It’s a stroll for Barnard

PHIL BARNARD was victorious in the 5,000m walk at Ashtons Track last week. First to show was Ilford s in-form Stephen Crane, who set a blistering pace, before Barnard forged ahead gaining a slight advantage which he held with confidence until the tape, br

PHIL BARNARD was victorious in the 5,000m walk at Ashtons Track last week.

First to show was Ilford's in-form Stephen Crane, who set a blistering pace, before Barnard forged ahead gaining a slight advantage which he held with confidence until the tape, breaking it in 24 minutes and 32 seconds.

The pace was relentless, despite a stiff wind hitting walkers on the back straight, and second-placed Crane, who was always just within striking distance, was rewarded with a personal best time of 24.41 - his second pb in just three days.

In third place came Steve Uttley, who walked a tactical race. He was there to secure the overall Series Trophy and he knew that with his points tally amassed in previous races, he only had to finish for success. He walked steadily, clocking 26.54 and won the 2009 Series Title.


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A special mention for the athlete finishing sixth. It was Ilford AC life member Brian Armstrong, who came along to race for the first time in two years, and belied his lack of action by clocking an inspiring 30.15.

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