Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

July 7, 2019

20 kms road walk

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Sarnia Walking Club

Avantis Championships Race 7

20 kms road walk

North Side Circuit, Guernsey

Hot morning slows walkers

The early morning start with temperatures hovering around a reported 24 degrees didn’t help the field of race walkers as they tackled the 8 laps course around the Vale Castle area in the Avantis 20 kilometres Championship race.

The expected race winner Stuart Le Noury was commenting on conditions being too hot early in the race as he built up his usual early lead. After two laps and 5 kilometres his 28.19 was almost three minutes ahead of the next competitor Donna Allan. By the half way point Stuart Le Noury was slowing with 59 minutes and Donna through four minutes later in 63.11. Rob Elliott was third in 66.10 with Phil Lockwood back in fourth around two and a half minutes behind.

The slight breeze at Bordeaux Harbour was a welcome respite from the heat as Donna started making inroads on leader Stuart Le Noury, closing the gap at 15 kilometres to less than three minutes. Leader Stuart timed at 93.10 with Donna on 95.53. Realistically there was little chance of the order changing as Stuart strode home in 2.05.29 and Donna back in 2.07.44. The conditions not helpful to tackling her best time set last year. 

Rob Elliott with a lead of almost two minutes over Phil Lockwood at 15 kilometres should have had that position sewn up, but Phil Lockwood who walked a relatively even paced race had other ideas as he closed the gap on a tiring Elliott with 200 metres to go. Moving ahead into the final straight Phil had gained a few seconds advantage and knowing Elliott can usually fight back in a tight finish he still had a few glances backwards to check his third position was safe.

Phil crossed the line in 2.17.54 after a half way split of 1.08.44, with Elliott four seconds down.

Kevin Le Noury finished in fifth place in 2.26.45, well ahead of his last years performance and managed a win in the handicapped section of the race. Kay Coulson walked 12.5 kms before calling it a day with new M80 walker Mick Le Sauvage walking 10 kms in 1.17.44.

 

1 Stuart Le Noury M 2.05.29

2 Donna Allan W40 2.07.44

3 Phil Lockwood M45 2.17.54

4 Rob Elliott M60 2.17.58

5 Kevin Le Noury M60 2.26.45

DNF Mick Le Sauvage M80 1.17.44 (10 kms)

DNF Kay Coulson W50 1.39.59 (12.5 kms)

Handicap positions: handicap / handicap time

1 K Le Noury 15.00 / 2.41.45, 2 P Lockwood 26.00 / 2.43.54, 3 D Allan 42.00 / 2.49.44, 4 R Elliott 35.00 / 2.52.58, 5 S Le Noury 53.00 / 2.58.29.

Rob Elliott for SWC

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