Guernsey Race Walking : Sarnia Walking Club

September 1, 2019

Church to Church 2019

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Donna close up 4 milesSunday September 1st 2019

Sarnia Walking Club

19.4 miles Church to Church walk

South Esplanade, St Peter Port, Guernsey

RWA Permit 9064-1

Donna (pictured left after 4 miles) closes in on Island Church to Church best

Only a small field contested this years annual traditional Church to Church walk over a distance of 19.4 miles, held on a hot morning with a welcome breeze, with the high spot of the day being Donna Allans 3.25.18 second place overall, only bettered by mens winner Stuart Le Noury.

This time was only 8 seconds down on the Island best set by Jenny Elliott back in 1984 and would surely have been a lot closer if she had not been hampered by the Sea Front Sunday road closure in the final mile and dodging the big crowds there, with only a tight exit before the final few hundred yards to the finish at Havelet Bay. Donnas time was a huge improvement on her first walk back in 2016 when she recorded 4.04.35 and made up for her missing last years walk on doctors instructions.

Stuart Le Noury 4 milesAs expected the mens winner for the fourth time was Stuart Le Noury (pictured left at 4 miles) in 3.20.14, perhaps down on what he expected to do. At the five miles point after tackling the hard first few uphill miles he found himself with a minutes lead over Jim Ball passing in just under 50 minutes. Donna, taking it a little easier at the start went through in around 53 minutes. At the half way point by the Little Chapel Stuarts 1.42 clocking showed he had extended his lead to around three minutes. Jim Ball was still in the frame but slowing. Moving up the climb at the Monnaie at 11 miles and then the long downhill section to the Friquet and on to the Vale Church 15 miles point Stuart continued to extend his lead going through in 2 hours 30 minutes with plenty of breathing space should he slow down over the final miles. Slow down he did , dropping down to over 11 minute miles with Donna Allan chasing hard. It would have taken a major falling apart for Stuart not to take the overall win, with Donna closing the gap to five minutes come the final reckoning…with that agonising few seconds short of the island best.

Third place went to past winner Jim Ball from Southampton who on little race walking the past year suffered in the final third of the walk, slowing down to pedestrian pace, before crossing the line in just under 3.43.

Fourth place went to another past winner, local walker Rob Elliott. Another one short on training going in to the race, starting steadily and keeping to a fairly even pace throughout to finish in 3.49.

Visitor for the second year Stephen Cartwright finished just outside the four hours barrier and around five minutes slower than last year. Regular visitor from Surrey Walking Club, David Hoben finished a further nine minutes behind, but well ahead off his 2018 walk.

Ed Shillabeeer finishLast man to finish was eighty year old Ed Shillabeer (pictured right). Theres no stopping this man. Ed has won this event four times with a best of 2.40.58 but continues to return to walk on one of his favourite course. His time this year was over two hours slower and was a struggle and comes only weeks after walking 68 miles in 20 hours in the Isle Of Man. Then he was straight to the airport to return home to be at work tomorrow morning. A race walking legend.

Local Phil Lockwood pulled out of the race around Torteval Church with sickness, whilst Colin Bradley, another past winner and sub 2.45 man for the course walked the first 4 miles in 75 minutes, aided by his walking sticks.

Ed Shillabeer


Men and Women


Stuart Le Noury

Sarnia WC




Donna Allan

Sarnia WC




Jim Ball

Steyning AC




Rob Elliott

Sarnia WC




Stephen Cartwright

Colchester & Tendring AC




David Hoben

Surrey WC




Ed Shillabeer

Ilford AC



Phil Lockwood

Sarnia WC



Colin Bradley




Victory Cup First Channel Islander Men:  Stuart Le Noury

Star Trophy First Channel Islander Women: Donna Allan

Jenny Elliott Salver: Donna Allan

CJ Robins Veterans Tankard, first 40-49 years: Donna Allan

Healthspan Supervets Tankard, first 50- 59 years: Jim Ball

Winning Ways Trophy, first 60-69 years: Rob Elliott  

Ilford Ac Vets trophy, first over 70 years: Ed Shillabeer

Fletchersports Team Shield: Sarnia Walking Club

Thanks to our sponsors, officials and helpers.

Trust Corporation International, Network Insurance, Guernsey Sports Commission,

Healthspan, Fletchersports, Kemp Le Tissier, Jenny Elliott, Taj Indian Restaurant


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