Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

December 17, 2013

Channel Island Ceramics

Filed under: 2 miles, 7 miles, Chilcott Cup, Eric Waldron — sarnia @ 7:10 pm

cic logo blue (high Res)1The Sarnia Walking Club are pleased to announce that Channel Island Ceramics are to sponsor two of the oldest events on our calendar in 2014, namely the Eric Waldron 2 miles track walk and the Chilcott Cup 7 miles road walk.

The trophies both date back to the 1960`s and were first donated to the Guernsey Island Amateur Athletic Club. They were then passed on to the Sarnia Walking Club.

The Eric Waldron Trophy was introduced in 1964 and first won by Len Duquemin in 16.09.1, just ahead of John Moullin who was given the same time. The first events were held on the grass track at Cambridge Park, with Duquemin improving his time to 14.46.5 in 1966, which until 2009 was the Guernsey Allcomers Record for a 2 miles track walk, until Carl Thomson walked 14.40.4.

The event moved to the roads after that from 1969 to 2002. From 2003 the race has moved back to a track walk for most years to 2013.

Len Duquemin`s track time has frequently been surpassed with winning times on the road. Walker’s fastest winning times in this race are, Rob Waterman 14.30 in 1969, Andy Le Heron 14.15 in 1972, Mick Elliott 14.33 in 1974, Rob Elliott 13.58 in 1981, Mark Elliott 13.56 in 1985, Carl Thomson 14.02 in 1990.

The Chilcott & Sons Ltd Trophy was first walked for in 1963 and won by T Le Gallez. John Moullin took the honours a year later just breaking the hour barrier. Roy Brouard was awarded the Trophy in 1965 in a handicapped 7 miles walk.

After a gap of six years the Trophy was reintroduced, with Moullin winning in 1971 in 54.35. Rob Waterman went even quicker a year later with a 53.58 winning time.

Mick Elliott won the Trophy 5 times between 1973 and 1981, a 55.19 being his fastest time. His son Robert has won the race 16 times, with a best of 51.35, which is still a Guernsey record on the Houmet to White Rock course. Carl Thomson has 6 wins to his name, with a fastest time of 51.56 on the Albecq to North Side course.





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