Nearly 50 years after lifting gold in the Commonwealth Games, a Moulton man has been given the honour of carrying this year’s Games baton into Newmarket.
Ron Wallwork, who spent thirty years running Newmarket’s New Astley Club for stable lads, won the first 20 mile race walk staged at the Kingston games in Jamaica in 1966.
He was made an MBE for his services to the Newmarket community in 2002 and is currently involved in a number of local projects including a Walk for Health project and a race walking club, and he supports local and county athletics, acting as mentor to junior national walking champion Callum Wilkinson.
“Whilst it is nearly half a century since I competed in the first of two Commonwealth Games, winning gold in Jamaica in 1966, I am delighted to be involved in the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay,” said Ron.
“I welcome the opportunity to be part of an event in Newmarket that will inspire both young and old to get active and participate in sport.”
The baton relay is due in Newmarket on Monday, June 9, as part of its day in Suffolk. Highlight of its stay in the town will be a mass participation relay at the Rowley Mile racecourse.
Course boss, Amy Starkey, said: “The plans for the day, including a mini festival of sport on the racecourse at The Rowley Mile in Newmarket, are coming together and excitement is growing.”
Carrying the baton in Bury St Edmunds will be cricketer Elizabeth Reynolds from Barton Mills, who is currently a member of the Essex Ladies and England U19 squads.
“I feel really honoured to be chosen as a baton bearer for the games and I hope I can inspire other girls to take up sport,” she said.