MEMBERS MEANDER 2019
The second club handicap race of the year took place on Wednesday 21st Aug. It followed our KA7 route along the canal to Rodley and back via the river path. Approx 6.5 to 7 miles. It was a good night weather wise – the day had stayed dry and was not too hot (and no angry midges or bugs about). The main problem on the night seemed to be negotiating the fallen tree somewhere on Rein Road. There was a good turn out with 23 runners, 1 “jogger” Hannah, happy to take in the scenery, 6 helpers, Chris, Lee, John, Paul, Lucy (all recovering from injury) and Catherine (back from a 3 month excursion in Peru) to guide the runners around the correct turns, and most importantly, Jemma to ensure all the runners set off in their correct time slots, and all were recorded home with their run times and positions.
As usual we tried to handicap the runners as fairly as possible – but with 89 possible starters – all in various forms of fitness or recovery, it is difficult getting everyone spot on. Even more so by not knowing who will turn up on the night. We also had 5 newish members taking part, Jo, Rachel, Anne, Lloyd and Alberto, just to mix up the times a little. There were also 3 “older” faces who had been missing for some time, – Peter (injury) and Gieds and Asta who have been away/busy. As usual Patrick was first away and after a period of 34 and a half minutes, the last two, Ben and Alan finally set off. Alan did manage to overtake 11 runners but sadly Ben was left with the wooden spoon – possibly still recovering from his full iron man triathlon. At least the last runners just managed to get back before it got too dark, and there was a time gap of about 10 minutes between the first and last one home. The fastest runner on the night was Alan with a time of 42.03 and the fastest lady was Anne with a time of 53.11
First over the line with a run time of 58.04 was Liz Walker, a minute and a half in front of Giedrius 50.30, then a further 1 minute behind, Lloyd 51.28. Commiserations to Anne and Gary who finished 4th and 5th and the other 17 runners behind, but hopefully your start times will be more favourable for next years Chairmans Chase. At least the food afterwards in the LPSA seemed to go down well afterwards
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