Waiting for the “Off” at the Olympic Games. Rob Elliott, Jason and Stuart Le Noury try out the grandstand with our smaller flags before moving roadside with the big Guernsey and GB ones giving us the chance to hammer on the hoardings on the barriers as the field went by. Lots of noise from a huge crowd.
Sunday August 19th 2012
Sarnia Walking Club
Osmond Priaulx, Guernsey
One Hour Win For Thomson
A small field contested the Willow Trust One Hour Walk, due mainly to the absence of usual competitors being off the island. Carl Thomson walked almost 12 kilometres in the hour as he completed 11,879 metres in the allotted time. This distance was comfortably better than Rob Elliotts previous best distance set back in 2005.
I have just had a phone call from Carl who timed his laps. For most laps he walked between 1.59 and 2.02, with three others at 2.03, one at 2.04 and a final full lap at 1.57. Good even paced walking with 2 kms splits of 10.03, 10.05, 10.07, 10.09 and 10.11.
The next furthest distance recorded was that of Phil Lockwood who walked 10, 526 metres. Back in third Terry Bates continued to break the Guernsey age best performances, breaking the record distance set previously by over 200 metres.
Kevin Le Noury got the better of wife Jayne who also set an age group best. Allan Harris, a newcomer to walking walked just short of 7,500 metres.
Whilst some club members watched the Olympic race walks in London, pictured above by Jayne Le Noury in the 50 kms event, Carl Thomson walked the 5 miles distance at the Enfield 2012 Friendship Walks, in a mid week promotion organised between the two weekends that the Olympic walks were held.
He finished in second place in a time of 39.47, 23 seconds behind Francisco Reis of Ilford AC and two seconds ahead of third man home Ian Richards from Steyning AC. Carl closed down a big gap in the latter stages of the race after Reis and Richards set off fast, with Richards succumbing to Thomson and Reis having his lead cut.
The next walk is on Friday August 31st at 6.30 pm at Les Amarreurs, Vale. The distance is 3 kilometres and is a warm up event for the Church to Church 19.4 miles walk being held two days later.
The Church to Church walk on Sunday September 2nd starts at 9.00 am for both men and women. Leading walker is expected to take less than 3 hours to complete the 19.4 miles course. Allcomers are welcome to compete and with a generous time allowance of 5 hours 30 minute, is well within the capabilities of those out to just complete this traditional event.
1 Carl Thomson M45 11,879 metres
2 Phil Lockwood M35 10, 526 metres
3 Terry Bates M60 9,303 metres
4 Kevin Le Noury M50 8,738 metres
5 Jayne Le Noury W50 8,277 metres
6 Mick Le Sauvage M70 8,229 metres
7 Allan Harris M60 7,498 metres