Ronaldsway - Sunday 11th October
Cool, overcast and blustery conditions at Ronaldsway on Sunday morning for the start of the novice walk. (photo PJ)
Dave Taylor (third left) was the novice winner of Sunday's Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant One Hour Walk Challenge held at Ronaldsway Industrial Estate. Sally Walker (second left) was second and Ron Kelly (far left) third. Winner of the Half Hour Challenge was 13 year old newcomer Alex Eaton (far right). Photo by PJ.
Report & Results by Bridget Kaneen
Dave Taylor was the leading novice walker - only 51 metres short of completing 10 kilometres over the hour. Sally Walker finished second novice recording a distance of 9,652 metres and was also noted by the judges as being technically very proficient and someone to watch for in the coming season . Ron Kelly was third novice, another who has improved his fitness greatly over the last 12 months, managing a fine 9,122 metres.
Vinny Lynch picked up the bonus prize for furthest walked on the day with his 10,572 metres covered in a great race involving Andy Green and Richard Gerrard.
In the half hour challenge 13 year old Alex Eaton took the honours in a hard fought race with the more experienced Adam Cowin. While Adam is short on fitness due to a long term injury, he walked very well once he got in to his stride. Alex's fitness did outstrip his technique at times, but with some technical training he will no doubt improve quickly. Danielle Oates walked the furthest of the girls with some style ahead of the duo of Alexandra Ross and Sinead Kaneen and newcomers Victoria Wright and Jenny Walker.
In the 2k newcomers race, Rebecca Storrie and Olivia Watterson showed very good speed, finishing ahead of youngster Shaun Roach. In the 1k event it was a close race with Lee Mackey just getting the better of Max Walker with Max's younger brother Zack finishing third.
Thanks go to the George family of The Welbeck Hotel and Restaurant for providing the prizes and buffet at the finish and to Jim Cottier of the Ronaldsway Social Club for arranging the use of their facilities. Thanks also to all the officials who came out to support the event.
Left; Novice walk winner - Manx Road Club secretary Dave Taylor Right; An impressive walk by Sally Walker to finish second novice
Left; Ron Kelly, third novice prize winner Right; An fine racewalking debut for 13 year old Alex Eaton, winner the half hour Challenge
The prolific Vinny Lynch (89) of IOMVAC walked the furthest distance over the hour recording 10,572m. Richard Gerrard (169) was third fastest recording 10,481m behind close rival Andy Green who notched up 10.505m
All photos by Murray Lambden (except where stated). Full collection here at www.manxathletics.com