VIRTUAL SERIES 2 KILOMETRES – RACE 13

It’s great to see Greg Smith and Chris Harvey join our ranks.

MENS 2KM TEAM


1 Sarnia Walking Club (33)
2 Scotia Race Walking Club (35)
3 Lancashire Walking Club (51)
4 Quickstep Fitness (100)
– RUSSIA (163)
5 Cardiff AC (185)
– NEW ZEALAND (188)
6 Birchfield Harriers (231)
7 Ilford AC (236)

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM


1 Lancashire Walking Club (86.74%)
2 Scotia Race Walking Club (82.56%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (76.46%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (72.02%)
– RUSSIA (60.29%)
– NEW ZEALAND (50.32%)
5 Ilford AC (43.98%)
6 Cardiff AC (43.35%)
7 Birchfield Harriers (36.12%)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 95.61% Lancs WC 10:30.0

Stephen Walker M60 82.26% Lancs WC 10:45.0

Tony Malone M65 82.35% Lancs WC 11:28.8

Greg Smith M65 73.22% Lancs WC 12:45.0

Tony Bell M55 59.78% Lancs WC 14:05.0

Guy Goodair M80 76.40% Lancs WC 15:11.0

Chris Harvey M60 54.48% Lancs WC 16:24.0

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LWC Virtual Series – JUNE 5 Kilometres Results

Atmospheric photo of Glyn Jones, race walking through and through, pounding the roads

Five Kilometres Scratch

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

  1. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia RWC 25:52
  2. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 26:22
  3. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia RWC 26:42
  4. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar 26:50 [G]
  5. Daniel McKerlich U23 Cardiff 26:55 [G]
  6. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 27:44
  7. Katrina Weldon F55 Scotia RWC 28:33
  8. Tony Malone M65 LWC 30:25
  9. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia RWC 30:55
  10. Graham Jackson M50 Quickstep 32:05 [G]
  11. Dave Evans M70 LWC 32:40
  12. Mary Pusateri F50 USA 32:41[G]
  13. Greg Smith M65 LWC 32:59
  14. Denis Jackson M75 Quickstep 33:07 [G]
  15. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia RWC 33:22
  16. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia RWC 33:31
  17. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia RWC 33:59
  18. Glyn Jones M75 Coventry Godiva 34:04 [G]
  19. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 34:20
  20. Linda Hinshelwood F55 Scotia RWC 34:44=
  21. Martin Payne M55 LWC 34:44=
  22. Tony Bell M55 LWC 35:00=
  23. John Constandinou M45 Birchfield 35:00= [G]
  24. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 35:01
  25. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia RWC 35:06
  26. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia RWC 35:07
  27. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 35:13
  28. Pat Evans F65 LWC 35:26
  29. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 35:40 [G]
  30. Guy Goodair M80 LWC 39:29
  31. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 43:44

TEAM RACE [MIXED]

  1. SCOTIA RWC [1, 3, 5 and 7] 16 pts
  2. LWC [ 2, 4, 6 and 8] 20 pts

5 KILOMETRES AGE-GRADED

  1. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 26:22 – 98.69%
  2. Katrina Weldon F55 Scotia 28:33 – 85.58%
  3. Bill McFaddenM55 Scotia 25:52 – 85.07%
  4. Stephen Walker M60 LWC – 83.40%
  5. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia – 81.47%
  6. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 35:01 – 80.90%
  7. Denis Jackson M75 Quickstep 33:07 – 80.73% [G]
  8. Tony Malone M65 LWC 30:25 – 80.39%
  9. Linda Hinshelwood F55 Scotia – 79.94%
  10. Dave Evans M70 LWC 32:40 – 79.66%
  11. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia 26:42 – 79.47%
  12. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 34:20 – 78.96%
  13. Glyn Jones M75 Cov God 34:04 – 78.48% [G]
  14. Pat Evans F65 LWC 35:26 – 78.36%
  15. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia 33:22 – 76.77%
  16. Guy Goodair M80 LWC 39:29 – 76.47%
  17. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia 30:55 – 75.61%
  18. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 43:44 – 75.04%
  19. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia 33:31 – 74.60%
  20. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 35:13 – 73.89%
  21. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar 26:50 – 73.32% [G]
  22. Greg Smith M65 LWC 32:59 – 73.28%
  23. Daniel McKerlich U23 Cardiff 26:55 – 67.49% [G]
  24. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia 35:06 – 66.69%
  25. Gerard McConnell M60 scotia 33:59 – 66.01%
  26. Graham Jackson M50 Quickstep 32:05 – 65.56% [G]
  27. Mary Pusateri F50 USA 32:41 – 65.44% [G]
  28. Martin Payne M55 LWC 34:44 – 64.59%
  29. Tony Bell M55 LWC 35:00 – 62.28%
  30. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 35:40 – 58.48% [G]
  31. John Constandinou M45 Birchfield 35:00 – 57.14% [G]

TEAM RACE [MIXED]

1st equal on 18 pts !!

Lancashire Walking Club [1, 4, 6 and 7]

Scotia Race Walking Club [2, 3, 5 and 8]

5 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.

Roy Gunnett hasn’t got a doule chin. There’s another walker on his inside!! Ta to Greg for the image.
  1. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar Actual time 26:50; H’cap Allowance 4:45; H’cap time 22:05
  2. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia 26:42; 4:30; 22:12
  3. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 35:13; 11:40; 23:33
  4. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 34:20; 10:36: 23:56
  5. Greg Smith M65 LWC 32:59; 9:00; 23:59
  6. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia 33:22: 9:23; 24:01
  7. Linda Hinshelwood F65 Scotia 34:44; 10:41; 24:03
  8. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia 30:55; 6:48; 24:07
  9. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia 35:06; 10:45; 24:21
  10. Martin Payne M55 LWC 34:44; 10:22; 24:22
  11. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia 35:07; 10:38; 24:29
  12. Pat Evans F65 LWC 35:26; 10:51; 24:35
  13. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 27:44; 3:08 ; 24:36
  14. Denis Jackson M75 Quickstep 33:07; 8:28; 24:39
  15. Daniel McKerlich U23 Cardiff 26:55; 2:15; 24:40
  16. Glyn Jones M75 Coventry Godiva 34:04; 9:20; 24:44
  17. Guy Goodair M80 LWC 39:29; 14:40; 24:49
  18. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 35:01; 10:02; 24:59
  19. Tony Malone M65 LWC 30:25; 5:10; 25:15
  20. Dave Evans M70 LWC 32:40; 7:23; 25:17
  21. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 26:22; 1.00; 25:22
  22. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia 25:52; 0:00; 25:52
  23. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia 33:31; 7;36; 25:55
  24. Tony Bell M55 LWC 35:00; 8:36; 26:24
  25. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia 33:59; 6:56; 27:03
  26. Graham Jackson M50 Quickstep 32:05; 4:35; 27:30
  27. Katrina Weldon F55 Scotia 28:33; 1:00; 27:33
  28. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 43:44; 16:07; 27:37
  29. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 35:40; 7:55; 27:45
  30. Mary Pusateri F50 USA 32:41; 4:40; 28:01
  31. John Constandinou M45 Birchfield 35:00; 4:10; 30:50

Thanks to everyone involved, especially Marco and Mary from overseas. A warm Lancashire welcome to you both. We’ll have a word with the handicapper!!

This month’s distance is 8 kilometres, very close to the classic British distance of 5 miles, now long forgotten. In the next week I’ll do a post reviving memories of the significance of this distance in the history of our club.

I’ve already received a couple of early clockings. Everyone on their marks.

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REVIVING THE NOVICE RACE: ‘HOW FAR CAN YOU WALK IN AN HOUR?’

The unfolding discussion sparked by Chris Bolton’s proposals in his ‘The future of Lancashire Walking Club’ has been thought-provoking. In a couple of week’s time, I’ll endeavour to summarise the main arguments as a contribution to moving matters forward.

In the meantime it might be useful to clarify Chris’s proposal of a One Hour Challenge as a fresh way of reviving the Club’s Novice Race. The challenge to both new and old participants would be ‘how far can you walk in an hour?’ In planning for the event there are obvious marketing/media possibilities in posing this question.

Following Ian Vaughan’s helpful suggestion Chris proposes that we have the following targets rewarded with badges: 8k Bronze; 9k Silver; 10k Gold; 11k Diamond; 12k Platinum; and 13k Five Star.

In terms of the Race Walking Association the smart lapel badges are now collector’s items on Ebay. As of a few years ago RWA 10k cloth badges were distributed at the Jeff Ford 10k race in Sheffield, but there is no mention of the the One Hour award on the RWA web site. However there is every reason to believe that our Club awards can be complementary if the RWA scheme is still alive .

Whatever our reactions to other parts of Chris’s argument about the future I think the One Hour Challenge proposal is something we should pursue. Quite when we can make it happen is of course in the present climate another matter.

AND ANOTHER REMINDER THAT WE ARE ACCEPTING 5 KILOMETRES CLOCKINGS FOR OUR CLUB VIRTUAL SERIES THROUGH TO MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, JULY1

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Virtual League Racing Series – Race 12 plus a reminder about the June 5k deadline!

The end of June is approaching fast and with it the deadline for your speedy 5 kilometres clockings in our very own Club Virtual Series. Can Lancashire rise to the gauntlet thrown down by Scotia? I’ll accept submissions up to midnight on the first of July to give you a bit of room for manoeuvre over the next few days. Send your result to Tony at tonymtaylor@gmail.com

Meanwhile, the battle between ourselves and our Scottish rivals continues in the original Virtual League Series organised by Helen and John.

RACE 12

MENS 2K TEAM


1 Scotia Race Walking Club (30)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (47)
3 Quickstep Fitness (65)
4 Sarnia Walking Club (83)
– RUSSIA (159)
– AUSTRALIA (191)
5 Birchfield Harriers (212)
6 Ilford AC (217)

MENS 2K AGE GRADED TEAM


1 Lancashire Walking Club (86.71%)
2 Scotia Race Walking Club (81.12%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (74.69%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (73.20%)
– RUSSIA (60.23%)
– AUSTRALIA (50.13%)
5 Ilford AC (43.38%)
6 Birchfield Harriers (39.09%)

Our team as follows:

Tony Taylor M70 96.53% Lancs WC 10:24.8

Stephen Walker M60 79.91% Lancs WC 11:04.0

Tony Malone M65 83.68% Lancs WC 11:17.0

Tony Bell M55 68.63% Lancs WC 12:16.0

Greg Smith M65 71.26% Lancs WC 13:06.0

Guy Goodair M80 76.15% Lancs WC 15:14.0

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The future of Lancashire Walking Club? Chris Bolton recommends a way forward

I can’t recommend enough that we all spend some time reflecting on this challenging contribution from Chris Bolton. Back in the mid-1960s Chris was a leading light in the transformation of the club’s sense of itself, shifting it from being inward-looking to viewing itself as a major force on the national scene. This change was symbolised by the creation of the club’s very own magazine, CONTACT’. It is to his great credit that almost sixty years on he is still concerned about the club’s future and creative in his recommendations.

For the moment I’ll desist from having my pennyworth and hope very much that our members/readers/supporters will be involved in the necessary and vital discussion opened up by Chris.

Chris close to the finish of the Blackpool

The future of Lancashire Walking Club 

Tony Malone’s story has prompted me to give a lot of thought to how we can improve the fortunes of Lancashire Walking Club. 

Tony came to race walking from his attendance at a young athletes’ course and in his first road race finished thirteenth well inside the hour for six miles. That means of course that there were at least thirteen novices inside the hour; how times have changed. These young athletes are however still there and we must do all we can to attract them. 

Our immediate problem is that we have an aging membership and don’t seem able to attract younger members. We are not seen as athletes and are no longer part of the athletic scene. When our HQ was at Longford Park we were included in the Stretford Track League events and we were seen and accepted as athletes, sadly this has been lost. 

Many athletic clubs In our area have a membership of over five hundred and we are missing out. 

Additionally, I believe that race walking in general has suffered from the demise of the six and seven in the hour badge schemes. The slogan of the novice walk was “Can you walk six miles in an hour?” I wrote to every affiliated athletic club in the area and it attracted huge interest – Dave Vickers, the winner, of course came from Bolton United Harriers. 

I believe that we should now make our One Hour Track Walk our flagship event and promote it to every club in our catchment area. If you agree I will supply and pay for an initial supply of cloth embroidered badges, maybe for wearing on tracksuits. They would recognise achievements of nine, ten and eleven Kms in the hour and could possibly be classed as Bronze, Silver and Gold standards. My first stab at a design is attached. 

Although controversial I believe that we must seriously consider a move of HQ to a venue with a track, parking facilities and situated adjacent to paths or roads suitable for race walking. 

Even more controversial I think we should eventually consider changing the club name to Lancashire Race Walking Club. 

Without being too pessimistic I see the club stagnating. We must do something before it is too late or we shall be composing the funeral hymn of this great club. 

I do trust that you will understand that I am trying to be constructive and truly have the interest of the club at heart. 

Chris Bolton. C332. 

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Virtual League Racing Series – Race 11

The latest week’s result sees us still locked in mortal combat with Scotia!!

Tony Malone and former National Coach, Julian Hopkins disturbing the peace – early 1970s

MENS 2K TEAM


1 Scotia Race Walking Club (39)
2 Lancashire Walking Club (56)

– AUSTRALIA (57)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (76)
4 Quickstep Fitness (109)
5 Ilford AC (129)
– RUSSIA (165)
– NEW ZEALAND (189)
=6 Enfield & Haringey AC (193)
=6 Surrey Walking Club (193)
8 Cardiff AC (195)
9 Steyning AC (218)
10 Birchfield Harriers (229)

MENS 2K AGE GRADED TEAM


1 Lancashire Walking Club (87.48%)
2 Scotia Race Walking Club (81.46%)
– AUSTRALIA (75.53%%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (73.46%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (72.46%)
– RUSSIA (60.02%)
5 Ilford AC (59.24%)
6 Enfield & Haringey AC (53.72%)
– NEW ZEALAND (51.18%)
7 Steyning AC (50.67%)
8 Surrey Walking Club (50.66%)
9 Cardiff AC (43.26%)
10 Birchfield Harriers (38.71%)

Our team comprised:

Tony Taylor M70 94.71% Lancs WC 10:36.8

Stephen Walker M60 83.04% Lancs WC 10:39.0

Tony Malone M65 84.69% Lancs WC 11:09.1

Tony Bell M55 69.10% Lancs WC 12:11.0

Guy Goodair M80 76.40% Lancs WC 15:11.0

LWC VIRTUAL SERIES- JUNE: 5 KILOMETRES

It’s now just over a week to the end of June by which day we need your 5 kilometres clocking. Time for a couple of big efforts.

Looking forward to receiving your submissions to tonymtaylor@gmail.com plus any photos of your exploits, old or new!

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REMINISCENCES 10: TONY ‘YOU’ll NEVER WALK’ MALONE REFLECTS AND REGRETS

Our Reminiscences Series returns with this welcome, revealing contribution from Tony Malone. I’ve not deleted his many unnecessary apologies to the reader.

Hi Tony, herewith as requested is my athletics biography. Hope it isn’t too boring for everybody.

A young Tony


I’d always been interested in running especially as I was the 2nd fastest miler in my last year at school and I always ran from the north side of Stockport to watch Stockport County on the south side of the town. I always had to be first through the the turnstiles when they opened. I supposed if I had got there five minutes before the kick off I would still have been first in the queue!

 If you’re already getting bored carry on reading at bed time and I will soon cure your insomnia.

Tony being congratulated by the LWC old guard – from the left Fred Pearce Senior Joe Lambert and Albert Rigby


I was at my local youth club back in 1968 when the club leader asked if I was interested in attending a young athletes’ course at Mellands Fields in Manchester and the club would pay the fees. On the Saturday of the course, I didn’t want to go but my parents insisted as the youth club had already paid. So I went along with my tee shirt, shorts and pumps (yes, pumps!). When I arrived most athletes had clubs vests, track suits and trainers and spikes. I put myself down for middle distance and after a short while threw off my pumps and continued the weekend in my bare feet. The coaches were not amused!


A the end of the weekend three guys came and gave a demonstration of race walking and all the young athletes had to have a go.Then the senior of the three guys gave a little speech and said if you haven’t already got a club then you should join one. I took him at his word, approached him, asking if could I join his walking club. rest they say is history. The three guys were Maurice Ireland, Chris Bolton and Fred Pearce Junior.

So for all those ladies and gents out there, who have had to put up with me for all these years you can blame Maurice, Chris, Fred and my parents.

I went training each Sunday at Stretford track with Maurice. I did two Stretford league races, in which I came 2nd from last in both, just ahead of Dave Grindley of Lancs Walking Club. This isn’t as easy as it looks were my thoughts. [Eds note – Ron Wallwork has dug out one of the results, August 20]

My first road race was the LWC annual 6 mile novice Walk from Mellands Fields, Manchester on the 24th August 1968, finishing 13th in 57m.35 sec. The race was won by Dave Vickers from the home club in 48m.14sec. One thing I’ll always blame Chris Bolton for (my Mum always did!!) is that he never mentioned anything about greasing up prior to a race. I spent the rest of the weekend on the floor with my legs apart resting on a chair! I was just a ‘little sore’.

It was after this I was coached by the late Dick Smith at Leigh on Tuesday evenings and from his chip shop on Thursday and Sundays. I was knocked into shape and slowly started to improve my technique and speed.

Are you still awake?

As always with Lancashire Walking Club there were plenty of events to compete in up and down the country. On many occasions there were enough of us to hire a coach to take us to the various venues. To think at times we could have as many as three teams in a race with eight needed to walk and four to score. On these excursions the club captain Ron Wallwork used to get the bus singing and one of the songs was always ‘You’ll never walk (M)alone’ by Gerry and Pacemakers! Sod!!!

Lancashire Walking Club were lucky enough to have a very good junior section. It took me over twelve months to break into the scoring team when we had such good walkers as Steve Crow, Mick Entwistle, Dave Ward, Mick Fishwick, Marshall Barnard, Keith Bebbington and later on Chris Eyre. Where are they all now?

I was fortunate enough to compete in the 1969 AAA’s Junior Championships at Crystal Palace, going down to make up the numbers with our own Dave Ward, the favourite to win. I admit (and those who know me know how modest I am) I was surprised with myself when I came second, 2/10th of second behind the winner Dennis Holly of Brighton. What was nice was when I returned home I received a call from Ron Wallwork to congratulate me on my performance. That’s something I’ve never forgotten.

Tony in full flow

Over the years I have competed in countless races both walking and running. Some of my favourite events over the years have been the Morecambe (possibly) 20kms, the Metropolitan 7 at Imber Court, theLeicester 7 (I like racing in Leicester), the Dick Hudsons from Bradford. I have always enjoyed in competing the national Championships, no matter what the distance or venue One thing I always wanted to do was to race along Blackpool promenade, the only problem being I had to start at Manchester Town Hall, which I did in 1982. From Horwich I was on my own all the way to the finish and to come 3rd in 8:41:07 wasn’t too bad for me.


Are you still with me? There’s loads to go yet AND it gets worse!!


I’ve had many satisfying races over the years – the above Manchester to Blackpool is just one of them. My GB Junior International at Battersea Park, London in 1970. The National 50km at Milton Keynesin 1977, not my fastest, but it was a multi lap circuit and I was lapped by Brian Adams and John Warhurst, followed by Peter Hodkinson from Cambridge Harriers, who I stuck with for the rest of hisrace and he dragged me though the field. I will always remember passing the late Colin Young, who really encouraged me, thinking I was battling Peter for 3rd place when in fact I was only passing Colin and not lapping him!

Tony wearing proudly his GB Junior vest


These days with not competing as much and there not being the same competition I look forward to competing in the Masters events such as Horwich and recently the Leicester 10km which includes the British Masters championships. Also now that I have switched (at long last) to the Republic of Ireland it iss great to represent and compete for them in Masters championships. The wearing of the Green is something special.

Tony leading Rob Elliott in the York Open 7


For some years I did quite a bit of running. My highs in running have been the Manchester Piccadilly Marathon of 1985 when before the start I met my old friend Roger Michell and we ran together for 22 miles when I think I must have upset him because he raced off and left me! I recorded my best time of 2h.51m.58s. finishing 201st. The 1st 100 finishers received a track suit, the 2nd 100 finishers received a T shirt. No way could I have passed another runner for that T shirt!


I remember running a 6 mile race in Stockport in 1977, when finishing downhill I lost my balance and fell passing two runners in the process I finished in 31:07 and was I believe dragged to the first aid area where I came to. Another satisfying completion was the 1988 Tour of Tameside. This is a double marathon of 6 races in7 days and was the inspiration of the great Ron Hill.


Wake up we’re nearly finished


I do have few regrets from my years in athletics. The first never having won a senior RWA Championship medal at either individual or team level and the  second is having not competed and completed a 100 mile race to become a Centurion.


Well if you’re still awake you need to go and see your doctor!!

PERSONAL BESTS – RACE WALKING

1500m 6.34
1 mile 7.15:7
2000m 8.57
3000m 12.53
2 mile 15.08
5000m 22.16
5 mile 36.56
6 mile 46.09
10km 45.12
7 mile 51.15
8 mile 63.55
15km 70.42
10 mile 75.06
20km 95.57
25km 2.13.20
30km 2.56.57
20 mile 3.00.06
50km 4.48.27
1 hour 12,779 metres
Mcr-B/pool 8.41.07

PERSONAL BESTS – RUNNING

100m 11.8, 800m 2.19:8, 1mile 5.13, 3000m 9.20, 2 mile 9.35, 5000m 16.43, 5 mile 28.15, 6 mile 31.09, 10km 34.07, 7 mile 39.51, 10 mile 59.10, 20km 78.38, 1/2 marathon 77.53 and marathon 2.51.58

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NATIONAL VIRTUAL SERIES 2K – WEEK 10

We continue to be the team to beat in the Age-Graded competition. And, as you can see, we are running out of photos, which always enhance the text. All additions to the library of images, old and new, will be gratefully received.

I can’t be accused of ignoring social distancing in this race at Dalton a few years ago

MENS 2K TEAM


1 Sarnia Walking Club (39)
2 Scotia Race Walking Club (51)
3 Lancashire Walking Club (54)
4 Quickstep Fitness (84)
– AUSTRALIA (94)
5 Ilford AC (142)
– RUSSIA (169)
6 Manx Harriers (185)
7 Surrey Walking Club (193)
8 Enfield & Haringey AC (194)
9 Cardiff AC (195)
10 Steyning AC (212)
– NEW ZEALAND (220)
11 Birchfield Harriers (229)

MENS AGE GRADED 2K TEAM


1 Lancashire Walking Club (87.45%)
2 Scotia Race Walking Club (79.08%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (74.55%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (71.64%)
– AUSTRALIA (66.53%)
5 Ilford AC (61.58%)
– RUSSIA (59.46%)
6 Enfield & Haringey AC (55.32%)
7 Steyning AC (53.67%)
8 Surrey Walking Club (51.06%)
9 Manx Harriers (50.95%)
– NEW ZEALAND (47.31%)
10 Cardiff AC (42.95%)
11 Birchfield Harriers (39.27%)

A young Tony Malone – a taste of his soon-to-be released Reminiscences

Our Team comprised:

Tony Taylor M70: 96.53% : 10:24.5
Stephen Walker M60: 81.26%: 10:53.0
Tony Malone M65: 84.56%: 11:10.9
Tony Bell M55: 57.08%: 14:45.0
Guy Goodair M80 :76.99%: 15:04.0
    

And don’t forget to enter and submit your times for the USA Masters Race Walking Virtual Race Series.

See details at https://lancswalkingclub.com/2020/05/18/the-race-walking-world-goes-virtual-more-results-and-news/

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VIRTUAL LEAGUE SERIES 2K WEEK 9 – THE LANCASHIRE/SCOTIA RIVALRY CONTINUES

John Constandinou and Helen Elleker are pledged to overseeing the continuation of the ‘World’ Virtual Series League, for which we are very grateful. The weekly distance will remain at 2 kilometres. It’s never too late to join in either by visiting the Facebook Race Walking Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/139423539480219/ or if you prefer do so through me on tonymtaylor@gmail.com. Helen needs simply your name, age and club, together with your 2k time for that week and I can act as go-between if you are averse to or don’t use Facebook.

Helen Elleker battles with Denis Jackson and Colin Vesty

For what it’s worth I would recommend being involved in the 2k series .My suspicion is that most of our members don’t do a fast session every week or indeed fast sessions at all. However signing up to the Series does provide an incentive to fit in the 2k bash even as the body suggests otherwise. My feeling is that if we pursue this challenge over the next few months. it will pay handsome dividends when we’re back on the track or road together – hopefully the Lambert Trophy in September.

MENS AGE GRADED 2KM TEAM


1 Lancashire Walking Club (86.05%)
2 Scotia Race Walking Club (76.40%)
3 Sarnia Walking Club (74.73%)
– AUSTRALIA (73.96%)
4 Quickstep Fitness (71.71%)
5 Ilford AC (62.98%)
– RUSSIA (59.00%)
6 Surrey Walking Club (58.08%)
7 Steyning AC (52.80%)
8 Cardiff AC (43.01%)
9 Birchfield Harriers (38.86%)

MENS 2KM TEAM


1 Scotia Race Walking Club (53)
– AUSTRALIA (56)
2 Sarnia Walking Club (58)
3 Lancashire Walking Club (73)
4 Quickstep Fitness (99)
5 Ilford AC (120)
6 Surrey Walking Club (153)
– RUSSIA (163)
7 Cardiff AC (186)
8 Steyning AC (205)
9 Birchfield Harriers (217)

Our team comprised:

Tony Taylor M70 97.94% Lancs WC 00:10:15.2

Tony Malone M65 82.95% Lancs WC 00:11:23.9

Guy Goodair M80 77.25% Lancs WC 00:15:01.0

Results have dominated in the last few weeks but there are more Reminiscences in the pipeline plus what we hope will be the beginning of Ron Wallwork’s Recollections. Watch this space.

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LWC VIRTUAL SERIES : 3 KILOMETRES RESULTS – SCOTIA TO THE FORE

Bill on his way to a victory in the Allen Trophy 15 miles at Chorley

3 KILOMETRES SCRATCH

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

  1. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia RWC 14:32
  2. Tony Taylor LWC M70 15:29.0
  3. Katrina Weldon F55 Scotia RWC 15:53
  4. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 16:25
  5. John Constandinou M45 Birchfield 17:02 [G]
  6. Graham Jackson M50 Quickstep 17:17 [G]
  7. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar 17:23.1 [G]
  8. Tony Malone M65 LWC 17:38.9
  9. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia RWC 18:26
  10. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia RWC 18:37
  11. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia RWC 18:42
  12. Dave Evans M70 LWC 18:56.9
  13. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia RWC 19:04
  14. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 19:15 [G]
  15. Denis Jackson M70 Quickstep 19:37 [G]
  16. Tony Bell M55 LWC 19:42
  17. Greg Smith M60 LWC 19:56
  18. John Crahan M70 LWC 19:58
  19. Glyn Jones M75 Coventry Godiva 20:08 [G]
  20. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia RWC 20:10
  21. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 20:33
  22. Martin Payne M55 LWC 20:45
  23. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 20:54
  24. Rosemary Hill F70 ScotiaRWC 20:55
  25. Linda HinshelwoodF55 Scotia RWC 20:57
  26. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia RWC 20:59
  27. Pat Evans F65 LWC 21:03
  28. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 21:32
  29. Guy Goodair M80 LWC 23:20
  30. Kenny Farmer M55 Scotia RWC 23:30
  31. Ian Vaughan M65 LWC 23:48
  32. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 24:12

TEAM RACE {MIXED}

Photo of an earlier team triumph fpr Scotia at Dalton
  1. SCOTIA RWC [ 1, 3, 6 and 7] 17 pts
  2. LANCS WC [2, 4, 5 and 9] 20 pts

3 KILOMETRES AGE-GRADED

  1. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 15:29 – 98.72%
  2. Katrina Weldon F55 Scotia 15:53 – 89.53%
  3. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia 14:32 – 89.00%
  4. Dave Evans M70 LWC 18:56 – 80.73%
  5. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 16:25 – 80.33%
  6. Tony Malone M65 LWC 17:38 – 78.79%
  7. Glyn Jones M75 Cov.God 20:08 – 77.97% [G]
  8. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia 20:55 – 77.80%
  9. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 20:33 – 76.39%
  10. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia 19:04 – 76.23%
  11. Joe Hardy M75LWC 20:54 – 75.11%
  12. Denis Jackson M70 Quickstep 19:37 – 75.03% [G]
  13. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia 18:37 – 73.82%
  14. John Crahan M70 LWC 19:58 – 73.71%
  15. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 24:12 – 72.50%
  16. Pat Evans F65 LWC 21:03 – 72.37%
  17. Guy Goodair M80 LWC 23:20 – 72.31%
  18. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia 20:10 – 71.27%
  19. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia 18:42 – 70.52%
  20. Graham Jackson M50 Quickstep 17:17 – 69.71% [G]
  21. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 21:32 – 68.35%
  22. John Constandinou M45 Birch 17:02 – 67.86% [G]
  23. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar 17:23 – 66.49% [G]
  24. Greg Smith M60 LWC 19:56 – 66.16%
  25. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia 18:26 – 65.36%
  26. Linda Hinshelwood F55 Scotia 20:57 – 65.19%
  27. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia 20:59 – 65.08%
  28. Tony Bell M55 LWC 19:42 – 63.87%
  29. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 19:15 – 62.59% [G]
  30. Martin Payne M55 LWC 20:45 – 60.64%
  31. Ian Vaughan M65 LWC 23:48 – 58.37%
  32. Kenny Farmer M55 Scotia 23:30 – 53.54%

TEAM RACE [MIXED]

  1. LANCS WC [1, 4, 5 and 6] 16 pts
  2. SCOTIA RWC [2, 3, 7 and 9] 21 pts

3 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.

Dave Evans, our diligent club handicapper with much to muse upon as he prepares for the 5k
  1. KatrinaWeldon F55 Scotia Actual 15:53 Allowance 4:35 H’cap time 11:18
  2. Andrew Fraser M50 Scotia 18:26; 6:00; 12:26
  3. Bill McFadden M55 Scotia 14:32; 1:00; 13:32
  4. Stephen Walker M60 LWC 16:25; 2:50; 13:35
  5. Gerard McConnell M60 Scotia 18:42; 4:55; 13:47
  6. Lynette Frame F60 Scotia 19:04; 5:00; 14:04
  7. Graham Jackson M50 Quickstep 17:17; 2:50; 14:27
  8. Tony Taylor M70 LWC 15:29; 1:00; 14:29
  9. John Constandinou M45 Birchfield 17:02; 2:30; 14:32
  10. Tony Malone M65 LWC 17:38; 2:50; 14:48=
  11. Ian Vaughan M65 LWC 23:48; 9:00; 14:48=
  12. Ray Robinson M45 Redcar17:23; 2:20; 15:03
  13. Marco Bernatzki M50 Germany 19:15; 4:10; 15:05=
  14. Rosemary Hill F70 Scotia 20:55; 5:50; 15:05=
  15. Shirley Simpson F60 Scotia 20:10; 5:00; 15:10
  16. John Crahan M70 LWC 19:58; 4:40; 15:18
  17. Colin Simpson M60 Scotia 18:37; 3:10; 15:27
  18. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 20:33; 5:00; 15:33
  19. Dave Evans M70 LWC 18:56; 3:10; 15:46=
  20. Greg Smith M60 LWC 19:56; 4:10; 15:46=
  21. Denis Jackson M70 Quickstep 19:37; 3:50; 15:47
  22. Linda Hinshelwood F55 Scotia 20:57; 5:00; 15:57
  23. Glyn Jones M75 Cov.God 20:08; 4:00; 16:08
  24. Pat Evans F65 LWC 21:03; 4:45; 16:18
  25. Guy Goodair M80 LWC 23:20; 7:00; 16:20
  26. Tony Bell M55 LWC 19:42; 3:10; 16:32=
  27. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 21:32; 5:00; 16:32=
  28. Andrea Lennon F75 LWC 24:12; 8:20; 16:32=
  29. Martin Payne M55 LWC20:45; 4:10; 16:35
  30. Joe HardyM75 LWC 20:54; 4:10; 16:44
  31. Michelle O’Neil F55 Scotia 20:59; 4:10; 16:49
  32. Kenny Farmer M55 Scotia 23:30; 6:30; 17:00

Be gentle with me if you find any mistakes. The weekend has been barmy. Our ageing car abandoned in the mountains. A Beaufort 8 gale creating bedlam and the internet connection erratic!

Sincere thanks to everyone for their involvement.

Now for the 5 kilometres challenge in June. Best foot forward to all.

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