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Walton AC 2019 Awards Night

On 29 November we held our annual Celebration of Achievements night.  It was a fabulous evening and was the first time we have been able to hold a joint Juniors and Seniors event at our new facilities.

Lots of work was done by many people in order to make the evening a success. But special thanks must go to Kelly Van Der Westhuizen, Nicola Vaughan and Amanda Sudderick for their excellent work in organising the evening – the raffle prizes were to die for! Thanks also to Christian Burgar for compering the evening, to James Bartosik for taking on the role of official photographer and, last but not least, to the coaches for their work throughout the year helping our athletes to improve and for their inputs to the team of people who spent endless hours considering who should win what.

So, with congratulations to our many talented athletes, the winners were as follows:

Best Age Group Performance U13 Male

Xavier Taylor

Winning the Walton A.C. U13 Boys Cup

Best Age Group Performance U13 Female

Madison Emment (this is her proud mum [Emma] collecting on Maddie’s behalf of course)

Winning the Walton A.C. U13 Girls Cup

Best Age Group Performance U15 Male

Oliver (Ollie) Emment

Winning the Walton A.C. U15 Boys Cup

Best Age Group Performance U15 Female

Amy van der Westhuizen

Winning the Walton A.C. U15 Girls Cup

Best Age Group Performance U17 Male

Jack Gemmell and Ross Hurst

Joint winners of the Walton A.C. U17 Boys Cup

Best Age Group Performance U17 Female

Jeslyn Agyei-Kyem and Georgia Russell

Joint winners of the Walton A.C. U17 Girls Cup

Best Age Group Performance U20 Male

Ethan Dray

Winning the Walton A.C. U20 Men’s Cup

Unfortunately, Nicola was unable to collect her award on the night, but we gave it to her when she collected her Elmbridge Sports Award 😊
Best Age Group Performance U20 Female

Nicola Bell

Winning the Walton A.C. U20 Women’s Cup

Best Overall Junior Male Performance
(Junior Male Victor Ludorum)

Sam Mace
(This, of course, is Sam’s mum, Sabrina, looking very happy on his account!)

Winning the Walton A.C
Jack Rutherford Cup
Best Junior Male Athlete

Best Overall Junior Female Performance
(Junior Female Victor Ludorum)

Cedelle Agyei-Kyem

Winning the Walton A.C
Debbie Singleton Cup
Best Junior Female Athlete

Best Cross Country Season Junior Boys

Ben Fitzpatrick

Winning the Walton A.C Junior Cross Country Shield

Photograph not available
Best Cross Country Season Junior Girls

Charlotte Vaughan

Winning the Walton A.C Junior Girls Cross Country Shield

Best Overall Senior Male Performance
Men’s Victor Ludorum (O20 Upwards)

Hugo Fleming

Winning the
Alan Turing Cup

Best Overall Senior Female Performance
Women’s Victor Ludorum (O20 Upwards)

Susie McLoughlin

Winning the
Alice Bygrave Memorial Cup

Best Senior Male Performance
(O20 in context of senior competition)

Craig Jarman

Winning the Walton A.C. Senior Men’s Cup

Best Senior Female Performance
(O20 in context of senior competition)

Clare Ridd

Winning the
Williams’ Cup

Clare was not present so Martin Norman collected it on her behalf. He was too shy to be in the photograph though and insisted on the cup being the focal point.

Best O35 Men’s Masters Performance

Stuart Channon

Winning the Walton A.C. O35 Men’s Masters Cup

Best O35 Women’s Masters Performance

Lizzie Amos

Winning the Walton A.C. O35 Women’s Masters Cup

Best O50 Men’s Masters Performance

Joe Eastwood

Winning the
Peter Harding Memorial Cup

Best O50 Women’s Masters Performance

Jo Flowers

Winning the Walton A.C. O50 Women’s Masters Award

Best Senior Men’s Cross Country Season

Duncan Woolmer

Winning the
Walton A.C. 50th Anniversary Trophy

Best Second Claim Athlete

Virginia Mitchell

Winning the Walton A.C. Second Claim Athlete of the Year Award

Best Support or Superb Volunteer Award

Martin Norman

Winning the
1942 Founders’ Cup

Best Contribution to League Competition U20 Boys

Finn Punton

Winning the Walton A.C. Boys U20 League Trophy

Best Contribution to League Competition U20 Girls

Emma Fisher and Sian Popham

Jointly Winning the Walton A.C. Girls U20 League Trophy

Best Contribution to League Competition Senior Men

Rob A Smith

Winning the Walton A.C. Men’s League Trophy

Best Contribution to League Competition Senior Women

Eva West and Lucy Bartlett

Jointly winning the Walton A.C. Women’s League Trophy

Photograph not available
Special Recognition Award

Philip Kastner

The Tony Brooks Trophy

And now, I shall leave you with some other photos of the night and wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous and healthy New Year.
Best wishes,
Marie Marks, WAC Chair

Sports Hub Christmas Opening Times

Please note we have been advised by PfP that the sports hub opening times over the Christmas period will be as follows:

Tuesday 24th December – Closed
Wednesday 25th December – Closed
Thursday 26th December – 09.00-17.00
Friday 27th December – 09.00-17.00
Saturday 28th December – 09.00-19.00
Sunday 29th December – 09.00-17.00
Monday 30th December – 12.00-20.00
Tuesday 31st December – Closed
Wednesday 1st January – Closed
Normal hours resume

Border League XC at Lightwater


Sunday saw 23 of our young athletes travel to Lightwater to represent the club at its first participation in the Border League, against other athletics clubs and schools from Berkshire, Surrey & Hampshire. At relatively short notice, it was fantastic to have representation at U9, U11 and U13 in both the boys’ and girls’ races which bodes well for the future.

In addition to some great individual performances from some of our more experienced young runners, real courage was shown by newcomers to the sport not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone. Congratulations to each and every one of them.

There were many notable performances. Olanna Brown (U9) finished a good 19th place in the 1390m race, having run to registration barely two minutes before the start, just in time to have her number pinned to a vest and then line up alongside the other 60 competitors. Also, Katie de Gregorio (U11), with the girl’s race having already run, having the guts and not hesitating to run (and run well) in the longer 2050m boy’s race.

Sticking with the U11 boys’ team, with over 100 runners in the field, the Walton team included Jake Meyburgh, Alexander Wigmore, Samuel Shepherd, Joshua Cheyne, Joseph Sandri Durban, Mason Pollard-Day, Alex Grantham and Ethan Luiz. The team finished a very respectable 6th of 14 teams overall.

Particularly strong performances by both Alexander (18th) and Samuel (23rd), both finishing in the top quarter of the field, but the individual performance of the day must go to Jake Meyburgh’s excellent 4th place run in 7 mins 39 seconds.

The equally competitive U11 girls’ race was run over 1630m. What a scoring team of four Walton fielded, with Poppy Scott (13th) leading Lottie Paul (32nd), Sabrina Coppola Johansen (35th) and Rachel Riedlinger (45th), all finishing in the top half of the field, to bring the team back in a credit 4th position overall.

Lastly, a great showing by the four boys running Walton into 4th position of 11 teams overall in the U13 boys race, run over 3040m. Harry Currie (13th), a great run and first back for the team in 12 mins 14 seconds, with other strong running displayed by Lucas Pollock-Williams (24th), Jack Dowling (31st) and James Wigmore (41st)

  • The next Border League will be at Guildford Stoke Park on Sunday 2nd February 2020.

Walton AC Academy & Satellite team

Photo: K Scott


European Masters Champs Round Up

2019 European Masters Athletics Championships, Venice ITALY
with thanks to Jonty Mitchell for the photos

Several first and second claim senior members of Walton AC, competed in the 2019 edition of the European Masters Athletics Championships.  These were held in Venice, Italy over the period of 5-15th September.

In the W35 category, Fiona de Mauny, the reigning W35 800m World Champion, had a challenging task of competing in the 400m, 800m and the 1500m events.  Her first event of the championship was the 1500m where she qualified comfortably in the heats before finishing in a very respectable 5th in the Final.  Entering her next 2 events Fiona had the tough task of competing against pre-race favourite, Aneta Lemiesz of Poland, who has been a regular pacemaker on the Diamond League circuit in 2019.   In the 400m final Fiona ran a season’s best time to secure the silver medal behind Aneta.  In the 800m final, Fiona ran a gutsy race taking the lead from the start and giving the Pole a stern challenge.  Fiona was rewarded with a second silver medal and a season’s best time of 2:12.78 and finished well clear of the bronze medallist.

In the W40 category, Susie McLoughlin looked strong in the qualifying rounds of the 100m and 200m to secure good lanes in both the finals. The 100m final, which took place in torrential conditions, had a strong British presence, and Susie won the Silver medal, in a season best of 12.72secs behind World Indoor 200m Champion, Malgozata Gasowska, from Poland. Susie picked up her second silver medal, in the 200m, this time in sunny conditions albeit into a slight headwind. Susie struck gold in the 4x100m relay with a strong British quartet who smashed the W40 UK Record, in a time of 49.65secs, finishing well ahead of the other teams. Susie, the current World W40 400m Champion, added another silver medal to her tally by running a fast anchor leg for the British women’s W40 4x400m relay team to win her 4th medal of the championships

The 10km Road Championship Race was a mass event mixed in with an Open Road Race which took place in extremely hot temperatures on the streets of Jesselo. In a festival atmosphere, Jamie McLoughlin, ran a modest race to finish 90th overall and 12th in M40 age category.

Louise Wood competed in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump in the W55 category. In a week where the weather conditions varied from torrential rain to hot and sunny, Louise drew the short straw and saw her Triple Jump final take place in horrendously wet conditions. Despite this, she won the bronze medal with a jump of 9.86m, just 20cm behind the silver medallist from Sweden. She followed this up with a respectable 7th place finish in the W50 Long Jump competition several days later.

In the W55 category, hot favourite Virginia Mitchell came away with three Gold medals. Virginia, who is the reigning W55 400m & 800m World Champion, won the 400m comfortably, before stepping up to the 800m where she was up against former World Record holder and multiple European Champion, Clare Elms. In the 800m final, Vi put on a superb tactical display, controlling the race and covering any moves Clare made. In the final 150m, Virginia pulled away to win recording a new Championship Best time in the process. Virginia’s third gold medal came in the W55 4x400m where there was no doubt that Britain would win, but what wasn’t expected was the ladies put in a superb performance to set a new W55 World Record.

Tony Mitchell had mixed fortunes. After pulling up with a minor injury in the M60 300 hurdles heats, he bounced back the following week with a storming second leg run in the 4 x 100m relay to win a bronze medal in the M60 category. The following day, Tony ran a courageous 3rd leg for the men’s M60 4x400m relay team, where Britain finished in the silver medal position, only to be disqualified in the aftermath due to there being judged a technical infringement.
The next major Masters event is the 2020 European Indoor Championships which take place in Braga, Portugal in March. This will be followed by the 2020 edition of the World Masters Championship will be held in Toronto, Canada in July. We hope there will be a strong Walton presence at these future events.