This is double (well 1 1/2) report, as I realised I forgot to do a report for September!
There was a fantastic 19 runners out, which is our best attendance for a non ‘testimonial event’ (aka Horton Handicap & Anglicap). September had 12 runners as it was affected by a few regulars being in Wales for the Dell Management Challenge.
Our average attendance for the 2015 to date is now 15.9 (2014 full year average 10.2) which to me really illustrates the growth in your club and a friendly atmosphere which encourages runners of all genders, experience, age and speed.
There was a very impressive 7 personal bests, with James N, Karen, Ben, Neil, Diane, Andy R and James C all recording new records. James N and Andy were also beating the previous best set in September, when Tim Newman also set a new personal record.
It was also pleasing to welcome Claire Loon to her first handicap running a very creditable 34:58. Karen also ran her first handicap in September and was back for more this month.
And now onto the results …
As I noted above, 7 PB’s is a fantastic performance and I also noted that everyone who ran in August/September & October improved their time this month – apart from Mr Consistency, Nick Lindsay who ran an identical time to September and in-fact, if we go back to his previous handicap in May, he ran 23:21.
Diane and James Clarke are the aged graded King and Queen for this month, James retaining his crown from September, while Diane took over from Naomi. They achieved this honour having run closest to the calculated World Record for someone of their age/sex over this distance – if you want an age grading in future events just let me have your date of birth.
I always like the ‘current consecutive attendances record’. Mark A, Ian S and myself had built this into double figures up to late Summer, but having all missed events of late, the current joint holders are Mark Tabor and James Clarke, who have each participated in the last 3 events.
Finally, a big thank you to Ian Robinson (September), Mike Butt and Andy Joyce (October) for starting us all off and recording finish times. The next handicap will be on Monday 30th November and I will send out a calendar invite closer to the time.