Friends Provident International Winter League


Round 7 (Final Round)

NSC Perimeter Road Sunday 20th March 2005

round 7 results & final league positions

(Thanks to Bridget Kaneen)



correction to above link (thanks to Steve Taylor)

10km final league positions, apologies to Bridget for providing incomplete information yesterday. All other information is correct

1        459 Lisa Motley
2        448 Bethany Clague
3        444 Ian Callister
4        443 Donna Workman
5        440 Adrian Cowin
6        439 Helen Clague
7        437 Dot Watterson
8=      428 Dougie Allan
8=      428 Chris Cale
10      427 Andrew Baordman
11      425 Jackie Campbell
12=    424 Brian Goldsmith
12=    424 Sarah Goldsmith
14      421 Lisa Nixon
15      419 Sean Hands
16      416 Brenda Charlton
17      413 Dave Wilkinson
18      412 Eamon Harkin
19=    410 Dave Griffiths
19=    410 Judy King
21      409 Alan Piling
22      403 Margaret Clague
23      398 Mick Holgate
24      396 Ron Ronan
25      395 Carol Clayton
26=    391 John Robinson
26=    391 Lesley Christian
28      388 Gill Snowden
29      387 Jane Leece
30      378 Fiona Gilks


Report by Bridget Kaneen

Conditions were just about perfect for the closing round of the Friends Provident International walks league held at the perimeter raceway of the National Sports Centre. All competitors started together with the final standings being decided on a sealed handicap.

Winner of the 2km handicap Kirsty Taylor saved her best effort of the winter till last, recording a fine personal best. Second place went to Sinead Kaneen, who also recorded her best effort to date. Fay Latham and Lauren Whelan could not be split in joint third. Terence George walked his best race ever as his technique was much improved on previous rounds, while newcomer James Kershaw also walked a good race to pick up the remaining point. Race winner, Kirsty also picked up the league title with a four point victory over her rivals. Fay was runner up while Lauren took third on the podium just one point further back.

At 5km Robert Moore really knuckled down for his six and a quarter lap race and was rewarded with his best race of the season, a great confidence boost for him before he tackles 10km at the national championships which take place in Leamington Spa next month. Emma Latham also worked hard, though not quite able to match her time from the open meeting a couple of weeks ago, it was still enough however to clinch the overall  5km league title, with a two point margin over Enid Watson.

At 10km,  Michael George gained just revenge for a lap scoring error in the last round at Ronaldsway.Taking full advantage of his handicap he finished a country mile ahead of anyone else with a fine sixty one minute clocking.  Donna Workman backed up her victory in the last round with another one minute improvement to take second.  Adrian Cowin also revelled in the fine racing conditons finishing third in his best 10k to date and very nearly overhauling Dougie Corkill in the closing stages. Dot Watterson recorded another top ten finish in fourth with Peter Marchment making up the top five.

Fastest walker on the day was Dave Griffiths, involved in an early battle for supremacy with Sean Hands until around the 5km mark when Sean called it a day.  Dave maintained his effort for another fine 53 minute clocking. Fastest female was Jackie Campbell from Lisa Motley with Dot Watterson third fastest.

Overall winner of the main 10km league with an 11 point margin was Lisa Motley proving that steady and consistent improvement is the key to winter league success. Finishing the entire parish walk last year, Lisa has adapted well to the shorter, faster events and shown sound technical ability and speed.

Second position went to Bethany Clague another to show increased fitness and consistency over the winter months with Ian Callister just edging out rapid improver Donna Workman by one point for third. Fifth overall went to Adrian Cowin also only one point clear of Helen Clague.
Thanks as ever to all the race officials who have supported us throughout the winter months and given their time so freely in what has been another season of great competition for all. Thanks also to Friends Provident International for their sponsorship of the series and to Jane Gibson for supplying a lovely buffet at the conclusion of racing.
The next event on the calendar is the 10km championships with supporting events for the younger age groups, this also takes place on the perimeter raceway and is scheduled for a 10am start on Sunday April 3rd.  Walkers of all abilities will be made most welcome.

Sean Hands (31) retired around 5K. He is pictured here lapping Brenda Charlton (62) and Sarah Goldsmith (38). Dave Griffiths (right) recorded the fastest time of the day.

Adrian Cowin (27) laps Lisa Nixon (16), Margaret Clague (46) and Fiona Gilks (20)

Winter League improvers Donna Workman (30) and John Robinson (23) with Fiona Gilks (20) and Margaret Clague


Michael George and Fay Latham

Bethany and Helen Clague walked together for about 9995m until Bethany outsprinted Mum for the line beating her by 1 second

fastest 10K on the day recorded by Dave Griffiths (53.40)

Photo’s by Murray Lambden

more photo’s by Adrian Cowin & Marie Latham



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