to participate in the continuing Virtual 2k Series here are the latest results with Lancashire still to the fore

Virtual League Racing Series – Race 19  

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (82.25%)
2 Sarnia Walking Club (72.51%)
3 Quickstep Fitness (69.39%)
4 Scotia Race Walking Club (56.15%)
5 Manx Harriers (49.17%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (40.80%)

John Paddick and Guy Goodair contesting nowadays 2k rather than 83k in the Blackpool

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (45)
2 Sarnia Walking Club (63)
3 Quickstep Fitness (82)
4 Scotia Race Walking Club (161)
5 Manx Harriers (170)
6 Birchfield Harriers (191)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 96.06% Lancs WC 10:27.0

Greg Smith M65 76.56% Lancs WC 12:20.0

Tony Bell M55 64.76% Lancs WC 13:00.0

Martin Payne M60 64.27% Lancs WC 13:29.0

Guy Goodair M80 74.12% Lancs WC 15:39.0

Virtual League Racing Series – Race 20

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (72.97%)
2 Quickstep Fitness (69.17%)
3 Manx Harriers (50.06%)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (50.01%)
5 Birchfield Harriers (40.04%)

MENS 2KM TEAM
1 Lancashire Walking Club (51)
2 Quickstep Fitness (61)
3 Manx Harriers (164)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (183)
5 Birchfield Harriers (185)

Our team as follows:

Greg Smith M65 78.04% Lancs WC 12:06.0

Tony Bell on his way back to fitness after injury

Tony Bell M55 65.95% Lancs WC 12:46.0

Guy Goodair M80 74.92% Lancs WC 15:29.0

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BURY ONE HOUR TRACK WALK CANCELLED BUT LET’S KEEP IN TOUCH AND MOTIVATED

Unfortunately we have no option but to cancel the September 5th One Hour race set to take place at the Bury track. The present English Athletics COVID guidelines rule that races beyond 3,000 metres are not allowed. Whilst we could have tried to make the case for an exception in regard to our club race, including the submission of a COVID action plan, the chances of success were slim. Crucially too the majority of our membership and supporters feel that we should err on the side of caution.

The dialogue that has taken place between our own officers and national representatives, namely Colin Vesty and Glyn Jones, together with informative contributions from Trevor McDermot, will stand us in good stead as we look to a future haunted still by the virus.

Thanks to everyone for their thoughts and apologies to the half-dozen walkers and officials, who indicated they would attend.

In this vacuum we want to encourage your continued involvement in our own Club Virtual Series. As things stand there’s just over a week left within which to submit your 10 kilometres times for the August challenge. Looking ahead to September we are proposing that we drop the distance down to 5 kilometres. In doing so we are exploring ways in which we can incorporate these clockings into running a Virtual Fred Pearce Relay. More information will be forthcoming as we work out a possible format.

In addition those of us, who have been involved in the Virtual League Series organised through Helen Elleker and John Constandinou continue to find it motivating. Indeed it is a feather in our collective cap that we remain the most consistent club team across the twenty ‘races’ held thus far. It’s certainly not too late to take part and bolster our presence. Contact Tony if you’re not on Facebook and want to submit a 2k time. The deadline each week is 6.00 p.m. on the Wednesday. Also see below.

Southend-on-Sea AC Virtual 1 Mile Event


Southend-on-Sea AC normally holds a 1 mile track walk on August Bank
Holiday weekend. This year it has been cancelled but you can still
compete in a virtual race.


You can do two races the Virtual 2km and Southend 1 mile. Complete
the distances between 29th August and 2nd September and submit your
time(s) on the Race Walking Group on Facebook or alternatively email
Helen Elleker ellekerhelen@yahoo.co.uk.


With thanks to the Virtual Race Walking league organisers for their
support.

Tony Perkins

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BURY ONE HOUR TRACK WALK, SEPTEMBER 5 – ON OR OFF? VITAL TO KNOW WHAT YOU THINK

The start at Bury in less stressful times!

We are faced with a range of issues and dilemmas in considering whether or not we can proceed with the One Hour race in just over a fortnight. Dave and Roy with advice from Adrian and Greg are in the midst of negotiating with the national bodies as to what might be the best way forward.

To give you some sense of the situation see the following points. Bearing these in mind it would be enormously helpful if you could indicate if you are committed to attending if the race goes ahead. As things stand the Corvid 19 situation limits our flexibility and until we get final confirmation from the RWA we are unable to issue a final notification of the event.

Roger at Bury has confirmed our booking, but we are uncertain as to what notice he needs if we are unable to hold the event.

The facilities at Bury will be very limited. The changing rooms and hall will be closed, but there will be toilet access. Walkers will need to come changed and bring their own refreshments.

After the race competitors will have to leave immediately before results are announced.

Colin Vesty on behalf of the Race Walking Association adds,

All track race walking events should be carefully planned to comply with all national,
local and venue imposed restrictions and advice (e.g. social distancing, hygiene etc.). This will need to include a fully detailed Covid control action plan. Before applying for a permit (race licence), the organiser should secure permission from the venue and conformation of attendance by a full cohort of officials. To assist with “track and trace”, it is expected that all events will need to be pre-entry only and a register maintained of names and addresses for all attendees (athletes, officials, volunteers, supporters and spectators).

In addition Adrian Edwards, who has been involved in coaching over the last month or so, sends these thoughts.

With current infection rates the chances of coming into contact with someone who has active covid is one in several thousand; depending on where you live. Manchester’s infection rate is a little high at the moment; so whereas in some areas thirty people can meet up indoors for a wedding, not so here. But, any number of people can meet up OUTSIDE as long as they stay two metres apart. If all those people with covid stay at home the chances of giving it to someone outside your family should be nil. Because some people can be asymptomatic, and some people are ignoring advice, there is a small chance of infection. However, most of the deaths from covid have occurred in the over forty fives, which is the majority of our members; with some added risk for being male, smokers and overweight. So if our members are sensible and stay away if they have any symptoms we should be safe.

We can cut risk by travelling in private vehicles and not using public transport.

We can cut risk by not using numbers.

We can cut risk by not using markers on the ground. People can just stand where they are until their distance has been measured at the end of the race.

We could potentially cut risk by combining the walk with Fred’s relay. Two times half an hour so we have less people on the track at any one time. Add two peoples score together. Then everyone can have a walk and swop walkers for officials?

We can cut risk by asking people not to walk together; either go past someone or keep two metres behind. All walkers to stay in lane one unless over taking; over take wide; although the risk is lower if not face to face.

We could cut risk by not taking any money. As it’s supposed to be a voluntary contribution, if anyone wants to make a contribution they could include it with their annual subs later in the year. Or we could ask everyone to bring the right money place it in a box and then if the money isn’t touched for three days it should be covid free.

By going straight home afterwards we can reduce risk of spreading the virus if someone does unknowingly have it; but we’ll then miss the social side, which may be important to some people.

With all this in mind we need to repeat that we need you to confirm that you would attend if the event is given the green light

Email either Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com or Dave Evans at daveevans08 @hotmail.co.uk

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RON’S RECOLLECTIONS ONE – The Journey to the Glory Days

I’ve been remiss in not using immediately a number of recollections from Ron Wallwork, who was the key figure in the transformation of the club’s fortunes in the 1960s and 70s. To set the ball rolling here is a collage of images and a report with additional comments from myself.

1, The picture of Jack Tempest, of which I still have a copy, throws up the fascinating contradiction posed by Ron. I first met Jack in 1953. I was six and he was a handsome and engaging seventy-three, an age I have now reached. He was seen as remarkable. And I suspect Jack saw himself as remarkable – hence the signed photograph. Today the club is composed of stalwarts many older than Jack, who clock times beyond his dreams.

2. And, yet, neither Jack in his time nor today’s veterans could ever be the basis of a prosperous future. The other three images reveal that the club prospered with the infusion of new blood, symbolised by Ron’s arrival in 1958. The fresh-faced trio in the bottom right hand corner, Bob Towell, Mike Hatton and Ron were putting the club on the national map.

3. By 1966, Ron’s Commonwealth Gold had enhanced further our reputation and the makeup of the club’s membership was changing. This shift is reflected in the report on the Leigh Harriers Open Five Miles held in that year. The piece pays tribute to veterans such as 76 year old Matt Clark, fourth on two occasions in the Blackpool walk and Dick Rattigan, recently retired from the pit at the age of 65. At the same time it hails my victory as a local 19 year old in 39:36 chased home 42 seconds later by Mick Entwistle, a mere 17 years of age. In passing the reporter reveals that I raced against a doctor’s advice following a midweek car crash. For the life of me I can’t remember the incident at all. A tall story, perchance!

4. 1970 witnessed us winning the McSweeney Trophy as the best overall club in the country, a success impossible without the flowering of a talented group of youngsters. Thus we finished teams in all the relevant championships.

National Youths 3 miles – 7th [Coombs, Fagg and Platt]

Nationa Junior 5 miles – 2nd [Eyre, Crow, Entwistle and Malone]

National 10 miles – 2nd [Wallwork, Taylor, Vickers and Hopkins]

National 20 kilometres – 1st [Wallwork, Eyre, Taylor and Hopkins]

National 20 miles – 2nd [Wallwork, Hopkins, Taylor and Warren]

National 50 kilometres – 3rd [Wallwork, Taylor, Hopkins and Entwistle]

In terms of the impact of youth it’s worth noting that in the Youth and Junior Championships held later in 1970, which contributed to the 1971 overall competition, we did even better,

National Youth 3 miles – 3rd [Sephton, Brewster and Edwards]

National Junior 5 miles – 1st [Malone, Entwistle and Crow]

Tony Malone finished 3rd behind Olly Flynn and Mick Holmes, earning this praise from the legendary ‘Tebbs’ Lloyd Johnson in his regular column in the Race Walkng Record.

‘Tebbs’ Loyd Johnson winning the bronze medal in the 1948 Olympic 50 kilometres – the oldest ever Olympic athletics medallist at the age of 48.

The lad who took my eye above all others as indeed he did earlier in the year at Leicester was Tony Malone from Lancashire. He is a real stylist and a treat to watch.

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