Future stars make their debut?

As we all know, course familiarity makes a lot of difference on the handicap, so for Lucie and Harry to run 27:00 and 22:41 respectively on their first appearances suggests that they might both be threatening the very top of the leaderboard in the not too distant future.  From a personal perspective, seeing Harry stride past me after less than 400 yards was slightly sobering too.

Of course, with it being their first time round, they can’t actually PB, unlike Luc and Peter, who both stormed round the course, Peter beating his previous best by 14 seconds and Luc by a frankly ridiculous 1:46.  Anyone who follows Luc on strava will have seen a perfect set of PR’s on both distances and segments on Tuesday.  We must also commiserate with Nick who missed out on a PB by 3 seconds, still a great performance though, which suggests that his current PB of 23:21 won’t be lasting much longer.

As you are no doubt aware, Tim doesn’t miss handicaps and has now run in 13 consecutive events.  Looking at 2017, Tim has obviously run in all 10 events, in second place is Matt P (9 events) and a 4 way tie in 3rd, Baz, Ian R, Mark A and Naomi all having taking part in 8 events.

24 runners at the finish line seems like a lot, but is actually in line with our YTD average (23.4) which compares nicely to last years full year average of 18 and also means we have now beaten last years total attendance (217) with 2 events to go 🙂

Today we had an average run time of 28:19, which is massively affected by who is running (James and Shaun can bring it down by 30 seconds if they run), compared to YTD average of 28:36.

1 final stat, the highest number of runs on the handicap is Mark A, with 41, in 64 events, while the highest woman is Naomi on 31.

This picture is a study in human behaviour – back row – all men, front row, female/male/female/male throughout.  From row all have identical poses (right knee up, left knee down, arm resting on front knee), only Jules and me slightly spoil it.

Finally, thank you to Claire S, Mark T and Keith for starting, timing, photographing.  We are always looking for volunteers, so if you can help next month it would be much appreciated.