Maurice Ireland – Best wishes for a speedy recovery

It is with much concern we report that Maurice Ireland, a club stalwart and member since 1960, a former Chairman and President, not to mention the organiser of many a splendid Annual Dinner, was struck by an unexpected stroke last Saturday. At the time of writing he is still in hospital and recovering slowly. In his prime Maurice was well-known for his audaciously fast starts to races. In truth, being a senior manager in the Post Office, he never had the time to fulfil his undoubted potential.

Maurice winning 1978 NW GPO Champs 15k in 74:12

Supported by his dear friend, Chris Bolton we wish Maurice the speediest of recoveries and look forward to seeing him out and about in the near future. Maurice, what about racing the Masters 5k at Horwich, June 2020?

See Maurice’s lovely contribution to our historical musings back in 2016 ‘Joining the daft beggars’.

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Phil McCullagh takes the Albert Rigby Trophy with a strong second half

The Albert Rigby trophy race had to be moved at late notice from Sutton Macclesfield to Simister.

Dave Evans reports:

Overcast skies with a slight breeze greeted the fourteen strong field of walkers with all but Adrian Edwards setting off together. Adrian gave the main body of the field a 5 minute start. Tony Bell had a bit of a cold (too late to affect my handicapping!) so let Roy Gunnett tow the field along with Dan Maskell, Tony himself and Glyn Jones in close contention. Joe Hardy was in a bit of a void at 5k with nearly a minute between him and his pursuers and a gap of 47 seconds to the athlete ahead of him. Four others, Dave Hoben (Surrey Walking club), Pat Evans, Ian Hilditch and Phil McCullagh were all in close proximity to each other with Sailash Shah and John Crahan bringing up the rear of the 10k group.

Roy Gunnett, immaculately straight on contact, said to be towing the field in Dave’s report

Andrea Lennon had chosen to walk just the opening 5k stage with John Payn opting for the same distance. They walked times of 42 mins 59 and 44 mins 35 respectively.

Glyn Jones, whose support for our races and race walking in general, is second to none.

The second 5k saw Adrian pull through to post a comfortable final time of 59 mins 32 with Tony Bell a decent 65 mins 56. Roy Gunnett clocked 66 mins 08 for one of his fastest 10k’s in recent times and Dan Maskell walked with some style to record a good 66 mins 30. Glyn Jones walked well but also found himself in a gap leading the next big group by nearly 2 minutes. He walked a time of 67 minutes 03.

Joe Hardy wondering how his beloved City have gone on.

The next five did some decent racing and were rewarded with times of 69 19(Joe Hardy), 69 35(Phil McCullagh), 69 36(Dave Hoben), 69 41(Pat Evans) and 69 52(Ian Hilditch). Sailash walked a steady 71 04 with John Crahan maintaining a decent pace with 72 mins  59.

Phil McCullagh, the deserved winner of the Albert Rigby Shield

The handicap results produced a win for Phil McCullagh ( a great second 5k), with Pat Evans 2nd and Ian Hilditch 3rd. The remaining positions were:- 4th Joe Hardy, 5th Dan Maskell, 6th Adrian Edwards, 7th Roy Gunnett, 8th Sailash Shah, 9th Tony Bell, 10th John Crahan.

Chris Pearce presented the Albert Rigby Shield to Phil MCullagh.

STOP PRESS : Back in Crete we’ve procured a spare key to our PO Box so I’ll be able to post Roy’s thoughts and his official results sheets.

FURTHER STOP PRESS: The Dick Maxwell Memorial race and pre-Xmas shindig has been moved from November 30 to December 7 – still on the Nightmare course, as best I know!

Once again thanks to Greg Smith for the excellent photos.

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STOP PRESS: Albert Rigby Trophy race – change of venue for October 5

Note from Dave Evans:

Roy Gunnett has been contacted by Marshall Barnard , the steward at our Macclesfield venue, apologising for double booking a 21st on the day of our event which means we have to go to option B. Roy has already spoken to Emma at Simister who thought the school would be available on 5th October but she would have to speak to her boss. She promised to establish quickly if we were safe to use the normal Simister venue. Fingers crossed. As things stand Macclesfield is not available but hopefully Simister will be the stand in venue. As soon as we know for certain we will circulate the club members with the venue confirmation. Watch this space.


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Tony Bell strides to victory in the One Hour Lambert Trophy race at Bury

What did we do before smart watches? Dave sounds the klaxon, Eric starts his watch and John prepares to record the exploits

Dave Evans reveals all, while Roy Gunnett’s report and detailed results sheet remains trapped in our post box in the village square, to which we have lost the key. A replacement in Greek time is allegedly on its way!

The weather was kind with pleasant sunshine and no wind. The line up was interesting with Adrian on the sidelines still recovering from his centurion challenge. Tony Bell was the likely winner with Roy and Glyn Jones vying for minor honours.

Tony Bell on his way to victory

Dan Maskell, our regular south coast support squad member, made the long journey from Brighton and walked very fluently and fairly, to squeeze between Roy and Glyn mid race and at the end the pre race favourite was first with 9420 metres, Roy Gunnett a disciplined second with 9040 metres and Dan third with 8920 metres.

Dan Maskell, chased by Glyn Jones, displaying good technique

Glyn slowed a little in the last couple of miles but was still a solid 4th with 8834 metres. John Crahan started steadily but by halfway was picking off adversaries. He was in 5th place at the close recording a distance of 8667 metres. Joe Hardy is ultra consistent but the track is not his natural home aside from mentioning that he joined the Centurions brotherhood by covering 100 miles on a track in just shy of 22 hours. His 8476 metre distance was fine hanging onto 6th place from fellow septuagenarian by only 56 metres. Ian Hilditch was the pursuer and his 8420 metres was a good walk reflecting his return to fitness.

Hopefully a hydrated Sailash

Sailash Shah, despite hospitalisation during the Centurions 100 miler in the Isle of Man, walked well and was taking fluid for most of the race, to ensure he did not suffer the same problems as in the 100. Phil McCullagh always applies himself but on this occasion his usual second half speed was absent but he still covered 8271 metres.

The irrepressible, indomitable Andrea

Andrea Lennon, our lady septuagenarian, stepped onto to the track with her arm in a sling. An operation for carpal tunnel syndrome could not deter her from supporting the event and her final distance of 7131 metres was excellent in the circumstances although not pain free.

Metronomic Pat acknowledges applause before dashing off to make the tea!

With catering duties calling her, Pat Evans decided to do the 5k and with metronomic precision she rattled off every lap but the last two in either 2 50 or 2 51.

Thanks to Eric Horwill (timekeeping), Adrian Edwards, John Payn, Irene Pike and Greg Smith for doing the lap recording so efficiently. A successful day all round. Cheers.

PS For the record Adrian’s bold effort to join the Centurion ranks fell foul of badly blistered feet caused by an excess of Vaseline in his socks and shoes.

Last but not least, thanks to Greg Smith for the photos.

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Roy Gunnett and Ian Hilditch, the winners at Chorley

GOODWIN CUP 1OK, CHORLEY, AUGUST 17 (Race Permit RWA 9032-1)

Roy Gunnett reports:

The turnout for this race was down on usual for a number of reasons, including Adrian Edwards and Sailash Shah taking part in the IOM 100 miles race.

Roy Gunnett racing at Bury a few weeks later

Those who did enter had a very enjoyable race over the tough Chorley course – with the first 4 finishers in close proximity to each other throughout the race. John Crahan was not going to walk due to injury – gladly, however he took part to make up the numbers.

John Crahan defying injury, pictured here at Bury

Times were a little down on the usual due to the warm weather and hilly course. Roy Gunnett won the scratch race and Ian Hilditch the handicap and Goodwin Cup.

Ian Hilditch, winner of the Goodwin Cup, pictured here at Bury

Dave Evans, our handicapper, remarks:

Nice weather but a very small field as Adrian and Sailash were in the Isle of Man and others decided to give it a miss. The race was almost more interesting as Roy Gunnett, Joe Hardy, Ian Hilditch, Pat Evans and John Crahan toed the starting line. At the end of the first lap (2.8 miles)only 42 seconds separated the first 4 and everyone was in sight. As the second lap unwound the places stayed more or less the same but Roy managed to squeeze out a small gap and finally outwalked the field by 12 seconds. Ian and Pat had a bit of a battle in 3rd and 4th place.


  1. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 71:36 [H’cap 11:00 H’cap time 60:36 H’cap Pos 4 Points 22 Age Grade% 73.75]
  2. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 71:48 [14:00 ; 57:48 ; 3 ; 23; 76.63%]
  3. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 72: 0l [17:00; 55: 01; 1 ; 25; 79.86%]
  4. Pat Evans W65 LWC 72: 45 [15:00; 57: 45; 2 ; 24; 72.16%]
  5. John Crahan M70 LWC 79:06 [10:45; 68: 21; 5 ; 21; 65.06%]

A big thank you to Greg Smith for the photos, which he took a few weeks later at Bury. Much appreciated and more to come.

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The Club Archives; The Next Step

At the AGM the Club will be asked to decide about the future of the paper Archive, at present being kept by Ian Vaughan, who has photographed nearly all the documents (over 1300 pages).

The Archive comprises:

  • Four Certificates of Cliff Royle’s from 1948 and 1950, and a letter from Cliff to Fred.
  • Trophy Signature Book: 1951 – 1974.
  • Minutes of LWC meetings: 1981 – 1993.
  • Magazines.
  • NARWA Meetings: 1990 – 1992.
  • Manchester to Blackpool and Blackpool 50: Documents 1982 – 1996; Trophy Signature Books
  • 1977 – 1989 and 1998 – 2005.
  • Morecambe Open Walk documents: 1990 – 1994.
  • Income and Expenditure Book: 1996 – 2008.
  • Bank Statements: 1995-2008.
  • 40 joining forms: 1983 – 1993.
  • Results: 2000 – 2007.
  • Documents from 1989 – 1995.
  • England Athletics documents: 2007 – 2009.

The law and archives

The law allows archiving of records of historical interest, but says that personal information must be protected. The general rule is not to allow public access to sensitive personal information during a person’s lifetime: it is assumed that the person referred to in a record may have been as young as 16 at the time and that they might live to 100 years of age (unless the person’s age is known and/or it is known if they are alive). See ‘Data Protection and Personal Information’, The National Archives, May 2016, reviewed June 2019. At , Seen September 2019.

The LWC Archive includes many documents with addresses and other sensitive personal information: these pages could only be put online if the sensitive information were redacted.

What the Club needs to decide:-

What happens to the physical paper archive?

  • Offer all or some of the documents to Lancashire Archives, either i) unconditionally, or ii) on condition they intend to keep the paper copies and/or take the whole archive.
  • All or some of the paper archive is kept by a Club member.
  • All or some of the archive is destroyed.

Does the Club agree that the following documents can be disposed of securely?

  • The England Athletics handbooks. They are recent and likely to be available elsewhere.
  • The bank statements. They do not show items of income and expenditure. Instead, the Income and Expenditure Book could be kept.
  • A business diary with names, addresses and phone numbers in the back.

Three magazines have not been photographed. Which of these would the Club like to be backed up?

  • ‘The Bradford Walk’, Yorkshire Race Walking Club, May 2002.
  • ‘Yorkshire Race Walking Club: The First Seventy Years’, Yorkshire Race Walking Club, April 1982.
  • Northern Veterans Newsletter 20, June 2007.  (Running, not Race Walking).

Should the following documents be kept? Backed up?

  • British Athletics Federation Rules For Competition, 1994-95, (pp.156).
  • British Athletics Federation Handbook 1994.
  • North of England Athletic Association Handbook 1995.
  • North of England Athletic Association Constitution (Amended 15 October 1994).

Which documents would the Club NOT be interested in viewing online? (Preparing documents for online viewing and redacting personal information is very time consuming.)

Where will the digital backup be kept (if at all)? How will it be secured?


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Find below a rather rushed tribute to our club’s Centurions ahead of this weekend’s 100 miles race in the Isle of Man, where Adrian Edwards and Sailash Shah are our representatives. The post needs tidying up and where possible further information and photos added. Hence, if you’ve any tales and/or pictures these would be gratefully received. After this coming weekend, I’ll create a Centurions page so it can be accessed more easily. Grateful thanks to Dave Evans for providing the basis for this important part of the club’s history and Chris Bolton for some of the photos. Also, I’ve included performances by Albert Rigby, who at the time was a member of the Sutton Macclesfield AC and by several members of the then Leyland AC, including Bill Maxwell.

What is a Centurion?” A Centurion is an amateur athlete, who has walked 100 miles within 24 hours in a judged competition in Great Britain. The rules to qualify as a Centurion are quite simple: Walk 100 miles within the 24-hour time limit in accordance with the current Centurions race criteria and Race Walking Association racewalking rules.

Castletown – Start of the 100 miles

The 2019 Tower Insurance Isle of Man open 100 Mile Event incorporating the RWA National Long Distance Race Walking Championship is the next chance to become a centurion on 17/18 August 2019 – starting at 2.00 p.m. Both Adrian Edwards and Sailash Shah will be on the starting line. It would be remiss too not to mention that Martin Fisher of the Redcar RWC and a regular supporter of our club races will be looking to complete his 30th 100 miles challenge. Best Wishes from everyone at the club to Adrian, Sailash and Martin.

One thing to be sure is that I’m not giving Adrian any advice on how to handle 100 miles but I’m quietly confident that Adrian will smash it.
Wishing Sailash all the best in his latest attempt to join the prestigious ranks of the Centurions



Centurion Number /Name /Time/ Date & Venue

18 Tommy E Payne 24:00:00 on 11/09/1908 London [24 hours track race]
20 A Ormrod 24:00:00 on 11/ 09 /1908 London [24 hours track race]

47 E G Mitchell 23:32:50 on 17/ 09/ 1909 London

101 George P Birchall 19:40:35 on 18/ 09/ 1936 Bradford
102 Jim O’Neill 19:51:52 on 18/ 09/ 1936 Bradford
110 Billy Pennington 22:54:01 on 18/ 09 /1936 Bradford
136 Frank O’Neill 22:06:18 on 20 /06/ 1947 London-Brighton and back
148 Cliff Royle 21:41:23 on 23/ 09 /1949 Bradford
194 Dick Ditchfield 22:25:37 on 03 /10 /1952 Bath to London

George J Birchall Centurion 220. He became a Centurion dead-eating with his father. George P Birchall, Centurion 101 in the storm-ridden Manchester- Blackpool race of 1954
Joe Barraclough Centurion 260, who in the same year he clocked 18:26:12 for 100 miles, did 37:08 for five
John Todd Centurion 285 looking immaculate

220 George J Birchall 19:32:27 on 23 /07/1954 Blackpool-Manchester and back
221 T L M Dally 20:37:19 on 23 /07 /1954 Blackpool Manchester and back
222 Albert Rigby [Sutton] 21:35:15 on 23 /07 /1954 Blackpool-Manchester and back
223 Joe Lambert 21:44:00 on 23/ 07/ 1954 Blackpool-Manchester and back
228 E E Riddell 23:20:27 on 23/ 07/ 1954 Blackpool-Manchester and back
252 John Grocott 22:11:53 on 01/ 07/ 1955 London-Brighton and back
255 Fred Pearce Snr 22:29:50 on 01/ 07/ 1955 London-Brighton and back
256 Vic Murray 22:29:50 on 01/07/1955 London-Brighton and back
260 Joe Barraclough 18:26:12 on 06/ 07 /1956 Sheffield-Harrogate and back
261 Dick Smith 19:26:37 on 06 /07/ 1956 Sheffield-Harrogate and back
263 Ivor Percival [Leyland AC] on 06/07/1956 Leicester to Skegness
285 John Todd 23:07:37 on 18/ 07 /1958 Leicester to Skegness
294 J Derrick [Leyland AC] 21:29:12 on 03/07/1959 London-Brighton and back

Vic Murray Centurion 256 dead-heated with Fred Pearce Snr Centurion 255
It would be a cliche to say Bill Cowley Centurion 319 always had a smile on his face, but every picture tells a story

307 Harry Tetlow 21:54:24 on 02 /07 /1960 Leicester to Skegness
310 Joe Billington [Leyland AC] 21:59:00 on 2/7/1960 Leicester-Skegness
319 Bill Cowley 22:28:30 on 30/ 10/ 1961 Chigwell
330 Brian Howarth [Leyland AC] 22:09:27 on 6/7/1962 Leicester-Skegness
332 Chris Bolton 22:09:27 on 06 /07 /1962 Leicester to Skegness
355 Sid Smith 20:28:38 on 03/ 07/ 1964 Leicester to Skegness

Number 17 Chris Bolton Centurion 332

414 Alan Hudson 19:20:52 on 03/ 08/ 1968 Leicester to Skegness
433 Alan Day 19:54:18 on 26/ 09/ 1969 Bristol
457 J Williamson 22:50:35 on 31/ 07/ 1970 Leicester to Skegness

502 Eddie Jones 23:22:10 on 28/ 07 /1972 Leicester to Skegness
509 Bill Maxwell [Leyland AC] 20:52:29 on 21/9/1973 Bristol

612 E Murray 22:25:17 on 14/ 10 /1977 Bristol
617 B Breen 22:50:58 on 14/10/1977 Bristol
656 Frank Dolan 21:33:14 on 22 /06 /1979 Ewhurst

706 L P Hey 22:44:54 on 25/ 07/1980 Leicester
762 Robert Thacker 21:40:45 on 24 /06 /1983 Ewhurst
797 Alan Chandler 22;37:06 on 30/ 05/ 1986 Woodford

Ron Wallwork Centurion 893

893 Ron Wallwork 22:26:07 on 21 /07 /1992 Leicester
899 Ian Garmston 23:16:24 on 21/ 07/ 1992 Leicester

John Payn Centurion 973
Joe Hardy Centurion 981 leads Dave Crompton

Dave Evans Centurion 998 on the right with Tony Malone and Eric Horwill

973 John Payn 23:10:10 on 12 /08/ 2000 Newmarket
981 Joe Hardy 22:00:20 on 10 /08/ 2002 Blackpool
983 Hazel Fairhurst 23:31:27 on 10 /08 /2002 Blackpool
993 Alf Short 22:45:37 on 26/ 07/ 2003 Newmarket
998 Dave Evans 23:40:16 on 26 /07 /2003 Newmarket

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