Monthly Archives: April 2020

REMINISCENCES 7 – Roy Gunnett remembers Harold Whitlock, Don Thompson, Phil Embleton and much more

What prompted you to take up race walking?  When and where was your first race? The main prompt for me to take up race walking was watching some walking races at Crystal Palace in the late 60’s and early 1970’s … Continue reading

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Lancashire back on top in the Virtual Series Age-Graded Team competition

Having been knocked off our top perch we’ve bounced back, displaying classic northern phlegm [apologies for the cliches!] to be the leading team in the Virtual Series Age-graded 2 kilometres competition. MENS AGE GRADED TEAM 1 Lancashire Walking Club (33) … Continue reading

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REMINISCENCES 6 – John Crahan observes ‘Le Temps Perdu’

How it all began. Stephen Hawking and “Scoop” Crahan At a Blackpool and Fylde A.C social function,w hich to my disgust was held in a pub. I proclaimed that I had done every track and field event.”What about race walking?”I … Continue reading

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RIP – Ann Sayer, Long Distance Walker Supreme and the first pioneering female Centurion

Given our club’s proud history of long distance walking it seems fitting and appropriate to post this tribute to the remarkable Ann Sayer, the first female Centurion, written by Gail Elrick of the Long Distance Walkers Association. Thanks to Chris … Continue reading

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REMINISCENCES 5 – MARION FAWKES, A LEGEND AND PETER, HER HUSBAND, NOT HALF BAD HIMSELF!

Pleased and privileged to post these reminiscences from the greatest female race walker these islands have produced and her talented spouse. If you venture across the Pennines to race in the Northern Walking League of Trevor McDermot’s imagination you will … Continue reading

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Lancashire WC – the leading age-graded team in the Virtual Series plus news from Stephen Walker

The latest news from the Virtual Series sees your ageing team of Taylor, Malone and Goodair flying the flag in the Masters section – thanks to Helen Elleker and John Constandinou for sorting out the results. MENS TEAM – AUSTRALIA … Continue reading

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REMINISCENCES 4: MARTIN PAYNE WALKS IN CIRCLES

Whilst Martin doesn’t respond to our set questions specifically, he rewards us with a delightfully written account of his journey to becoming a Centurion. As something of a lightweight I remain in awe of all those who’ve cracked the 100 … Continue reading

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