March’s handicap run saw 19 take to the sunny streets of Nursling. There were some heavy legs after the weekend: Mick having taken part in the Portsmouth sprint duathlon the previous day (a series of 3) and winning his first in the M70 category! He joined Jan around the loop. Baz had also done his longest marathon training run of 22 miles just two days before, and managed to post a time just one second slower than his PB.
February’s handicap saw another healthy group of runners head out for the last handicap run of the winter. The weather for the day started out beautiful, but having mentioned how nice the weather was in the email I sent beforehand, it proceeded to cloud over and get miserable 10 minutes before the event. 21 of you braved the chilliness and the brisk westerly.
The cold breeze didn’t deter anyone though, as was shown with the number of PBs that were posted on the day. Congratulations to Adam Prior, Rachel Evans, Jamie Blackman, James Barwell, Tommy Lees and Matt Maiden (by 87 seconds!) who all improved on their best. Just missing out by 5 and 8 seconds, respectively were Neil Wilson and Simon Bonney. Next time!
Although it may be getting to(/is) winter, the sun was out for today’s handicap and so were the runners. Although not boasting as many as last month’s bumper edition, we still had 18 of us out.
A bit of a breeze making it chilly for the timekeepers (James C and Ian R), but nothing to put 5 runners off bringing home PBs – well done to Rachael, Jamie, James B (3 minutes off!), Steve K and Dean. Mark T is on form and posted his best time since October last year, while we give a warm welcome to Tobey Mabey who ran his first handicap today and posted a respectable sub-29.
There must be some sort of record that goes to the number or runners that finished within a small amount of time, causing James to panic with his timekeeping, luckily thanks to Ian backing up and most people recording their own times, we got a full set of results.
Baz still retains the attendance crown, with 15 consecutive handicaps since August 2015, with Karen waiting for him to drop the ball as she currently has second place.
Thanks to everyone who attended – our next event will be just 4 sleeps before Christmas on Weds 21st December, will it be a “white handicap”? Will there be mince pies and sherry? Either way we hope to see you all there.