Author Archives: Tony Taylor

January Virtual 5 kilometres Results and More Memories

In the week leading up to Ray Middleton’s funeral, I couldn’t resist posting this moving and delightful photo of Ron and Ray relaxing in the pool the day after the 1966 Commonwealth Games 20 miles race in Jamaica, in which … Continue reading

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The hills are alive with music at the Sam Shoebottom 10km, Chorley, February 4th

Dave Evans reports: Grey clouds greeted a field of 8 aspirants keen to test their fitness in a live race following two virtual months of solo activity. Thanks to the goodwill and personal intervention of Eric Crompton we were able … Continue reading

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January Virtual 5km and Sam Shoebottom 10km

Many members will have had trouble finding an ice-less road on which to do their January Virtual 5 kilometres. However, Dave Evans tells me the snow is disappearing from the Lakes so all should now be well. Forward your clockings … Continue reading

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Dave Boxall RIP – Centurion Extraordinaire

Whilst I was in the middle of putting together the tribute to Ray Middleton news came through that the redoubtable Dave Boxall [Brighton and Hove AC] had died. At that moment I hurriedly inserted an acknowledgement of this sad loss … Continue reading

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Ray Middleton RIP – the race walker’s walker

In remembering the late Ray Middleton, an outstanding competitor and engaging character what better way to begin than with these thoughts from his great friend, Ron Wallwork. Their athletic careers were closely intertwined. Ron writes: Ray Middleton RIP My first … Continue reading

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Remembering Alan Hudson, an outstanding Centurion

Chris Bolton writes: Alan Hudson – Centurion 414  Alan is one of the unsung heroes in the club’s long history. Although a loyal and steady performer at all distances up to fifty miles, it was at the ultra-distance that Alan … Continue reading

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2023: Health the First Wealth

Writing from Greece, the above is roughly translated as ‘May you have many good years’ A Happy and Healthy New Year to everyone at the club and beyond, who follow our website. DECEMBER VIRTUAL 5 KILOMETRES HANDICAP RESULT 2. Tony … Continue reading

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A Christmas Treat: George Larner’s 1909 Book on Race Walking

Thanks again to Tim Erickson we bring you a Xmas present in the form of a pdf of George Larner’s pioneering 1909 textbook on Walking. http://www.vrwc.org.au/books/1909%20Larners%20Text%20Book%20On%20Walking.pdf In addition, Tim has put together this fascinating biography of the first Olympic Walking … Continue reading

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A December Virtual Five Kilometres plus A Slice of Italian and French Walking History

Following the unfortunate cancellation of the Dick Maxwell trophy race on December 3rd, it has been agreed that we organise a December Virtual 5 kilometres in addition to that envisaged for January. Both will count in the overall Club Handicap … Continue reading

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Dick Maxwell Memorial and Xmas 10km, December 3rd plus 2023 Fixture List

Dave Evans writes to alert us to the fast-approaching Dick Maxwell Memorial and Xmas 10-kilometres race to be held on Saturday, December 3rd at Simister, starting at 1.00 p.m. We will be using our usual 10k course, out and back … Continue reading

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