Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

February 3, 2013

Delancey Park 10 kms


Sunday February 3rd 2013                               bob wright trophy
Sarnia Walking Club
Bob Wright Handicap Series Race 6
10 kilometres road walk
Delancey Park, Guernsey
Ladies First
Jayne Le Noury, the first lady to finish the race, claimed first place overall in the handicap section for the Bob Wright Handicap Series. Her handicap time was almost three quarters of a minute faster than second placed Harriet Payne, who was walking her first race at this distance. The ladies one, two, three was completed by Kay Coulson a few seconds further back.
After six races of the the seven race series and taking the two allowed discarded races into account, the Series leaders are Allan Harris and Jamie Marsh, a few points apart. Still in with a chance of taking the title are five others, a few points adrift of the leading two going into the final race over one mile. The final race is on February 24th at Footes Lane, when an interesting race awaits with so many in with a chance. Defending Champion is Jayne Le Noury (photo below), daughter of Bob Wright in whose memory the series is held.
The fastest walker of the day was Stuart Le Noury winning in 54.55 from Phil Lockwood in 59.57, with both walkers well down on expected times. Third place went to Rob Elliott almost two minutes behind in 61.40. Joanne le Prevost and Karen Farman both walked 5 kilometres, coming home together in 45 minutes.
The next walk is on Sunday February 10th at 9.30 am. The start is at La Passee going 5 miles to North Side, St Sampsons. Details from Jayne Le Noury
1 Stuart Le Noury M 54.55 (actual time) 84.25 (handicap time) 9th (handicap position)
2 Phil Lockwood M40 59.57 / 84.57 / 10th
3 Rob Elliott M50 61.40 / 83.40 / 6th
4 Kevin Le Noury M55 70.49 / 83.49 / 7th
5 Jayne Le Noury W50 71.03 / 80.33 / 1st
6 Jamie Marsh M45 72.19 / 82.19 / 4th
7 Dave Dorey M65 77.54 / 86.54 / 11th
8 Rose Druckes W65 78.54 / 82.54 / 5th
9 Allan Harris M65 79.59 / 83.59 / 8th
10 Harriet Payne W 80.15 / 81.15 / 2nd
11 Kay Coulson W45 81.23 / 81.23 / 3rd
5 kms road walk
1 Karen Farman W 45.20
1 Joanne Le Prevost W40 45.20
Following the AGM last week there are no changes to positions . Secretary, Treasurer and President remain in place. Reproduced below is the short SWC report for 2012 read out at the meeting. Treasurers report has been sent to all members so will not be put online.

Sarnia Walking Club 2012 report

The club has had a good year with, for us, a big increase in new faces at our races, with at least seven new walkers at our regular walks, excluding the Church to Church walk, with some now having joined the club and racing regularly.

Events organised for newcomers were the “Weight Wise Week” held in conjunction with the Guernsey Sports Commission held in late January, which in itself only attracted one newcomer, but her presence led to others later on trying the sport.

A newcomers event was the 30 minutes walk in September, again poorly supported by any newcomers, apart from family members, but enjoyed by those that took part.

 SWC members showed off the club colours in runs organised by the GIAAC. Most chose to run with some walking the events.

 The Church to Church walk and the 3 kilometres Friday evening walk attracted some of our regular visitors plus two race walkers new to the Church race. A small field of 18 finishers was a bit disappointing considering all that there is to offer for this event.Everyone still seemed to enjoy the weekend, so we must be doing something right.

 Year round walks continued as usual with sponsors ably found again by Phil Lockwood to offset our costs for engraving and in the case of the Church Walk for many other associated costs.

 Our regular walks also attracted the occasional visitor, amongst them Southern RWA President Sean Pender who made a couple of short weekend visits.

Good coverage of our events continues in the Guernsey Press, with BBC Radio also publicising our results. Rob Elliott gave a short interview prior to the Church walk, whilst newcomer Allan Harris paid them a studio visit to talk about, amongst other things, the Sarnia Walking Club.

 The Sarnia WC and Church to Church websites continue to report regularly and have plenty of “look back” features of the club of old, featuring some of our current competitors in their prime.

Phil Lockwood and Carl Thomson raced in the UK during 2012. Phil took part in the Sussex County Championships, whilst Carl raced in the British Masters Championships.

 Several members attended the Olympic race walks in London, spreading the word on race walking in Guernsey and meeting up with old friends of the Sarnia Walking Club

 Sadly the club and husband Terry lost a valued member and friend when Carol Bates suddenly passed away in March. Carol was our 2011 Womans Champion and now in her memory the women race for the Carol Bates Memorial Championship Trophy, which has replaced the one that Carol won.

  SWC 2012.



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