Congratulations to the 11 runners who battled to bracken of the Half Trog
this month to complete this medium race. Back at the start of the year we
deliberately threw in a couple of winter races in the summer to see how the
change in weather altered the run, but hadn't accounted for the need to
carry a machete as part of compulsory kit!
Meanwhile Orchan Rocks as a navigation event proved interesting for a few
folk, including Marc Collet who ran backwards all the way round it, so
bravely went out and ran it again a second time to save any admin headaches
for yours truly. James Cooke ran his own interpretation of the route,
which saw him visiting half a dozen other local land marks. Sorry Jim, but
the precedent was set that any such lack of adherence to the route incurs a
penalty on top of your self inflicted penalty. I may have to rethink that
rule for the future.
So what does this mean for the points?
Well after setting their marks early, the 1:2 positions look to be secure
for Shaun Godsman and Mark O'Connor, but the prize everyone wants is the
3rd place trophy that is currently sat on my shelf here. I think I can
count 5 people in strong contention for this from those that have completed
4 or more runs.
In the Women's championship things are far more closely balanced, with just
one point separating Catherine Holden and Cass Chisholm at the top of the
table. 3rd lady title is equally close with Jocasta and Tamsin sitting on
equal points in third place currently, but several other runners notably
waiting to get their 5th and 6th run counters in and battle for this award.
With the kids staying at home and leaving the grown ups to do the running,
it looks like the vets competition will pretty much reflect the overall
competition standings, but notably we are seeing atleast 3 V60 runners
completing the races this year, possibly even 5 within the next few weeks.
As per the rules agreed by the committee, this level of participation
merits the inclusion of a new title, so this year there will be a V60
championship winner. Currently Andy Davies is sitting proud with a
perfect 600, but that does not put him safely out of reach yet as Bob
Howard has a number of 100 point results to his name.
The handicap trophy is where the real excitement lies. This is a mark of
who has been putting the extra effort to keep training in what has been a
very turbulent 24 months. Currently we see a close fought battle here,
with Catherine and Tamsin closely matched at the top, very closely followed
by Graham Lloyd. but once more it is necessary to look further down the
table to see that there are several names who look set to leap up the table
this month. I honestly wouldn't like to try and call this one.
So for the next few weeks I'll sit back and watch the results coming in to
see how this is panning out.