I hope that members will be interested in the result of RWA National 50k championship held at Colchester yesterday: (Yes this is an outstanding result).
1st STEVE ALLEN (Barnet & District AC) 5:35:01 (PB and CR)
The UK 50k scene had not been strong for some years and in the absence of our Olympic representative Dominic King and his brother Daniel (who both walked and completed the 100 mile championship being held at the same venue over the weekend) and a series of DNFs (particularly that of Francisco Reis) and disqualifactions (notably Ian Richards, once again) I was left to come home in front for a highly unexpeceted win (at least as far as I was concerned). I became by far the oldest and slowest winner in the long history of the event which has been won in the past by such Olympic notables as Harold Whitlock, 1st Berlin 1936, (1933 and 1935-1939), Don Thompson, the Rome winner, (7 years in a row 1956-1962 and also 1966) and Paul Nihill - silver in Tokyo 1964 - (1964,1968 and 1971).
I was from some way out racing more to preserve my position than going for a time so hope to go a bit faster in the Dutch 50k in 2 weeks time. Unlike in my previous tries at 50k, including my 6th in this event in 2010, I kept a nice steady tempo going throughout and despite obviously tiring late on lost very little time lap by lap and was feeling quite strong at the finish - stretching a 4 minute lead at 43k to just under 8 at the finish. My old rival Arthur Thomson was second giving Hertfordshire a 1-2.