In the latest edition of the Enfield Walker Ron Wallwork reports on the involvement of Sean Pender and Dan Maskell in our club’s Macclesfield Trophy race on April 26. He goes on to add,
At this venue on 17th May 1958 just a few days before my 17th birthday I made my race Walking debut. The distance was 10 miles. Joe Barraclough, one of many walkers of that era who, because of the scarcity of international opportunity never got the GB vest they deserved, won in 71.56. The runner-up was Ken Matthews 73.03 and Lol Allen 75.57 occupied third place. Over a tough and probably short course I recorded 86.15 in fifteenth position and won the Novice prize which was a butter-dish, which I still possess.
From this date Ron became central to the club’s journey across the 1960’s and into the 70′ from a sometimes inward looking organisation to becoming a leading force on the northern and national scene. I hope very much to interview Ron about his career in the not too distant future.
On a more personal note this very Saturday, May 31, 2014 witnesses Ron and Joan Wallwork’s Golden Wedding anniversary. I am sure I have everyone at the club’s support in offering Ron and Joan our sincerest congratulations and best wishes for the future.
Happy Anniversary and best wishes Ron. Bob Gardiner