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BANK OF SCOTLAND INTERNATIONAL WINTER WALKS LEAGUE

ANDREAS - Sunday 18 January 2004

Reduce speed now!

 

 Peter Kaneen doesn't see the instruction as he heads the other way in Sunday's Bank of Scotland International winter league walk.

All pictures by Steve Partington

The top six finishers.

REPORT BY STEVE TAYLOR

After a weekend of coaching courtesy of National Performance Coach Martin Rush and a judging seminar delivered by and IAAF walking judge Peter Marlow it was down to business for athletes on Sunday morning as round 5 of the Halifax/Bank of Scotland winter race walking league beckoned. It was a return to Andreas using the same flat one mile loop as in the second round. As before good weather was the order of the day although onlookers complained about the light but very chilly northern wind.

First away was the combined 1 and 2km junior races. As with the majority of the junior races this winter it was Lauren Whelan who lead from gun to tape with a superb technique that not only caught the attention of but also greatly impressed both Rush and Marlow. Her efforts also gave her a win on handicap ahead of her rivals who both appeared below par on the day.

The 1km handicap was won by Abbi Moore making a welcome return to walking and showing that she had lost none of her speed or gritty determination, whilst the honour of fastest went again to Sinead Kaneen.

The biggest 5km field of the series so far was won by a clear margin by Adrian Cowin who improved his best time yet again to claim his first win. Behind him the next five walkers closed in within 28 seconds with Neil Bates just pipping Enid Watson on the line for second. Callum Taylor and Emma Latham walking the majority of the race together consolidated their recent 5km performances with another sound display just outside their best times but were split on the road by Robert Moore retuning after a lay off through illness.

The fast flat course was put to good use in the main event with the first 11 finishers on the road all recording best times for the series so far but it was Dot Watterson who lead the field home by over a minute for a very popular win. Mark Stewart was also clear in second place ahead of a delighted Brenda Charlton in third. Dave Griffiths who pulled out of the last race having failed to warm up properly more than made up for it today with a new personal best of 53.17. Gill Churcher walked a solid race, her first ever over 10km, normally she would cover more than 100 times this distance as a Parish Walk regular. Jane Leece and Andrew Gosnell improved yet again but no one could mach the joy of Marie Latham who was over the moon with her new pb breaking through 55.00 for the first time ever. Initially walking with Ian Callister and Sean Hands she blew away her rivals leaving Ian to struggle home almost five minutes behind whilst Sean was forced to retire. Peter Kaneen was fastest of the day with a solid 45.53. Peter is concentrating on distance work this winter in preparation for an early season 50km but must be very happy with his turn of speed.

Martin Rush spoke after the event saying that walking had a healthy future as long as clubs such as Manx Harriers continued to support its athletes as is does. This was proven to be so true when the results were read out with the competitors cheering each other when they knew that a personal best had been achieved.

Many thanks to Ayre United Football Club for the use of their facilities and of course to the hard working officials who made the event possible.

 The next race in the league will be held on February 15th and not the 8th as previous advertised which is now the date of the Island cross country championships.

We were also asked to keep March 12th free as the veteran ladies are staging another fundraiser for our young athletes. This year it will be a disco with buffet, there will also be a quiz on the night.

Those athletes who fancy testing themselves against some of the best that Britain and Ireland have to offer should get their entries in for the Manx Harriers Invitation Walk to be held on Saturday 28th February on the NSC road way. There are 50km, 20km and 10km races as well as a one mile event for juniors. The entry form can be downloaded from www.manxathletics.com (see bottom of this page) or by contacting Bridget Kaneen at [email protected]

Gill Churcher leads Enid Watson and Jan Hodgson (hidden)

Bank of Scotland Winter Race Walking League, January 18th 2004, Andreas

1km

 

 

 

Position

Number

Name

Time

1

 

Abbi Moore

6.43

2

80

Sinead Kaneen

6.30

 

 

 

 

2km

 

 

 

Position

Number

Name

Time

1

75

Lauren Whelan

11.54

2

76

Fay Latham

13.26

3

24

Kirsty Taylor

14.41

 

 

 

 

5km

 

 

 

Position

Number

Name

Time

1

87

Adrian Cowin

34.15

2

79

Neil Bates

23.10

3

86

Enid Watson

31.45

4

73

Callum Taylor

28.23

5

82

Emma Latham

28.35

6

78

Robert Moore

26.05

7

72

Allan Callow

26.24

 

 

 

 

10km

 

 

 

Position

Number

Name

Time

1

33

Dot Watterson

70.26

2

36

Mark Stewart

64.47

3

30

Brenda Charlton

74.56

4

21

Jane Leece

67.06

5

34

Dave Griffiths

53.17

6

44

Gill Churcher

65.12

7

10

Kevin Walmsley

48.28

8

37

Andrew Gosnell

61.39

9

43

Marie Latham

54.54

10

2

Gordon Corran

63.13

11

6

Dave Wilkinson

64.11

12=

15

Jan Hodgson

66.51

12=

32

Ron Ronan

64.33

14

16

Sarah Goldsmith

74.17

15

 

Peter Kaneen

45.53

16

22

Lesley Christian

73.43

17

17

Brian Goldsmith

63.25

18

12

Brian Brough

72.51

19

14

John Robinson

68.44

20

11

Mick Holgate

66.39

21

13

Alan Kinvig

71.07

22

35

Ian Callister

59.32

 

26

Sean Hands

DNF

Second fastest on the day was Kevin Walmsley

MANX HARRIERS

 

OPEN INVITATION  MEETING

Race walks meeting held under I.A.A.F. rules

10k Run held under U.K.A. rules

       organised by MANX HARRIERS

Saturday 28th February 2004

At the National Sports Centre, Douglas, Isle of Man

Programme:

*10 a.m 50k walk incorporating Manx 50km championship(see note)

10.30 a.m Junior mile walk (all ages under 17)

11 a.m Men & Women open 10k walk

12.30 p.m Women 20k walk

12.40 p.m Men 20k walk

3 p.m 10k run (Men & Women) 

 

ENTRY FORM PDF

 

ENTRY FORM WORD

 

*Please note in order for the 50km race to take place that a minimum of 8 bona fide entries are required.  These are to be received by the race secretary by February 7th 2004. Entry standard of 6 hours or proven ability to do the time and the time limit is 6 hours

   KEVIN WALMSLEY TOLD TO PREPARE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES

 report by Steve Partington

As we all walked back to Ayre Utd clubhouse after the Bank Of Scotland International Winter League race last week, I asked Peter Marlow and Martin Rush (the highly respected race walking officials who were visiting the islland) what they thought of the standard of walking techniques that they had seen. They were especially impressed by Lauren Whelen in the juniors and Kevin Walmsley in the seniors. Kevin was walking alongside and they both commented on what a natural, safe and efficient technique he had.

Peter said it was just like watching the Italian '95 World Champs 50km silver medalist Giovanni Perricelli (only slower presumably!).

I asked for a photo of Kevin with Peter after which, Peter said to Kevin 'I look forward to seeing you in Melbourne - you've got 18 months'.

 

and with the world's top race walking judge (and former Olympic walker) Peter Marlow, who told him to prepare for the Commonwealth Games. (pictures by Steve Partington)

and the man who was compared to - 95 World Champs 50km silver medalist Giovanni Perricelli

 THE PETER MARLOW INTERVIEWS


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