The Middlesbrough 100 mile Challenge
Ken Munro Memorial Race
20th/21st August 2022
Middlesbrough Sports Village, Alan Peacock Way Marton Road, Middlesbrough TS4 3AE.
34 out of the 39 entrants were on the start line to complete 100 miles.
At noon Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough started the race.
24 hours later 17 walkers had reached the 100 mile mark in times ranging from 18:44:32 to 23:45:21. Six of these walkers – Jonathan Hobbs (GB), Diederik van Nieuwenhove (Bel), Gunter Luypaerts (Bel), Johan Stesmans (Bel), Adrian Edwards (IOM) and Jacqueline van Drongelen (Ned) qualified as Centurions.
First home was Jonathan Hobbs (GB) who completed 100 miles in 18:44:32. Sharon Scholtz (Aus) was the first lady home in 22:42:43.
This was the first time the Centurions held their prestigious race in Middlesbrough. The walkers, officials and helpers were impressed with the venue and the race was deemed a success. We express our thanks and appreciation to Middlesbrough Borough Council, Middlesbrough Sports Village and everybody who worked ‘behind the scenes’ who contributed to making this a successful and enjoyable event.
Lap splits for all walkers at arrowlive
Report by Chris Flint, Hon. Secretary
An entry of 39 saw 34 start the Centurions qualifying walk at the Middlesbrough cycle circuit on a 166 lap course of 976.45 metres per lap. Despite strong winds and torrential rain Jonathan Hobbs (Ashford) dominated the race from the start finishing in 18.44.33 at an average speed of 8.6 kph and lap time of 6.59. His preparation and analytical approach enabled him at his first attempt to qualify as Centurion No.1212 much to the delight of his father, Chris Hobbs, the RWA President.
Of the six new Centurions the other UK qualifier was Adrian Edwards (Lancashire WC) who overcame much physical discomfort finishing in 14th position in 23:29:28 as Centurion No.1216. Adrian’s performance won him the Ken Smith Memorial Trophy awarded for the most meritorious performance as agreed by the judges and referee. Very well deserved.