Chorley proves once more a tough test

Goodwin Cup 10 kilometres, Chorley, August 19, 2017

Roy Gunnett reports:

The race was held over the usual hilly 2 lap course on a warm overcast day. There was a good turnout of 15 walkers, this included our 2 regular guest walkers from the Midlands Glyn Jones and Stuart Edgar.
Adrian Edwards took an early lead which he maintained to the end thereby winning the scratch race. Tony Malone, hoping for a sub hour time, chased Adrian and took second place in 60mins 48 secs. Tony won the handicap prize.
Irene Pike continues to improve and put in a strong performance to gain the first lady place.



Joe Hardy leads Dave Crompton on the infamous Chorley circuit


1 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC M55 59:42
2 Tony Malone Lancashire WC M65 60:48
3 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 66:05
4 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 66:51
5 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 68:07
6 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 68:16
7 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 68:36
8 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 69:17
9 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC W65 69:17
10 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 69:39
11 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 70:21
12 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M65 71:28
13 Phil McCullagh Lancashire WC M60 71:36
14 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 76:52
15 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 83:19


I’m not sure if everyone one knows that the Goodwin Cup is named after the great Reg Goodwin, who won the 1924 10,000 metres track walk Olympic silver medal in Paris. In that same year, he was the victor in the AAA’s 7 miles track walk, registering a time of 52:00.6 – not to be sniffed at nearly a century later!

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Lambert Trophy One Hour Challenge, July 29, Bury

The Lambert Trophy One hour Challenge race held at Bury’s Athletic Track on 29th July 2017.

Irene, seen here in the 2016 2 hour race, clearly likes the Bury track

Roy Gunnett reports:

There was an excellent turn out of 20 walkers for this race (15 men and 5 women). It was therefore great that we also had a good turnout of helpers to enable the lap counting and other duties associated with a track one hour challenge. All the walkers were very grateful for their support. The weather was warm (18C) with overcast skies.

Adrian Edwards took an early lead and powered his way to win the Lambert Trophy with a distance almost a half a mile ahead of second place man Tony Bell. Irene Pike put in a strong performance to win the Ladies one hour challenge.

Ahead of the race, all competitors tried out 2 laps of the 650 metres outside track circuit to see if it was suitable as a future race course – the consensus view was that it is.

1 Adrian Edwards Lancs WC M55 10344 metres/ 6.43 miles
2 Tony Bell Lancs WC M50 9560/ 5.94
3 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 9156/ 5.69
4 Dave Crompton Lancs WC M50 9127/ 5.67
5 Peter Crahan Lancs WC M60 9084/ 5.64
6 Roy Gunnett Lancs WC M70 8929/ 5.55
7 Joe Hardy Lancs WC M70 8836/ 5.49
8 John Crahan Lancs WC M65 8825/ 5.48
9 Ian Hilditch Lancs WC M75 8686/5.40
10 Irene Pike Lady Lancs WC W65 8681/ 5.40
11 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 8678/ 5.40
12 Sean Pender Enfield M60 8676/ 5.39
13 Sailash Shah Lancs WC M50 8663/ 5.33
14 Jan McCue Lady Lancs WC W55 8446/ 5.25
15 John Payn Lancs WC M80 7504/ 4.66
16 Andrea Lennon Lady Lancs WC W75 7261/ 4.51
17 Jane Pouncy Lady Lancs WC W60 7200/ 4.47
18 John Pouncy Lancs WC M70 6800/ 4.23

5K Challenge
1 Russ Jackson Yorkshire Race Walking Club M70 34:06.2
2 Pat Evans Lady Lancs WC W65 35:09.1

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Barnard Trophy 10k and Northern 10k championship, July 8 and 27

Barnard Trophy 10K @ Macclesfield 8th July 2017

Adrian in dominant form

Roy Gunnett reports:

The 10K race was held over the usual picturesque and hilly course at Macclesfield (comprising 2 large laps and 1 small lap). It was a very pleasant sunny day with a temperature around 22C. Most times for the competitors were a little below the normal, presumably attributable to the warm weather.

Adrian Edwards took a lead from the start which he steadily extended – growing to over 8 minutes by the finish. Tony Bell took second place and lead home a fairly closely contested second pack of walkers. Ian Hilditch won the handicap.

Marshall Barnard and his wife Kath provided excellent refreshments as usual following the race. Marshall presented the Barnard Trophy to Adrian for his win in the scratch race. A huge thank you is due to Dave Evans for all his sterling work involved in the organisation and running of this race.

1 Adrian Edwards Lancs WC M55 59:14
2 Tony Bell Lancs WC M50 67:36
3 Joe Hardy Lancs WC M70 67:59
4 Dave Crompton Lancs WC M50 68:04
5 Irene Pike Lady Lancs WC W65 68:44
6 Ian Hilditch Lancs WC M75 68:52
7 Pat Evans Lady Lancs WC M65 69:39
8 Sailash Shah Lancs WC M50 70:54
9 Steve Sargent Lancs WC M70 71:26
10 Phil McCullagh Lancs WC M60 71:54
11 Ian Vaughan Lancs WC M60 83:45

Roy Gunnett Lancs WC M70 42:55

Following the race, Tony Bell circulated the following concern and proposal.

I had an enjoyable time at the Lancashire Walking Club race in Sutton Macclesfield. However, I think that we should change the course, the traffic there is getting worse and worse, especially on the hill up from the Garden Centre to the finish. It is an accident waiting to happen.

I suggest that we measure out a 500m out and 500m back course on Parvey Lane in Sutton, part of the big lap of our Sutton course. According to MapMyRun this road is 600m long. Adrian and I recently did a race that was 20 x 500m out and 500m back in Leeds. We could start/finish at the grass triangle at the junction of Parvey and Walker. How about trying this out at our next race there in October?

Interestingly I voiced similar concerns last year and offered an alternative.

After messing around with Google Maps, I’ve got the following frying-pan proposal for your consideration.

Start at the War Memorial as usual to the bottom of Pavey Lane, approximately 0.53 k, then walk the triangle – both ways round need considering – which is approximately 1.37 k and return to War Memorial – approx 2.43 k, leaving us to find 2 x 35 metres for a 2.50k lap. Hence the 10k would be 4 of these frying pan laps, allowing split times to be given, a feeding point at the Memorial, more interaction with officials and spectators.

Are the two Tonies making too much of a fuss?

Northern Area 10k Championship, Dunnington, 22nd July 

Adrian and the club complete the double, winning both the 2017 10 miles and 10 kilometres individual and team titles.

1 Adrian Edwards 59.17

2 Tony Malone 1- 00.50

3 Colin Scott 1-05.28

4 David Crompton 1-06.42

5 Neil Armitage 1-10.08

6 John Crahan 1-10.11

7 Sailash Shah 1-10.45

8 Richard Cole 1-13.08

9 Alan Brooks 1-14.21

10 Mark Byrne 1-16.55

TEAMS Lancashire RWC (1,2,4) 7 Yorkshire RWC (3,5,9) 17

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Bringing the site up-to-date – 5k races at Simister and Horwich, May and June

 Fred Pearce 3 x 5k Relay held on 27th May at Simister.

Our Fred, rather informally attired in truth!

Roy Gunnett reports:

It was the 22nd anniversary of this unique and popular event.
The race was held on the usual ‘out & back’ course from Lady Wilton Hall, Simister to Heaton Park. The weather was hot – around 23C and, although rain threatened, it thankfully held off for the race. It was good to welcome four guests from other clubs to this race. The battle for the team prize was closely contested with the lead changing throughout the race. Tony Malone put in a very powerful final leg to secure the team win for himself, Phil McCullagh and Dan Maskall. Adrian Edwards won the scratch race.

1 Adrian Edwards Lancs WC M55 28:00
2 Tony Malone Lancs WC M65 28:43
3 Dave Crompton Lancs WC M50 31:45
4 Greg Smith Lancs WC M60 31:55
5 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 32:14
6 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 32:46
7 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 32:50
8 Joe Hardy Lancs WC M70 33:08
9 Russ Jackson Yorkshire RWC M70 33:15
10 Phil McCullagh Lancs WC M60 34:50
11 Roy Gunnett Lancs WC M70 35:56
19 John Payn Lancs WC M80 39:05


Horwich BMAF 5K Race Walk 18th June 2017 – Times, Teams and Age Graded 

Bill and Adrian in close proximity as ever with Adrian edging ahead in the BMAF 5k

Adrian Edwards reports:

Thanks to everyone who came to Horwich. Hope you all enjoyed the day. One or two people couldn’t make it but I’ve included everyone in the e-mail as you may all be interested in the results.
It was a hot day with some hot performances, lots of scores on the age graded tables of over 70%. The age graded results are included at the bottom. (Brothers Crahan – I did double check the results – honest!)
The BMAF racers have been going for 10 years (11 editions) and it seems to be a popular event. We don’t have full control over the event but we are able to feedback to the hosts. If you feel there are any ways the event could be improved please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do. Bolton and Horwich councils have continued to support the event despite squeezes on finance and the event should run again next year. We should be able to offer an on line entry option in the future.
How do people feel about chip timing, we’d probably need a manual back up, and it would push up the entry costs? The leisure centre is being rebuilt (due to open later this year) and I’m not sure how this will impact the event. (Parking, registration, etc.)
Thanks Again.

1 Sinead McConnell (W45) Finn Valley AC 28 minutes 32 seconds
2 Carolyn Dyall (W35) Nuneaton 28:50
3 Penelope Cummings (W40) AFD/HHH 29:02
4 Ann Wheeler (W60) Nuneaton 30:44
5 Julie Bellfield (W45) Halesowen 30:48
6 Fiona Bishop (W55) Woking AC 32:07
7 Lynn Bellfield (W50) Halesowen 33:17
8 Irene Pike (W65) Lancs. 33:50
9 Anne Gormley (W50) Donorc AC 35:57
10 Andrea Lennon (W75) Lancs. 42:10

1 Mark Williams (M50) Birchfield 26:05
2 Patrick Murphy (M55) Castleisland 26:23
3 Adrian Edwards (M55) Lancs. 28:03
4 Bill McFadden (M55) Scotia 28:12
5 Peter Boszko (M65) Birchfield 28:23
6 Tony Malone (M65) Lancs. 29:29
7 Roger Michell (M65) Surrey WC. 29:32
8 John Constandinou (M40) Birchfield 29:49
9 Sean Mcmullin (M70) Mullinger Harriers 30:37
10 Peter Crahan (M60) Lancs. 32:20
11 Ian Torode (M60) South West Vets 33:22
12 Stuart Edgar (M45) Dudley and Stourbrige H. 33:23
13 Simon Pugh (M55) Northern Masters AC 33:27
14 Joe Hardy (M70) Lancs. 33:35
15 John Crahan (M65) Lancs. 33:36
16 Ian Hilditch (M75) Lancs. 34:37
17 Sean Pender (M60) Enfield and Haringey 35:13
18 Phil McCullagh (M60) Lancs. 36:30
19 Norbert Will (M80) Northern Ireland M. 37:51
20 John Payn (M80) Lancs. 39:59
21 Edwin Grocock (M90) Sheffield 44:48

1 Birchfield Harriers (Williams, Boszko, Constandino) 14 pts
2 Lancashire Walking Club (Edwards, P. Crahan, McCullagh) 31 pts
Mens over 65
1 Lancashire Walking Club (Malone, Hardy, J Crahan) 35 pts

Age Graded Results
1 Ann Wheeler 81.34%
2 Irene Pike 77.69%
3 Sinead McConnell 77.51%
4 Fiona Bishop 75.23%
5 Andrea Lennon 72.37%
6 Penelope Cummings 71.35%
7 Julie Bellfield 71.20%
8 Carolyn Dyall 70.76%
9 Lynn Bellfield 68.29%
10 Anne Gormley 64.49%

1 Peter Boszko 86.14%
2 Roger Michell 83.60%
3 Sean McMullin 82.85%
4 Patrick Murphy 81.87%
5 Tony Malone 80.22%
6 Edwin Grocock 79.98%
7 Mark Williams 79.94%
8 Norbert Will 78.47%
9 Ian Hilditch 78.33%
10 Joe Hardy 77.47%
11 Adrian Edwards 76.29%
12 Bill McFadden 75.89%
13 John Payn 75.53%
14 John Crahan 72.77%
15 Peter Crahan 72.32%
16 Ian Torode 67.88%
17 Phil McCullagh 67.23%
18 Simon Pugh 66.42%
19 Sean Pender 66.40%
20 John Constandinou 65.46%
21 Stuart Edgar 59.91%

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Catching up continued with photos – Allen Trophy 15 miles at Chorley 6th May 2017



Ta to Linda McDermot for all the photos – this one is calendar material!


Firstly here is Fred Pearce’s report on the proceedings.

On a cold & breezy day 11 competitors set off on this exacting 15-mile race at Chorley.
The winner receiving the magnificent Allen Trophy , which is silver, stands over 50 cm tall, is 85 yrs old (1932) and is one of Lancashire Walking Clubs most prestigious trophies.
From the start it became a battle between Adrian and Bill ( our guest from Scotland) and lasted for most of the race with Adrian dominating the uphill and on the flat (?), and Bill catching up on the downhill. Bill finally broke away at approx 13miles on a downhill section then continued on to win. There was then another battle between two of our regular guests Glyn & Stuart, with Stuart getting the best of Glyn as the encountered the last uphill to the finish.
Huge congratulations to all 9 competitors who completed this picturesque, but hilly and demanding course around Chorley.



Bill leads Adrian as they pass the drinks station



15 Miles

1 Bill McFadden Scotia RWC M55 2:21:36
2 Adrian Edwards Lancs WC M55 2:23:42
3 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 2:50:51
4 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 2:51:04
5 Joe Hardy Lancs WC M70 2:51:54
6 Dave Crompton Lancs WC M50 2:52:15
7 Sailash Shah Lancs WC M50 3:02:36
8 Ian Hilditch Lancs WC M75 3:02:46
9 Phil McCullagh Lancs WC M60 3:13:25

7.5 Miles
Pat Evans Lady Lancs WC W65 86:35

5 Miles
John Payn Lancs WC M80 66:21



Joe Hardy leads Dave Crompton round the public house corner


And to add to the feel for this highlight of the season here is Trevor McDermot’s eloquent portrayal of the day. More than a few people have got in touch to say how pleased they were to have Trevor and Linda back on board.

Another spring day in beautiful West Pennines country, overlooked by cairn-capped moorlands.

Another afternoons engagement by the old Railway pub at the brow of Coppice Lane, where apparitions of sundry quarrymen and farmworkers may conceivably still gather to quaff the latest shared gossip and seal one more ghostly working day. Bronze Age peoples once settled this area, a Roman Empire oversaw lead mining, cotton mills powered by water wheels had performed their daily duty, and the new Anglezarke hub of reservoirs sent that most vital of all resources from rolling green-pastured store to the burgeoning population of Liverpool.

Another race for the Allen Trophy – in existence for many a decade – promoted by the Lancashire Walking Club over a distance of 15 Miles.

It was a cloudy Chorley lunchtime as the field assembled and lined up for their testing sojourn in the hills. We were suddenly entertained by a minicab that blocked their path. Two occupants disgorged, a gentleman and his Italian lady companion expecting a rather different kind of rural perambulation, were handled by Fred and Christine with customary efficiency, and all set off on their tasks. The couple were last seen a few hours later when, looking quite happy and freshly provisioned with water, they decided to once again explore the dog leg whence Eric had long departed his station. We wish them well.

Suitable drinks, buckets and sponging tables set up, we soon encountered the competitors on their first lap. Regular guesting friends from the Midlands – Glyn Jones and Stuart Edgar – were at the head of affairs, followed by the recognisable figures of bantering stalwarts Joe Hardy, Dave Crompton, and that unique action of everybody’s favourite tin soldier, little Sailash Shah. Not wearing his signature overcoat on this occasion, but looking as if he could carry on all night and tomorrow morning, and one of these days he will.



Hi-vis Sailash Shah


Pat Evans and venerable John Payn were embarking on lesser distances, with no less a demonstration of excellent physical fitness than their clubmates. Ian Hilditch and Phil McCullagh bringing up the rear were to suffer yet make it manfully to the end, smiling throughout their struggle. Also bobbing around in general support were John Pouncy minus Jane, and club handicapper Dave Evans. Roy Gunnett was missing for the very good reason of a seventieth Birthday celebration, while various Crahans, Horwills and Tony Taylor had sent their apologies.

A few battles in recent years have been witnessed between those great friends and rivals Adrian Edwards and Bill McFadden. Although very different stylistically, both are as fair technicians as can be found. One is well known to carry himself straight-backed and marches quickly with great strength, the other with a busier, more fluid action utilising the hips fully. In each case we see every definition of walking fully complied with besides those categories yet to be invented. Giving a head start to the rest, within the early miles they had soon overhauled and we were then given quite a treat.

First one then the other led through the quiet, winding lanes bedecked with massed spectators of forget-me-nots, cow parsley and scattered bluebells. No part of this testing circuit is flat, the competitors go either up or down and need to amend their business accordingly. In the last five miles Bill forged ahead to finish a couple of minutes clear in a very decent 2hrs 21, and these twin performances over 15 miles should be treated with every respect given the environment and ages involved.

We congratulate both participants for whom there rightfully exists great respect at all levels within British race walking. Both are well regarded modest individuals and qualified Coaches in their own right who contribute a great deal to Athletics, for all ages, outside of their individual racing endeavours.

In particular, Bill continues to work single-handed with almost herculean effort amidst the Strathclyde region for the benefit of walking and arrived at the venue today from his long train journey breathless with the excitement of gaining a new member this week to one of his training groups. Anything that can be offered by way of assistance or support to this most deserving figure is encouraged. Even to get adequate racing opportunities requires long hours of travel. His plans for the near future include assaults on the NE England and Northern Ireland track championships, a little short for his true capabilities but still good tests of speed.

Post-race and back at the parish club we welcomed a cup of tea and general catch-up before the presentation. Congratulations are due to Lancashire WC for hosting an enjoyable event again, we thoroughly appreciate and applaud the efforts shown by all involved. It is difficult to imagine another mainland club turning out as many members to walk such a distance. There will be hundreds of different competitions taking place up and down the country this weekend; it can be stated with pleasure that this friendly offering in a lovely, scenic corner of the North West was equally valuable in enhancing the spirit of our sport as any other.

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Catching up – Macclesfield Shield 20K 8th April 2017

Continuing apologies as I catch up with race results.

Macclesfield Shield 20K 8th April 2017

Roy Gunnett reports:

The race was held on the normal tough hilly course over 6 laps. It was a very pleasant warm sunny day (over 20C) with a clear blue sky throughout the race.

Adrian Edwards easily won the scratch race. Dan Maskell, up from Brighton, walked a strong race to come second. Roy Gunnett won the handicap prize and the Macclesfield Shield.

Special thanks are due to Eric Horwill who travelled up from the Midlands to do the timekeeping. This freed up Fred to be able to man the road junction the walkers have to cross on each lap.

1 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC M55 2:00:10
2 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 2:19:42
3 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M65 2:21:38
4 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 2:22:39
5 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 2:25:07
6 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 2:27:13
7 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 2:27:56
8 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M55 2:30:06
9 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M55 2:30:57

1 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 72:58
2 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 81:37

Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M70 75:32

Greg Smith Lancashire WC M60 2:10:52

Following the race excellent refreshments were provided by Marshall Barnard and his wife.

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Fifty years on Lancashire repeat the double in the Northern 10 on March 18

Sincere apologies for the belated appearance of this report, but I hope it’s of some interest and not too indulgent.

Given my first Northern 10 was fifty years ago I was determined to make the start of this year’s race at Stockport. I made it by the skin of my dentures, aided gallantly by Tony Malone, who, having witnessed my incompetence in the past, pinned the race number to my club singlet. Why have I always been fingers and thumbs when it comes to this simple task? Emerging from the dressing room into a miserable mix of cold breeze and drizzle I was immediately the subject of banter. How come, hotfoot from Crete, I was attired in a vest and skimpy shorts, whilst Bill McFadden from the wilds of Scotland was sensibly wearing both a thermal bob-cap and gloves?

Fortunately, as I had no sensible answer up my non-existent sleeve, we were called to the start line by none other than the statesman-like figure of John Eddershaw, a stalwart of our sport. In measured tones John called us to order, whilst Fred Pearce as Chief Judge waved the dreaded paddles, only one of which seemed to be relevant, namely that concerned with our knees. To lose contact was the stuff of our collective dreams.

From the outset Adrian Edwards dominated proceedings, chased vainly by myself, Bill and all around the sixteen, sometimes muddy, sometimes doggy laps. It was a challenging, decently surfaced course, even if Bill lamented the lack of inclines.  After the race in the welcome embrace of the hot showers, such was the day, we resembled more a Sunday league football team than a group of proud pedestrians.

In the clubhouse Fred Pearce opened the after-race proceedings by inviting John Eddershaw to present the medals, referring to his memorable exploits in the Manchester-Blackpool race, including a victory in 1972. John, known affectionately to his Sheffield team mates as ‘nid nod’ on account of his head nodding on every stride, won in 8:16:10 from Peter Markham 8:17:41 with Eric Crompton, third in 8:24:16, the latter leading Leyland Motors to a memorable team title. At this point nostalgia swept across the room as Fred drew our attention to the presence of others, who had finished in the first three of this sadly missed classic, namely Joe Hardy, Tony Malone, Mark Byrne and Graham Jackson. If I’d had my wits about me, I would have interrupted to add that in Denis Jackson, Graham’s father, we were privileged to race alongside one of Britains greatest all-rounders.  Denis still stands 5th on the all-time 50 kilometres list with his outstanding 1986 clocking of 4:03:08, set in Madrid over thirty years ago. In addition he dipped under 90 minutes for 20 kilometres with a time of 89:42 at York in the same year – not to mention by this time he had entered the veterans O40 ranks!

Dennis Jackson in his prime


Adrian and Bill locked in combat at Chorley, Ta to Linda McDermot

1 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC ‘A’ M50 Lancs 1.32.21
2 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC ‘A’ M65 Lancs 1.33.22
3 Bill McFadden Scotia RWC M55 Scots 1.35.26
4 Tony Bell Lancashire WC ‘B’ M50 Lancs 1.43.26
5 Tony Malone Lancashire WC ‘A’ M65 Lancs 1.44.00
6 Graham Jackson Yorkshire CIU M45 Yorks 1.44.44
7 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC ‘B’ M50 Lancs 1.44.56
8 Dennis Jackson Yorkshire CIU M70 Yorks 1.46.00
9 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC ‘B’ M65 Lancs 1.48.04
10 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC ‘C’ M60 Lancs 1.48.08
11 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC ‘C’ M70 Lancs 1.50.48
12 Mark Byrne Redcar RWC M55 Yorks 1.55.08
13 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC ‘A’ M75 Lancs 1.55.20
14 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 Lancs 1.57.43
15 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC ‘B’ M50 Lancs 1.59.33
16 John Crahan Lancashire WC ‘C’ M65 Lancs 2.02.40
17 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC ‘C’ M60 Lancs 2.10.12

Guest Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 1.49.21

Team Results
1 Lancashire WC ‘A’
2 Lancashire WC ‘B’
3 Lancashire WC ‘C’

Thus it was that Adrian, who had done much of the legwork in ensuring the race happened, took deservedly the individual title. In second place I took pleasure in reminding John Eddershaw that fifty years ago Lancashire led home by Ron Wallwork had ended Sheffield United Harriers’ thirty year winning streak in this championship. However the pleasure was fleeting, given the sad demise of that great club, once feared throughout the land. Unfortunately Bill McFadden was unable to receive his individual medal in person as he had been forced to dash up north. Disappointingly too no other teams were able to close in so our club swept the board.

A special vote of thanks must go the officials, who defied the elements – Fred Pearce, John Howley, Chris Bolton, Glyn Jones, Keith French, Eric and Kath Horwill. I suspect all of them would rather have competed.  In addition the club put on a champion spread, ably organised by Christine Pearce and Louise Crompton.

Keith French winning the Star Walk in 1965

All in all it was an excellently organised, but bitter-sweet occasion. I’ve not mentioned the fact that the day should also have hosted the triangular match between Lancashire, Yorkshire and Scotland for the Ken Munro Trophy. As it was our club took the prize by default. Hence we would be burying our heads in the mud of Woodbank Park if we did not recognise the dilemmas haunting our great sport in the North. None of us are getting any younger. The burden on a few officials is enormous. Indeed Fred Pearce, resilient as ever, had been ill during the week prior to the race. And, obviously, there are issues about where best to hold northern races, given the importance of supporting the valiant efforts of the Scotia club. There is much food for thought, but here’s hoping that in 2027 we celebrate another decade of the Northern 10!







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