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
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
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
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



September 1, 2017

Evening 3 kms road walk

Friday September 1st 2017

Sarnia Walking Club

3 Kilometres road walk

Les Amarreurs, Vale, Guernsey

Easy win for Ian Richards

Winner Ian Richards was away from the off to secure an easy win in the Sarnia Walkings Clubs race over 3 kilometres at Les Amarreurs. A hot summers evening brought a number of competitors due to race the Church to Church down to the event. Grateful thanks to those from outside Guernsey that helped out with the judging.

Whilst winner Richards was racing to a fast 14.16 clocking and breaking Ed Shillabeers all comers age best in the process, Jim Ball and Rob Elliott were swopping race positions throughout before crossing the line together in 17.15 for second place.

Local walkers Kevin Le Noury and Peter Beckerleg claimed equal fourth place ahead of Mick Le Sauvage. Regular visitor David Hoben was close behind in 7th with Kay Coulson bringing up the rear with 22.25.

1 Ian Richards M65 (Steyning AC) 14.16

2= Jim Ball M50 (Steyning AC) 17.15

2= Rob Elliott M55 (Sarnia WC)  17.15

4=Kevin Le Noury M55 (Sarnia WC) 19.44

4=Peter Beckerleg M55 (SarniaWC) 19.44

6 Mick Le Sauvage M75 (Sarnia WC) 20.40

7 David Hoben M60 (Surrey WC) 20.56

8 Kay Coulson W45 (Sarnia WC) 22.25

April 3, 2017

Cecil Gittins 10 kms

Filed under: 10 kilometres, 10 kms, David Hoben, Kay Coulson, Uncategorized — sarnia @ 4:53 pm

Walking over a distance of 10 kilometres, Kay Coulson recorded a new personal best time by well over a minute when competing in the Cecil Gittins memorial walk in Gravesend, England. In this second edition of the event , held on a 2.5 kms hilly circuit on the Gravesend Cyclopark on April 1st Kay finished with a time of 72.09, well up on her walk best of 73.27 set last month in Guernsey. She finished as 6th woman in this well supported event.

Walking alongside the male competitors Kay finished very close to organiser of the race David Hoben who is a regular visitor toGuernseys annual Church to Church walk.

September 5, 2016

Church to church walk

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


Guernsey Church to Church walk photos at

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.












Sam Fletcher

Manx Harriers

Isle of Man





Jim Ball

Steyning AC






Stuart Le Noury

Sarnia WC






Jason Le Noury

Sarnia WC






Glyn Jones

Coventry Godiva






Ed Shillabeer

Ilford AC






Sean Pender

Enfield & Haringey






Phil Lockwood

Sarnia WC






Olga Le Noury

Sarnia WC






Marie Macdonald

Sarnia WC






Kevin Le Noury

Sarnia WC






Donna Allan







Kathy Crilley

Surrey WC






David Hoben

Surrey WC






Peter Beckerleg

Sarnia WC






John Dedman

Sarnia WC






Kay Coulson

Sarnia WC





Mick Le Sauvage

Sarnia WC





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

September 2, 2016

Friday Evening 3 kms road walk

Friday September 2nd 2016

Sarnia Walking Club

3 kilometres road walk

Les Amarreurs, Vale, Guernsey

RWA Permit 6041-1

Le Nourys show good form

The two Le Noury boys were too strong for masters walker Jim Ball who attempted to go with the pace in the Sarnia Walking Clubs 3 kilometres warm up race for the Church to Church walk taking place two days later.

In overcast conditions the brothers were in close contention at the head of the field going through the half way point in 7.33 and 7.34. Jim was hanging on six seconds behind.

All three increased the pace on the second lap with Stuart Le Noury claiming the eventual win from brother Jason with a 14.58 clocking. Jim, with reduced training in recent months was happy with his evenings workout and finished in 15.13.

First of the women home was Olga Le Noury in 20.11, ahead of Kay Coulson in 20.50, followed by Jayne Le Noury in 21.32.

Other visiting walkers for Sundays longer walk took part, with regular walker David Hoben finishing in 20.56 and newcomer to Guernsey Kathy Crilley who finished in 22.27.

On the officials side of the race, locals were joined by Sean Pender from Enfield and past Church to Church winner Colin Bradley from Wales.


Pos Athlete Club Time
1 Stuart Le Noury M Sarnia Walking Club 14.58
2 Jason Le Noury M Sarnia Walking Club 15.01
3 Jim Ball M50 Steyning Athletic Club 15.13
4 Rob Elliott M55 Sarnia Walking Club 18.42
5 Phil Lockwood M40 Sarnia Walking Club 19.06
6 Kevin Le Noury M55 Sarnia Walking Club 20.00
7 Olga Le Noury W35 Sarnia Walking Club 20.11
8 Peter Beckerleg M55 Sarnia Walking Club 20.19
9 Kay Coulson W45 Sarnia Walking Club 20.50
10 David Hoben M60 Surrey Walking Club 20.56
11 Jayne Le Noury W55 Sarnia Walking Club 21.32
12 Mick Le Sauvage M75 Sarnia Walking Club 21.32
13 Kathy Crilley W65 Surrey WC 22.27
14 Dave Dorey M65 Sarnia Walking Club 22.40


Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking

Church to Church Walk