November continued the recent theme of handicap runs – notably a strong turnout and a fistful of PB’s and strong performances.
Firstly to name the PB hero’s – they are Karen Connell, Neil Wilson, Ian Robinson and Tim Newman – I pretty much knew Ian would record a PB as he pulled away from me at the start and Tim, when he passed me in the underpasses by the 4 Horseshoes. As an aside though, coming down Redbridge Lane I could see about 10 runners in the 150 yards in front of me – it was really quite nice to see how many people have become regular & improving runners thanks to the work OS Runners (& especially Viv and Mark) have done in the last 2 years.
It was also nice to welcome first timers Tony Mabey and Stephen Hancock to the handicap.
& onto the results … (if your name is in red/bold then your time is a PB)
Other notable stats from today; Baz ran his 10th handicap and Mark A ran his 25th and is now joint leader (with John Horton) on 25 events completed (the maximum is 41).
WAVA stats – The best female and best male remain Diane and James C, both of whom successfully defended their titles from October. For those who aren’t aware, WAVA adjusts your time to express it as a percentage of the World Record for someone of your age/sex over this distance – hence the higher the better.
Onto current consecutive attendances – the current holders of the crown are Mark Tabor and James Clarke who have both participated in the last 4 events, joint 2nd are Karen Connell and Baz Newman on 3 events each.
Finally, a big thank you to Mark Stileman for being the starter and timer for today’s event – we are in the process of finalising the dates for next year and once this is done I will be looking for volunteers to assist with the 2016 events.
The next event will be in December and will have some sort of Christmas theme – so watch this space.