Guernsey Church to Church 19.4 miles walk Sunday September 4th 2016

August 20, 2016


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Thanks to our current sponsors for the 2016 event

Healthspan (Vitamins and supplements online store)

Relate Guernsey (the relationship people)

Jupiter Trust (fiduciary and fund administration)

Bedell Cristin (award winning law firm)

Bourse Trust (trust, pension and company services)

Randalls of Guernsey ( Brewers, Distillers and Wine Merchants)

Collenette Jones (Chartered Certified Accountants)

Guernsey Candles (local tourist attraction)

Fletchersports (local sports shop)

Bucktrouts (quality drinks)

Electrical Supplies & Machinery (Guernsey) Ltd

August 1, 2016

Statistics page updated

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The statistics page has been updated with 2015 event included.

July 28, 2016

Presentation evening menu

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CTC evening eats Click link for printable menu choice.

February 28, 2016

1936 certificate

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The Sarnia Walking Club received a certificate this morning via Mick Le Sauvage from the first Church to Church road walk in 1936.  The certificate was presented by the first organisers,  Guernsey Wanderers Social and Football Club.

Past Press reports gave the name as Guernsey Wanderers Sports and Social Club. The certificate is the one given to Mrs A Peters. Mrs Peters was the mother of two future women’s champions Mrs Winona Robert , who competed in 1936 and Mrs Gladys Leeder.


January 28, 2016

Robin Waterman RIP

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It is with sadness to have to report the recent passing of Rob Waterman at the age of 76. Rob was a member of the Sarnia Walking Club and represented Guernsey in the 1970 Commonwealth Games as a coach and the 1974 Games as a competitor in the 20 miles road walk.

He was the winner of the 1970 Church to Church road walk in 2.52.53.FullSizeRender-1

Below is a reproduction of an article on Rob in the Guernsey profiles website.

Rob Waterman, five times the Club Champion, was one of the first members of the Sarnia Walking Club. He started walking in the mid 60`s taking in the Church walk as well as racing in the GIAAC walks in 1964, improving steadily and helping the SWC to their team win in the “Garnet” 10 miles in 1967.

From 1968 to 1971 Rob was the Guernsey Sarnia Walking Club Champion, as well as winning the Eric Waldron Trophy 3 times, the 7 mile Chilcott Cup in under 54 minutes, the Val Des Terres Hill Climb, the North Regatta walk and a West Show 20 miles.

In 1969 he walked in the 6 mile Chippenham event, and scored the 2nd of his 4 wins in the 5 miles Sark walk. Sark being a car free island a short boat trip from Guernsey.

In 1970 he failed to gain selection for the 20 miles Commonwealth Games walk but went as coach to the 3 selected walkers and on his return scored his only victory in the Church Walk beating Dave Dorey by 4 and a half minutes in 2 hours 52 minutes 53 seconds.

In 1971 with junior walkers coming through Rob organized regular training sessions for the youngsters as well as helping out future walkers such as Rob Elliott.

During 1973 Rob won the 50 kms walk in just outside 5 hours and had a win in the West Show 20 miles followed by 3rd behind visitors Dave Rosser and Guernsey’s John Moullin in the Church to Church walk in a personal best of 2.51.27 which was good enough for him to gain selection for the 1974 New Zealand Commonwealth Games, backing up his races earlier in the year including winning the bronze medal in the Hampshire 10 miles walk.

Almost finishing his preparations for Christchurch in the early months of 74 Rob walked under 46 minutes in the popular 6 miles Chippenham walk in the October of 73.

Rob walked to an 11th place in the 20 miles walk at the Games recording a time of 3 hours 00 mins 14 secs, slower than his best but a fine walk in the heat of New Zealand.

On return his domination of island walks was coming to an end with the emergence of Mick Elliott who was improving by every race up to 10 miles in distance and young Andy Le Heron.  Rob lost out on the championship to Elliott, and in his last Church walk finished 3rd.

One of his final races was in the Chippenham to Calne 6 miles where the SWC were victorious where he finished in 8th position, one behind Elliott in 47 minutes. Rob retired soon afterwards from the walking scene leaving behind him impressive times including:

1 mile 6.52

3 kms 13.42

5 kms 23.05

7 miles in 53.42

10 miles 77.34

20 kms 103.54

20 miles 2.52.48

50 kms 5.00.40.

The 6 miles Milestones Walk was introduced by Waterman and is known as the Rob Waterman Trophy, whist the long established Hill Climb Shield, still competed for today was made by Rob.

Rob Elliott 2016

September 7, 2015

2015 report and results

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Photos here 

Sunday September 6th 2015

Sarnia Walking Club

Church to Church 19.4 miles road walk


Balls Bid for Victory Falls Short

Jim Balls bold bid for victory fell apart in the final one and a half miles as race winner Stuart Le Noury swept past him after closing a three minutes gap on the long time race leader. The mens race was always going to be between these two past Church Walk winners and despite the slowest winning time for many years the outcome was not clear for a lot of the race. Fourteen walkers set off from the St Peter Port start in the traditional 19.4 miles walk between the islands Parish Churches on a day that was to get hotter as the race progressed.

After the early climb out of town and on to St Martins via the hills of Cornet Street and Les Vardes Stuart Le Noury had built up a lead of almost two minutes by the 3 miles point. He passed that point in 31.02 with Jim Ball in second and son Chris in third.

Leading women at this point were Marie Macdonald and Olga Sinkevica in 36.20 and 36.22. Marie, the defending womens local Star Trophy winner and Sarnia Walking Club Champion Olga in her Church debut were to remain in close contention for almost 16 miles of the race.

Once the early hills were out of the way the route through to Torteval Church meant the walkers showed an increase in speed with Jim Ball making up the deficit, after his early easy walking miles, on race leader Stuart Le Noury with only four seconds separating them at the 5 miles point reached in 50.44. Phil Lockwood had moved into third place just over four minutes behind, with Coventry Godiva visitor Glyn Jones a further minute down. Leading woman Marie Macdonald had opened up a gap of twelve seconds on Olga Sinkevica, who had the company at this point of Kevin Le Noury walking in his 40th consecutive Church walk. All were under the hour mark with Marie timed at 59.34.

Jim Ball continued to push on to ten miles, with his tactics seeming to be to put as much time between himself and Stuart as possible  and trying to hold on in the latter stages. Sometimes it works. The gap between the first two opened up to three minutes by ten miles with Ball making a big effort on the hilly section between Torteval Church and the ups and downs to the Little Chapel near the half way mark. Le Noury was going through a bad patch, combined with an untimely pit stop. Ball passed 10 miles in 1 hour 38 minutes and 44 seconds , with a healthy lead of three minutes and still walking well.

Stuart Le Noury seemed relaxed in second place and perhaps even confident that the race leader would slow down in the latter stages. Phil Lockwood was still in third place with Glyn Jones catching him slightly. The two leading women were still close together with Marie having a slight advantage of four seconds.

At fourteen miles, after taking in the long downhill section from Castel Church towards Vale, Jim Ball passed by, not looking as smooth as he had been but still with a two and a half minutes advantage over Le Noury, who still looked easy and relaxed.

The Vale Church check point at 15 miles was reached in 2.30.21 by Ball. Le Noury was closing fast but still two minutes behind with less than four and a half miles to the finish and could run out of road. A few miles on and Ball was struggling, but would he rally once caught by Le Noury ? The hill going up to 16 miles from Vale Church to Vale School had taken it out of him and despite the course from their to the South Esplanade finish being relatively flat he would find it hard going.

On to the sea front at Richmond Corner and with only a few miles to go, Le Noury had Ball in his sights. Coming through the Red Lion area and Stuart Le Noury swept past Ball who had little response as he cramped up with what effort he could find to stay with the new leader.

The race was now in the hands of Le Noury who opened up a minutes gap by the finish line crossed in 3.21.31. With no chance of getting back to the leader Ball, in some discomfort , finished in 3.22.41.

Well outside his personal best time Stuart Le Noury  won the event for the second time, adding to his 2011 victory. A surprise third place went to Glyn Jones in 3.32.02, two minutes quicker than last year, over two minutes ahead of second local walker home Phil Lockwood.

Past race winner Ed Shillabeer was fifth in 3.43.37, a regular visitor to Guernsey from his Plymouth home and walking in “one of his favourite events”. He was closely followed by Enfields Sean Pender. The womens winner was not in doubt from the sixteenth mile as a strong looking Marie Macdonald started pulling away from a struggling Olga Sinkevica. A small gap at that point had stretched to nine minutes by the finish line as Marie walked herself into 10th place on the Guernsey all time list. The finishing time of 3.49.11 was a huge improvement on her debut time last year of 4.04.56.

Olga struggled home in under four hours with 3.58.23, with plenty of improvement to come once she gets used to walking the distance. Next home was Kevin Le Noury, finishing for the 40th time but not able to muster a sprint home as he finished just outside the four hours barrier.

Eight minutes behind, Mick Le Sauvage, back in the event after a few years off , finished for the 48th time since 1959 in 4.08.26. The achievements of these two walkers must be unmatched in local athletics and neither show signs of stopping yet..

David Hoben, another visitor finished in 4.37.45, ahead of local walker David Larkin, making his debut in the event in 4.41.05. Third woman home Kay Coulson finished in 4.50.43.

Thanks go to our walk sponsors and all those who helped on the day. Bucktrouts (Walkers Crisps), Relate, Randalls of Guernsey,  Network Insurance, Healthspan, Rothschild, Electrical Supplies & Machinery (Guernsey) Ltd, Guernsey Candles, Taj Restaurant, Jupiter Trustees, Richmond Fiduciary Group, Trust Corporation, Jenny Elliott, Fletchersports, Guernsey Sports Commission, Collenette Jones, Hot Mango, Bourse Trust, Bedell, Avenue Trust / Lince Salisbury










Stuart Le Noury

Sarnia WC






Jim Ball

Steyning AC






Glyn Jones

Coventry Godiva






Phil Lockwood

Sarnia WC






Ed Shillabeer

Ilford AC






Sean Pender

Enfield & Haringey






Marie Macdonald

Sarnia WC






Olga Sinkevica

Sarnia WC






Kevin Le Noury

Sarnia WC






Mick Le Sauvage

Sarnia WC






David Hoben

Surrey WC






David Larkin







Kay Coulson

Sarnia WC





Chris Ball






Open Winner

Stuart Le Noury


Jim Ball


Glyn Jones

Victory Cup (First Channel Islander)

Stuart Le Noury

Newcomer Plaque

not awarded

Newcomer Trophy (First Channel Islander)

David Larkin

Under 25 Plaque

not awarded

Under 25 Trophy (First Channel islander)

not awarded


Open Winner

Marie Macdonald


Olga Sinkevica


Kay Coulson

Star Trophy (First Channel Islander)

Marie Macdonald

Newcomer Plaque

not awarded

Newcomer Trophy (First Channel Islander)

Olga Sinkevica

Under 25 Plaque

not awarded

Under 25 Trophy (First Channel Islander)

not awarded

Jenny Elliott Salver (First Guernsey woman O/35 yrs)

Marie Macdonald

Men or women:

C J Robin Veterans tankard: 40 to 49 yrs

Phil Lockwood

Healthspan Super Vets tankard 50 to 59 yrs

Jim Ball

Winning Ways Trophy: 60 – 69 yrs

Sean Pender

Ilford AC Vets trophy : over 70 yrs

Glyn Jones

Team Trophies:

Guernsey Parish Shield : (first Parish with 3 to finish)


Stuart Le Noury, Olga Sinkevica, Kevin Le Noury

Husband and Wife: (first couple to finish)

not awarded

Fletchersports Team Shield: (Men, women, mixed)

Sarnia Walking Club

athletic / race walking team of 3 walkers to score

Stuart Le Noury, Phil Lockwood, Marie Macdonald

Thanks to our walk sponsors

Bucktrouts (Walkers Crisps), Relate, Randalls of Guernsey

 Network Insurance, Healthspan, Rothschild, Electrical Supplies & Machinery (Guernsey) Ltd

Guernsey Candles, Taj Restaurant, Jupiter Trustees, Richmond Fiduciary Group

Trust Corporation, Jenny Elliott, Fletchersports, Guernsey Sports Commission

Collenette Jones, Hot Mango, Bourse Trust, Bedell, Avenue Trust / Lince Salisbury

Rob Elliott for SWC

Guernsey Race Walking 

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September 2, 2015

latest sponsors

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New sponsors to the event are 

Avenue Trust Lince Salisbury Chartered Accountants and Trust Company , Avenue House, St Julians Avenue, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 1WA, United Kingdom

Bedell Bedell is a leading, award-winning provider of legal and fiduciary services with over 330 partners and staff

Louvre Group The Lou­vre Group has two core busi­nesses – fidu­ciary ser­vices includ­ing the pro­vi­sion of trusts, foun­da­tions and cor­po­rate ser­vices; and fund services including estab­lish­ment, administration and accounting.

Jupiter The Jupiter group of companies comprise Jupiter Trustees Limited, a fiduciary company, and Jupiter Fund Services Limited, a fund administration company. We are an independent and owner managed group based in the Island of Guernsey, specialising in bespoke tailor made structures designed for the specific needs of our clients.

image003-2Richmond Fiduciary Group 

Richmond Fiduciary Group is a Guernsey Trust Company offering clients a professional, approachable and flexible service in the ever developing international markets.

Established in 1988, Richmond is a truly independent trust company which has built a solid reputation and is experiencing continued growth. Based in Guernsey, Richmond is owned and managed by its Guernsey resident directors who together with the senior managers have over 250 years combined experience in the international finance industr

Bourse Trust The Bourse group of companies has been providing a range of trust, pension and company services from our offices in St Peter Port, Guernsey since 1999 and is a leader within the international trust and pension industries.


August 29, 2015


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Church to Church Road Walk

This years annual Church to Church walk will take place on Sunday September 6th at 9.00 am. The 19.4 miles course, starting and finishing at Havelet bay, South Esplanade, is walked between the islands Parish Churches and has been a regular event in the Guernsey sporting calendar since the 1930s. Despite falling behind the atttractions of other endurance based events, it still attracts the stalwart racewalkers and casual walkers of the island.

With a generous time limit of 5  hours 30 minutes, it is well within reach of the walker just out to get around the course to say they have completed it as well as the seasoned racewalker. The event is open to men and women aged 17 years and over.

A small field is expected to take part with local walkers joined by a number of regular competitors from the UK. Past winners Jim Ball and Ed Shillabeer from England are expected to be on the start line alongside local winner Stuart Le Noury.

The womens walk should feature last years Star Trophy winner for first local, Marie Macdonald and Olga Sinkevica, who has recently won the clubs womens Championship. The walk is open to all and full details can be found at the Church website at or Jayne Le Noury

August 25, 2015

more sponsors from Guernsey

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Collenette Jones and Hot Mango are the latest sponsors to support the Church to Church walk with continued sponsorship from Bucktrouts, Fletchersports and Taj Indian Restaurant and Take Away.



Hot Mango Travel situated at 

Les Petites Mielles                                 image002
St. Sampson
Channel Islands
GY2 4SA  
  • T: 01481 247 878
  • F: 01481 249 996

Welcome-on-homepageRandalls of Guernsey, Brewers, Distillers and Wine Merchants to the Channel Islands since 1868
will sponsor the annual event for their first time.

Network Insurance continue their sponsorship of the event.

August 17, 2015


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Rothschild have once again sponsored the Church to Church walk as have Guernsey Candles, Relate Guernsey and Guernsey Sports Commission.

Guernsey Candles can be found just before the 14 miles point in the walk at Les Petites Capelles.

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