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National Indoor Gold Rush for Walton Masters

Flowers leads the gold medal charge with three Championship wins!

The Walton masters had a successful weekend at the British masters at Lee Valley last weekend.

The 60m races kicked off the weekend with Joanna Flowers achieving gold in the W50 and Helen Channon gaining bronze in the W40 in only her second indoor race in 4 years.

Stuart Channon came 4th, missing out on 3rd by 4/ 100ths of a second. Martin Willis ran a PB in the M45 60m heats of 8.58.

On Saturday afternoon the 400m finals began with Virginia Mitchell setting the standard with a gold medal in the W55. Jo Flowers followed in her footsteps with her 2nd gold of the weekend and not to be outdone Lizzie Amos also got gold in the W40 400m.

Martin Willis finished off Saturday’s events with 6th in the LJ.

Jon Ladley began Sunday morning with gold in the M35 pole vault.

Jo Flowers went for her hat-trick of gold medals coming home first on the 200m.

Next on were Virginia and Lizzie in the 800m; Virginia led from gun to tape with a confident run narrowly missing out on the W55 800m world record. Lizzie also gained her 2nd gold medal of the weekend winning by 1/10th of a second!

Martin Willis wrapped up the weekend with 4th in the M45 shot.

Congratulations to all on an impressive weekend!

Brighton Half Marathon

Club Half Marathon record holder Fiona de Mauny won the Brighton Half Marathon last weekend. de Mauny, who now races for Herne Hill Harriers, but remains a member, official and volunteer at Walton AC, took the lead with around a mile to go in the race, closing the victory in 80:25, some 5mins quicker than her previous official PB and club record.

Husband Chris was also in action in the event, revising his PB to 81:16 in the relatively benign, if warm, conditions, having set an enormous best over 10km of 35:55 a few weeks earlier in Chichester.

England Indoor Champs 2019

The handful of Walton Athletes made the trek up to Sheffield last weekend for the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships.
Well done to all Athletes on their super performances with most moving up in age groups.
The Track results are as follows:
Hayden Evans U15 
60m    5th in heat PB 7.78 and 7th in Final with PB 7.85
300m  3rd in heat PB 40.35 and 6th in Final with PB 40.15
Jeslyn Agyei-Kyem U17
300m   2nd in heat 41.49
Cedelle Agyei-Kyem U17
300m   2nd in heat 40.83 and 6th in Final with 41.43
Philip Kastner U20
60m Hurdles 6th in heat 8.54
Field Results:
Philip Kastner U20
Long Jump 12th 6.49m
Georgia Russell U17
Shot Putt 4th PB 12.68m

Surrey XC Championships

On a dry but cold January morning in Lloyd Park, Croydon Walton athletes did themselves proud against strong opposition in the Surrey Cross Country Championships.

The under 13 Boys got things under way and came 6th place in the team race, led home by Ben Shepperd who came 11th, Alex Histon Allvey 27th, Harry Tuckman 40th and Christian Boyd 57th.

Next up was the under 17 Men with Ben Fitzpatrick showing his immense talent and coming home in 3rd place. Next home was Tom Jones 12th, Oliver Coppolletti 14th, Joshua Taylor 23rd, Michael Cottrill 26th, Edward Dawson 29th, Ben Palmer 30th and Archie Forsyth 39th. The under 17 Men secured second place in the team race.

The next race was the 15 Boys over 4km. With a fast and furious pace been set by the leaders from the gun. Ollie Emment in his first year in the age group had one of his best ever runs, showing maturity way beyond his years to secure the bronze medal. Next home was Jack Gemmell in 12th followed by Ross Hurst 27th, Joseph Daws-Twilley 28th, Josh Punton 41st, Christopher Vaughan 47th, Harvey McAndrew 48th and Callum Stewart 72nd. The boys all did tremendously well and secured the silver medal in the team race.

With only two Walton athletes Eloise Williams and Erin Simper in the under 15 Girls race, and having their first taste in this level of competition they were going to always find this tough but both girls committed themselves well and came home in 62nd (Eloise)and 71st (Erin) places respectively.

Last of the junior races was the under 17 women and for majority it was their first cross country race of the season. But all four girls did amazing. Charlotte Vaughan was 8th, Emma Horsey 11th Rachel Pharaoh 14th and Lani Cardwell 20th. The team finished in 6th place.

Last race of the day was the senior men. An enthusiastic team of 9 runners tackled the 12km course. Some good racing at the front end supported by decent packing further down saw the team finish 8th (an improvement of last year’s 9th place) and a great result considering the team’s current standing in the Surrey League, in the lower part of the second division.  The team (six scoring) was Duncan Woolmer (38th, 42:16), Hugo Fleming (53rd, 43:41), Andrew Crooks (48th, 43:06), Chris de Mauny (84th, 46:12), Rob Lovegrove (99th, 47:01), Matt Pharaoh (122nd, 48:31), Rob Marcus (128th, 49:01), Rob Casebourne (137th, 49:39), Rob Smith (169th, 52:00) and Martin Willis (238th, 1:12:01).