Guy Goodair’s Manchester-Blackpool Memories continued: 1966-1968

Manchester to Blackpool Memories: 1966-1968


John Paddick took an early lead and I only caught him after Preston. ‘How far to go?’ he asked “About 20 miles’ I replied and encouraged him to stay with me. (In hindsight I should have pushed on and tried to demoralise him!) We stayed together through Freckleton, Warton, Lytham and St Annes and I knew the closer we got to the finish the less chance I had as John was a much faster walker than me over shorter distances. And so it proved when he pulled a minute out of me over the last mile. [Note: John Paddick finished tenth in the 1964 Olympic 20kms in 93:28.4, the third GB athlete in the top ten – Ken Matthews first in 89:34.0 and John Edgington eighth in 92:34.0.]



John Paddick, looking immaculate in GB colours and trademark neckerchief with Guy pondering painfully the prospect of a sprint finish


1 J Paddick (Royal Sutton ColdfieldC) 8.19.21 2 G Goodair (Wakefield) 8.20.23 3 K Abolins (Royal Sutton Coldfield) 8.26.54

Team Royal Sutton Coldfield20 pts, 56 Finished



The weather conditions were good for the race and from the start the pace was brisk. George & I went through 10 miles in 92 minutes but charging away in front was Pat Duncan, who we didn’t really know. Passing through halfway in 3h 58m he was still going away from us – we were convinced he’d crack and slow down. From Freckleton we chased really hard but Pat came home with 4 minutes to spare. It rained heavily after we’d finished.



Pat Duncan in Belgrave’s colours, dwarfing his opposition


1 P Duncan (Belgrave) 7.59.17 2 G Barras (Wakefield) 8.03.15 3 G Goodair (Wakefield) 8.03.27

Team Royal Sutton Coldfield 30 pts, 41 finished



Roy Thorpe led until 8 miles when once again 6’ 7” Pat Duncan, looking to repeat his win of the previous year, strode majestically into the lead, which he kept until after the 20 miles mark. At this point a charge from Roy Thorpe saw him regain the lead, which he extended to 2 minutes. George Barras and I went through 10 miles in 94 mins and halfway in 3h 57m, which we thought was fast.



George and Guy, third and second respectively, leading Wakefield to the team title


However, Pat launched another attack and came home an easy winner in a new record time of 7h 57m 01s – twelve minutes clear of me with George Barras a further 5 minutes down. Roy paid for his earlier efforts finishing 38 minutes behind the winner in 7th place one behind club mate Ray Manning, but helping Wakefield take the team title.



Derek Harding, George Barras, Mick Barker [hidden] and Guy

1 P Duncan (Belgrave) 7.57.01 [new record] 2 G Goodair (Wakefield) 8.09.39 3 G Barras (Wakefield) 8.14.52

Team Wakefield 14 pts, 52 finished

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Guy Goodair’s Manchester to Blackpool Memories continued: 1964-1965

Manchester to Blackpool Memories: 1964-1965


Having won the Bradford Walk in the previous month and done a 4:30:57 PB in the National 50km at Enfield a fortnight earlier, I was very confident for this race. It rained incessantly throughout.  After 15 miles Frank O’Reilly was leading with Mick Holliman & I lay just behind with teammate John Hampshire in 6th place. At 18 miles we left Frank and at halfway we were a minute & a half up. I managed to get a 10 yards gap on Mick approaching Preston with John still 6th, but beginning to get a touch of cramp. The rain started to descend more heavily and I passed 35 miles in 5h 25m, John getting there in 5h 35m before retiring with a bad attack of cramp. I’d got away from Mick but when I got to St Annes I began to tire badly. However, I managed to hang on for a win.



A knackered Guy, head leaning even more than ever to his left, finishing outside the Town Hall, the throng of enthusiastic female spectators kept back by the local constabulary.

1 G Goodair (Wakefield) 8.16.54 2 M Holliman (Highgate) 8.21.59 3 F O’Reilly (Lozells) 8.38.02
Team Sheffield 24 pts, 38 finished


Wakefield had a full team this year and a Wakefield runner, Barry Fletcher looked after us – three weeks later I reciprocated by looking after Barry when he won the Liverpool to Blackpool Road Running race. There was a bunch of five early on but after 15 miles Mick Holliman & I drew away with George Barras & John Hampshire not far behind.



Inseparable – Mick and Guy passing through Horwich

George Barras had an unsettling moment in Chorley when he was almost knocked over by a car coming out of a side street and had to jump on the car’s front fender to avoid being knocked down!  Once we’d passed Preston we faced a tremendous headwind which made progress hard work. The difficulties increased after St Annes when drifting sand kept blowing across the road into our eyes as well as sticking to the Vaseline we’d put on our nipples and armpits, acting like sandpaper.



Mick and Guy still together approaching Blackpool with Mick’s attendant in close proximity

Mick & I were still ‘neck & neck’ after the South Pier then Mick looked round for his attendant – the lady on the bike in the photo. Barry, my attendant, immediately screamed at me “Go, Go – you’ve got him!” I tried to increase my pace and managed to open up a 200-yard gap which I held to the finish. Wakefield packed well with George Barras 4th.
The race report in the Daily Telegraph by Peter Keeling referred to me as ‘Goodair,
bespectacled and slightly built’. For years afterwards every time Chris Bolton rang me he
would enquire if he was speaking to ‘the bespectacled and slightly built Goodair’!

1 G Goodair (Wakefield) 8.29.07 2 M Holliman (Highgate) 8.30.05 3 K Abolins (Royal Sutton Coldfield) 8.43.11
Team Wakefield 17 pts, 44 finished

Footnote from Tony Taylor

Given the conditions described by Guy in 1965, especially the vicious cross wind off the sea on the last 6 miles into Blackpool, the lass on the bike must have been a hardy soul. Do we know who she was?



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Guy Goodair’s Manchester to Blackpool Memories : 1961- 1963

Better late than never I have the greatest pleasure in posting the first instalment of Guy Goodair’s evocative memories of his exploits in our club’s ‘Blue Riband’ event.

Manchester to Blackpool Memories
I first started serious race walking in February 1961 in the Northern ‘Junior’ Championships at Bradford and liked it so much I entered the Manchester to Blackpool race some 4 months later. It became my favourite race even more so than the Bradford Walk which was much more local to me. For some reason, the actual distance never fazed me and as far as I was concerned once I’d got past Preston I knew I’d ‘cracked it’.

After our first race in March John Hampshire & I did 1x18ml, 2 x 19 mls and 1 x 20 mls
training spins before the Manchester to Blackpool. We had John Grundy , (who the previous year had finished 2nd on the Butlins John o’Groats to Land’s End race) looking after us. It was a very sticky warm day but there were a few showers to cool us down. John Edgington & Frank O’Reilly went off early on and at the halfway I was 4th (4hrs 10min) & John 15th. I was starting to get blisters but tried to stay with John Todd and Hughie Neilson but I dropped back in the latter stages and finished 6th (8h 56m 13s) and John moved up to 10th. Lancashire won the team race with 33pts and 57 finished from 70 starters.



John Edgington – better known as a 20k walker, 8th in Tokyo 1964 Olympics


1 J Edgington (Coventry Godiva) 8.25.24  2 F O’Reilly (Lozells) 8.28.31 3 C Colman (Lancashire WC) 8.33.54

I wanted to become a Centurion (Leicester to Skegness) so unlike Chris Bolton (a glutton for punishment) I didn’t enter this year. See this earlier post on Chris’s gluttony.



Hughie Neilson- in 1960 he covered 100 miles on the track in 17h 18m 51s and 133miles 19 yards in 24 hours – world records


1 H Neilson (Woodford Green) 8.53.22 2 N Hopkinson (Sheffield UH) 9.07.13 3 J Eddershaw (Sheffield UH) 9.11.45
Team Lancashire 19 pts 33 finished




Reaching Burnden Park, Bolton Wanderers’ old ground, on a murky June morning, a quartet from the inside of Mal Blyth, Mick Hollimann [hidden], Guy and Frank

It rained heavily early on then it fined up. I took the lead at Horwich and went through 23 miles in 3h 23m and halfway in 3h 55m then once again began to blister badly. Frank O’Reilly pulled away over the last 16 miles to win easily and I managed to hold onto 2nd from a fast finishing Karl Abolins. Headlines in one Sunday Newspaper was ‘O’Reilly wins with a Worry’.


Frank & I became good friends afterwards and he gave me lots of good advice and tips for ultra-distance races.



Frank shows off the trophy


1 F O’Reilly (Lozells) 8.14.25 2 G Goodair (Wakefield) 8.33.04 3 K Abolins (Royal Sutton Coldfield) 8.35.20
Team Sheffield 40 pts 54 finished

Memories of 1964 and 1965 coming soon.

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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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