Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

September 5, 2016

Church to church walk

A copy of the report found on the dedicated church to church website.

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Guernsey Church to Church walk photos at

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Sunday September 4th 2016 

Sarnia Walking Club

19.4 miles Church to Church road walk

South Esplanade, Guernsey

RWA Permit: 6042-1 

Fletcher shoots to the front in final quarter

Manx Harriers race walker Sam Fletcher shot into the lead shortly after 15 miles and held on to it, to get himself into the record books of an event celebrating its 80th birthday.

Four walkers soon made themselves a big gap in the Sarnia Walking Clubs annual 19.4 miles Church to Church road walk from the start line at South Esplanade.

Local walkers Stuart and Jason Le Noury made the pace up the hills of Cornet Street and Les vardes in the early stages of the walk, closely tracked by Sam Fletcher on his first visit to the island. Past winner Jim Ball was taking the early stages at an easy pace and found himself well down on the leaders.

Olga Le Noury, the Sarnia WC champion and Marie Macdonald, last years womens winner were together at this point with neither laying claim to be the favourite to win.

Moving on to the 5 miles point and then heading towards the lanes of Torteval, the leading four were all within 36 seconds of each other led by Stuart Le Noury in 49.20. Sam Fletcher followed 14 seconds behind, with Jim Ball having made his customary effort to close the gap once he reached the flatter sections of St Martins a further 9 behind. Olga Le Noury had opened up a gap on her main challenger Marie Macdonald as she passed the 5 miles in 59 minutes with a minutes lead.

At Les Vauxbelets and the 10 miles point Stuart Le Noury had increased his lead to almost a minute, going through in 96 minutes 20 seconds. Jim Ball continued his surge in second place but only just ahead of Sam Fletcher. Fourth man Jason Le Noury was still in contention less than a minute behind the third man.

Moving on from St Andrews and Castel and down towards Vale Church to 15 miles the Le Noury brothers both went through bad patches as Jim Ball kept the pressure on at the front of the field. Surprising himself at keeping going for so long on his limited training he still led at 15 miles in 2.25.13 with Sam Fletcher only 9 seconds down. Both Le Nourys were struggling now with times of 2.26.53 for Stuart and 2.30.52 for Jason.

As last year, Jim Ball, with a best time of 2 hours 48  minutes for the full distance set many years ago, knows that he will walk out of steam around this point and face the hard walk home to the finish. But his competitive instinct still means he has a good go at the front. And so it came as Sam Fletcher moved past him a few minutes later and smoothly hit the front of the race. There was only going to be one winner from this point if he held himself together.

Looking easy over the closing miles Fletcher crossed the line in 3 hours 07 minutes and 45 seconds to become the second male Manx winner of the event after Michael George in 2010 and 2012. Jim Ball finished five minutes behind for second place with first local Stuart Le Noury in third in 3.18.09, faster than his winning effort the year before to once again secure the Victory Cup as first local to finish. Fourth place went to Jason Le Noury three minutes behind.

Coventrys Godivas Glyn Jones took fifth place in 3.22.18 with a new personal best time. Past winner Ed Shillabeer held of fellow visitor Sean Pender for 6th place, closely followed by local Phil Lockwood.

Reversing last years positions, Olga Le Noury was first woman home in 3.54.13 to take the Star Trophy and a big personal best time by over four minutes, six minutes head of Marie Macdonald who only just failed to beat the four hours mark this time, but considering her injury problems of late was a satisfactory result.

Stalwart Kevin Le Noury clocked up 41 finishes in the walk, walking home in 4.01.40. Kevin was carrying an injury but will find it hard to stop his consecutive streak of finishes. Close after Kevin was newcomer and local woman Donna Allan who claimed third place in the womens section.

Regular visitor David Hoben from Surrey WC, bringing along Kathy Crilley for her first church to church strode home ahead of locals Peter Beckerleg and John Dedman. Kathy Crilley, only a week after competing in a 24 hours walk in Belgium, completed Guernseys shorter 19.4 miles in 4.05.21 to smash the womens age best time previously set at 4.31.44 by Hilda Nyman. At the back of the field Kay Coulson walked to another new best time of 4.18.17, a well deserved result after her recent training.

A special mention for Mick Le Sauvage who is trying to reach a total of 50 finishes. After a gap of a few years he completed his 48th last year, but retired in his 49th at the 15 miles at Sandy Hook. 

The Sarnia WC would like those that helped out at the event and to our generous sponsors providing awards to the competitors. Bucktrouts, Walkers Crisps, Relate Guernsey, Bourse Trust, Network Insurance, Healthspan, Rothschild, Electrical Supplies & Machinery (Guernsey) Ltd, Guernsey Candles, Louvre Group, LInce Salisbury, Richmond Fiduciary Group, Jupiter Trust, Trust Corporation, Jenny Elliott, Fletchersports, Bedell Cristin, Randalls of Guernsey, Collenette Jones, Kevin and Jayne Le Noury.

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Pos.

No.

Name

Club

Country

Age

Time

1

54

Sam Fletcher

Manx Harriers

Isle of Man

M

3.07.45

2

60

Jim Ball

Steyning AC

England

M50

3.12.47

3

58

Stuart Le Noury

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M

3.18.09

4

62

Jason Le Noury

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M

3.21.08

5

53

Glyn Jones

Coventry Godiva

England

M70

3.22.18

6

55

Ed Shillabeer

Ilford AC

England

M75

3.44.59

7

64

Sean Pender

Enfield & Haringey

Ireland

M60

3.45.19

8

57

Phil Lockwood

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M40

3.47.04

9

67

Olga Le Noury

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

W35

3.54.13

10

66

Marie Macdonald

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

W40

4.00.13

11

69

Kevin Le Noury

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M55

4.01.40

12

70

Donna Allan

Unattached

Guernsey

W40

4.04.35

13

68

Kathy Crilley

Surrey WC

England

W65

4.05.21

14

61

David Hoben

Surrey WC

England

M60

4.07.41

15

56

Peter Beckerleg

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M55

4.15.16

16

63

John Dedman

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M40

4.16.58

17

65

Kay Coulson

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

W45

4.18.17

59

Mick Le Sauvage

Sarnia WC

Guernsey

M75

DNF

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Trophy Winners

Guernsey Can: Sam Fletcher

Victory Cup (first local): Stuart Le Noury

Newcomer plaque: Sam Fletcher

Star Trophy (first local woman): Olga Le Noury

Newcomer plaque (overseas): Kathy Crilley

Newcomer plaque (local): Donna Allan

Jenny Elliott Salver (first local over 35 woman): Olga Le Noury

CJ Robin Vetrans tankard 40 t0 49 years: Phil Lockwood

Healthspan Supervets Tankard 50 to 59 years: Jim Ball

Winning Ways Trophy 60 to 69 years: Sean Pender

Ilford AC trophy over 70 years: Glyn Jones

Guernsey Parish Shield: St Peter Port, Stuart and Jason Le Noury, Phil Lockwood

Husband and Wife: Stuart and Olga Le Noury

Fletchersports Team Shield: Sarnia Walking Club, Stuart and Jason Le Noury, Phil Lockwood

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking at https://sarnia.wordpress.com/

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