Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

April 22, 2012

Philadelphia Cup One mile road walk

Filed under: 1 mile, Dave Dorey, Jason Le Noury, Phil Lockwood — sarnia @ 4:17 pm
Sunday April 22nd 2012
Sarnia Walking Club
1 mile handicap road walk for the Philadelphia Team Cup
Les Amarreurs, Vale, Guernsey
Joanne Secures Close Win
Joanne Le Prevost smashed her previous best time for a mile walk by 53 seconds as she crossed the line first in 11.31, just ahead of Kay Coulson. Set off together in the handicapped event, Joanne made a terrific effort in the final straight to edge ahead at the finish. Joannes previous mile race was only a few months ago on the track at Footes Lane, whilst Kays previous best was set three years ago.
Some consolation for Kay was that her second place, with a time that clipped a second off her own best time, helped her team to win the Philadelphia Cup (see below for origins of the Cup). The winning team found by adding the finishing times together, resulting in Kay, Terry Bates and Mick Le Sauvage finishing 21 seconds ahead of the second team.
Third walker across the line was Jason Le Noury who recorded 7.25 and the fastest time of the day. Phil Lockwood walked 7.50 for second place with Terry Bates in third spot. Terry Bates had a good day, not only being on the winning team but setting a new Guernsey Age Best time of 9.04.
The next walk is on Sunday April 29th at Delancey Park at 9.30 am. The distance is 10 kilometres and the third race in the Heritage Sarnia Walking Club Championships. New walkers always welcome. Details from Jayne Le Noury, tel 246865 or
Winning team photo, Terry, Kay and Mick.
1 Joanne Le Prevost  W35 11.31 (watch time)  0.00 (handicap) 11.31(actual time)
2 Kay Coulson  W40 11.31 / 0.00 / 11.31
3 Jason Le Noury  M 12.20 / 4.55  / 7.25
4 Dave Dorey M65 12.21 / 1.30 / 10.51
5 Mick Le Sauvage  M70 12.22  / 1.15 /  11.07
6 Phil Lockwood  M35 12.25 / 4.35 /  7.50
7 Terry Bates  M60 12.29 / 3.25 / 9.04
8 Kevin Le Noury  M50 12.39 / 2.30 / 10.09
9 Rose Druckes  W65 12.51  / 1.15 / 11.36
Team Results:-
1 Team A  Kay Coulson, Terry Bates and Mick Le Sauvage                            team time 36.22
2 Team B  Rose Druckes, Joanne Le Prevost and Dave Dorey                                        36.43
3 Team C  Phil Lockwood, Jason Le Noury and Kevin Le Noury                                      37.24
The Philadelphia Cup

Mick Perrio  donated the Cup just over 30 years ago and started its life as a relay event from North Side to the White Rock, with three walkers each walking a mile, all walkers walking on a ” handicapped basis”.

This gave all teams the same chance, ensuring some tight finishes when the Sarnia WC, with plenty of youngsters at the time, could field a good number of teams. As time went on and less walkers avaliable, the race was stopped for a while. It was reintroduced in the 1990`s, but this time utilising the one mile lap at Lucksall (Les Amarreurs). With only three or four teams, the winners could usually be identified before the third walkers started. This resulted in some, realising they had no chance of catching anyone, not putting in full effort for the final leg.

This led to tweaking the format to a One Mile Handicap Race, slowest off first, fastest last. The winning team of three, drawn before the event, is now found by combining the race times of the three walkers. This means all walkers have to go all out as every second counts.

And no, I have no idea how Mick  decided to call the Cup the “Philadelphia Cup”!


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