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Chris Ness competed in his first track race in 20 months at the Worthing Open last Sunday. A sunny, but breezy day saw Chris bag the M50 club record in the mile with a time of 5.13. Chris ran a solid first lap passing 400m in 78 seconds then settled in behind the race leaders before pushing on at the bell to record a 73 second final lap finishing 4th.
Walton Athletic Club was sad to learn of the recent passing of Bill Nankeville. A prodigious talent over the mile and great rival of Roger Bannister and fellow Walton AC member Chris Chataway, he still holds top 5 placings on the club all time senior lists for 800m (1:52.6), 1500m (3:46.6) and the mile (4:07.4). His time of 3:47.0 set when taking bronze at the European Championships in 1950 was a British Record at the time.
The club extends our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family.
For more information on Bill’s exemplary athletics career, see the Athletics Weekly write-up linked here.
Five young athletes from Walton AC have been selected to represent Surrey Schools, this weekend, at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. The Championships are being held at Sefton Park in Liverpool and we wish the following athletes the best of luck in their races:
Tom Jones, Ben Marks, Ben Fitzpatrick, Charlotte Vaughan and Oliver Emment
There were some outstanding performances from Walton athletes at the recent British Masters Indoor Championships which were held at Lee Valley over the weekend of 7th/8th March.
Stuart Channon eased through the heats of the men’s M40 60m in a time of 7.47secs before stepping up in the final and winning the bronze medal in a season’s best time of 7.40secs.
Clare Ridd won the silver medal in the W35 High Jump clearing a height of 1.35m.
In her first indoor outing of the season, Lizzie Amos struck gold in the W40 400m, successfully defending her British title, in a time of 61.14secs and was almost 3½ seconds ahead of the second placed athlete.
Fiona de Mauny, Walton AC second claim member, was equally impressive in the W35 400m winning by a clear margin, in a time of 59.22secs. This is a time she has only ever bettered once indoors, the previous week, when she ran a 58.53sec to rank her 10th on the UK W35 all time indoor List.
From a Walton perspective, the race of the weekend was the W35 800m final where we had 2 Walton competitors. In a loaded field of 11 athletes, Fiona de Mauny, the reigning European Indoor W35 800m Champion, showed her class by taking the lead and front running the race. She was rewarded with victory and smashed the previous Championship Best Performance (CBP) with an indoor PB of 2:11.88secs which moves her up to 4th on the UK W35 all-time indoor list. Hayley Cargill, in only her third ever indoor race, stepped up to the challenge and tracked her team mate but couldn’t quite keep to the ferocious pace set. Hayley won the silver medal and in doing so also ducked under the previous CBP. Hayley also set a new PB of 2:16.00secs which ranks her 7th on the UK W35 all-time indoor List.
Chris de Mauny flew the Walton flag in the men’s middle distance events and competed in both in the M35 800m and 1500m finals. Chris finished his indoor campaign nicely by setting indoor PBs at both distances
Martin Willis had the busiest weekend of all the Walton athletes competing in no fewer than six different track and field disciplines, in the M45 age group. He was rewarded with PBs in the 200m, 400m, Hammer and Javelin.
(photos by Fiona & Chris de Mauny)