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Race report: Crawley A.I.M. Charity 6 & 12 hour track race - Saturday April 2, 2011

by Editor
Thursday 7th April 2011

Pam Storey reports from Crawley

Twenty one athletes , including three females were set off at 7am by race director Pam Storey for the 12 hour track race at the K2 Leisure Centre, Crawley in perfect weather conditions for distance running.

These would be joined three hours later by eighteen males and two females running the 6 hour race.

Last years winner George Dayantis from Ringwood, Hants had run 100kms in Perth the previous Sunday but nevertheless set off at a fast pace hoping to better his distance from last year of 88.15 miles (141.87km). Stephen Pope from Sheffield was also running well as was Christian Grundner from Germany. Also maintaining a good steady pace was William Sichel from Orkney. William is a multi day specialist (over 48 hours up to 1000miles) and this was the shortest race he had run for several years. He was using this race as preparation for longer events later in the year. These runners were looking likely to figure in the prizes.

In races of this nature anything can happen and sadly for George Dayantis his legs began to cramp badly after 10 hours of running and it was necessary for him to withdraw from the race leaving the battle between Stephen, Christian and William. Nevertheless George was to finish in 3rd place ahead of William by some three miles.

Further down the field the three ladies including race walker and 2008 winner Sue Clements, Lorraine Fraser and Elaine Oddie were enjoying a good race. Elaine has taken part in every one of the Crawley races this being the 6th running of the event.

The final result was:

1st Male Stephen Pope unattached 85.680 miles (137.980 km)
1st Male Veteran Christian Grundner LVR-Geiselhoring 79.04 miles (127.200 km)
1st Female Sue Clements LDWA 51.080 miles (82.200 km)
1st Female Veteran Lorraine Fraser Eastleigh Running Club 49.150 miles (78.610 Km)
Oldest Finisher Sid Morrison (68) 100 Km Association 59.850 miles (96.310 km)


At 10am the 6 hour race was started with the runners soon settling in amongst the 12 hour competitors. In the field and keen to win this race was local runner Walter Hill who had twice won the 12 hour race here.

Soon battle commenced with strong running from Walter , Alan Ryder from Devon and a couple of Blackheath Harriers, David King and Richard Griffin.
Further down the field the 2 ladies were running well with Sarah Hayes leading from Carole Wisdom. This was to be the final finishing positions.

The men ran an exciting race with Walter Hill coming out on top, another great result from the local hero with plenty of support on trackside from Crawley A.C. members.

Walter Hill winning the 6 hour race

Photo: Walter Hill winning the 6 hour race

The final result was:

1st Male Walter Hill Crawley Athletic Club 43.400 miles (69.846 km)
1st Male Veteran Alan Ryder Erme Valley Harriers 40.104 miles (64.541 km)
1st Female Sarah Hayes Northern Vets 33.169 miles (53.380 km)
1st Female Veteran Carole Wisdom Serpentine Running Club 25.866 miles (41.660 km)
Oldest finisher Robbie Wilson (76) 100 Marathon Club 25.103 miles (40.400 km)


Robbie was in fact allowed to continue to complete the Marathon distance in 6 hours 15 mins 05 secs. He will be running the Virgin London Marathon in 2 weeks time and will be completing his 400th Marathon later this year in Hawaii.

This race raised over £1400 for the Advance International Ministries Charity who are at present funding the building of an orphanage and boarding school in Kiyindi, Uganda.


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