Category Archives: History

The President’s Report 2020 – a reminder of my thoughts

My President’s Report was circulated to the membership as an integral part of the 2020 AGM papers. Obviously the AGM could not be held. In this light a few people and Glyka, my adoring dog, have suggested posting it separately … Continue reading

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Virtual League Racing Series – Race 46 – Mary Worth Memorial Race

Virtual League Racing Series – Race 46 – Mary Worth Memorial Race  RIP Mary Worth, a member of Steyning AC, who died on 20th January aged 92. She was 78th on the British All-Time list for 20km and a Veteran … Continue reading

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Part Three of Soles, Heels and Toes: Charlie Hatch’s tips and trips to the cobbler plus Tom Payne on the virtues of ‘Hixopad’ heels

Huge thanks to Ron Wallwork for this discovery. Ron’s personal Note: I think this piece is priceless. Its easy to forget that times were still hard for most people and value for money by way of durability, influenced most purchases. … Continue reading

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The January ‘Joe Lambert’ Virtual Club 3 Kilometres

The January ‘Joe Lambert’ Virtual Club 3 kilometres The following obituary gives a feel of Joe’s enormous contribution to the club and to race walking as a whole. He was held in great esteem and regarded with much affection. 71 … Continue reading

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Part Two of Soles, Heels and Toes: Guy Goodair remembers the shoes he wore

Following Ron Wallwork’s much praised recollections about his footwear we have great pleasure in featuring Guy Goodair’s ‘heel and toe’ memories. Guy begins: When I first started race walking around 1958/9 I used a pair of Dunlop Flashes (either green … Continue reading

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Part One of Soles, Heels and Toes : Ron Wallwork remembers the shoes he wore

Ron begins: Race Walking Footwear  After seeing my first walking race at Manchester’s White City stadium in 1957 and dabbling with the event over the following year I drifted into the discipline. The Bolton Harriers’ Hon. Secretary Frank Morris, who … Continue reading

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Surviving the pandemic in one piece – Dave and Guy reveal all

Firstly, our indefatigible Chair, Dave Evans writes: Club colleagues, First let me thank everyone who has supported our club Virtual Series and also the World Virtual variation.  I know there are colleagues who have given the virtual walks a bye … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace – Paul Nihill and Bernhard Kannenberg, two of our greatest athletes

Firstly Paul Nihill’s funeral is to take place on Wednesday, January 21 at 1.15 pm. In normal times I have no doubt there would have been an incredible turnout from the race walking community. As it is the ceremony will … Continue reading

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The December ‘Frank O’Neill’ Club Virtual 3k

The December ‘Frank O’Neill’ Club Virtual 3k Taking our cue from John and Helen’s initiative in commemorating great race walkers within the Virtual 2k Series I thought it would be fitting if each of our monthly races drew attention to … Continue reading

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WAKEFIELD’S PURPLE PATCH 1967 – 1969

Wakefield’s Purple Patch 1967-1969  Ron Wallwork writes: When recently gathering information about LWC’s National Team successes I noticed that Wakefield H too had enjoyed a national championship purple patch at the back end of the sixties. The recent award of … Continue reading

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