Walking Results – Finland

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April18/ 2012

Three walkers from Steyning AC travelled out to Jyvaskyla, Finland, recently to compete in the World Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships, it also included the Outdoor 10Kms Walking Championships. All had successful races and came away with 2 silver, 1 bronze individual medals, and 3 Gold Team medals.
That part of Finland has been suffering from unusually low temperatures for this time of the year, the temperature going down to -11c at night and only just creeping above freezing during the day, a couple of days before the walkers went out they had 12″ of snow most of which was still lying around.
In the indoors 3Kms track races Ian Richards in the 60-64 age category had a great scrap for most of the race with Patrice Brochott of France, and only lost out on the last lap to the Frenchman who won in 14m-15.85s Ian finishing second in 14m-21.07s. In the 70-74 year age group Ron Penfold was a little disappointed to only finish 5th in 17m-22.36s while Dave Stevens had a good race in the 75-79 age group finishing 6th in 20m-13.93s.
In the Outdoor 10Kms which was held on a 1Km lap alongside a frozen lake with the temperature hovering just above freezing Ian again had another great race with the Frenchman in the 60 age group, again just losing out to the Frenchman who finished first in 49m-54s to Ian’s 50m-10s, in the 70 age group Ron had a better race and finished in 3rd spot in 59m 25s, in the 75 age group Dave again finished 6th in 70m 29s.
In the team races the Steyning walkers all featured in Great Britain Teams, because of the way countries are allowed to drop athletes down from higher age groups to make up teams Ian dropped down to the 55-59 age group and lead the G. B. team to victory after a very close contest. 1st Great Britain 2h 45m 28s, 2nd Germany 2h 46m 14s, 3rd Russia 2h 46m 24s. Dave also dropped down an age group to help Ron lead the G. B. team to victory in the 70 age group. 1st Great Britain 3h 24m 04s, 2nd Ukraine 3h 23m 59s, 3rd Latvia 3h 31m 19s.

Kind Regards
RonP

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