Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

September 7, 2015

Church walk

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Sunday September 6th 2015

Sarnia Walking Club

Church to Church 19.4 miles road walk

Guernsey

Balls Bid for Victory Falls Short

Jim Balls bold bid for victory fell apart in the final one and a half miles as race winner Stuart Le Noury swept past him after closing a three minutes gap on the long time race leader. The mens race was always going to be between these two past Church Walk winners and despite the slowest winning time for many years the outcome was not clear for a lot of the race. Fourteen walkers set off from the St Peter Port start in the traditional 19.4 miles walk between the islands Parish Churches on a day that was to get hotter as the race progressed.

After the early climb out of town and on to St Martins via the hills of Cornet Street and Les Vardes Stuart Le Noury had built up a lead of almost two minutes by the 3 miles point. He passed that point in 31.02 with Jim Ball in second and son Chris in third.

Leading women at this point were Marie Macdonald and Olga Sinkevica in 36.20 and 36.22. Marie, the defending womens local Star Trophy winner and Sarnia Walking Club Champion Olga in her Church debut were to remain in close contention for almost 16 miles of the race.

Once the early hills were out of the way the route through to Torteval Church meant the walkers showed an increase in speed with Jim Ball making up the deficit, after his early easy walking miles, on race leader Stuart Le Noury with only four seconds separating them at the 5 miles point reached in 50.44. Phil Lockwood had moved into third place just over four minutes behind, with Coventry Godiva visitor Glyn Jones a further minute down. Leading woman Marie Macdonald had opened up a gap of twelve seconds on Olga Sinkevica, who had the company at this point of Kevin Le Noury walking in his 40th consecutive Church walk. All were under the hour mark with Marie timed at 59.34.

Jim Ball continued to push on to ten miles, with his tactics seeming to be to put as much time between himself and Stuart as possible  and trying to hold on in the latter stages. Sometimes it works. The gap between the first two opened up to three minutes by ten miles with Ball making a big effort on the hilly section between Torteval Church and the ups and downs to the Little Chapel near the half way mark. Le Noury was going through a bad patch, combined with an untimely pit stop. Ball passed 10 miles in 1 hour 38 minutes and 44 seconds , with a healthy lead of three minutes and still walking well.

Stuart Le Noury seemed relaxed in second place and perhaps even confident that the race leader would slow down in the latter stages. Phil Lockwood was still in third place with Glyn Jones catching him slightly. The two leading women were still close together with Marie having a slight advantage of four seconds.

At fourteen miles, after taking in the long downhill section from Castel Church towards Vale, Jim Ball passed by, not looking as smooth as he had been but still with a two and a half minutes advantage over Le Noury, who still looked easy and relaxed.

The Vale Church check point at 15 miles was reached in 2.30.21 by Ball. Le Noury was closing fast but still two minutes behind with less than four and a half miles to the finish and could run out of road. A few miles on and Ball was struggling, but would he rally once caught by Le Noury ? The hill going up to 16 miles from Vale Church to Vale School had taken it out of him and despite the course from their to the South Esplanade finish being relatively flat he would find it hard going.

On to the sea front at Richmond Corner and with only a few miles to go, Le Noury had Ball in his sights. Coming through the Red Lion area and Stuart Le Noury swept past Ball who had little response as he cramped up with what effort he could find to stay with the new leader.

The race was now in the hands of Le Noury who opened up a minutes gap by the finish line crossed in 3.21.31. With no chance of getting back to the leader Ball, in some discomfort , finished in 3.22.41.

Well outside his personal best time Stuart Le Noury  won the event for the second time, adding to his 2011 victory. A surprise third place went to Glyn Jones in 3.32.02, two minutes quicker than last year, over two minutes ahead of second local walker home Phil Lockwood.

Past race winner Ed Shillabeer was fifth in 3.43.37, a regular visitor to Guernsey from his Plymouth home and walking in “one of his favourite events”. He was closely followed by Enfields Sean Pender. The womens winner was not in doubt from the sixteenth mile as a strong looking Marie Macdonald started pulling away from a struggling Olga Sinkevica. A small gap at that point had stretched to nine minutes by the finish line as Marie walked herself into 10th place on the Guernsey all time list. The finishing time of 3.49.11 was a huge improvement on her debut time last year of 4.04.56.

Olga struggled home in under four hours with 3.58.23, with plenty of improvement to come once she gets used to walking the distance. Next home was Kevin Le Noury, finishing for the 40th time but not able to muster a sprint home as he finished just outside the four hours barrier.

Eight minutes behind, Mick Le Sauvage, back in the event after a few years off , finished for the 48th time since 1959 in 4.08.26. The achievements of these two walkers must be unmatched in local athletics and neither show signs of stopping yet..

David Hoben, another visitor finished in 4.37.45, ahead of local walker David Larkin, making his debut in the event in 4.41.05. Third woman home Kay Coulson finished in 4.50.43.

Thanks go to our walk sponsors and all those who helped on the day. Bucktrouts (Walkers Crisps), Relate, Randalls of Guernsey,  Network Insurance, Healthspan, Rothschild, Electrical Supplies & Machinery (Guernsey) Ltd, Guernsey Candles, Taj Restaurant, Jupiter Trustees, Richmond Fiduciary Group, Trust Corporation, Jenny Elliott, Fletchersports, Guernsey Sports Commission, Collenette Jones, Hot Mango, Bourse Trust, Bedell, Avenue Trust / Lince Salisbury

Pos.

No.

Name

Club

Country

Age

Time

1

44

Stuart Le Noury

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M

3.21.31

2

41

Jim Ball

Steyning AC

England

M50

3.22.41

3

39

Glyn Jones

Coventry Godiva

England

M70

3.32.02

4

45

Phil Lockwood

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M40

3.34.23

5

34

Ed Shillabeer

Ilford AC

England

M75

3.43.37

6

40

Sean Pender

Enfield & Haringey

Ireland

M60

3.44.11

7

50

Marie Macdonald

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

W40

3.49.11

8

51

Olga Sinkevica

Sarnia WC

Latvia

W

3.58.23

9

47

Kevin Le Noury

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M55

4.00.16

10

43

Mick Le Sauvage

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M75

4.08.26

11

46

David Hoben

Surrey WC

England

M60

4.37.45

12

42

David Larkin

Unattached

Guernsey

M40

4.41.05

13

52

Kay Coulson

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

W45

4.50.43

48

Chris Ball

Unattached

England

U25

DNF

Men:

Open Winner

Stuart Le Noury

2nd

Jim Ball

3rd

Glyn Jones

Victory Cup (First Channel Islander)

Stuart Le Noury

Newcomer Plaque

not awarded

Newcomer Trophy (First Channel Islander)

David Larkin

Under 25 Plaque

not awarded

Under 25 Trophy (First Channel islander)

not awarded

Women:

Open Winner

Marie Macdonald

2nd

Olga Sinkevica

3rd

Kay Coulson

Star Trophy (First Channel Islander)

Marie Macdonald

Newcomer Plaque

not awarded

Newcomer Trophy (First Channel Islander)

Olga Sinkevica

Under 25 Plaque

not awarded

Under 25 Trophy (First Channel Islander)

not awarded

Jenny Elliott Salver (First Guernsey woman O/35 yrs)

Marie Macdonald

Men or women:

C J Robin Veterans tankard: 40 to 49 yrs

Phil Lockwood

Healthspan Super Vets tankard 50 to 59 yrs

Jim Ball

Winning Ways Trophy: 60 – 69 yrs

Sean Pender

Ilford AC Vets trophy : over 70 yrs

Glyn Jones

Team Trophies:

Guernsey Parish Shield : (first Parish with 3 to finish)

Vale

Stuart Le Noury, Olga Sinkevica, Kevin Le Noury

Husband and Wife: (first couple to finish)

not awarded

Fletchersports Team Shield: (Men, women, mixed)

Sarnia Walking Club

athletic / race walking team of 3 walkers to score

Stuart Le Noury, Phil Lockwood, Marie Macdonald

Thanks to our walk sponsors

Bucktrouts (Walkers Crisps), Relate, Randalls of Guernsey

 Network Insurance, Healthspan, Rothschild, Electrical Supplies & Machinery (Guernsey) Ltd

Guernsey Candles, Taj Restaurant, Jupiter Trustees, Richmond Fiduciary Group

Trust Corporation, Jenny Elliott, Fletchersports, Guernsey Sports Commission

Collenette Jones, Hot Mango, Bourse Trust, Bedell, Avenue Trust / Lince Salisbury

Rob Elliott for SWC

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