Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

October 26, 2010

Peter Kendal Cup

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarnia @ 8:22 pm

The Sarnia Walking Club have reintroduced the Peter Kendal Cup to this years fixtures, with the race taking place on Sunday. Past treasurer Peter Kendal donated a cup in 1977 to be used amongst the clubs senior and junior walkers. The idea was that the junior under 17 walkers would walk two miles, with their senior partner walking alongside them for a mile before breaking away at their own pace to the finish line. The event was handicapped and scored on finishing positions. The first winners were Rob Elliott and Jeanette Ingrouille. The Cup was competed for until the mid 1980`s when Sarnia ran out of junior walkers!

The same format will now be walked again, ie walking together for half the race before breaking away. This time there will be teams drawn from our “faster” walkers in one group and our “slower” walkers in another, rather than juniors and seniors. Again the race will be handicapped so everyone has a chance to win, with the distance being 3 kilometres.

One of the walkers involved in the early Kendal races was Mick Le Sauvage,now in the M70 age group, who in a few races time, if all goes well will pass the 7,000 miles mark in his 50 years of walking. Considering all bar a handful of these miles has been walking in competition in Guernsey, it is quite remarkable. He should hit this milestone in the November 14th 10 kilometres road walk between Pleinmont and Grandes Rocques.

Mick (pictured in 1993 after passing 5,000 miles)started his walking career in 1959, taking part in the Guernsey Church to Church walk over 19.4 miles., completing the walk in 3.59.54. Coming into the new millenium he was intent on reaching 50 finishes for this event after missing a few of the early ones after his debut. But the last few years haven`t been kind to him and in 2010 he did not start after retiring the previous year mid way through the walk with injury. His total stands at 47 finishes. He recorded a personal best time in 1974 of 3.11.48, when finishing in 8th place.

Amongst the other distances in his near 7,000, he has walked in 5 50 kilometres events, around 20 at 30 kilometres and 50 plus at 20 kilometres. He was also a regular competitor in the Fathers Day Half marathon held in Guernsey.

Personal best times include,

5.27.09 for 50 kms in 1967

1.50.47 for 20 kms in 1966

1.29.29 for 10 miles 1974

58.45 for 7 miles 

49.34 for 6 miles 

7.41 for 1 mile 

Pictured below at recent track event waiting for the “off” and finishing in one of his Church to Church Walks

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