ALISON TROPHY AND KEN MUNRO TROPHY RESULTS PLUS HOMAGE TO KEITH FRENCH

ALISON TROPHY 15 KILOMETRES, 9th MARCH AT CHORLEY

Roy Gunnett reports:

The Alison Trophy race was held over the usual hilly course comprising a mile out followed by 3 laps and then a mile home. Following a morning of very strong winds and heavy rain, all were pleased that the weather had abated by race time to be dry, cold and breezy. Straight from the gun, Adrian Edwards took the lead with Martin Fisher chasing in second place. They held these positions to the end of the race with the rest of the field well behind. John Crahan put in a strong performance in his first race in the 70-74 age group to come third. Phil McCullagh, who has recently returned to racing following a long layoff due to illness, also walked well and came forth in the scratch race and won the handicap. He was thus awarded the Alison Trophy.

Phil regaining fitness, finishing at Dalton – see below

15 KILOMETRES

  1. Adrian Edwards M55 LWC 89:08 [H’cap 00:30 H’cap time 88:38 Pos 3 Pts 23] 75.83%
  2. Martin Fisher M55 Redcar WC 92:39 [00:00; 92:39; Guest] 72.95%
  3. John Crahan M70 LWC 104:06 [17:00; 87:06; 2; 24] 75.27%
  4. Phil McCullagh M60 LWC 104:41 [86:41; 1; 25] 67.64%
  5. Roy Gunnett M70 LWC 107:52 [14:00; 93:52; 5; 21] 73.59%
  6. Sailash Shah M50 LWC 114:08 [21:00; 93:08; 4; 22] 58.22%
  7. Joe Hardy M75 LWC 115:04 [20:30; 94:34; 6; 20] 72.90%
Sailash on the picturesque, but challenging Dalton course

10.9 KILOMETRES [6.8 MILES]

  1. Pat Evans W65 LWC 83:05 [Pts 19]
  2. Ian Hilditch M75 LWC 83:40 [Pts 18]

7.08 KILOMETRES[ 4.4 MILES]

  1. John Payn M85 LWC 62:28 [Pts 17]

Ken Munro Trophy 10 Miles Road, 24th March 2019 Dalton (North Yorks)

Trevor McDermot reports:

Scotland scored their first Race Walking team win today, and I think Ken would have been pleased. Pictured are Bill McFadden (Individual Trophy race winner) with Colin Scott, Neil Armitage and Gerard McConnell.

From a Lancashire point of view, it was a real pity we were unable to contest the team competition but good on Phil and Sailash for making it to Dalton. I was really disappointed not to be there as promised. Trevor and Linda always put on a splendid event, complete with amazing post-race Nepalese cuisine!

Francisco Reis, immaculate as ever
  1. Francisco Reis (Surrey WC) – guest – 87:41
  2. Bill McFadden (Scotia RWC) – 94:48 – Scot
  3. Malcolm Martin (Surrey WC) – guest – 100:42
  4. Graham Jackson (Yorkshire RWC) – 101:50 – Yorks
  5. Colin Scott (Yorkshire RWC) – 103:01 – Scot
  6. Dennis Jackson (Yorkshire RWC) – 107:38 – Yorks
  7. Neil Armitage (Yorkshire RWC) – 111:57 – Scot
  8. Sharon Gayter (North York Moors AC) – 112:42 – Yorks
  9. Phil McCullagh (Lancashire WC) – 116:38 – Lancs
  10. Gerard McConnell (Scotia RWC) – 119:50 – Scot
  11. Sailash Shah (Lancashire WC) – 122:33 – Lancs
  12. Sarah Circo (unattached) – 122:37 – Yorks
  13. Bill Gayter (North York Moors AC) – 127:46 – Yorks
  14. Angela Martin (Surrey WC) – guest – 128:32
  15. Ron Stewart (North Shield Poly AC) – 129:17 – Yorks
  16. Mark Byrne (Redcar RWC) – 103:29 – (11km)
And they’re off!

TEAM 1. SCOTLAND 17 2. YORKSHIRE 22

3km Developmental Race
eq 1 – Izzy Wilkinson 22:44
eq 1 – Paul Simpson 22:44
3 – YB Tamu 23:17
4 – Madhu Ghimire 23:20
5 – Tom Circo U15 23:38
6 – Kath Stewart (NSP) 24:06

AND THE STRUGGLE TO #SAVERACEWALKING CONTINUES

#SAVERACEWALKING

THANKS, KEITH FOR ALL YOU’VE DONE

And it would be remiss not to mention that the Northern Area made a presentation to Keith French, the Sheffield stalwart in recognition of his long and meritorious service to our sport.

Keith with Russ Jackson
Keith French winning the Sheffield Star Walk in 1965

Last but not least many thanks to Marcus Antonius Argento for the excellent photos, apart obviously from the 1965 shot of Keith!

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