We had 28 runners braving the slightly cool April air – but at least it stayed dry. Most of the runners had already been allocated start times based on their runbritain handicaps, but we did have to squeeze 5 new names onto the spread sheet. The runbritain handicap times are good if everyone is racing all regularly and preferably all at the same races – but unfortunately we like all other clubs have runners coming back from injury, new runners, members who do not race a lot, members who are continually creating pb’s and then people like me on the various degrees of steep descents, having passed their best. All in all not a bad handicapping system so if the runners were not battling for the front position, they were battling against their arch rival members. At least it does give some of the slower runners to be in a chance of winning.
The first 3 people across the line were Helen Burgess who overtook 8 runners to finish with a run time of 49.41. Second was Jill Camm, another runner on the comeback trail after a long maternity break who had a run time of 43.54. Jill was also the fastest lady on the night. Third was Jacquie Elmer, who is one of those on the steep upward spiral (due to our successful training nights?) with a run time of 50 minutes. The fastest male was Jack Hipkiss who despite being last to start and having to wait 27 minutes – and claiming not to know the route – overtook 17 runners and finished 11th. Full results are on the link below.
Many thanks to all the people who came out to marshal, assist and generally support the runners (or to partake in the fine buffet afterwards) these included Hannah Newman, Emma Lavelle Wood, Sam Broome, Gemma Roe and Collette Spencer and apologies if I have forgotten anyone else. If you did not enjoy the run – hopefully you enjoyed the food and presentations afterwards.