Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

August 27, 2017

Church to Church

Filed under: Uncategorized — sarnia @ 3:41 pm

The annual Church to Church walk over 19.4 miles will be held on Sunday September 3rd starting at 9.00 am at Havelet Bay, South Esplanade. The walk takes in a circular course around the island passing all the Parish Churches and finishing back at South Esplanade and has been a regular event in the Guernsey sporting calendar since 1936.

The event is open to all with a generous time limit of 5 hours 30 minutes. The walk attracts those who just want to get around the course to those who wish to race it. All walkers will be welcome.

This year only a small field is expected with the local walkers joined by some regular visitors to Guernsey. Amongst them, past winners Ed Shillabeer from Plymouth and Jim Ball from Southampton will once again toe the line, with Ed quoted as “walking around my favourite course!”. Fine praise from a man that has walked in races worldwide.

Although past their glory years they still remain competitive. Pre race favourites are probably the young Jonathan Hobbs from Ashford who has won the event twice in recent years with a best time of just outside three hours and newcomer to the Guernsey event Ian Richards from Steyning. Ian should be well up for the challenge despite his 69 years. He has recently walked for second place in the European road walks championships in his age group over 20 kilometres , followed days later by a 20 miles in England in 3 hours 11 minutes, a similar distance to the Church to Church walk. He represented Great Britain in the 1980 Olympic Games.

Their could well be a new name on both the trophies for the first locals to finish as last years winners Stuart and Olga Le Noury will both be off the island when the walk starts.

The Sarnia Walking Club are also holding a 3 kilometres road walk at Les Amarreurs on a two lap course around Vale Church a few days before the Church to Church. This will be held on Friday September 1st at 6.30 pm. All welcome to walk.

Details from Jayne Le Noury lenouryjedburgh@cwgsy.net.

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