Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

September 4, 2017

Another Jonathan Hobbs victory

Sunday September 3rd 2017

 

Sarnia Walking Club

 

Church to Church 19.4 miles road walk

Havelet Bay, South Esplanade, Guernsey

RWA Permit number 7057-1

Category B

 

Third Church to Church win for Jonathan Hobbs

 

In wet and windy conditions throughout the race Jonathan Hobbs raced to his third win in the annual Church to Church road walk held in Guernsey with a new personal best time of 2.57.36 for the 19.4 miles course. This beat his previous best time set when winning in 2013.

The youngest walker in the small field of 13 starters showed no ill effects after racing last weekend in the Guernsey marathon and finishing in third place. His nearest challenger was newcomer to the race and past Olympian Ian Richards who at 69 years old still takes his race walking seriously and prepares accordingly.

After his short and fast 3 kilometres in Guernsey two evenings earlier he was obviously in good form.

From the off these two soon set themselves apart from the rest of the field moving from the coast at South Esplanade and up the hilly miles in the St Martins lanes before flattening out towards the airport and the 4 miles point.

Heading towards Torteval Church Ian Richards had established a lead of thirty three seconds at the 5 miles point with a time of 45.39 with Jonathan Hobbs chasing.

Already well behind, past winner Jim Ball and Chris Hobbs, father of the second walker, went through in around 54 minutes in third and fourth positions.

Local walker and another past winner Rob Elliott had toed the line for the first time in 15 years, after spending those years officiating. He went through looking relaxed in just over 55 minutes.

The next 5 miles moving through Torteval, St Peters and towards St Andrews saw a change at the front as Jonathan Hobbs with an increase in pace created a gap on Ian, passing through 10 miles in 90.30 with an almost two minutes lead.

Jim Ball was still in third place in just under 1 hour 40 mins.

First local Rob Elliott was still walking well and was satisfied as the clock showed him recording another 55 minutes 5 miles section.

Holding his pace well Jonathan was still increasing his lead, mastering the climb up Monnaie at 11 miles before hitting the long downhill section at Castel Church. Ian Richards was finding it hard on these stretches but his position was solid with third man Ball well behind.

Unlike during his previous two wins when Jonathan had the close company of Jason Le Noury at 15 miles, on this occasion he only needed to concentrate on walking the lonely road to the finish having created a big lead.

Elliott was still moving well through St Andrews and Castel and unknown to him was making inroads on Chris Hobbs as they moved along the Friquet and then towards the Vale Church. He has his first glimpse of Hobbs around 14 and a half miles but although the gap closed in the final miles Rob Elliott was still content to walk at his own pace and not push on to chase.

Still holding his 11 minute mile pace Elliott was timed at 2 hours 45 minutes at the Vale Church 15 miles point. Climbing up the hill towards the 16 miles and then down to St Sampsons harbour the gap remained.

Moving from the calm of Grandes Maisons Road, the walkers were hit head on with a strong wind all the way to the finish line at South Esplande, some two miles away.

A glance behind from Chris Hobbs as he turned on to the seafront and he knew Elliott was close but not close enough. Both walkers were probably walking at the same pace by now so the gap remained as Hobbs finished fourth in 3.36.20 and Elliott fifth in 3.38.09.

Rob scored another victory for first Channel Islander home winning for the 18th time and 40 years after his first win as an 18 year old. He commented that it was a shame that such a time today, which was one of the slowest winning times, could still win the trophy.

An isolated Jim Ball had finished third some 15 minutes earlier in 3.20.

Past winner Ed Shillabeer and long distance specialist finished in sixth place in just under four hours, but let out a yelp of joy when told that Ian Richards had just fallen short of his age best time set in 2006.

Sean Pender finished a couple of minutes down on Ed, whilst regular visitor David Hoben just held on to beat second local Peter Beckerleg. Stalwart Kevin Le Noury was less than a minute behind, completing his 42nd consecutive Church to Church and third local home.

Next home in a new personal best time by over a minute was Kay Coulson, the new womens champion and Star Trophy winner in 4.16.59, followed by Andy Walker in 4.35.15. Kay still had a smile on her face even after facing the tough conditions that lasted throughout the day.

Thanks from the Sarnia Walking Club go to all the marshals and helpers that stood around in the rain as well as to all the events sponsors.

 

Guernsey Church to Church 19.4 miles Walk
Sunday September 3rd 2017
             
             
Pos. No. Name Club Country Age Time
             
    MEN        
1 74 Jonathan Hobbs Ashford AC England U25 2.57.36
2 77 Ian Richards Steyning AC England M65 3.08.37
3 76 Jim Ball Steyning AC England M50 3.20.02
4 73 Chris Hobbs Ashford AC England M60 3.36.20
5 82 Rob Elliott Sarnia WC Guernsey M55 3.38.09
6 75 Ed Shillabeer Ilford AC England M75 3.58.44
7 79 Sean Pender Enfield & Haringey Ireland M60 4.01.19
8 78 David Hoben Surrey WC England M60 4.10.18
9 72 Peter Beckerleg Sarnia WC Guernsey M55 4.10.18
10 81 Kevin Le Noury Sarnia WC Guernsey M55 4.11.04
11 80 Andy Walker Unattached Guernsey M60 4.35.15
  71 Des Francis Unattached England M50 DNF
             
             
    WOMEN        
             
1 49 Kay Coulson Sarnia WC Guernsey W45 4.16.59
             

 

 

Open Winner Jonathan Hobbs
2nd Ian Richards
3rd Jim Ball
Victory Cup (First Channel Islander) Rob Elliott
Newcomer Plaque Ian Richards
Newcomer Trophy (First Channel Islander) None
   
Under 25 Plaque Jonathan Hobbs
Under 25 Trophy (First Channel islander) None
   
Women:
Open Winner Kay Coulson
2nd None
3rd None
Star Trophy (First Channel Islander) Kay Coulson
Newcomer Plaque None
Newcomer Trophy (First Channel Islander) None
   
Under 25 Plaque None
Under 25 Trophy (First Channel Islander) None
   
Jenny Elliott Salver Kay Coulson
(first over 35 Channel Island woman)  
 
C J Robin Veterans tankard: 40 to 49 yrs Kay Coulson
   
Healthspan Super Vets tankard 50 to 59 yrs Jim Ball
   
Winning Ways Trophy: 60 – 69 yrs Ian Richards
   
Ilford AC Vets trophy : over 70 yrs Ed Shillabeer
Team Trophies:
   
Guernsey Parish Shield : None
(first Parish with 3 to finish)
   
Husband and Wife: (first couple to finish) None
   
Fletchersports Team Shield (men, women, mixed)   Sarnia Walking Club
athletic / race walking team of 3 walkers to score   Rob Elliott, Peter Beckerleg, Kevin Le Noury
   
Thanks to our walk sponsors
 
Relate, Network Insurance, Healthspan, Electrical Supplies & Machinery (Guernsey) Ltd
Guernsey Candles,Healthspan, Randalls of Guernsey, LInce Salisbury
Trust Corporation, Fletchersports, Jenny Elliott, Kevin and Jayne Le Noury, Collenette Jones
 
   

 

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