Elite Race Walkers

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M...eldy    pirate
09/10/2010 at 19:18
20k in about 1.34 I reckon 
M...eldy    pirate
09/10/2010 at 19:23
I saw it earlier .......  it is usually sniffed at but I would be glad to put in a half time like that, running or walking !
11/10/2010 at 21:54
It does look silly but I suppose no more silly than swimming where they have lots of different ways to cover the same distance.    If they are honest most of them probably do it because there is less competition than in running  - some race walker will probably tell me it's no such thing but why else would you choose that over running ?
12/10/2010 at 16:58
1:17:16 for the men to complete 20km

Full list of walking competitive distances (UK bias) here
13/10/2010 at 21:28
why would they want to?
13/10/2010 at 22:04

A 1:17HM (20k) would get you a top 5 finish in most local half marathons!!!!!

14/10/2010 at 09:03

I've done a bit of race walking in my time, Not elite but not too bad either.

Why, I kept gatting injured running and was aked by my club to do a race walk at a track meeting (we need the points)

I'm deffinatley a better race walker than runner. In running I can do about the same times as the world V60 records. Where as in race walking the V60's are a long way behind.

14/10/2010 at 09:09

i am off out to give it a go - since i can't run at the moment

14/10/2010 at 09:32
carefull it can be adictive. they do it up at birchfield
14/10/2010 at 22:20

15 min/miles - not going to win any prizes am i?

but better than two weeks ago when it was 16.4 min/miles

hmmmm, birchfield you say

(how do you know where i live???)

14/10/2010 at 22:20
oh yeah - face book
14/10/2010 at 22:22
so 20k would take me over 3 hours
23/10/2010 at 19:57

Never really got this race walking thing to be honest.  The fast times are faster than most of us runners can run, and given that the mechanics of walking are pretty similar to running (well it certainly isn't cycling or swimming) you have to ask what's the big difference?  As far as I know the golden rule is that you must have contact with the ground at all times, but whether that always happens is questionable. I once saw a televised event where the judges intervened and started to disqualify those who broke the golden rule.................................absolute chaos.  Almost impossible to work out why some had been disqualified but not others.

Respect to those who do indulge, (looks like hard work) but I'm afraid it just doesn't seem right to me.

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