Winter Handicap 2016-2017
March 2017 Race Report
It was a lovely evening for the final run in the winter handicap series. I am sure you are all glad it is over so that you can start the summer runs. It was getting a bit dark when the run was completed but soon it will be OK.
Congratulations to our winners, Val Bowes with 52 points and Charlie Burford with 50 points. The fastest times were Sean McCabery 29:37 and Abigail Cross 37:38. The fastest Age graded times were Sean McCabery 26:44 and Val Bowes 31:42.
Thanks as ever to Alan Hills whose help throughout the 5 runs has been invaluable, and also for the lovely chocolates which we all enjoyed. Thanks also to Barbara Towers and Gary Spring who helped on the evening.
I have decided to hand over my staff of office, so anyone who would like to take over as Handicap coordinator, please have a word with Simon.
February 2017 Race Report
Twenty two Oxted Runners contested the fourth race in the Winter Handicap Series.
First back was new member Travis Wynstanley on his second run round the track. Travis will be suitably punished by the handicapper next time! Charlie Burford ran the fastest time by a man, and moved to the top of the Handicap Competition. The best Age-Graded run on the night was by Tony Saill. Sean McCabery still has the fastest run and fastest age graded run for the season to date.
Val Bowes was the first woman home, and ran the best Age-Graded time on the night which was also the best Age-Graded time of the season. Louise Martindale ran the fastest time on the night, though Abigail Cross still has the fastest run of the season. Jane McTaggert’s fourth place on the night put her at top of the Handicap Competion.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to John Holmes who was injured halfway round, and confused Keith by returning the wrong way down Detillens Lane, and thanks to Keith, Alan, and Mike for organising the run.
January 2017 Race Report
It was a very miserable evening for the third race of the Winter Series. Twenty seven runners competed, with a few others running just for the fun of it. At least the temperature was well above freezing, but it was raining the whole way round the course.
Sean McCabery is still doing exceedingly well as he currently leads the handicap, the fastest time and the age-graded time, setting yet another fastest time in this event, 26:44. For the women there is going to be serious competition as Abigail Cross and Jane Mc Taggart are currently tied at the top of the handicap competition, with Kim Sullivan and Lynn Hills close behind. The age graded competition is still close with Val Bowes in the lead. Abigail Cross did well to finish in 37:57, taking the lead for the fastest time.
I am beginning to think we need a special award for Andy Irons as the most consistent runner. His three runs were within 18 seconds of each other.
The next race in the series is on 28th February.
As ever, huge thanks to Alan, for his help running the event.
November 2016 Race Report
It was a very cold start for the second race of the Winter Series. Twenty two runners competed, with a few others running just for the fun of it. The temperature was well below zero so everyone stayed indoors for as long as possible apart from Alan & Barbara who had to stay outside to assist me, they were definitely the coldest by the end of the evening.
If everything went to plan all 22 runners should have arrived simultaneously at the finish line which would have given us a real nightmare, which it was, because 17 of the 22 runners were within a minute of the target time, and half of the runners within 40 seconds of the target time.
Sean McCabery is doing exceedingly well as he currently leads the handicap, the fastest time and the age-graded time. For the women there is going to be serious competition as Abigail Cross, Kim Sullivan and Lynn Hills are currently tied at the top of the handicap competition. The age graded competition is still close with Val Bowes in the lead. Sian Jones still holds the fastest time from the first event.
The next race in the series is on 31st January.
As ever, huge thanks to Alan and Barbara, for their help running the event.
October 2016 Race Report
Conditions were good for the first race of the Winter Series. Twenty nine runners competed, with a few others running just for the fun of it. As ever, the first race is always a bit of an eye opener. Your Chairman will not have seen much of it, apart from a quick view of the backs of all those those passing him! One of those, Sean McCabery currently heads the standings in both fastest and age-graded. Clearly that nasty ankle injury which put Sean out for much of last season is firmly in the past. Amongst the women there is going to be a serious competition for the age graded prize, currently led by Christine Dawson, but Lynn Hills, and Val Bowes are very close behind.
This season there will be prizes in three categories, for both men and women: the handicap competition, the fastest single run, and the fastest age-graded run.
The next race in the series is on 29th November.
As ever, huge thanks to Alan, Barbara and Simon, for their help running the event.