Winter Walking League 2007/8


Sponsored by HSBC Securities Services

Round 1 NSC, Douglas - Sunday 28th October 2007

photos by Steve Partington on the Kan-Cam & Murray Lambden on the Lam-Cam

A bumper entry for the start of the series as 50 walkers lined up for the 10Km walk alongside the 5Km entries & junior walkers who competed over 3Km, 2Km & 1Km. (photo by ML)

Winner of the 3Km walk Karen Renecle & Ron Ronan (above 3 photos by SP)

Fastest walker over 10Km was Peter Kaneen in 47:55 whilst his daughter Sinead was quickest in the 2Km event recording 12:38.  (photos by Murray Lambden)

Left; Fastest lady Lisa Motley from the sponsors HSBC Securities Services with Ian Callister Right; James Green (64) & Adam Cowin (18) in the 3km junior race (photos by ML)

Left; Alison Brand & Dave Corrin Right; Gordan Corran (102) & Mick Holgate (130) (photos by SP)

Left to right; Dave Corrin, Dave Wilkinson (147), Maurice Bellando (122) & Selwyn Callister (127) (photo by SP)

Left to right; Rachael Crellin (148), Judith Harrison (124), Mick Holgate (130) & Ean Proctor (123) (photo by SP)

Report by Bridget Kaneen

Conditions were perfect in the first round of the HSBC Securities sponsored winter walks league and a bumper entry of 50 walkers for the main 10k event, meant a busy morning for the recording teams as they checked the laps on the short 800m circuit of the NSC perimeter roadway. Peter Kaneen set a scorching pace and took victory in the opening round, finishing nearly a lap clear of his nearest rival Michael George in this first scratch event.  Jock Waddington and Sean Hands were in a tighter finish for the final podium place with Jock just gaining the upper hand over Sean who was making a welcome return to racing. Andy Green who was top novice in the hour event a fortnight ago, continued to make outstanding progress and recorded a fine sub 56 minute time, also looking sound technically and he should improve further as the league progresses through the winter. Indeed the standard was high at the front end of the field with the top nine male walkers all recording times inside the hour. HSBC’s own Lisa Motley had a race long battle with Helen Renecle as they were locked together over the last few laps. Lisa had enough in reserve to just outpace Helen in the closing stages to take the honours for top woman, a mere three seconds separating them at the finish. Alison Brand was third ahead of league newcomer Rachael Crellin, both walking well. In the 5k supporting event, Andy Boardman finished just under a minute clear of Henry de Silva with Linda Green finishing as top female ahead of Brenda Charlton. For the junior 3k, top finisher was Karen Renecle, now hopefully over the injury which scuppered her English Schools appearance last month.  She was a couple of minutes clear of Adam Cowin, who has made dramatic improvements in both technique and endurance over the last few months. Both he and James Green, who was next to finish will be ones to watch over the coming walking season. Richard Bell in fourth was also making a welcome return to competition after a spell of injury during the summer. The junior 2k was an all female affair, the experienced Sinead Kaneen finishing ahead of newcomer Molly Dudley, who showed great pace judgement in her first walking race, and she looks sure to improve further.  The battle for third resulted in Jessica Isherwood taking the points ahead of Hannah Kelly. Daniel Scarffe took victory in his first race over Alice Bell in the 1k event. Round two will take place in Andreas Village on Sunday 18th November, with signing on in the village hall from 9.30am for a 10am start and this round will start on handicap. Refreshments will be available after the event.

Results (Thanks to Bridget Kaneen & Steve Taylor)


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261 photo by Murray Lambden



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