Allison Trophy 15K result and Macclesfield Shield 10 miles Saturday 7th April 2018


Doing no more than keeping up with results. Hoping you are enjoying Easter despite the cold. Sadly I’m not sure when I’ll be appearing in person.  The latest news on my broken foot has not lifted my spirits, recovery being talked about in terms of months. For my sins, I’m in a choir,  who are rehearsing ‘Always look on the Bright Side’ as a comic number for a variety show. Finding it difficult to be in harmony with the sentiment! Take care, keep training and beware careering horses!

White Coppice

The bottom of the descent into White Coppice


Roy Gunnett reports:

We had a good turnout of 13 for the race – this included 2 guests from the Midlands, Stuart Edgar and Glyn Jones.

The usual course was used, comprising 1 mile out, 3 laps of a hilly circuit and then 1 mile home.

It rained incessantly throughout the race.

Peter Crahan took an early lead and the rest of the field was soon strung out once the first of the hills was hit.

Stuart Edgar had an excellent race – he caught Peter and overtook him to win the scratch race.

John Crahan won the handicap race and therefore the Allison Trophy. John walked a particularly strong final 2 miles and picked up a number of places.

1 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 100:40
2 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC M65 100:54
3 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 102:03
4 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 103:58
5 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 104:47
6 Irene Pike [Lady] Lancashire WC W65 105:08
6 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 105:08
8 Pat Evans [Lady] Lancashire WC W65 106:48
9 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 107:41
10 Steve Sargent Lancashire WC M70 108:04
11 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 108:22
12 Dave Evans Lancashire WC M70 108:34
13 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M60 109:57




EVENT. Macclesfield Shield DISTANCE. 10 miles



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Roger Bannister, Eustace Thomas and the Four Minute Mile

A lovely note from Chris Bolton.

With the sad news of the death of Roger Bannister, I wonder how many people are aware of his connection to Lancashire Walking Club.

Ta to runnersworld

The shoes he wore for the race in which he broke four minutes for the first time were designed by Eustace Thomas, a member of Lancashire Walking Club.
The saving in weight from Eustace’s hand-made shoes was perhaps the difference between success and failure. It’s inspiring to think so!
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Early 2018 Results and Collisions

I must give my apologies for the prolonged silence on our website. It’s been a difficult start to the year on a personal front, culminating this very week with my dramatic collision with our loveable, roguish, rescue racehorse, Leo. As result I’ve broken a la Beckham the 5th metatarsal in the right foot, part of the paddock fence is smashed, but Leo, whilst a little embarrassed and shocked, is fine. Unfortunately, the prognosis re my condition is not good as it’s a ‘Jones’ fracture, infamously slow to heal – perhaps 12 weeks if all goes well! It will be the longest period out of action I’ve ever experienced. As you might expect I’m feeling proper ‘mard’.



What me? Mi dad should watch where he’s going!


Any road less of my whingeing, find below the results of the two races, in which our members competed.



Roy Gunnett reports:

We had a good turnout of 16 (2 of which did 5k) for the first event of 2018 following the winter break.  The weather left a lot to be desired  – light rain, breezy and cold (6deg C).

Martin Fisher walked strongly throughout and was the clear winner with a margin of over 7 minutes on second place man Tony Bell.

Closely following Tony was the Midlands pair of Glyn Jones and Stuart Edgar who finished 3rd and 4th respectively.

The handicap and Sam Shoebottom trophy were won by Peter Crahan.

1 Martin Fisher Redcar RWC M55 57.35
2 Tony Bell Lancashire WC M50 64.50
3 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 65.16
4 Stuart Edgar Dudley & Stourbridge M45 65.30
5 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC M65 65.58
6 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M65 67.50
7 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 68.08
8 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 68.37
9 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 68.58
10 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 69.43
11 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 70.17
12 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 70.27
13 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 71.36
14 David Hoben Surrey WC M65 72.31
1 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC M65 33.47
2 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 39.18

Obviously, I won’t be with everybody as I hoped on Saturday in Chorley. However, I will try to catch up with a historical post, courtesy of Fred’s investigations. On the subject of history, I’m wondering if it’s worth pursuing, for example, the unfolding story of the Northern Winter League series, which I began. I’m not sure of what interest it is? Does it smack of self-indulgence?

Best Wishes to all.

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The origins of the Northern Winter League – next one on January 28 and RIP Mike Nicholson

The fifth race in this season’s series of Northern Winter League races is to be held on Sunday, January 28 at Drighlington, start 11.00 a.m. Credit is due to the Yorkshire Walking Club for keeping the Winter League tradition alive and it is to be hoped that our club will be represented.

Dalton start – Ta to Linda McDermot


Competing in the previous race at Dalton got me thinking about the history of the Northern Winter League. Reading between the lines it seems clear that at the end of 1960 concerns were being expressed about the relative lack of competition in the North across the winter months. Down South races abounded with the London Sevens bringing together fields of the highest quality, whilst the Midlands had a well-established Winter League series, which included for the first time in this particular year a pioneering Schoolboys race over 2 miles. Striding like a Colossus across the scene was the majestic figure of Ken Matthews, who in the month of November won the Enfield and Belgrave Sevens, the former in 50:40 [his course record being 49:29] and the Midlands Winter League 6 miles in 42:15.

Hence on November 26, the Northern Area organised what was described as ‘a friendly get-together’ over 6 miles at Stocksbridge, Sheffield. Sixty competitors and five teams started, the latter comprising Lancashire WC, Leyland Motors, Wakefield Harriers, Yorkshire WC and Sheffield UH. Sheffield’s Greasley brothers, Doug and Mick finished first and second respectively, separated only by a second in 48:53 and 48:54. Our club’s leading athletes were Ron Wallwork and Jack Sankey, clocking 50:55 and 51:15 with Fred Pearce Junior coming home in 54:34, almost 10 minutes ahead of his father. Following the race Ron was presented with the Robinson Trophy for the outstanding performance by a Northern walker during the season, having won both the AA Junior 1 mile and RWA Junior 5 miles championships. The event was declared a great success.

Our Ron, a few years on!

A year later a similar jolly inter-club race over 7 miles came to pass, starting from our club headquarters,  the splendid Midland Hotel. Meanwhile, to keep the parallel going, Ken Matthews was winning the Enfield 7 in 49:09 with Ron 4th in 53:29 and the Belgrave equivalent in 49:51 with Ron 7th in 54:22, four seconds ahead of a certain Paul Nihill. Inevitably Ken won a short first Midland Winter League 5 miles in 32:36. Back on the four-lap course in West Didsbury, Manchester, Ron had a battle royal with Sheffield’s Albert Johnson, before pulling away to victory in 55:42. From our ranks, Jack Sankey came 4th in 60:05, one second ahead of a young Guy Goodair in Wakefield’s colours and a further second ahead of the stylish Mal Tolley of Sheffield. Further down the field behind the likes of  Ivor Percival, Stan Watkins, Martin Trotman and Fred Pearce was to be found a future national coach, Julian Hopkins, 18th in 65:51, Was this Julian’s first year in race walking?  Once again everyone was pleased with affairs, so much so that the Northern Area correspondent, Jim Hackwood proposed that a Northern Winter League series be put in place.

Guy Goodair, Mal Tolley with Ron Wallwork

Thus the first ever Northern Winter League race over 7 miles was held in West Didsbury on November 17th, 1962. In Ron Wallwork’s absence, Sheffield dominated, placing four in the first six to finish. However Albert Johnson was pushed all the way by an improving Guy Goodair, 57:28 to 57:43, ahead of Mal Tolley and the Greasley brothers. Jack Sankey flew the flag for Lancashire coming home sixth in 59:28. Our club’s scorers in the team race were Jack, Fred 62:06, Julian 63:22 and Mike Hatton 64:13. Things looked rosy – 45 competitors and six teams, including Don Valley WC, finished. The latter team inspired by Flight Lieutenant, Dicky Bird from the Lindholme RAF base, was located in the Doncaster area.

Sadly the Nordic gods did not look kindly on the second race due to be held in Sheffield on January 5th, 1963. Arctic conditions blocked the Woodhead Pass and the event had to be cancelled. And, would you believe it, the cold-blooded deities weren’t satisfied.  The February Race Walking Record found Jack Sankey reporting that three teams were unable to cross the Pennines for the third in the series because of snow, namely, Sheffield, Wakefield and Yorkshire. As it was the roads in Lancashire were clear, allowing Ron Wallwork an easy passage in front of Belgravian, Eric Hall,  54:56 to 58:30. Jack came home third in 59:03. Fascinatingly, the previously mentioned new Yorkshire club, Don Valley, led by Ken Broome in fifth, finished a team. How come they made it? Given their connections with the Royal Air Force, did they fly? We’ll probably never know.

The following 1963 March meeting of the Northern Area agreed that its next Winter League series would be held in October, November and December to escape the bad weather.  Was the Committee right? Look out for further revelations in the coming months.


And, given we are talking about the Northern Area Race WalkingAssociation, it would be remiss not to pay our respects to Michael Nicholson, its Honorary Secretary, who died suddenly at the beginning of the month. Mike was a fascinating and cultured member of the race walking fraternity, witness his passion for Early Music and much-loved by the generations of pupils he taught.

The Hull Daily Mail reported that ‘the 70-year-old ex-teacher was a well-known race walker, and carried the Olympic Torch through Beverley’s Saturday Market in 2012′, quoting one student as saying, ‘he was the face of Wolfreton School. Mad as a box of frogs, but a great character’. Mike would have liked that. He will be sorely missed.

RIP Mike Nicholson – Thanks to Beverley Life


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Start as you mean to go on – put some miles in on New Year’s Day!

Back long ago when I was trying to be a decent race walker [and indeed, even now, as I’m still an obsessive soul] there was something special and significant about putting in a session on the first day of the new year. I can remember being out bright and early on eerily, empty Bolton roads with Ron Wallwork, Eric Crompton, Mick Entwistle, Steve Crow, Dave Vickers and Julian Hopkins, amongst others, feeling we were putting one over on those future competitors, who had stayed in bed, nursing their partners or hangovers. We congratulated ourselves on being made of sterner stuff!

Hence I propose that the first of our New Year resolutions ought to be, ‘I will train, come, what may, on New Year’s Day’.

new year

As you look ahead here is what I’m still calling the provisional 2018 Fixtures List – my apologies if there is a later version. I can easily incorporate revisions – please advise.



 10  Feb  B 10k Sam Shoebottom Trophy 1.30 SIMISTER
10   March B 15k Alison Trophy 1.30 CHORLEY
   7 April B 10 miles Macclesfield Shield 1.30 SUTTON
 28 April B 7 miles Allen Trophy 1.30 CHORLEY
  2 June B 10/5k track R & Z Smith Trophy 1.30 BURY AC TRACK
  7  July B 10k Barnard Trophy 1.30 SUTTON
28 July B 3 x 5k  

Fred Pearce Trophy Relay


18 August B 10K Goodwin Cup 1.30 CHORLEY
  8  Sept B 1 Hour Lambert Trophy 1.30 BURY A C TRACK
  6  October B 10k Albert Rigby Shield 1.30 SUTTON
  3  Nov B 5k LWC AGM (111th) 1.30 SIMISTER
   1 Dec B 10k Dick Maxwell Memorial & Xmas H’cap 1.30 SIMISTER


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Winter League results and Season’s Greetings

As the year closes I’m posting a couple of Winter League results, where club members have competed. If there any other outstanding results from races outside of our own club fixtures, please send me the appropriate information.

season's greetings

2nd Northern Area Winter League 10km, York, Oct 29

A slightly better turn out at this regular venue reports Alan Brooks. Dave Jones finally turned up to collect his first prize for last year’s series, but didn’t make a great start in the handicap for this year’s. That’s how it works, you see; the handicapper’s blue pencil has been at work!

  1. Colin Scott M55 Yorks RWC 57:35
  2. Martin Fisher M55 Redcar RWC 58:20
  3. Martin Young M45 Hallamshire Harriers 61:12
  4. Denis Jackson M70 York CIU 65:40
  5. David Crompton M50 Lancs WC 66:01
  6. Russel Jackson M70 Yorks RWC 67:59
  7. Mark Byrne M55 Redcar RWC 71:59
  8. Richard Cole M70 York CIU 73:45
  9. Andrew Thacker ? Yorks RWC 77:10
  10. David Jones M65 Redcar RWC 79:11


WINTER LEAGUE RACE 3 and SOUP & ROLL EVENT Dalton, North Yorks 26 Nov 2017

I know I’m getting mard, but as cold as I can ever remember for a race, particularly because of the chilly wind on the outward 2 kilometres+ uphill section. As you can see Pat and I pulled off a Lancashire double. Dave, as ever, was mucking in as a conscientious official. 

10 kilometres



Yours truly, struggling up the last incline on the first half of the opening lap


1 Tony Taylor Lancashire WC M70 55:26  [27:28] 2 Martin Fisher Redcar RWC V55 M 58:17 [29:31] 3 Sharon Gayter North York Moors AC F50 65:16 [32:29] 4 Dennis Jackson York CIU M70 66:19 [32:36] 5  Russ Jackson Yorkshire RWC M70 68:04 [33:11] 6 Bill Gayter North York Moors AC/novice M50 73:45 [35:52] 7 6 Mark Byrne Redcar RWC M55 74:48 [37:46] 8 John Paddick Quickstep Striders M70 80:15 [39:59] 9 Yam Gurung Yorkshire RWC/novice M55 80:34 [41:12] 10 Atmaram Dahal Yorkshire RWC/novice M55 80:35 [41:12] 11 Dave Jones Redcar RWC M65 84:46 [41:53]

5 kilometres


Dalton PE1

Pat already to the fore


1 Pat Evans Lancashire WC F65 34:58 2 Alan Brooks Yorkshire RWC M70 35:53 3 Abbie Walker Sedgefield H/novice U15 37:14 4 Marie Walker Sedgefield H/novice F45 39:52  5 Judith Fisher novice F50 41:49 6= Kath Stewart North Shields Poly/novice F70  6=  Ron Stewart North Shield Poly M75 43:29 8= Jenny Walker Sedgefield H/novice U15  8= David Walker Sedgefield H/novice M50 48:37 10= Anita Dahal novice F50  10= Shova Gurung novice F50 55:03


Trevor McDermot reports:

Sunday morning dawned cold, crispy and clear with a few icy patches on the race circuit of undulating, twisting country lanes that required coning off. Otherwise, an interesting 5km route was clear and practically free of vehicle traffic. This small, scenic village nestled in upper Teesdale, was the venue of our first Soup & Roll League promotion nearly four years ago.
Eight different clubs were represented overall, 11 in each 5 and 10km tests, and eleven (precisely half of the walkers) were complete newcomers. A few usual stalwarts were absent. We were delighted to introduce the novel concept of Race Walking to members of the Catterick parkrun volunteer team, and to the Walker family from Sedgefield Harriers who were to eventually earn themselves three prizes to take home including a signed copy of Chris Maddocks’ book.

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Wrapping up the club’s 2017 results

I was really sorry to miss this Saturday’s Dick Maxwell Memorial race. Believe it or not, I was even warming to the Simister ‘Nightmare’ out and back course! My illusions aside, this post seeks to wrap up the results of the club’s 2017 races.

BILL JACKSON 5 Kilometres held in conjunction with the Club AGM at Simister, November 4, 2017

Roy Gunnett reports:


Tony Bell leads Martin Fisher back in 2016

There was an excellent turnout for the race of both walkers and officials – the 17 walkers included 3 guest walkers (Glyn Jones and Stuart Edgar from the Midlands and Dan Maskell from Brighton). Weather conditions were cold and windy with sunny spells.
Both the scratch race and handicap were won by Tony Bell. It was a yacht handicap and an excellent piece of handicapping by Dave Evans created a close finish.
The 110th Lancashire Walking Club AGM was held following the race, this was chaired and presented by Fred Pearce. The minutes of the AGM were taken by Greg Smith – he will be circulating these to all members. 

1 Tony Bell Lancashire WC M50 29.58
2 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M65 31.14
3 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M65 31.29
4 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 31.32
5 John Crahan Lancashire WC M65 31.53
6 Peter Crahan Lancashire WC M60 31.55
7 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 31.57
8 Stuart Edgar Dudley and Stourbridge M45 31.58
9 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 32.36
10 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 32.41
11 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC W65 33.26
12 Sailash Shah Lancashire WC M50 33.52
13 Steve Sargent Lancashire WC M70 34.20
14 Phil McCullough Lancashire WC M60 34.39
15 John Payn Lancashire WC M80 38.23
16 Andrea Lennon Lady Lancashire WC W75 39.58

Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 DNF


DICK MAXWELL Memorial 10k held at Simister, December 2, 2017.

Roy Gunnett reports:

The race was held over the tough/ undulating 6 lap ‘Nightmare Course’ – on an overcast cool day (6 degrees C).There was a good turnout of 16 walkers, this included 4 guest walkers. Adrian Edwards took an early lead which he held over the first half of the race, he was closely followed by Martin Fisher and then Martin Young. Martin Fisher in the second half gradually reeled in Adrian, took the lead and went on to win the scratch race.
Dave Crompton won the handicap and was awarded the Dick Maxwell trophy.

After the race, all enjoyed the annual /traditional pie and peas kindly provided by Pat Evans and served by her, Flo and Irene. There was also the traditional ‘secret Santa’ gift presentation.

1 Martin Fisher Redcar RWC M55 57.37
2 Adrian Edwards Lancashire WC M55 58.27
3 Martin Young Hallamshire Harriers M45 60.02
4 Tony Bell Lancashire WC M50 63.52
5 Glyn Jones Coventry Godiva M75 64.55
6 Dave Crompton Lancashire WC M50 66.08
7 Joe Hardy Lancashire WC M70 66.33
8 Dan Maskell Surrey WC M70 76.59
9 Greg Smith Lancashire WC M65 68.48
10 Roy Gunnett Lancashire WC M70 68.57
11 Steve Sargent Lancashire WC M70 69.12
12 Phil McCullagh Lancashire WC M60 69.28
13 Ian Vaughan Lancashire WC M60 74.10

1 Irene Pike Lady Lancashire WC W65 32.16
2 Pat Evans Lady Lancashire WC W65 33.06
3 Ian Hilditch Lancashire WC M75 36.56

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