NSC Perimeter Roadway - Sunday 9th October
All photos below by Marie Jackson
Noel Ash (centre) won the Men's novice first prize at Sunday's Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant One Hour Challenge Walk held at the NSC perimeter Roadway recording 9564m. Simon Briggs was 2nd novice man covering 9440m. First novice overall was Michelle Turner (left) clocking up 9759m ahead of Karen Lawrie, second lady with 8629m. Michael George from the Welbeck Hotel and Restaurant (and novice walk winner in 2005) presented the prizes.
Alex Eaton (left) covered the most distance over the hour notching up 11,636m. Sally Walker (right) walked the furthest of all the ladies recording 10,302m
Danielle Oates won the half hour challenge for the second year in a row covering 4908m. She is pictured with Michael George of the event sponsors. Jason Turner was second recording 4351 ahead of third placed Tom Partington with 4160m. Stephen Waddington (3704m) and Matthew Lane (2810m) completed the line up.
Rebecca Greatbatch was fastest in the 1 Mile event in a time of 9m 49s, with Jessica Wild second overall in 12m 46s and Jack Gilbert third recording 13m 38s. Tyler Annis and Isaac Quayle tied for fourth place (14m 11s) ahead of Emma Cunningham (16m 51s)
Adam Cowin (left) won the Kevin Madigan award for most improved walker. He is pictured with racewalking coach Elizabeth Corran
Photos and video coverage by Murray Lambden at www.manxathletics.com
Report (thanks to Bridget Kaneen)
There was a good turnout for the Welbeck Hotel & Restaurant One Hour Walk Challenge on Sunday. Held on the N.S.C. perimeter roadway it was quite windy and the air temperature was mild and 38 walkers signed on for the main 1 hour event. While the event and prize list is aimed mainly at Newcomer and Novice walkers a number of seasoned athletes also took the opportunity of recording a distance.
Recently crown English Schools champion Alex Eaton and old hand Peter Kaneen matched strides for most of the race in a ding dong battle, with Alex getting away in the last few laps to record the furthest distance on the day. Jock Waddington was third furthest with Adam Cowin suffering with the after effects of a cold fourth furthest.
There was a similar battle in the ladies race, with the in form Sally Walker being chased hard by Marie Jackson and Susan Moore who is returning from a long spell of injury problems. Sally proved to be strongest on the day ahead of Sue who pulled out 9 metres on Marie but with only 100 metres covering the trio the scene looks set for a great winter of racing in the womens division. All of these walkers were over the magic 10,000 metre mark along with Sally's husband David and former Peel to Douglas Novice winner Jared Smith.
The main prizes on the day though is for first Novice and this year the standard was high with Michelle Turner being first Novice overall and only 250 metres shy of breaking 10k. She had been having a race long battle with Judith Quane and junior Alexandra Ross and only took off in the closing stages to be the overall victor. Her technique also held up well in scrutiny from the walk judges out on the course and she walked with a good flowing action, which is the real secret to race walking success. Noel Ash also showed good fitness to finish second novice with around 100 metres more ground covered than 2nd Novice man Simon Briggs. Karen Lawrie was second lady judged to be a novice, who walked well, recording over 8.5 km in distance.
Special mention should go to Lorna Taylor who at the tender age of 64 has taken up walking. The former 2.40 marathon runner clocked up a superb 8,379 metres and looks a good bet for setting a few age group records if she continues in this event.
For the second year on the trot, Danielle Oates took the prize for the furthest distance in the 1/2 hour walk. Second furthest walk was recorded by under 13 Jason Turner, who like his mum shows a great deal of natural ability in this event. Third furthest was Tom Partington who also shows promise, should he wish to take up the sport. Behind Tom was Stephen Waddington who walked with great technique as ever ahead of newcomer Matthew Lane.
Rebecca Greatbatch was determined to record a good mile time and was a good 40 seconds faster than last year in recording a fine sub 10 minute time. Newcomer Jessica Wild was a good second ahead of Jack Gilbert who is also a new face. Tyler Annis and Isaac Quayle dead heated for 4th with Emma Cunningham enjoying her first event in 6th.
Thanks go to Michael and Irene George of the Welbeck for providing the prizes and a lovely spread after the race. Tthanks also to all who turned out to lap score, judge or marshal the course.
Manx Harriers next event is the Up and Running Winter Walking League - 1st round is on 30th October and takes place on the perimeter roadway. Entry fees are £4 club members or £5 unattached. All juniors are £1. Signing on from 9.15 am at the Manx Harriers Clubhouse. We will also need lap recorders/marshals for this event, contact Bridget email@example.com or 497594 if you can help out.