Catching up continued with photos – Allen Trophy 15 miles at Chorley 6th May 2017

 

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Ta to Linda McDermot for all the photos – this one is calendar material!

 

Firstly here is Fred Pearce’s report on the proceedings.

On a cold & breezy day 11 competitors set off on this exacting 15-mile race at Chorley.
The winner receiving the magnificent Allen Trophy , which is silver, stands over 50 cm tall, is 85 yrs old (1932) and is one of Lancashire Walking Clubs most prestigious trophies.
From the start it became a battle between Adrian and Bill ( our guest from Scotland) and lasted for most of the race with Adrian dominating the uphill and on the flat (?), and Bill catching up on the downhill. Bill finally broke away at approx 13miles on a downhill section then continued on to win. There was then another battle between two of our regular guests Glyn & Stuart, with Stuart getting the best of Glyn as the encountered the last uphill to the finish.
Huge congratulations to all 9 competitors who completed this picturesque, but hilly and demanding course around Chorley.

 

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Bill leads Adrian as they pass the drinks station

 

 

15 Miles

1 Bill McFadden Scotia RWC M55 2:21:36
2 Adrian Edwards Lancs WC M55 2:23:42
3 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 2:50:51
4 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 2:51:04
5 Joe Hardy Lancs WC M70 2:51:54
6 Dave Crompton Lancs WC M50 2:52:15
7 Sailash Shah Lancs WC M50 3:02:36
8 Ian Hilditch Lancs WC M75 3:02:46
9 Phil McCullagh Lancs WC M60 3:13:25

7.5 Miles
Pat Evans Lady Lancs WC W65 86:35

5 Miles
John Payn Lancs WC M80 66:21

 

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Joe Hardy leads Dave Crompton round the public house corner

 

And to add to the feel for this highlight of the season here is Trevor McDermot’s eloquent portrayal of the day. More than a few people have got in touch to say how pleased they were to have Trevor and Linda back on board.

Another spring day in beautiful West Pennines country, overlooked by cairn-capped moorlands.

Another afternoons engagement by the old Railway pub at the brow of Coppice Lane, where apparitions of sundry quarrymen and farmworkers may conceivably still gather to quaff the latest shared gossip and seal one more ghostly working day. Bronze Age peoples once settled this area, a Roman Empire oversaw lead mining, cotton mills powered by water wheels had performed their daily duty, and the new Anglezarke hub of reservoirs sent that most vital of all resources from rolling green-pastured store to the burgeoning population of Liverpool.

Another race for the Allen Trophy – in existence for many a decade – promoted by the Lancashire Walking Club over a distance of 15 Miles.

It was a cloudy Chorley lunchtime as the field assembled and lined up for their testing sojourn in the hills. We were suddenly entertained by a minicab that blocked their path. Two occupants disgorged, a gentleman and his Italian lady companion expecting a rather different kind of rural perambulation, were handled by Fred and Christine with customary efficiency, and all set off on their tasks. The couple were last seen a few hours later when, looking quite happy and freshly provisioned with water, they decided to once again explore the dog leg whence Eric had long departed his station. We wish them well.

Suitable drinks, buckets and sponging tables set up, we soon encountered the competitors on their first lap. Regular guesting friends from the Midlands – Glyn Jones and Stuart Edgar – were at the head of affairs, followed by the recognisable figures of bantering stalwarts Joe Hardy, Dave Crompton, and that unique action of everybody’s favourite tin soldier, little Sailash Shah. Not wearing his signature overcoat on this occasion, but looking as if he could carry on all night and tomorrow morning, and one of these days he will.

 

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Hi-vis Sailash Shah

 

Pat Evans and venerable John Payn were embarking on lesser distances, with no less a demonstration of excellent physical fitness than their clubmates. Ian Hilditch and Phil McCullagh bringing up the rear were to suffer yet make it manfully to the end, smiling throughout their struggle. Also bobbing around in general support were John Pouncy minus Jane, and club handicapper Dave Evans. Roy Gunnett was missing for the very good reason of a seventieth Birthday celebration, while various Crahans, Horwills and Tony Taylor had sent their apologies.

A few battles in recent years have been witnessed between those great friends and rivals Adrian Edwards and Bill McFadden. Although very different stylistically, both are as fair technicians as can be found. One is well known to carry himself straight-backed and marches quickly with great strength, the other with a busier, more fluid action utilising the hips fully. In each case we see every definition of walking fully complied with besides those categories yet to be invented. Giving a head start to the rest, within the early miles they had soon overhauled and we were then given quite a treat.

First one then the other led through the quiet, winding lanes bedecked with massed spectators of forget-me-nots, cow parsley and scattered bluebells. No part of this testing circuit is flat, the competitors go either up or down and need to amend their business accordingly. In the last five miles Bill forged ahead to finish a couple of minutes clear in a very decent 2hrs 21, and these twin performances over 15 miles should be treated with every respect given the environment and ages involved.

We congratulate both participants for whom there rightfully exists great respect at all levels within British race walking. Both are well regarded modest individuals and qualified Coaches in their own right who contribute a great deal to Athletics, for all ages, outside of their individual racing endeavours.

In particular, Bill continues to work single-handed with almost herculean effort amidst the Strathclyde region for the benefit of walking and arrived at the venue today from his long train journey breathless with the excitement of gaining a new member this week to one of his training groups. Anything that can be offered by way of assistance or support to this most deserving figure is encouraged. Even to get adequate racing opportunities requires long hours of travel. His plans for the near future include assaults on the NE England and Northern Ireland track championships, a little short for his true capabilities but still good tests of speed.

Post-race and back at the parish club we welcomed a cup of tea and general catch-up before the presentation. Congratulations are due to Lancashire WC for hosting an enjoyable event again, we thoroughly appreciate and applaud the efforts shown by all involved. It is difficult to imagine another mainland club turning out as many members to walk such a distance. There will be hundreds of different competitions taking place up and down the country this weekend; it can be stated with pleasure that this friendly offering in a lovely, scenic corner of the North West was equally valuable in enhancing the spirit of our sport as any other.

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Catching up – Macclesfield Shield 20K 8th April 2017

Continuing apologies as I catch up with race results.

Macclesfield Shield 20K 8th April 2017

Roy Gunnett reports:

The race was held on the normal tough hilly course over 6 laps. It was a very pleasant warm sunny day (over 20C) with a clear blue sky throughout the race.

Adrian Edwards easily won the scratch race. Dan Maskell, up from Brighton, walked a strong race to come second. Roy Gunnett won the handicap prize and the Macclesfield Shield.

Special thanks are due to Eric Horwill who travelled up from the Midlands to do the timekeeping. This freed up Fred to be able to man the road junction the walkers have to cross on each lap.

20k
1 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC M55 2:00:10
2 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 2:19:42
3 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M65 2:21:38
4 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 2:22:39
5 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 2:25:07
6 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 2:27:13
7 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 2:27:56
8 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M55 2:30:06
9 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M55 2:30:57

10K
1 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 72:58
2 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 81:37

10.8K
Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 75:32

17.2K
Greg Smith Lancashire WC M60 2:10:52

Following the race excellent refreshments were provided by Marshall Barnard and his wife.

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Fifty years on Lancashire repeat the double in the Northern 10 on March 18

Sincere apologies for the belated appearance of this report, but I hope it’s of some interest and not too indulgent.

Given my first Northern 10 was fifty years ago I was determined to make the start of this year’s race at Stockport. I made it by the skin of my dentures, aided gallantly by Tony Malone, who, having witnessed my incompetence in the past, pinned the race number to my club singlet. Why have I always been fingers and thumbs when it comes to this simple task? Emerging from the dressing room into a miserable mix of cold breeze and drizzle I was immediately the subject of banter. How come, hotfoot from Crete, I was attired in a vest and skimpy shorts, whilst Bill McFadden from the wilds of Scotland was sensibly wearing both a thermal bob-cap and gloves?

Fortunately, as I had no sensible answer up my non-existent sleeve, we were called to the start line by none other than the statesman-like figure of John Eddershaw, a stalwart of our sport. In measured tones John called us to order, whilst Fred Pearce as Chief Judge waved the dreaded paddles, only one of which seemed to be relevant, namely that concerned with our knees. To lose contact was the stuff of our collective dreams.

From the outset Adrian Edwards dominated proceedings, chased vainly by myself, Bill and all around the sixteen, sometimes muddy, sometimes doggy laps. It was a challenging, decently surfaced course, even if Bill lamented the lack of inclines.  After the race in the welcome embrace of the hot showers, such was the day, we resembled more a Sunday league football team than a group of proud pedestrians.

In the clubhouse Fred Pearce opened the after-race proceedings by inviting John Eddershaw to present the medals, referring to his memorable exploits in the Manchester-Blackpool race, including a victory in 1972. John, known affectionately to his Sheffield team mates as ‘nid nod’ on account of his head nodding on every stride, won in 8:16:10 from Peter Markham 8:17:41 with Eric Crompton, third in 8:24:16, the latter leading Leyland Motors to a memorable team title. At this point nostalgia swept across the room as Fred drew our attention to the presence of others, who had finished in the first three of this sadly missed classic, namely Joe Hardy, Tony Malone, Mark Byrne and Graham Jackson. If I’d had my wits about me, I would have interrupted to add that in Denis Jackson, Graham’s father, we were privileged to race alongside one of Britains greatest all-rounders.  Denis still stands 5th on the all-time 50 kilometres list with his outstanding 1986 clocking of 4:03:08, set in Madrid over thirty years ago. In addition he dipped under 90 minutes for 20 kilometres with a time of 89:42 at York in the same year – not to mention by this time he had entered the veterans O40 ranks!

Dennis Jackson in his prime

NORTHERN  10 MILES CHAMPIONSHIP

Adrian and Bill locked in combat at Chorley, Ta to Linda McDermot

1 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC ‘A’ M50 Lancs 1.32.21
2 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC ‘A’ M65 Lancs 1.33.22
3 Bill McFadden Scotia RWC M55 Scots 1.35.26
4 Tony Bell Lancashire WC ‘B’ M50 Lancs 1.43.26
5 Tony Malone Lancashire WC ‘A’ M65 Lancs 1.44.00
6 Graham Jackson Yorkshire CIU M45 Yorks 1.44.44
7 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC ‘B’ M50 Lancs 1.44.56
8 Dennis Jackson Yorkshire CIU M70 Yorks 1.46.00
9 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC ‘B’ M65 Lancs 1.48.04
10 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC ‘C’ M60 Lancs 1.48.08
11 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC ‘C’ M70 Lancs 1.50.48
12 Mark Byrne Redcar RWC M55 Yorks 1.55.08
13 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC ‘A’ M75 Lancs 1.55.20
14 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 Lancs 1.57.43
15 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC ‘B’ M50 Lancs 1.59.33
16 John Crahan Lancashire WC ‘C’ M65 Lancs 2.02.40
17 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC ‘C’ M60 Lancs 2.10.12

Guest Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 1.49.21

Team Results
1 Lancashire WC ‘A’
2 Lancashire WC ‘B’
3 Lancashire WC ‘C’

Thus it was that Adrian, who had done much of the legwork in ensuring the race happened, took deservedly the individual title. In second place I took pleasure in reminding John Eddershaw that fifty years ago Lancashire led home by Ron Wallwork had ended Sheffield United Harriers’ thirty year winning streak in this championship. However the pleasure was fleeting, given the sad demise of that great club, once feared throughout the land. Unfortunately Bill McFadden was unable to receive his individual medal in person as he had been forced to dash up north. Disappointingly too no other teams were able to close in so our club swept the board.

A special vote of thanks must go the officials, who defied the elements – Fred Pearce, John Howley, Chris Bolton, Glyn Jones, Keith French, Eric and Kath Horwill. I suspect all of them would rather have competed.  In addition the club put on a champion spread, ably organised by Christine Pearce and Louise Crompton.

Keith French winning the Star Walk in 1965

All in all it was an excellently organised, but bitter-sweet occasion. I’ve not mentioned the fact that the day should also have hosted the triangular match between Lancashire, Yorkshire and Scotland for the Ken Munro Trophy. As it was our club took the prize by default. Hence we would be burying our heads in the mud of Woodbank Park if we did not recognise the dilemmas haunting our great sport in the North. None of us are getting any younger. The burden on a few officials is enormous. Indeed Fred Pearce, resilient as ever, had been ill during the week prior to the race. And, obviously, there are issues about where best to hold northern races, given the importance of supporting the valiant efforts of the Scotia club. There is much food for thought, but here’s hoping that in 2027 we celebrate another decade of the Northern 10!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Recent Results and Northern 10 news

ALLISON TROPHY, CHORLEY, MARCH 4

 

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Bill McFadden

 

Roy Gunnett reports:
We had an excellent turnout of 19 for this event – including guests from as far north as Glasgow and as far south as Brighton.
The weather had calmed down somewhat following storm Doris on Thursday.
Adrian and Bill McFadden had a close battle for most of the race until near the end when Bill pulled away strongly to win. Glyn just piped Dan to take third place.
Irene had a great race and easily won the Allison Trophy handicap prize .

 

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Irene Pike

We were all delighted to see John and Jane Pouncy returning to competition following the motorcycle accident they had last year.

 

15 kilometres

1 Bill Mc Fadden Scotia RWC M55 83.04
2 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC M50 86.02
3 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 99.12
4 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 99.13
5 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 101.26
6 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 102.02
7 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 102.38
8 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 102.54
9 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M55 104.32
10 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M65 104.55
11 John Crahan Lancashire WC M60 105.00
12 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 105.59
13 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 110.37
14 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC M60 122.51
15 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 127.32

11 kilometres

1 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M60 78.53
2 Andrea Lennon Lady Lancashire WC W75 95.19

7 kilometres
1 John Pouncy Lancashire WC M70 63.32
2 Jane Pouncy Lady Lancashire WC W60 64.51

MOLLY BARNET & ENGLAND ATHLETICS 10 KILOMETRES, COVENTRY, MARCH 5

Fred Pearce reports:

1 Tom Bosworth 40.20
2 Callum Wilkinson 40.59
3 Cameron Corbishley 41.23
17 Dave Crompton 65.00
22 John Crahan 68.56
23 Roy Gunnett 71.00
DQ Sailash Shah ( 3 x <)
DNS Tony Bell. Sore throat and cold
Teams :
1 Manx H. 2 Enfield & Haringey 3 Birchfield H. 4 Lancashire W C

Weather cold (5deg)….windy…..wet .including hail stone at one stage….sun for about 5 mins. All in all poor conditions for racing……but we did well to finish a team. At least 50% of the field received at least one red card.

Mark Easton’s photos of the race here. Some good ones of Dave and John, too safe, but good knees.

LATE NEWS: PLEASE SUPPORT

Northern Area RWA 10mile championship and Triangular match will take place on Saturday, March 18 at Stockport

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Important information from Roy Gunnett

The race will be held over a traffic free lap course within Woodbank Memorial Park , Stockport., starting at 1.30 p.m.

The lap length is 1k in length – therefore 16 and a bit laps to complete the 10 miles.

The park is just a couple of minutes from Junction 27 on the M60.  Map and directions

There are 2 car parks which can be used – namely a small car park by the museum which is postcode SK1 4JR and a larger car park behind the community centre which is postcode SK1 4BN. Both car parks are off Turncroft Lane, the 2 parks are a short walk to the changing rooms and the athletics track. Registration, changing , refreshments, awards will be at Stockport H .Track.

I have attached 2017 NARWA 10 Mile Championship entry form. Closing date for entries is Wednesday March 15th.

Cheques for the £5 individual entry fee should be made out to Lancashire Walking Club. Cheques for the £8 team entry fee should also be made out to the Lancashire Walking Club.

We will need helpers at the race as well as walkers – so if you are not walking and can help please let Fred know.

Entries should be posted to:
Fred Pearce
4 Anglesey Drive,
Poynton
Cheshire
SK12 1BT.
Fred’s email is pearce63@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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Belated New Year Catch-Up and Sam Shoebottom Result

I must apologise for the lack of posts on the site over the past few months. Unfortunately a range of personal issues has been overwhelming. This has been especially frustrating as I’ve got some great stuff in the bank, including a fascinating account of his Manchester-Blackpool exploits from Guy Goodair. Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I’ll get a grip on proceedings.

For now find below a couple of race results to keep the site up-to-date.

Sam Shoebottom 10K 4th February 2017 at Simister 

Fred Pearce reports:

‘We had a good turnout of 15 (2 of which did 5k) for the first event of 2017 following the winter break. The weather was kind to us with winter sunshine and a temperature of 10 deg C.
At half way (5k) the first 4 were having a contest going through within 3 seconds of each other ( just under 32mins)…..followed by Peter Crahan 24 sec back….and then another battle of 4 in just over 33mins.
Tony pulled away in the last kilometre to win from Dave with Glyn finishing third 100 m back.
A great day of competition and camaraderie to start the new year’.

 

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Tony Bell leads Martin Fisher in a Winter League race

 

1 Tony Bell Lancashire WC M50 63.37
2 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 63.51
3 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 64.27
4 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC M60 65.29
5 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 66.14
6 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 66.15
7 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 66.47
8 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC M65 66.59
9 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M60 67.38
10 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M55 69.13
11 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 70.20
12 Andrea Lennon Lady Lancashire WC W75 78.06
13 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 78.55

5K
1 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 33.22
2 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 37.22

 

FINAL NORTHERN WINTER LEAGUE 10KM 29th JAN. 2017, ADWALTON MOOR, DRIGHLINGTON

Great credit is due to Dave Crompton for his steadfast support of the Winter League races. just a point away from being joint first overall.

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Dave Crompton [minus festive hat] leads Denis and Russ Jackson at Kirkby Fleetham.

 1. W.McFADDEN SCOTIA WC 57.36  2. C. SCOTT YRWC 62.28  3. G. JACKSON YORK CIU 63.16  4. A. THACKER YRWC 63.51  5. D.CROMPTON LANCS 64.53  6. D. JACKSON YORK CIU 65.08  7. A. ELLIS (F) SCOTIA WC 65.26  8. R. JACKSON YRWC 65.51  9. M. COLE UNATT. 68.37  10. M. BYRNE REDCAR WC 70.57  11. D. COLE REDCAR WC 74.19  12. G. McCONNELL SCOTIA WC 80.05  13. K. FRENCH YRWC 83.35

 
OVERALL LEAGUE RESULT
1. C. Scott 107 Pts 2. D Jones 107 Pts 3. D Crompton 106 pts

 
TEAMS
1. YRWC 305 Pts C. Scott 107, A. Thacker 100, K. French 98
2. REDCAR WC 259 Pts D.Jones 107, L Holmes 78, M Byrne 74

 
Individual gaining no other prize; R Jackson YRWC

 
A total of 19 walkers competed throughout the series, one less than last year. We need some new blood, of the sort who know that real life exists outside the confines of their mobile screens. Oh well, the organiser is off to Oz now, for some warm weather training.

Alan Brooks

 

 

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Lookin’ for’ards : Fixtures for 2017

Find below next year’s fixture in case you lose  the circulated hard copy and so that the web site is up-to-date.

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On a personal note [ and I don’t think it’s just my hobby horse] we are still struggling to find a couple of flat road courses, where we can improve both technique and speed.Funnily enough I was looking back at club races from fifty years ago and there were any number of flattish, fast courses at such places as Denton, Wythenshawe, Urmston, Leigh, Bolton and indeed the West Didsbury HQ, all of which have fallen foul of the all-consuming automobile. It’s not that we didn’t have courses of character like Chorley and Sutton Macclesfield. We were just lucky enough to have a greater diversity of venues. As things stand I believe we are exploring whether the Northern 10, March 18 might be held on the Woodbank Park circuit, Stockport, which would be excellent.

FIXTURES 2017

 

    4  FEB B 10k Sam Shoebottom Trophy 1.30 SIMISTER

 

 25   FEB B 15k Alison Trophy 1.30 CHORLEY

 

   4   MAR A 10k ENGLAND ATH. CHAMPs ? COVENTRY

 

 18    MAR A 10m NARWA CHAMPS

Lancs v Yorks v Scotland

1.30 Venue to be decided

 

   8    APR  B 20k Macclesfield Shield 1.30 SUTTON MACC’FLD

 

 29    APR A 10k RWA CHAMPS ? COVENTRY

 

   6   MAY       B 15 miles Allen Trophy 1.30 CHORLEY

 

21    MAY   A 20k NARWA CHAMPS 12.00 THORNTON

LE-CLAY

 

27     MAY  B 3 X 5K Fred Pearce Trophy Relay 1.30 SIMISTER

 

18    JUNE A 5K BMAF CHAMPS M/W 10.30 HORWICH

 

25    JUNE   A 20k RWA CHAMPS ? ROUNDHAY PARK LEEDS

 

  8     JULY B 10k Barnard Trophy 1.30 SUTTON MACC’FLD

 

22     JULY   A 10k NARWA CHAMPS ? DUNN’TON YORKS

 

29     JULY B 1 hour track Lambert Trophy 1.30 BURY A C TRACK

 

   5 AUG           B 100 miles CENTURION BURY ST EDMUNDS

 

13     AUG    A 20k &50k IAAF WORLD CHAMPS THE MALL   LONDON

 

19     AUG B 10K Goodwin Cup 1.30 CHORLEY

 

  9    SEPT B 2 Hour track R & Z Smith Trophy 1.30 BURY A C TRACK

 

  1   OCT      A 50k RWA FESTIVAL OF RACE WALKING ? HILLIN’DON

 

  7    OCT B 10k Albert Rigby Shield 1.30 SUTTON MACC’FLD

 

  4   NOV B 5k Lancashire Walking Club AGM (110th) 1.30 SIMISTER

 

   2   DEC B 10k Dick Maxwell Mem. Race &  Xmas H’cap 1.30 SIMISTER
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Bill Jackson 5K and Club AGM

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Great group photo from Bury – Ta to Linda McDermot

Bill Jackson Trophy 5,000 metres, 3rd December 2016 at Simister : Race Permit RWA 6073-1A

Roy Gunnett reports:

There was a good turnout for the race of 18 walkers – these included 2 guest walkers (Glyn Jones from the Midlands and Dan Maskell from Brighton). Weather conditions were cold and sunny. The scratch race was won by Greg Smith closely followed in second and third by the two Crahan brothers Peter and John.The winner of a tightly contested handicap race was Irene Pike.

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Linda in full flow at Bury – Ta to Linda again

1 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M60  31.13
2 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC M60 31.19
3 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65  31.32
4 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 31.40
5 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 31.42
6 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70  31.49
7 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70  32.34
8 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M65  32.44
9 Pat Evans  Lancashire WC W65  33.10
10 Tony Bell Lancashire WC M50  33.13
11 Dave Connor Unattached M40  33.26
12 Irene Pike Lancashire WC W65  33.47
13 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50  34.35
14 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M55  35.06
15 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC M60  36.57
16 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75  37.24
17 John Payn Lancashire WC M80  38.15
18 Andrea Lennon  Lancashire WC W75  38.58

Might, I add – Great piece of handicapping by Dave Evans – barely 39 seconds between the first and sixth.

Further information from Fred on the day:

With regards to the race………Dave Evans & myself did the timekeeping and recorded, Chris Bolton turned everybody round in the Park ( replacing the much missed Vic Murray’s  position ), Adrian Edwards ( recently qualified) judged/ marshalled . Incidentally, I stood with Adrian for 2 periods as the walkers passed for his observations / comments etc …..
A new guy Dave Connor ( lives in Knowsley) turned up out of the blue to race. He is in his early 40s and is a Triathlete. Performed well ( obviously very fit) and I feel would be good if we can hold onto him and develop his technique. Dave gave him tuition prior to the race and I tried to help him during the race and afterwards….watch this space.

 

The 109th Lancashire Walking Club AGM was held following the race, chaired and presented, to everyone’s pleasure, by Fred Pearce, back at the helm following his absence from the last couple of races due to health problems. As usual the club’s Secret Santa presided over the giving of presents and the munching of mince pies, all accompanied by festive music.

The AGM agenda was full to the brim, but Fred’s firm chairing meant that the business was completed by 4.45. Evidently he left a touch knackered, but satisfied with events. Since the day has Fred has distributed a range of material to keep everyone up-to-date. Hence I’ll post here no more than the names of the recipients of the club’s 2016 Awards.

Winner of the Annual Handicap prize : Joe Hardy

Winner of the A J Taylor Award for the best performance of the season : Roy Gunnett

Winner of the Cliff Royle Salver for the best long distance performance of the season: Adrian Edwards

I’ll do a separate post looking at the fixture list before Xmas.

 

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