Sunday January 26th 2014
Sarnia Walking Club
Bob Wright Handicap Series Race 6
3,000 metres track
Osmond Priaulx, Footes Lane, Guernsey
Winner sets new best time
Karen Farman walked to a deserved win as she overtook those starting in front of her and easily holding off those behind her as she raced to a new personal best time of 21.04.
Second walker home Rob Elliott moved in to that position in the final 100 metres when passing the eventual joint third placed walkers Sarah Wright and Joanne Le Prevost. His watch time of 22.50 being 16 seconds slower than the winners.
Last man to start Jason Le Noury had the fastest time of the day with a 14.25 clocking ahead of brother Stuarts 14.57. Times were not helped by the wet and windy conditions. Rob Elliott, was third fastest, going a bit quicker than his last track walk and finishing just outside 17 minutes. Mick Le Sauvage, despite walking a time slower than expected, still tops the series table. Rose Druckes walked her first race for a while but is struggling with injury.
With one race to go in the Bob Wright Series and taking the two races that walkers can discard for scoring into consideration, then the title is still up for grabs. The best chances of success should go to Mick Le Sauvage, Jason Le Noury and the improving Karen Farman. The final walk in the series is being held over one mile next month.
The next race is on Sunday February 9th at Delancey Park at 9.30 am. Walkers can compete over 5 or 10 kilometres. Details from Jayne Le Noury email@example.com
The Sarnia Walking Club held their annual AGM this week. Financial reports have been sent out to members, with the annual secretary report reproduced here.
Sarnia Walking Club Secretary’s Report 2013
The club held their usual events throughout the year ranging from the shortest walk up the Val des Terres to the Church to Church walk over almost 20 miles. Numbers at most races were on par with recent years with the Bob Wright Handicap Series over 2012 / 2013 attracting a total of 21 walkers and the 2013 Championships 15 walkers.
Four new local walkers had a go in our shorter walks during the year and some have continued more than once. Stuart Le Noury continued his dominance in the Hill Climb winning for the eight consecutive year and taking the Heritage Mens Championship during the summer. He also represented Sarnia in the London marathon in which he ran. Jayne Le Noury again became the clubs Womens Champion.
Relative newcomers to race walking Jamie Marsh and Peter Beckerleg had deserved success in the Bob Wright Handicap Series and Jubilee Handicap Championships respectively.
Mick Le Sauvage and Rose Druckes continued to break their own Age Best times on numerous occasions.
The club welcomed the RWA President Mark Easton to the Graham Mann walk, with Steyning walker Richard Emsley racing at Delancey Park over 10 kilometres. Terry Bates son Graham on a visit to Guernsey, joined us in a track walk.
The club promoted itself at Beau Sejour at the Healthy Hearts Day. Allan Harris pushed us to do this and as a result we got our event out to the visiting public. As well as photos of our walkers and new club banner, there was also an introductory pamphlet and rolling DVD of various walks.
The Church to Church walk continued to attract overseas walkers, with new faces joining the regulars. A respectable sized field followed on from the Friday Evening 3 kms that attracted 22 walkers with four new faces to Guernsey.
The Church to Church provided me with the highlight of the year. As much as we can admire the longevity of our older competitors, it made me smile when at 15 miles at Vale Church the leading two walkers were the youngest in the race and continued to become first and second by the finish. For me that is how it should be with new blood to the fore.
On a sad note the club lost a past member and friend when Les Fallaize passed away during the year. A one time regular walker with his wife Pam, he spent many years marshalling at the Longfrie junction in the Church to Church.
Two club members left Guernsey in 2013. Harriet Payne moved to the UK and Terry Bates moved back to the Isle of Man. We should see Terry again soon as he has already entered local events in 2014. We wish them both well.
You may well have guessed that this Secretary’s Report was not written by Karen Sheppard, who health wise has not had a good year. Karen would like to relay her thanks to all the committee for keeping things going, especially to Jayne who has covered the Secretary’s position in her absence. Karen hopes to be back soon.
||Joanne Le Prevost
||Jason Le Noury
||Kevin Le Noury
||Stuart Le Noury
||Mick Le Sauvage