Thursday, 25 June 2009

John Cannell

John Cannell retains the honour of having the most wins, even though he slipped behind Janice Quirk on best times.

Despite his Partish Walk record like so many of the top Manx race walkers of the past, JC's best performances were off the Isle of Man.

He is the third fastest British walker at 100 miles with his 17:10:15 at Leicester in July 1988. He "only" finished second in that race to Richard Brown (with Manxman Willie Corkill third). The previous year he won the 100 miles in 17:55:10.

He was on the rostrum again in 1989. In a much slower race he was third in 19:28:05 with Edmund Shillabeer, the 69 year old Parish Walk debutant, taking the honours in 18:11:08.

Although I have known John as long as I have had an interest in race walking (about 36 years) and was his advisor for a couple of years after I stopped competing, I have only scratched the surface on his long career.

But here is one I prepared earlier:

and here is the BBC feature from last week:

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