Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

October 18, 2020

One mile track handicap

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I am well behind in publishing the 2 kms virtual series results. They can all be found at

Sunday October 18th 2020

Sarnia Walking Club

Bob Wright Handicap Series Race Two

One mile track walk

RWA Permit number 20058-1

Kevin wins second race in series

Kevin Le Noury strode to a win in the second race of the Bob Wright Handicap Series catching leaders Dave Dorey and Mick Le Sauvage late in the race. Mick Le Sauvage edged ahead of Dave Dorey almost on the line to finish in second place and improved on his Guernsey age best time. Fourth place went to Stuart Le Noury who recorded an actual time of 7.20 to record the fastest time of the day. Rob Elliott finished next with Phil Lockwood holding Donna Allan off by a few seconds in sixth place.

1 Kevin Le Noury M60 11.47 (watch time) / 1.30 ( handicap) / 10.17 (actual time)

2 Mick Le Sauvage M80 11.54 / 0.30 / 11.24

3 Dave Dorey M70 11.54 / 0.00 / 11.54

4 Stuart Le Noury 12.20 / 5.00 / 7.20

5 Rob Elliott M60 12.24 / 2.15 / 10.09

6 Phil Lockwood M45 12.49 / 2.15 / 10.34

7 Donna Allan W40 12.52 / 3.00 / 9.52

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking

October 4, 2020

Bob Wright Handicap One

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Sunday October 4th 2020

Sarnia Walking Club

Bob Wright Handicap Series Race One

5 kilometres 

Saumarez Park, Guernsey

RWA Permit 20057-1 

Opening handicap win for Le Sauvage

Mick Le Sauvage opened up the Bob Wright handicap series with a close win over Dave Dorey. Scratch man Dorey was overhauled in the latter stages of the race as Le Sauvage crossed the line 24 seconds ahead with an actual time of 36.59. This time was an improvement of 15 seconds on his old Guernsey age best time .Fast finishing Donna Allan recored the fastest time of the day to take third place in 29.32. Peter Beckerleg took fourth place ahead of Kevin Le Noury, with Rob Elliott a distant sixth. Consolation for Elliott was recording the fastest actual mens time.

1 Mick Le Sauvage M80 38.59 (watch time) / 2.00 (handicap) / 36.59 (actual time)

2 Dave Dorey M70 39.24 / 0.00 / 39.24

3 Donna Allan W40 39.32 / 10.00 / 29.32

4 Peter Beckerleg M60 40.02 / 5.00 / 35.02

5 Kevin Le Noury M60 40.15 / 5.00 / 35.15

6 Rob Elliott M60 42.52 / 8.00 / 34.52

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking

September 20, 2020

Richmond Trophy

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Sunday September 20th 2020

Sarnia Walking Club

Richmond Trophy 3 kilometres handicap walk

Cambridge Park


Scratch man Dave Dorey led from start to finish to win the Richmond Trophy in a race held over 3 kilometres. He had a 21 seconds advantage over second placed Mick Le Sauvage, with a fast finishing Donna Allan back in third. A close middle of the field race was won by Kevin Le Noury from Peter Beckerleg and Phil Lockwood. Fastest time of the day was recorded by 7th placed Stuart Le Noury with 15.16. Back in 8th place and well outside his normal time was Rob Elliott. Thanks to Richmond Fiduciary Group and Owen Le Vallee for race sponsorship.

1 Dave Dorey  M70 23.19 (watch time) / 0.00 (handicap) / 23.19 (actual time)

2 Mick Le Sauvage M 80 23.40 / 1.45 / 21.55

3 Donna Allan W40 23.54 / 6.30 / 17.24

4 Kevin Le Noury M60 24.02 / 3.30 / 20.32

5 Peter Beckerleg M60 24.13 / 3.45 / 20.28

6 Phil Lockwood M45 24.16 / 4.30 / 19.46

7 Stuart Le Noury M 25.16 / 10.00 / 15.16

8 Rob Elliott M60 26.57 / 5.30 / 21.27

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking

September 5, 2020

Church to Church stories

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Whilst we should have been walking the Church to Church walk, now cancelled for 2020 here are some stories of the event around 75 years ago.

A chance Facebook post by Denise Fallaize about her grandfather Stanley Smith and a tug of war photo led me to making enquiries if it was the same person that won the Church to Church Walk 4 times in the early days. Luckily it was and I was provided with a photo of trophy she has in her possession from 1945. The trophy keepsake awarded alongside the current Victory Cup. This prompted me to write an article on Stanleys race walk achievements from notes made some time ago.

Stanley Smith

4 Time Church to Church Walk Champion 1938 to 1946

With no actual organisers records the following information has come from various peoples memories and mainly from the daily and weekly newspapers of the day read at the Priaulx Library.

Stanley Smith, one of the early pioneers of the traditional Church to Church walk is the name that came to mind from my early days as a competitor in the same event many years later. My interest  lead me to finding out as much as possible about the early races of this great walk.

His name was the first one to be inscribed on the Guernsey Walking Race Victory Cup, which is still being used to this day and which replaced the missing Joybell Trophy. That race back in 1945 was based on the Church course used in the early days over 19.4 miles but for whatever reason was only over a distance of approximately 16 miles rather than the 19.4 miles, hence the faster than usual finishing time.

Stanleys first victory was in 1938 when he crossed the line in 3.19.00, thirty seconds ahead of second man home Otto Le Gallez, with third man home H G Taylor from Jersey four minutes behind.

For his efforts he won the “Joybell Trophy” donated by Captain Jas. E Dye.

Newspaper headines the next day were:

“ Stanley Smith First Home But Le Gallez Was at His Heels”

“ After a grim tussle with O Le Gallez, Stanley Smith won the 20 mile Church to Church walk yesterday returning a time which was 75 seconds outside the record put up last year by H Taylor of Jersey. Taylor finished third.

After being a minute behind Le Gallez at St Sampsons, Smith sent his cyclist in front to set the pace. Quickening his stride he eventually fought his way past Le Gallez at the Salerie Corner to win by half a minute.

Smith, who is married, is a really remarkable winner. He practised little and all this week has been sterilising having only about four hours sleep each night. (note for non locals reading this, sterilising was a seasonal job in the greenhouses and very labour intensive)

Thus Le Gallez has again failed by only a few seconds to win the walk. Last year he was second to Taylor.”

Photo of the start of the 1938 race with Stanley third from the left.

The report goes on to say that following the 2.30 pm start Stanley Smith was well in front going up the Vardes followed by Le Gallez, Le Marchant, Falla and Taylor. With crowds lining the route Smith was still in front after two miles at St Martins Church. Le Gallez challenged strongly soon after and drew level. Both men reached St Peters Church well ahead of Taylor. After 11 miles and at St Andrews Church Le Gallez had a lead of 100 yards over Smith with Taylor a quarter of a mile behind. Positions were unchanged at Castel.

Coming on to the Bridge with only a couple of miles to go and Le Gallez led by one minute. Smith spurted and coming up fast as they hit the coast he had the gap down to 40 yards.

Le Gallez looked around at Fruit Export to see Smith draw abreast, Smith forged ahead but Le Gallez made great effort to draw level at Salerie Corner. As Le Gallez weakened, Smith slowly drew away. Victory was now foregone conclusion as Smith hit the tape at the Weighbridge thirty seconds up on a tired and game runner up.

Photo of Stan Smith and Otto Le Gallez getting tangled up amongst the accompanying cyclists. Stans brother Edward Smith apparently riding the bike and helping with the timings on occasions. Maybe even in this race?

Solo photo of Stan during the race.

With no walk in 1939 Stanley waited until 1940 for his second win in a faster 3.13.15, ahead of a rival who will get mentioned later, Norman Froome only half a minute or so behind. The walk was reported to be 200 yards shorter than normal.

Stanley Smith had accepted a challenge from Otto Le Gallez, whom he had beaten two years earlier. They were together for 16 miles where Le Gallez collapsed and retired.

Any possible winning streak was curtailed during the Occupation with no further walk taking place until 1945. Starting where he left off five years earlier he won the race in 2 hours 40 minutes, but as mentioned earlier over a shorter than usual distance.

This race was billed in the local paper as a “Smith versus Froome” race. Norman Froome had won an approximate 14 miles race earlier in the year on July 26th, but not on the Church to Church course and there seemed arguments at the time who the Island Walking Champion was. As it turned out Smith won the Church race narrowly from R Le Poidevin with Froome retiring.

A diary piece by a family member for 27th September 1945 reads that:

Stan won the fifteen miles walk this afternoon, Le Poidevin was second, very good for him, his first time. Most of the people were there to see Froome beaten as there was too much talk about him because he had won last time. Stan was not at that walk. Froome gave up before finish”

A letter in the paper after this event from Stanley Smith claiming not only being the new distance walk champion, but unbeaten except once over 4 miles by Norman Froome. He stated his Church wins in 1938 and 1940 and a 10 miles win in 1941 beating H Le Marquand by a few seconds.

Newspaper reports in 1941 mention Island Walk Champion “Biffer” Smith being a boxer. A 9 miles event in 1941 (the 10 miles mentioned by Stan in his letter) was set up for July 30th evening.

Starting at the Albert Pier and heading to Bordeaux, La Moye, Vale Church, Route Militaire, Half Way, Albert Pier.

Stan won in 1 hour 19 minutes 54 seconds, 15 seconds ahead of Le Marquand, with an S Ashcroft a further two minutes behind in third. Stanley reportedly opened up at the Weighbridge after the first two home were together at the Vale Church. The first 5 walkers reportedly were all members of the St P P Boys Club.

A year later and reported in the May 28th 1942 issue, Norman Froome had victory over 5 miles (the 4 miles in Stanleys letter), finishing 20 yards ahead of Stan Smith.

The October 6th edition of the Star newspaper has an interesting article by “Stardust”.

“ I notice that Stan Smith points out that he has been long distance walking champion for the last 6/7 years and rather resents being called the “new” champion. From enquiries I have made it seems Smith has never been beaten over the full course of approx 15 miles since his first victory. Norman Froomes win was over the much shorter distance of approx 4 miles I believe. Not much doubt I think that Smith is and has been for the last 7 years our champion long distance walker.”

Then he goes on to suggest a handicapped event over the same course and that the newspaper would be proud to collaborate in promoting such an event, around April or May. Later editions still suggested this promotion but nothing came of it.

In 1946 the newly formed Guernsey Amateur Athletic Club took over the organisation of the Church to Church from the early organisers the Guernsey Wanderers Sports and Social Club.

This was there first event, as the accompanying 7 miles road run due to be held the same day never took place. The race was to start at the Weighbridge and finish between Weighbridge and the GPA sheds near London Steamers Quay, passing the Churches of St Peter Port, St Martins, Forest, Torteval, St Peters, St Saviours, St Andrews, Castel, Vale and St Sampson.

The paper reports that 35 years old Stan Smith, a well sinker from Plaisance, St Peter in the Wood won in a new record time of 3.16.27, ahead of H Mahy in 3.26.25.

Possibly reported as new record as his 1940 time was slightly shorter course, although later claims that competitors failed to touch one of the church doors in 1946 so record shouldn’t stand.

Personally I am not sure on the touching of the Church doors and the walk certainly since my involvement since 1970 has only seen walkers touch the Gran Mere at St Martins and the church wall sometimes at St Sampsons.

Later in the year in the November 8th issue of the Star there is a photo of Stan Smith, light heavyweight boxer and captain of tug of war.

Although times are slower than what has been recorded since his personal best some 80 years ago, Stanley is still in the top 30 local performers. It is fair to say that others above him in the rankings were racing and training year round for race walking whilst Stanleys training was more like walking long distances to and from a manual work day.

Some years ago, I had a conversation with Len Duquemin, who won the event 3 times and was a Commonwealth Games competitor in 1970 about Stan Smith. He said Stan had shown him his medals for walking and that he (Len) would get his own. Len said to him, or words to the effect, that Stan was the one to follow and he had done it already.

After his winning performances he dropped down the field in 1947 with a second place, finishing behind J A Broughton, who narrowly won by 17 seconds.

The following year a fourth place was achieved, with further performances credited to a S Smith in 1949 and 1951, much slower than in his winning days, but assuming it’s the same Smith.

Stanley Smith Church to Church performances

1937 14th 3.41.00

1938 1st   3.19.00

1939 No walk

1940 1st   3.13.15

1941-1944 No walk

1945 1st 2.40.?? (approx 16 miles)

1946 1st 3.16.27

1947 2nd 3.24.11

1948 4th slower than 3.37.00

1949 7th= no time

1951 6th 3.42.48

Photo of Stan Smith with winner Len Duquemin

Guernsey 3 kms

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Friday September 4th 2020

Sarnia Walking Club

3 kilometres road walk

Les Amarreurs, Vale, Guernsey

RWA Permit 20051-1

1 Rob Elliott M60 18.52

2 Kevin Le Noury M60 20.15

3 Mick Le Sauvage M80 22.19

August 29, 2020

Fixtures to December 2020

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Fixtures for Sarnia Walking Club from September 20th to December 2020

Sep-Dec 2020 fixtures

Sunday September 20th Richmond Handicap 3 kms Cambridge Park, St Peter Port 9.00 am
sponsored by Richmond Fiduciary Group
sponsored by Owen Le Vallee
Sunday October 4th Handicap 1 5 kms Saumarez Park, Castel 9.00 am
Bob Wright Handicap Series
Sunday October 18th Handicap 2 1 mile track Osmond Priaulx, FootesLane 9.00 am
Bob Wright Handicap Series
Sunday November 1st Handicap 3 10 kms Les Amarreurs, Vale 9.00 am
Bob Wright Handicap Series
Sunday November 15th Road walk 5 kms Delancey Park 9.00 am
sponsored by Skipton International
Sunday Novcember 29th Handicap 4 2 kms track Osmond Priaulx, FootesLane 9.00 am
Bob Wright Handicap Series
Sunday December 13th Hill Climb 815 metres Le Val des Terres 9.00 am
sponsored by Skipton International
Contact Race Secretary
Jayne Le Noury, Jedburgh, Sohier Road, Vale, Guernsey, GY3 5PX
e-mail:         Tel:01481 246865
Bob Wright Handicap Series: October to March 2021
7 race series with 5 to score

August 23, 2020

week 14 to 20 virtual series

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Bit behind with the virtual series results over 2 kms.

Week 14 to 17 at

Week 18 to 20 at



August 16, 2020

Skipton International 10 kms



Sunday August 16th

Sarnia Walking Club

Skipton  International 10 kms road walk

Pleinmont to Grandes Rocques

A small field of three walkers contested the Skipton International 10 kilometres walk from Pleinmont to Grandes Rocques. Stuart Le Noury crossed the line in 55.07 with Peter Beckerleg and Mick Le Sauvage walking together and finishing in 1.22.40. Not sure where everyone was today?

1 Stuart Le Noury M 55.07

2= Peter Beckerleg M60 1.22.40

2= Mick Le Sauvage M80 1.22.40

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking

August 9, 2020

Skipton International One mile


Friday August 7th 2020

Sarnia Walking Club

“Skipton International” One mile track walk

Osmond Priaulx, Footes Lane, Guernsey

Easy win for Stuart Le Noury in 7.13, well ahead of the field. Rob Elliott in second with Peter Beckerleg finishing 5 seconds ahead of Kevin Le Noury for third. Mick Le Sauvage completing the small number of entrants.

1 Stuart Le Noury M 7.13

2 Rob Elliott M60 9.44

3 Peter Beckerleg M60 10.43

4 Kevin Le Noury M60 10.48

5 Mick Le Sauvage M80 11.50

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking

July 26, 2020

Rocquaine Piette Trophy

Sunday July 26th

Sarnia Walking Club

Piette Trophy 3.8 miles (approx) handicap road walk

Rocquaine Bay, Guernsey

Sub 30 minutes for Stuart 

Stuart Le Noury walked through the field from his back marker position in the handicapped road walk held over two laps on the Rocquaine coast road. His sub 30 minutes time was the first time he had broken that time since his best set in 2012 and left second man home Mick Le Sauvage half a minute behind at the finish.

Third place went to Peter Beckerleg closely followed by Kevin Le Noury. Dave Dorey was fifth with Donna Allan with her first race walk for months, virtual or real, passing Rob Elliott close to the end to claim sixth place.

1 Stuart Le Noury 47.57 (watch time) / 18.00 (handicap) / 29.57

2 Mick Le Sauvage 48.28 / 3.00 / 45.28

3 Peter Beckerleg 49.39 / 7.00 / 42.39

4 Kevin Le Noury 49.58 / 7.00 / 42.58

5 Dave Dorey 51.38 / 0.00 / 51.38

6 Donna Allan 52.36 / 14.00 / 38.36

7 Rob Elliott 52.45 / 12.00 / 40.45

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking

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