Category Archives: History

REVIVING THE NOVICE RACE: ‘HOW FAR CAN YOU WALK IN AN HOUR?’

The unfolding discussion sparked by Chris Bolton’s proposals in his ‘The future of Lancashire Walking Club’ has been thought-provoking. In a couple of week’s time, I’ll endeavour to summarise the main arguments as a contribution to moving matters forward. In … Continue reading

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The future of Lancashire Walking Club? Chris Bolton recommends a way forward

I can’t recommend enough that we all spend some time reflecting on this challenging contribution from Chris Bolton. Back in the mid-1960s Chris was a leading light in the transformation of the club’s sense of itself, shifting it from being … Continue reading

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REMINISCENCES 10: TONY ‘YOU’ll NEVER WALK’ MALONE REFLECTS AND REGRETS

Our Reminiscences Series returns with this welcome, revealing contribution from Tony Malone. I’ve not deleted his many unnecessary apologies to the reader. Hi Tony, herewith as requested is my athletics biography. Hope it isn’t too boring for everybody. I’d always … Continue reading

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THE BRADFORD 50 KILOMETRES REMEMBERED

Yesterday, in times past Whit Monday, was the traditional date for the Bradford 50 kilometres organised by the Yorkshire Walking Club. John Cannell has sent me kindly the above YouTube recording of a Yorkshire TV [?] newspiece. I’m not sure … Continue reading

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REMINISCENCES 9: JOHN CANNELL ON MANY A MILE UNDERTAKEN, OFTEN AGAINST THE ODDS

The Isle of Man remains a stronghold of race walking. One ot its outstanding competitors across the years has been John Cannell, the victor at the inaugural RWA 100 miles championships in 1987. We are delighted to host his Race … Continue reading

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REMEMBERING DAVE CROMPTON DURING THE LOCKDOWN – A WAVE OF AFFECTION

Saturday, May 9 should have witnessed the very first Dave Crompton Memorial Trophy event to be held on his home patch in Chorley. Sadly it had fallen foul of the virus-induced lockdown on public sporting activity. Dave is held in … Continue reading

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REMINISCENCES 8 – DENIS JACKSON LOOKS BACK OVER AN OUTSTANDING CAREER

Over recent years, when back for the occasional Northern event, I’ve often wondered if the people present knew that the the softly-spoken, unassuming bloke sat quietly in the corner is one of the great all-rounders in British Race Walking. His … Continue reading

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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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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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