The sponsors for this years Sarnia Walking Club Le Val des Terres Hill Climb event are Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management who will sponsor the two Hill Climb Shields to be won by the mens and womens winners.
The SWC Ladies Hill Climb Shield
Sponsored in 2013 by “Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management”
The Sarnia Walking Clubs annual time trial up the Val des Terres hill over a distance of 815 metres has been held since 1966 when John Moullin recorded the fastest time of the day clocking 4.24, a record time which was to stand until Mike Scamell from Newham AC equalled it in 1977. Sarnia club champions Mick Elliott and Rob Waterman between these years had recorded 4.27 and 4.34 respectively, still away from that early best time. A year later in 1978 nineteen year old Rob Elliott broke Scamell`s time with a 4.20 time, smashing it in 1980 with a 4.07, a record which still stands today. In 1982 and 1983, first Rob Elliott (below left) and then Mark Elliott (below right) won the shield in a time of 4.13, before Mark Elliott at the age of 21 retained the shield , only one second outside the record.
In1988 Thomson recorded 4.16, followed by a 4.18 a year later in an effort to get close to the best two times. Years later Mark Elliott in a return to the sport stormed up the hill in 4.10 (1997), followed by a 4.17 in 1998. The last seven years have seen only one mens winner in Stuart Le Noury, (pictured with the Shield showing the winners up to 1997).His first few wins were only seconds outside the 5 minutes barrier, improving to a best of 4.37 in 2011. It will take sub 5 minutes again to win this year, with hopefully brother Jason Le Noury and Phil Lockwood heading for the top spots and challenging Stuart for the title. Jane Rowlinson is the current Womens Shield winner which was introduced in 1993 winning last year in 6.29.