Adrian Edwards reports from the National 50 kilometres championship, where he almost pulled off a hat-trick of individual victories. Great respect to both Adrian and Roy for hanging in when things weren’t going their way. Frankly the out and back 500 metres for a 50 kilometres sounds a nightmare.
3 years in a row for the red rose.
I had another bad day at the office but got over the line. Roy was on schedule at half way, but slowed a bit and it was going to be close, he put in a spurt near the end and came home with 2 minutes to spare.
They were really strict. Someone who has only been walking 2 years, doing his first 50K, got to 49 with 3 minutes to go and they wouldn’t let him finish. They wouldn’t wait an extra 5 minutes. He was fine about it and said he’ll just have another go next year. Good man, I would’ve spat my dummy out!
I was talking to some officials who said if Roy didn’t get over the line in the required time they wouldn’t award a team trophy, ignoring the classification from 35K rule they have sometimes used. So well done the man. He gets my vote for long distance performance of the year. It’s not an easy course 500 metres out and back on a bend, tight turns at each end and an awkward road camber, being a cycle circuit. He walked well, 50K is tough at any age.
RWA Men’s 50km (B) – Team = Lancashire Walking Club
1 Matthew Haddock (M35) Manx Harriers 5:32:33 2 Adrian Edwards (M50) Lancashire Walking Club 5:46:36 3 Martin Fisher (M50) Redcar Race Walking Club 6:07:48 4 John Borgars (M70) Loughton Athletic Club 6:08:17 5 Roy Gunnett (M65) Lancashire Walking Club 6:12:44
David Bowker (M55) Fairlands Valley Spartans DNF Chris Flint (M70) Surrey Walking Club DNF Ed Shillabeer (M75) Ilford Athletic Club DNF John Constandinou (M40) Birchfield Harriers DNF Sean Pender (M60) Enfield & Haringey AC DNF Colin Vesty (M50) Leicester Walking Club DNF Mark Culshaw (M50) Belgrave Harriers DNF Jonathan Hobbs Ashford Athletic Club DNF
A number of our walkers supported the Annual Ryan Cup event, walking for the Civil Service against the Police, held mid-week on September 23. Pat Evans was an excellent second in the Women’s 5k, clocking 32:36.
In the Men’s 10k Peter Crahan, Dave Evans and John Crahan packed tightly, finishing in 64:02, 64:14 and 64:30 respectively. Indeed Dan Maskell and Glyn Jones, great supporters of our events, must like Lancashire’s company on the road, for they clocked 63:51 and 64:12. It looks as if you could have thrown the proverbial blanket over the lot of them.
Albert Rigby Shield 10k held at Macclesfield on 8th October 2016.
Roy Gunnett reports:
Glyn Jones and Stuart Edgar, who travelled up from the Midlands, gained first and second places in the race – and in a madcap sprint finish, it would seem!?
John Crahan won the handicap and was awarded the Albert Rigby Shield.
The weather was dry and mild for October.
Marshall and Kath Barnard provided, as usual, excellent post race refreshments.
1 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 65.30
2 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 65.33
3 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 66.21
4 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 67.22
5 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC W65 67.29
6 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 67.58
7 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 71.01
8 Steve Sargent Lancashire WC M65 71.34
9 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M65 71.53
10 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 79.49
11 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 79.50
12 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC M60 81.36
IMPORTANT NOTE from Roy
A decision was taken following the race to swap the next two races around, namely:
5th November 5k @ Simister followed by 109th AGM meeting
3rd December 10k @ Simister ‘Dick Maxwell Mem. Race’
5th November 10k @ Simister ‘Dick Maxwell Mem. Race’
3rd December 5k @ Simister followed by 109th AGM meeting
The reason for this swap is because Fred unfortunately has some health problems – which are currently being treated. He will need some recovery time to get over his treatment and therefore he will not have time to do the considerable amount of work required to prepare for an AGM to take place on the original 5th Nov. date. Swapping the races around will give the extra time needed by Fred.
I’m sure we all wish Fred all the very best and hope to see him fighting fit at the beginning of December.