Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

January 31, 2009

Past National 10 miles

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Guernsey walkers in National 10 miles road walk

 

For the first time this year Guernsey will have a team walking in the National Championships at 10 miles in the Sarnia Walking Club colours, when Carl Thomson, Jason Le Noury and Phil Lockwood take part.

Sarnia have been represented before individually, Mick Elliott and Mark Elliott walked in Exeter in 1981. Mick, aged 44,  walked just outside 90 miniutes, with 17 year old Mark retiring at 6 miles.

Rob Elliott, in probably his best performance in these Championships, although not his fastest, walked for the York Postal RWC in this event. Pictured below, the York Postal 1981 squad, Rob, back row, third from left. 

 

yorkpostal-1981exeter
His time of 75.53 gave him 8th place, only 61 seconds away from second place. International walker from New Zealand, Mike Parker finished first after Steve Barry from Wales was disqualified during the race whilst well in contention for Champion position. His winning time on a windswept multilap course in Exeter was 73.37. Second man home was Graham Morris in 74.52, followed closely by Surrey`s Jarman in 75.03. Leicester walker Phil Vesty was 4th in 75.30, Ian McCombie 5th in 75.42, Leicester`s Allan King 75.40, Brian Adams 75.46 also Leicester followed by Rob 75.53.

Rob particularly liked this race, as the wind and rain were just like a training session back in Guernsey along side a wild weathered sea front! After getting left behind at the start, he eased his way up the field to face a battle with the Leicester walking trio. They tried hard to lose him as he walked for one of their main team rivals in York Postal, but he stuck to them like glue.

He even remembers Phil Vesty, thinking Elliott had dropped, turned to Brian Adams and asked him if “he had gone yet”. Elliott answered himself “no, still here!”The group stayed together until very near the end when he eventually dropped those vital seconds behind.

The year before in 1980 in Leicester, Rob helped the York Postal team to a Championship win, with the scoring 4 walkers all under 73.23! Elliott had walked a three minute PB to finish 14th in 72.40 (Later the course was declared 60 metres short, appx 14 seconds). Race winner was Roger Mills in 68.45.

Elliott also competed in 1979 in York, finishing 28th in 77.19.


lamden-photo-1982-10-miles-2In 1982 in Sheffield on a tough hilly course he was 11th in 73.50, the year of his Commonwealth games performance, which followed later on. Pictured Rob Elliott (248) with Murray Lambden (45) from The Isle of Man (Photo given by Murray). They would face each other later in the year over 30kms In the Brisbane Commonwealth Games. Check out Murray Lambden`s athletics web site on http://www.manxathletics.com/.

 

In 1983 at Coventry he was 22nd in 74.45, dropping to 42nd the following year in Southend clocking 79.02. After a break of a few years he returned in Sarnia colours finishing 20th in 1989 in Redditch in 78.21, followed by 18th place in 1994 in Victoria Park, London with his slowest national time of 85.20.

lenjohnWell before Elliott made his first performance it is known that Guernseymen John Moullin and Len Duquemin, both walking for Belgrave Harriers, finished 14th and 15th at Leicester in 1968  in 76.36 and 76.38 respectively.

Pictured in 1970 (above right), John Moullin and Len Duquemin. Len`s PB was 74.14 set in 1967 in Guernsey. John walked 75.47 in 1973 in Hampshire, England.


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