The origins of the Northern Winter League – next one on January 28 and RIP Mike Nicholson

The fifth race in this season’s series of Northern Winter League races is to be held on Sunday, January 28 at Drighlington, start 11.00 a.m. Credit is due to the Yorkshire Walking Club for keeping the Winter League tradition alive and it is to be hoped that our club will be represented.

Dalton start – Ta to Linda McDermot

 

Competing in the previous race at Dalton got me thinking about the history of the Northern Winter League. Reading between the lines it seems clear that at the end of 1960 concerns were being expressed about the relative lack of competition in the North across the winter months. Down South races abounded with the London Sevens bringing together fields of the highest quality, whilst the Midlands had a well-established Winter League series, which included for the first time in this particular year a pioneering Schoolboys race over 2 miles. Striding like a Colossus across the scene was the majestic figure of Ken Matthews, who in the month of November won the Enfield and Belgrave Sevens, the former in 50:40 [his course record being 49:29] and the Midlands Winter League 6 miles in 42:15.

Hence on November 26, the Northern Area organised what was described as ‘a friendly get-together’ over 6 miles at Stocksbridge, Sheffield. Sixty competitors and five teams started, the latter comprising Lancashire WC, Leyland Motors, Wakefield Harriers, Yorkshire WC and Sheffield UH. Sheffield’s Greasley brothers, Doug and Mick finished first and second respectively, separated only by a second in 48:53 and 48:54. Our club’s leading athletes were Ron Wallwork and Jack Sankey, clocking 50:55 and 51:15 with Fred Pearce Junior coming home in 54:34, almost 10 minutes ahead of his father. Following the race Ron was presented with the Robinson Trophy for the outstanding performance by a Northern walker during the season, having won both the AA Junior 1 mile and RWA Junior 5 miles championships. The event was declared a great success.

Our Ron, a few years on!

A year later a similar jolly inter-club race over 7 miles came to pass, starting from our club headquarters,  the splendid Midland Hotel. Meanwhile, to keep the parallel going, Ken Matthews was winning the Enfield 7 in 49:09 with Ron 4th in 53:29 and the Belgrave equivalent in 49:51 with Ron 7th in 54:22, four seconds ahead of a certain Paul Nihill. Inevitably Ken won a short first Midland Winter League 5 miles in 32:36. Back on the four-lap course in West Didsbury, Manchester, Ron had a battle royal with Sheffield’s Albert Johnson, before pulling away to victory in 55:42. From our ranks, Jack Sankey came 4th in 60:05, one second ahead of a young Guy Goodair in Wakefield’s colours and a further second ahead of the stylish Mal Tolley of Sheffield. Further down the field behind the likes of  Ivor Percival, Stan Watkins, Martin Trotman and Fred Pearce was to be found a future national coach, Julian Hopkins, 18th in 65:51, Was this Julian’s first year in race walking?  Once again everyone was pleased with affairs, so much so that the Northern Area correspondent, Jim Hackwood proposed that a Northern Winter League series be put in place.

Guy Goodair, Mal Tolley with Ron Wallwork

Thus the first ever Northern Winter League race over 7 miles was held in West Didsbury on November 17th, 1962. In Ron Wallwork’s absence, Sheffield dominated, placing four in the first six to finish. However Albert Johnson was pushed all the way by an improving Guy Goodair, 57:28 to 57:43, ahead of Mal Tolley and the Greasley brothers. Jack Sankey flew the flag for Lancashire coming home sixth in 59:28. Our club’s scorers in the team race were Jack, Fred 62:06, Julian 63:22 and Mike Hatton 64:13. Things looked rosy – 45 competitors and six teams, including Don Valley WC, finished. The latter team inspired by Flight Lieutenant, Dicky Bird from the Lindholme RAF base, was located in the Doncaster area.

Sadly the Nordic gods did not look kindly on the second race due to be held in Sheffield on January 5th, 1963. Arctic conditions blocked the Woodhead Pass and the event had to be cancelled. And, would you believe it, the cold-blooded deities weren’t satisfied.  The February Race Walking Record found Jack Sankey reporting that three teams were unable to cross the Pennines for the third in the series because of snow, namely, Sheffield, Wakefield and Yorkshire. As it was the roads in Lancashire were clear, allowing Ron Wallwork an easy passage in front of Belgravian, Eric Hall,  54:56 to 58:30. Jack came home third in 59:03. Fascinatingly, the previously mentioned new Yorkshire club, Don Valley, led by Ken Broome in fifth, finished a team. How come they made it? Given their connections with the Royal Air Force, did they fly? We’ll probably never know.

The following 1963 March meeting of the Northern Area agreed that its next Winter League series would be held in October, November and December to escape the bad weather.  Was the Committee right? Look out for further revelations in the coming months.

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And, given we are talking about the Northern Area Race WalkingAssociation, it would be remiss not to pay our respects to Michael Nicholson, its Honorary Secretary, who died suddenly at the beginning of the month. Mike was a fascinating and cultured member of the race walking fraternity, witness his passion for Early Music and much-loved by the generations of pupils he taught.

The Hull Daily Mail reported that ‘the 70-year-old ex-teacher was a well-known race walker, and carried the Olympic Torch through Beverley’s Saturday Market in 2012′, quoting one student as saying, ‘he was the face of Wolfreton School. Mad as a box of frogs, but a great character’. Mike would have liked that. He will be sorely missed.

RIP Mike Nicholson – Thanks to Beverley Life

 

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Start as you mean to go on – put some miles in on New Year’s Day!

Back long ago when I was trying to be a decent race walker [and indeed, even now, as I’m still an obsessive soul] there was something special and significant about putting in a session on the first day of the new year. I can remember being out bright and early on eerily, empty Bolton roads with Ron Wallwork, Eric Crompton, Mick Entwistle, Steve Crow, Dave Vickers and Julian Hopkins, amongst others, feeling we were putting one over on those future competitors, who had stayed in bed, nursing their partners or hangovers. We congratulated ourselves on being made of sterner stuff!

Hence I propose that the first of our New Year resolutions ought to be, ‘I will train, come, what may, on New Year’s Day’.

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As you look ahead here is what I’m still calling the provisional 2018 Fixtures List – my apologies if there is a later version. I can easily incorporate revisions – please advise.

LANCASHIRE WALKING CLUB FIXTURE LIST 2018

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 10  Feb  B 10k Sam Shoebottom Trophy 1.30 SIMISTER
10   March B 15k Alison Trophy 1.30 CHORLEY
   7 April B 10 miles Macclesfield Shield 1.30 SUTTON
 28 April B 7 miles Allen Trophy 1.30 CHORLEY
20  May   (Sun) A 10k RWA CHAMPIONSHIP ? COVENTRY
  2 June B 10/5k track R & Z Smith Trophy 1.30 BURY AC TRACK
17  June  (Sun) A 5K BMAF CHAMPIONSHIPS M/W 10.30 HORWICH
  7  July B 10k Barnard Trophy 1.30 SUTTON
28 July B 3 x 5k  

Fred Pearce Trophy Relay

 

1.30 SIMISTER
18 August B 10K Goodwin Cup 1.30 CHORLEY
  8  Sept B 1 Hour Lambert Trophy 1.30 BURY A C TRACK
  6  October B 10k Albert Rigby Shield 1.30 SUTTON
  3  Nov B 5k LWC AGM (111th) 1.30 SIMISTER
   1 Dec B 10k Dick Maxwell Memorial & Xmas H’cap 1.30 SIMISTER

                      BEST WISHES FOR 2018 TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND READERS

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Winter League results and Season’s Greetings

As the year closes I’m posting a couple of Winter League results, where club members have competed. If there any other outstanding results from races outside of our own club fixtures, please send me the appropriate information.

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2nd Northern Area Winter League 10km, York, Oct 29

A slightly better turn out at this regular venue reports Alan Brooks. Dave Jones finally turned up to collect his first prize for last year’s series, but didn’t make a great start in the handicap for this year’s. That’s how it works, you see; the handicapper’s blue pencil has been at work!

  1. Colin Scott M55 Yorks RWC 57:35
  2. Martin Fisher M55 Redcar RWC 58:20
  3. Martin Young M45 Hallamshire Harriers 61:12
  4. Denis Jackson M70 York CIU 65:40
  5. David Crompton M50 Lancs WC 66:01
  6. Russel Jackson M70 Yorks RWC 67:59
  7. Mark Byrne M55 Redcar RWC 71:59
  8. Richard Cole M70 York CIU 73:45
  9. Andrew Thacker ? Yorks RWC 77:10
  10. David Jones M65 Redcar RWC 79:11

 

WINTER LEAGUE RACE 3 and SOUP & ROLL EVENT Dalton, North Yorks 26 Nov 2017

I know I’m getting mard, but as cold as I can ever remember for a race, particularly because of the chilly wind on the outward 2 kilometres+ uphill section. As you can see Pat and I pulled off a Lancashire double. Dave, as ever, was mucking in as a conscientious official. 

10 kilometres

 

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Yours truly, struggling up the last incline on the first half of the opening lap

 

1 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC M70 55:26  [27:28] 2 Martin Fisher Redcar RWC V55 M 58:17 [29:31] 3 Sharon Gayter North York Moors AC F50 65:16 [32:29] 4 Dennis Jackson York CIU M70 66:19 [32:36] 5  Russ Jackson Yorkshire RWC M70 68:04 [33:11] 6 Bill Gayter North York Moors AC/novice M50 73:45 [35:52] 7 6 Mark Byrne Redcar RWC M55 74:48 [37:46] 8 John Paddick Quickstep Striders M70 80:15 [39:59] 9 Yam Gurung Yorkshire RWC/novice M55 80:34 [41:12] 10 Atmaram Dahal Yorkshire RWC/novice M55 80:35 [41:12] 11 Dave Jones Redcar RWC M65 84:46 [41:53]

5 kilometres

 

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Pat already to the fore

 

1 Pat Evans Lancashire WC F65 34:58 2 Alan Brooks Yorkshire RWC M70 35:53 3 Abbie Walker Sedgefield H/novice U15 37:14 4 Marie Walker Sedgefield H/novice F45 39:52  5 Judith Fisher novice F50 41:49 6= Kath Stewart North Shields Poly/novice F70  6=  Ron Stewart North Shield Poly M75 43:29 8= Jenny Walker Sedgefield H/novice U15  8= David Walker Sedgefield H/novice M50 48:37 10= Anita Dahal novice F50  10= Shova Gurung novice F50 55:03

 

Trevor McDermot reports:

Sunday morning dawned cold, crispy and clear with a few icy patches on the race circuit of undulating, twisting country lanes that required coning off. Otherwise, an interesting 5km route was clear and practically free of vehicle traffic. This small, scenic village nestled in upper Teesdale, was the venue of our first Soup & Roll League promotion nearly four years ago.
Eight different clubs were represented overall, 11 in each 5 and 10km tests, and eleven (precisely half of the walkers) were complete newcomers. A few usual stalwarts were absent. We were delighted to introduce the novel concept of Race Walking to members of the Catterick parkrun volunteer team, and to the Walker family from Sedgefield Harriers who were to eventually earn themselves three prizes to take home including a signed copy of Chris Maddocks’ book.

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Wrapping up the club’s 2017 results

I was really sorry to miss this Saturday’s Dick Maxwell Memorial race. Believe it or not, I was even warming to the Simister ‘Nightmare’ out and back course! My illusions aside, this post seeks to wrap up the results of the club’s 2017 races.

BILL JACKSON 5 Kilometres held in conjunction with the Club AGM at Simister, November 4, 2017

Roy Gunnett reports:

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Tony Bell leads Martin Fisher back in 2016

There was an excellent turnout for the race of both walkers and officials – the 17 walkers included 3 guest walkers (Glyn Jones and Stuart Edgar from the Midlands and Dan Maskell from Brighton). Weather conditions were cold and windy with sunny spells.
Both the scratch race and handicap were won by Tony Bell. It was a yacht handicap and an excellent piece of handicapping by Dave Evans created a close finish.
The 110th Lancashire Walking Club AGM was held following the race, this was chaired and presented by Fred Pearce. The minutes of the AGM were taken by Greg Smith – he will be circulating these to all members. 

1 Tony Bell Lancashire WC M50 29.58
2 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M65 31.14
3 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 31.29
4 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 31.32
5 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 31.53
6 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC M60 31.55
7 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 31.57
8 Stuart Edgar Dudley and Stourbridge M45 31.58
9 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 32.36
10 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 32.41
11 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC W65 33.26
12 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 33.52
13 Steve Sargent Lancashire WC M70 34.20
14 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M60 34.39
15 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 38.23
16 Andrea Lennon Lady Lancashire WC W75 39.58

Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 DNF

 

DICK MAXWELL Memorial 10k held at Simister, December 2, 2017.

Roy Gunnett reports:

The race was held over the tough/ undulating 6 lap ‘Nightmare Course’ – on an overcast cool day (6 degrees C).There was a good turnout of 16 walkers, this included 4 guest walkers. Adrian Edwards took an early lead which he held over the first half of the race, he was closely followed by Martin Fisher and then Martin Young. Martin Fisher in the second half gradually reeled in Adrian, took the lead and went on to win the scratch race.
Dave Crompton won the handicap and was awarded the Dick Maxwell trophy.

 
After the race, all enjoyed the annual /traditional pie and peas kindly provided by Pat Evans and served by her, Flo and Irene. There was also the traditional ‘secret Santa’ gift presentation.

 
1 Martin Fisher Redcar RWC M55 57.37
2 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC M55 58.27
3 Martin Young Hallamshire Harriers M45 60.02
4 Tony Bell Lancashire WC M50 63.52
5 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 64.55
6 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 66.08
7 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 66.33
8 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M70 76.59
9 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M65 68.48
10 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 68.57
11 Steve Sargent Lancashire WC M70 69.12
12 Phil McCullagh Lancashire WC M60 69.28
13 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC M60 74.10

5K
1 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 32.16
2 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC W65 33.06
3 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 36.56

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Albert Rigby Shield 10K at Sutton Macclesfield, October 7 and notice of the AGM, November 4

Albert Rigby Shield 10K at Sutton Macclesfield, October 7

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Roy Gunnett reports:

The race was held over 3 laps of the new ‘out and back’ course and was a trial for this course.
The weather was overcast with drizzle and fairly strong winds (14C).
Tony Taylor took an early lead and walked strongly throughout to win the scratch race by over 7 mins.
Pat Evans won the ladies race and Roy Gunnett came first in the handicap and was thus awarded the Albert Rigby Shield.
Dave Evans hosted the race as Fred Pearce was attending an RWA meeting. At the presentation, following the race, Dave requested that those attending should email Fred with their views on the suitability of the new course and whether they consider it an improvement in terms of safety etc. on the old course.

 
1 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC M70 57.37
2 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M65 65.09
3 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 65.29
4 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 66.04
5 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC M60 66.45
6 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 66.54
7 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 67.15
8 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 67.46
9 Pat Evans  Lancashire WC W65 67.52
10 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 70.41
11 Dave Hoben Surrey WC M60 72.25

6.66K
Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC M60

And a word from me re the new course

As one of those most vociferous about the problems now posed by the classic Sutton lap, the new 10k trial course was a sobering experience. Ahead of the race, I thought that Fred’s out and back proposal looked very promising. However, after the race, I was left feeling ambivalent, somewhat uncertain. Certainly, it remains a typical, testing Macclesfield course and that’s fine. Ironically the main concern on the day was the stretch from the start to the triangle at the bottom of Parvey Lane, which we completed obviously six times. It seemed much busier than I can remember and there were a lot of parked cars. Indeed, when I jogged back on the course after finishing, I found myself waving down traffic, including the local bus, as everyone negotiated the last 600 metres or so. Nevertheless, I think we should use the course again, but prior to the start stake out a number of  ‘CAUTION: RACE WALK IN PROGRESS’ signs.

[Oh, and thanks to Adrian for marshalling the turn way down Bullocks Lane – a lonely, drizzly task].

NEXT RACE: 5k ordinary handicap race followed by the 110th AGM

DATE SATURDAY 4th November 2017

Simister

VENUE: LADY WILTON HALL, SIMISTER LANE, SIMISTER, PRESTWICH, MANCHESTER, M25 2RX

START: 1.30PM

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the race/meeting.

To quote Fred :

‘It is essential that you make every effort to attend in order that your valued contribution will help with the election of officers and decisions to be made for the future success of the Lancashire Walking Club’.

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Memories of Leicester and Lancashire

More by luck than accident, I was chuffed to find myself in the splendid grounds of Abbey Park for the celebration of Leicester Walking Club’s 90th anniversary, organised in conjunction with the Jim Sharlott 10k Open and BMAF 10k championships – very pleased too to find myself in the comforting company of Ron and Joan Wallwork, together with the Crompton clan.

Why you might well ask? Quite simply Leicester has a special place in my race walking heart. Back in 1962, May 19th to be exact, I raced outside Lancashire for the first time in the Leicester WC Schools Open, finishing 11th out of 75 starters. After the race Albert Johnson, possibly the club president at the time, took the trouble to write to my father, praising my style and urging me ‘to stick at it’.  A decade later, having finished third in 1970, I managed to win the prestigious Leicester 7 in 51:25, ahead of Mike Holmes, Geoff Toone and Brian Adams, a highlight of my extremely erratic career. Another decade later I was privileged to be a member of the Leicester Walking Club, whilst living and working in the city. In the event, I was the third scorer in the team that triumphed in the 1983 Leicester 7. Phil Vesty of the home club won easily breaking 50 minutes, whilst I finished 8th. However, this was another of my abortive comebacks as competing gave way to picketing and demonstrating with the onset of the Miners’ Strike.

Leave aside the distraction of my political leanings, the Leicester connection has a much wider significance in the history of our club. Participation in the race from 1958 onwards marks what might be properly called the beginning of the ‘Wallwork Years’.  Thus in this very year, Ron finished 15th in a sensational race, in which Stan Vickers and Ken Matthews obliterated Roland Hardy’s course record of 51:21, clocking 49:36 and 50:05 respectively. Two weeks later Ron came home 4th in the National Junior 5 miles. Backed up by our very own Fred Pearce and Bob Towell he led the club to third team national medals. A year later Ron, using seemingly the Leicester 7 as warm up, took 10th spot, before progressing to third place in the Junior 5. With Fred Pearce once again and Alan Hall in tow, Lancashire climbed to second place in the team race. 1960 saw Ron in subdued form at Leicester, only 17th far behind a rampant Ken Matthews, who set a course record of 48:25! Yet two weeks later Ron claimed the individual title in the National Junior 5 [17-21 years], although the team slipped out of the medals.

Proof though that the club was on the rise came in the following year’s National 10 miles held not far from Leicester in Loughborough. A team comprising Ron, Mick Jeffreys, Jack Sankey and John Todd came 2nd only five points adrift of Sheffield, causing the Race Walking Record to comment, ‘much the best performance ever shown by Lancashire in a race of this class’. 193 walkers and 22 teams closed in.

Much more on the ‘Wallwork Years’ in future posts.

Before leaving the realm of nostalgia it was moving to see so many Leicester faces from the past. For example, Geoff Toone, winner of the National Junior 5 in 1967, was in attendance, once one of the sport’s brightest prospects in his day and in retrospect endowed with a technique ahead of its time. In those times his rapid cadence was always likely to catch the judge’s eye. Perhaps his greatest performance came in a 10k track race at Saffron Lane, in which he clocked sub-44 minutes in beating a formidable Mexican trio, then a dominant force in our sport. Brian ‘Walk with Jesus’ Adams was also there, one of the sport’s great all-rounders. Despite outstanding performances at the shorter distances, finishing 11th in the 1976 Olympic 20 kilometres, my abiding memory is of his victory in the 1984 Leicester 100 miles. As it happened I was doing my best to support John Cannell, the formidable long-distance specialist from the Isle of Man, plying him with drinks, sponges and encouragement as you do.  And as the race unfolded we were sure Brian would crack. The word was that Brian hadn’t done more than 20 miles in training. Whether this was true or not he displayed real grit in the late stages to triumph in 17:39:28, about a mile in front of John. It was a pleasure too to bump into the ever-smiling Mal Blyth, who told a lovely tale, wherein he turned up to race the Vauxhall 7, eyed the field and thought, ‘ I’ve got a bloody good chance here.’ His hopes were dashed at the last minute by the belated arrival of our own Eric Crompton, who proceeded to take first place. Unfortunately, the first prize was not a new Vauxhall Viva. On the other hand…..

As to the 2017 Jim Sharlott race conditions were good, whilst seven judges prowled the well-surfaced 700 metres circuit. The star of the show was undoubtedly a majestic Francisco Reis. Unfortunately, Ian Richards, silver medallist in this year’s World Masters Games [M65], fell foul of the judges. Both Dave Crompton and I struggled, but I managed to take the M70 title.

 

 MEN
1 1067 Francisco Reis Thames Valley Harriers 48.56
2 1051 Mark Williams Birchfield Harriers AC 57.35
3 1048 Peter Boszko Birchfield Harriers AC 58.17
4 1061 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC 58.40
5 1040 Ben Allen Leicester WC 59.16
6 1046 John Hall Belgrave Harriers 59.57
7 1052 Daniel McKerlich Cardiff AC 60.22
8 1049 John Constandinou Birchfield Harriers AC 61.46
9 1044 Colin Vesty Leicester WC 63.12
10 1042 Hardeep Minhas Leicester WC 63.58
11 1043 George Smolinski Leicester WC 64.48
12 1064 Ron Penfold Steyning AC 65.26
13 1063 Ian Torode South West Vets AC 65.57
14 1060 David Crompton Lancashire WC 67.03
15 1053 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge 68.37
16 1062 Mark Byrne Redcar RWC 69.45
17 1057 John Borgars Herts Pheonix AC 71.30
18 1058 Bob Dobson Ilford AC 72.23
19 1050 David Fall Birchfield Harriers AC 80.13
20 1059 Edmund Shillabeer Ilford AC 84.14
1065 Ian Richards Steyning AC DQ
Men’s Teams:
1 Birchfield Harriers Williams, Boszko, Constandinou, Fall
2 Leicester WC Allen, Vesty, Minhas, Smolinski

1061 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC 58.40 M70 1
1057 John Borgars Herts Pheonix AC 71.30 M70 2
1058 Bob Dobson Ilford AC 72.23 M70 3
1050 David Fall Birchfield Harriers AC 80.13 M70 4

 

WOMEN

1 1079 Agata Kowalska Kwidzyn Poland 57.09
2 1072 Fiona Oakes Leicester WC 58.01
3 1070 Emma Achurch Leicester WC 58.31
4 1076 Carolyn Dyall Nuneaton Harriers 60.38
5 1075 Melanie Peddle Loughton AC 61.21
6 1071 Laura Achurch Leicester WC 64.22
7 1078 Fiona Bishop Woking AC 68.09
8 1073 Noel Blatchford Abingdon AC 68.50
9 1077 Angela Martin Surrey WC 70.23
10 1074 Lin Farrow Harborough AC 74.44
Women’s Teams:
1 Leicester WC Oaks, Achurch, Achurch

Thanks to Linda McDermot for the photos

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Adrian Edwards dominates the second Two Hour race at Bury

The 2 hour R. Smith Track Challenge and the Ladies 5k Z. Smith Track Race.  Bury Track on Saturday 9th September 2017.

Roy Gunnett reports:
The weather conditions were a challenge in themselves. There were bursts of heavy rain and strong winds interspersed with brief spells of sunshine.
In the 2-hour track challenge Adrian Edwards (who gained 3rd place in the National 50k six days earlier in the Isle of Man) took an early lead and maintained this to the end – and thus won the R. Smith trophy,
Behind Adrian, there was a close fought out contest amongst the remaining competitors.
Lap scoring etc was very difficult in light of the dreadful conditions and a huge thank you is due to the officials.
Irene Pike continued her run of successful races and won the 5k Z. Smith Ladies trophy.

 

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Adrian, the week before in the National 50k – Ta to Steve Partington

 

2 Hour Challenge R.Smith Trophy

1 Adrian Edwards Lancs WC M55 19693 metres/12.24 miles
2 Dave Crompton Lancs WC M50 17552/10.91
3 Joe Hardy Lancs WC M70 17267/ 10.73
4 John Crahan Lancs WC M65 17233/ 10.71
5 Roy Gunnett Lancs WC M70 16860/ 10.48
6 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 16306/ 10.13
7 Sailash Shah Lancs WC M50 16226/ 10.08

10K 
1 Irene Pike Lady Lancs WC W65 68.51.3
2 Pat Evans Lady Lancs WC W65 69.17.7
3 John Payn Lancs WC M80 81.01.7

5K Zena Smith Trophy – Ladies
1 Irene Pike Lady Lancs WC W65 33.56.5
2 Pat Evans Lady Lancs WC W65 34.36.9

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