Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

December 12, 2010

Schools Walk 1972

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarnia @ 3:09 pm

Whilst eating hot dogs and mince pies and drinking punch after this mornings Hill Climb race, discussion turned to our Junior walkers (Under 17) of past years. Dave Le Prevost was mentioned as one of our quickest in the 1971 1972 period. He walked the Hill Climb in 1971 in 5.18 and the following year won the Senior Schools Walk at Pembroke. Les Beaucamps walkers, under the guidance of one time Sarnia Walking Club competitor Eddie Robins, secured the team win. A small field of only nine walkers competed the out and back course over 3 kilometres from what is now Sabye Health and Beauty Salon. The walk went along the main road to the triangle at Vale Church / Donkey Divers and back. The club were not really helped in the promotion of the event, with some schools only letting their pupils know the event existed on the day itself. As the report states, the race went ahead in driving rain and wind. Dave Le Prevost (age13/14) won the event in 16.33, half a minute ahead of Peter de Laune and current 2010 walker Rob Elliott, who had a shoulder to shoulder race almost throughout the walk. During his short race career Dave Le Prevost walked a mile in 8.06 and 3,000 metres in 16.26. Photo from Press. Left to right, Rob Elliott (white), Peter de Laune (5),  Nigel Tostevin (dark shirt), Dave Le Prevost (10), Jim Le Flock (75) and D Martel.

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