Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

July 29, 2012

Piette Trophy at Rocquaine Bay

Filed under: Carl Thomson, Dave Dorey, Rocquaine Regatta, Stuart Le Noury — sarnia @ 3:00 pm
Sunday July 29th 2012
Sarnia Walking Club
3.8 miles handicap road walk for the Piette Trophy (in conjunction with Rocquaine Regatta)
Rocquaine Bay, Guernsey
1 Terry Bates 46.42 (watch time) / 13.00 (Handicap) / 33.42 (actual time)
2 Allan Harris 48.40 / 1.00 / 47.40
3 Stuart Le Noury 49.40 / 20.00 / 29.40
4 Carl Thomson 49.45 / 20.00 / 29.45
5 Mick Le Sauvage 49.48 / 7.00 / 42.48
6 Phil Lockwood 49.58 / 17.00 / 32.58
7 Joanne Le Prevost 50.02 / 0.00 . 50.02
8 Dave Dorey 55.06 / 7.00 / 48.06
Piette Trophy Win For Terry Bates
The inform Terry Bates (pictured a few years ago in Church to Church), walking this event well over two minutes quicker than in 2011, easily won the Piette Trophy in the handicapped 3.8 miles road walk held on a two lap course at Rocquaine Bay. As Terry crossed the line in 46.42, he had time to compose himself and watch newcomer Allan Harris take second place almost two minutes later.
A close race for third place saw five walkers home in 22 seconds. Backmarkers Stuart Le Noury and Carl Thomson had a race long battle, with Stuart edging ahead with a ten metres lead at one mile. Carl was back on his shoulder at the end of the first 1.9 miles lap, before Stuart once again pulled away.
Another effort from Carl resulted in him leading by ten metres at the final turn with a final twist in the remaining three quarters of a mile as other walkers were closed down and overtaken, as Stuart got back on level terms and moved ahead to take the third place by five seconds. Stuarts actual time being a new personal best time on this course.
Carl Thomson took fourth place and the second fastest time of the day, ahead of Mick Le Sauvage, Phil Lockwood and Joanne Le Prevost. Last years winner Dave Dorey found himself at the other end of the result sheet this year, back in eight place and well out of contention.
The next race is the final race in the Heritage Group Championships. The distance is One Mile at Footes Lane on Friday August 3rd at 6.30 pm.
Not too far away is the Church to Church Walk over a distance of 19.4 miles on Sunday September 2nd at 9.00 am. Walkers over 17 years old are welcome to enter, with full details at The walk attracts race walkers and those just out to complete the distance in the generous time limit of 5 hours 30 minutes. Leading up to the Church walk the Sarnia Walking Club have other races in which newcomers are most welcome to compete. Fixture list is on the club website at

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