ALLEN TROPHY, APRIL 28
Roy Gunnett reports:
The normal race distance of 15 miles was replaced with a 7-mile race. A new ‘out and back’ course was used – with the turnaround point at 3.5 miles out.
On a bright and sunny day, 12 competitors set off on this picturesque but hilly and taxing course at Chorley.
Tony Bell and Greg Smith shared the lead from the start and maintained this to the 4-mile point, Tony then pulled away and won both the scratch race and the handicap.
He was awarded the Allen Trophy for the scratch race win.
There was a general consensus from all involved that this new distance and the course used for the Allen Trophy was a success.
1 Tony Bell Lancs WC M55 73:47
2 Greg Smith Lancs WC M65 76:07
3 Joe Hardy Lancs WC M70 78:16
4 Sailash Shah Lancs WC M50 78:46
5 Irene Pike Lancs WC W65 79:07
6 Phil McCullagh Lancs WC M60 79:38
7 Steve Sargent Lancs WC M70 80:18
8 Ian Hilditch Lancs WC M75 81:41
9 Roy Gunnett Lancs WC M70 83:00
10 Pat Evans Lancs WC W65 83:01
11 John Payn Lancs WC M80 95:30
12 Andrea Lennon Lancs WC W75 100:08
British Athletics/County Athletic Union/Race Walking Association 10km Road Race Walking Championships – Sunday 20th May 2018
Senior Men’s – 10km
1 Luc Legon (U23M) SM Cambridge Harriers Kent 51:19
2 Adam Cowin SM Manx Harriers Lancashire 53:18
3 David Annetts (M50) SM North Herts Road Runners Hertfordshire 58:11
4 Adrian Edwards (M55) SM Lancashire Walking Club G. Manchester 59:59
Anthony Bell (M50) SM Lancashire Walking Club Cheshire DQ, Anthony Malone (M65) SM Lancashire Walking Club Lancashire DQ, Paul Hawkins (M60) SM Stratford-upon-Avon AC Warwickshire DQ. Peter Hannell (M75) SM Surrey Walking Club Surrey DQ, Steve Allen (M60) SM Barnet & District AC Hertfordshire DQ
I must confess to finding this result disconcerting for a number of reasons – the low turnout for a national, the slow winning time for a national, not to mention my confusion about the county affiliation e.g. Greater Manchester or Lancashire? I’m obviously aware that traditionally IOM walkers have always raced in the colours of Lancashire. In the end, Adrian in better form might well have got a bronze. Commiserations re the disqualifications.
DETAILS OF THE NEXT RACE FROM ROY GUNNETT
DATE: SATURDAY 2nd JUNE 2018.
EVENT: R SMITH AND Z SMITH 10k & 5K TRACK CHALLENGE WALK
VENUE: BURY A C TRACK, CORNER OF MARKET ST / WELLINGTON RD. BURY. BL9 9FX.
Please note – You have the option of doing a 10k race or a 5k race.
Hope as many of you as possible can make this race.
If anybody is unable to race could you please still come and help with Lap scoring etc.