Weather forecaster Adrian Cowin didn’t forecast the finish of the 5km walk correctly on Sunday. He went flat on his face as he sprinted for the finish of the Bank of Scotland International Winter League, although I understand he wasn’t badly hurt.
Looking sheepish. Kevin Walmsley (centre) and David Griffiths (right) were both forced to retire during the 10km walk on Sunday. They are pictured with multi Manx record holder Steve Partington who also failed to finish for the simple reason that he failed to start!
ANOTHER REMARKABLE PERFORMANCE BY PETER KANEEN
Picture and comment by Murray Lambden
Its a week short of five years ago that Peter Kaneen first broke 1.40 for 20km. I interviewed him for a video I was making at the Manx Airlines meeting and he said "That’s it – I can hang up my walking shoes now. I’ve dreamt of breaking that time so I can retire now."
I think he has made similar comments every time he has broken a new barrier since. When he broke the 45 minute barrier for 10km last Sunday he talked as if it would the fastest he would ever go.
Peter made a spirited attempt to qualify for the 2002 Commonwealth Games 50km walk without success and stunned the Parish Walk scene last June when he won with the second fastest time ever.
But the reason I describe his latest achievement as remarkable is after taking account of his age. Although we have a rich tradition at race walking in the Isle of Man, most of those who have been faster than him have been a lot younger.
Thanks to Steve Taylor for help with the statistics. I think Kevin Walmsley may have been faster than the time given and I’ll correct it if necessary. Gordon Vale was not a Manx resident at the time he set his time.
Pictures by Murray Lambden
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