Out of the Nightmare, Christmas beckons


The Nightmare course on a good day!

Roy Gunnett reports:

This is the first race in the new 2016 to 2017 season.
The race was held over the tough/ undulating 6 lap ‘Nightmare Course’ – on a bright sunny cool day.
Tony Taylor, over from his home in Crete, won the scratch race in a great time for his age group of 55mins 42secs.
Stuart Edgar, up from the Midlands, walked strongly to secure second place.
Sailash Shah won the handicap.
After the race all enjoyed the annual /traditional pie and peas kindly provided by Pat and served by her and Flo.

1 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC M65 55.42
2 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 63.51
3 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 65.21
4 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M65 66.00
5 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 66.28
6 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 66.35
7 Phil McCullagh Lancashire WC M55 68.17
8 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 76.59
9 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC M60 79.47

1 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC W65 33.25

Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 27.22

[Thanks too to Dave and Roy for improvising, given the water on the course and fireworks in Heaton Park, to Eric and Pam Horwill, Eric Crompton and Greg Smith for officiating in freezing conditions. Whatever anyone says, it was freezing as far as a Wigan immigrant in Crete is concerned!]


NEXT RACE: 5k ordinary handicap race followed by the 109th AGM

DATE SATURDAY 3rd December 2016



We will have our Christmas ‘Secret Santa’ following the race – please bring along a wrapped present up to the value of £5 for this.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the race/meeting.

To quote Fred ‘s request in his letter: –

‘It is essential that you make every effort to attend in order that your valued contribution will help with the election of officers and decisions to be made for the future success of the Lancashire Walking Club’.

The latest news is that Fred Pearce is on the mend after his operation and will as ever preside over the business of the AGM. Will be great to see him back at the helm.


To end on a very sad note we extend our sincerest condolences to Greg Smith on the tragic loss of his wife, Shauna. Amidst the grief and trauma Greg, a long-standing stalwart of the club, found the energy and time to be with us at Simister. Indeed he volunteered to man the bleak, windswept turning point out in the fields. Everyone was moved by his presence. In some small way we hope the club might prove to be a source of strength and comradeship in the coming months.


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