At the front Sean Hands was the first to drop off
after 7km only to surge ahead again one lap later. This surge proved his undoing
as Ian and Allan dropped him again less than half a lap later. Going in to the
last lap Ian held a 10m lead over Allan but Allan closed him down and took the
lead with less than 500m remaining. On the final straight, which was uphill, Ian
found another gear and pulled clear of Allan on the ascent to win by 9 seconds in
a new personal best of 55.04. The extra training and advice he has been receiving
form Liz Corran clearly paying off. Sean Hands was also rewarded with a pb for
his efforts in 55.26. John Stubbs like Sean suffered from a mid race surge,
having clawed his way back on to Dougie’s shoulder he opened up a 10m lead only
to see this turned into a deficit within the next lap. Despite a big effort on
the last lap he wasn’t able to close the gap.
Andrew Gosnell, winner of the last round at
Andreas, chased Brian Goldsmith throughout only getting ahead in the last 2km
and in doing so improved his best time. Dave Wilkinson who was out of form in
the last fixture was back at his best and after a steady start was able to show
his main rival and close friend Ron Ronan a clean pair of heels. John Robinson
just pipped Karen Locking who had lead by over 20 seconds at half way.
Alan Pilling took up a position at the back of the
field when the gun went and although he only passed one person such was the
improvement in his personal best time that he won the race on handicap by well
over a minute. There was no doubting the delight on his face when he crossed the
line knowing that he had just recorded his fastest ever 10km.
The junior races had a very disappointing turn out
with only one competitor in each race. However Sinead Kaneen showed something of
her best form with a 6.45 1km whilst Lauren Whelan walked an isolated 2km in
11.53. There is no doubt in my mind that she will go much faster when she is in
a race with real competition.
Thanks must go to the Ronaldway Aircraft Company
Sports and Social Club for the use of their facilities once again and to all who
assisted on the day.
The next race in the series will be held on January
18th at Andreas. Meet at Ayre United FC clubhouse. First race away is the junior
1km and 2km at 10am.
Over the same weekend we will be staging coaching
sessions and a judging seminar. Martin Rush, a former Olympic walker and now
one of the UK’s top coaches will be advising athletes whilst Peter Marlow will
be holding a seminar on all aspects relating to the judging of race walking
Both sessions will be staged at teh Manx Harriers
clubhouse at the NSC on Saturday 17th january starting at 2pm. Both men will be
attending the winter league race the next day. Anyone interested in either
receiving coaching or becoming a race walking judge are asked to contact Allan
Callow (672159 [email protected]) or Steve Taylor
(473042 [email protected])