Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

March 15, 2010

Milestones 6 miles road walk

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarnia @ 7:52 pm

In 2010 it is the Le Noury brothers who usually find themselves at the front of the field, backed up by father Kevin and mother Jayne. Reproduced below is a Guernsey report when it was a different family that dominated the local scene.

The Rob Waterman Trophy:  Milestones 6 miles


From 1974 to 2002 the Sarnia Walking Club held an annual 6 miles road walk, around this time of year, from Les Adams Chapel at L`eree to Morley Chapel near Fort George. The route followed the main road and the old “milestones” which are to be found radiating from St Peter Port to various parts of the island.

The route was uphill for the first three miles to the highest point on the island at the airport, with a faster second half to the finish.

Dave Kreckeler, a Guernsey running legend, had first created a running race over the same course a few years earlier, following on from his research on the old Milestones.

The Sarnia Walking Club, who had provided their walkers to do the run, decided on a walk version in 1974. Leading Guernsey race walker Rob Waterman, made a unique trophy, depicting a milestone on a wooden plinth.

He decided he would not contest the first few walks for his trophy, which opened the way for the first of the Elliott family to get their name down. Mick Elliott won the first race in a time of 49.29. He defended the title the following year with time almost three minute slower before returning in 1976 to create a new best time of 48.34. Back down the field, his eldest son Robert at almost 17 years of age made his event debut with a time around 54 minutes, which was perhaps to mark his first senior steps as a race walker. He smashed that time the following year, winning in 48.48, before embarking on a “run” of course records over the next 5 years. Robs first best was in 1978 with a 46.54, dropping it a year later to 46.32, then 45.49. 45.45 and 44.04. At this time it was one of Robs favourite courses, uphill, hard and a good indication of his fitness for the National 10 miles Championships in England which were usually held the following week. The 1982 clocking was particularly galling as the Guernsey Record was 44.02 set on a flat course years earlier by Len Duquemin and Elliott had been hampered from going sub 44 when he had to navigate “through” a fallen tree in the final mile, which was laying right across the road and in the process of being cut up and removed. Rob Elliott (pictured right in 1984  in “swopped” Mexico vest , after 3 miles with brother mark close at hand) went on to win the event a total of 23 times. Father Mick won it three times and his youngest son Mark Elliott once in 46.48.

Locally almost known as the Elliotts trophy, the streak was broken up twice by Carl Thomson who won in 47.27 in 1990 and 47.28 in 1994, with Rob not too far behind in either of them. Mark and Rob Elliott stopped him taking three wins one year when they knew the best way to tackle Carl was to go out as hard as possible and hope! It did work as the brothers made Carl sweat for the first miles before Rob broke away for the win in the second half. The race came to an end after the 2002 edition as conditions on the road with traffic were making the course unsafe.

1974 Mick Elliott 49 29
1975 Mick Elliott 52 16
1976 Mick Elliott 48 34
1977 Robert Elliott 48 48
1978 Robert Elliott 46 54
1979 Robert Elliott 46 32
1980 Robert Elliott 45 49
1981 Robert Elliott 45 45
1982 Robert Elliott 44 04
1983 Robert Elliott 46 16
1984 Robert Elliott 47 53
1985 Mark Elliott 46 48
1986 Robert Elliott 47 14
1987 Robert Elliott 47 48
1988 Robert Elliott 48 09
1989 Robert Elliott 47 43
1990 Carl Thomson 47 27
1991 Robert Elliott 48 40
1992 Robert Elliott 51 45
1993 Robert Elliott 50 05
1994 Carl Thomson 47 28
1995 Robert Elliott 49 15
1996 Robert Elliott 50 00
1997 Robert Elliott 51 54
1998 Robert Elliott 50 24
1999 Robert Elliott 49 25
2000 Robert Elliott 49 28
2001 Robert Elliott 51 35
2002 Robert Elliott 52 27



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