The 3rd and final race on the road before we head for Croft Woods was again well supported despite the inclement weather and the counter attractions of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and half term week. Ben has been struggling to train recently due to a niggling injury but was determined to beat his previous best time over the old course. He succeeded and crossed the finish line first with a big improvement. His quest was energised and galvanised by the presence of the fashion police who were in hot pursuit (see photo) – surely his lamentable attempt to set a new trend in running garb is doomed to failure. Stacey followed him across the line and just managed to break the 30 minute barrier as he continued his endeavour to overcome his undermining foot injury. Ruth finished third but had to dig deep with a sprint finish to fend off the fast closing Adam, Martin and Patrick. Adam was sufficiently inspired by the chase to knock over 40 seconds from his P.B.
There is a gap now before the next handicap event in the series takes place in Croft Woods over a shorter course (approx. 3 and a half miles) on Tuesday 24th July. The handicap times will be based on the 5 mile times adjusted by a version of the Duckworth-Lewis method.
1 BEN MARSH 41.42 P.B. by 1 min. 20 secs.
2 STACEY MORGAN 29.54
3 RUTH STAFFORD 39.25
4 ADAM KENNERLEY 36.58 P.B. by 41 secs.
5 MARTIN WILLIAMS 33.41
6 PATRICK PEARSON 33.10
7 FRANK LUSCOTT 37.14
8 CAZ GEORGE 52.25 P.B. by 26 secs.
9 GLYN WILLIAMS 32.13
10 JIM SMITH 35.42 P.B. by 17 secs.
11 ROB JONES 33.44 P.B. by 10 secs.
12 GUY WHITMARSH 37.26
13 NIGEL MASON 32.47
14 DAVE AMEGHINO 30.46 P.B. by 1 sec.
15 SUE DAVIES 34.54
16 IRINA DALE 37.24
17 GARY GUNNER 35.58
18 DAVE GEORGE 32.57
19 TOM DAVIES 38.32
20 GEMMA MALLETT 34.52
21 MARK PAVIOUR 36.29
22 RICHARD HORNSBY 35.40
JON UTLEY 42.13
|5||MIKE BLENKINSOP (V.40)||27.44||1989|
|6||PETER TYLER (V.45)||28.29||1991|
|7||IAN COOPER (V.45)||28.39||1997|
|11||DAVE ROUSE JNR.||29.11||2005|
|12||TOM DAVIES (V.45)||29.23||1994|
|14||MARK PAVIOUR (V.45)||30.18||2009|
|15||PETER HAMILTON (V.40)||30.22||1993|
|16||STEVEN EDWARDS (J.M.)||30.24||1994|
|18||PETER FAULKNER (V.45)||30.34||1991|
|3||SUE DAVIES (V.45)||33.18||2010|
|6||ALISON COOKE (V.40)||33.45||2002|
|8||SUZANNE TURVEY (J.F.)||34.59||2009|
|9||NATALIE ROUSE (J.F.)||35.25||2000|
|11||NICKY TURVEY (V.45)||38.02||2009|
|14||JO MARRIOTT (V.40)||38.51||2011|
|15||CATRIONA TYLER (J.F.)||38.56||1992|
|16=||RACHEL NELSON (V.40)||39.30||2010|
|16=||LIZA AUSTIN (V.45)||39.30||2012|
|19||SAM HARPER (V.35)||40.06||2012|