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Manx walkers at the English Schools Walking Championships in Sheffield. Front row: Ciara Kaneen, Emma Latham & Callum Taylor. Back row: Robert Moore stands between team officials Allan Callow & Bridget Kaneen (Picture by Simon Latham)


Emma Latham (third) and Ciara Kaneen (sixth) display their awards.

Robert Moore is another Manxman to win a bronze medal


All pictures by Simon Latham


"A very good advert for both walking and the youth involved in Manx athletics"

Bridget Kaneen reports on the English Schools walks   (22-09-03)

A party of four Manx junior walkers travelled to Sheffield along with team manager Allan Callow, former national walking coach Julian Hopkins and myself.

Conditions on the day were very warm and muggy.

First to race at 3k were junior girls, Emma Latham and Ciara Kaneen. Emma started the more positive and was soon up in to third position after pulling past a couple of other walkers who had gone off too quickly.

A couple of cards went in for Emma during the early stages, but after the initial lap or two she found her customary smooth style and never looked back, and although she was not able to push too hard in the closing stages and go for a time, she was in a clear bronze medal position and did not need to take any risks and so finished in around 16.34 (my timing) not too far away from her track best.

In front of her was British record holder Rebecca Mersh and the fast improving Sarah Foster who was not too far behind the winner.

Ciara also was very careful early on, after a DQ at this very track four weeks ago, she looked to be walking well within herself during the first two or three laps. As the race progressed she gradually started to gain more confidence and move up the field. In the last half of the race she caught and passed Coventrys Claire Yeomans and was closing down the fifth and fourth placed walkers.

Running out of track, she finished in sixth position, pleased to record around 18.10 a p.b, and have a clean sheet with no cards or warnings. Next to race was Callum Taylor, in his first Schools competition. Also starting carefully, Callum gave himself time to settle in to his race rhythm, looking technically very strong for the entire race.

Many of this age group started the race with good technique but were unable to maintain this throughout.  Callum however showed what good strength he has and if he continues to train well, could be a medal prospect in the years to come.

Finishing his first year in this group in 7th position. His time was approx 17.14 also not too far off his best and a great effort in the very warm racing conditions.

Last away was Robert Moore in the Inter boys event which was at the 5k distance. The talented Nick Ball was typically in charge of affairs at the front of the field and Robert settled in to his own pace just behind leading Senior girl Katie Stones of Hull.

A feature of all the Manx walkers was that they maintained good form throughout the whole distance of their events and Robert proved no exception, plugging away over 12.5 laps he finished in bronze medal position in his age group in a time of around 27.27 (again approx time, Allan has the official ones written down somewhere.)

A pretty good haul for the Merseyside area and I for one was very proud of  the way they all conducted themselves both on and off the track over the whole weekend.  A very good advert for both walking and the youth involved in Manx athletics.



Bronze medallist Emma Latham


Callum Taylor will have no problem remembering the time and place when this picture was taken!


All pictures by Simon Latham


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