Results for Burton Green handicap, 09-Sep-2012

Due the rain back in April the first attempt to run this handicap race along part of The Greenway between Burton Green and Kenilworth had to be postponed. But finally and in ideal conditions we were able to use this route. This race is totally different from any of the others in the series, as it is off road on a “there and back” course, not the usual circular route. Although the nearest car park is about a half a mile from the start this didn’t put off 31 club members from turning out to enjoy the Sunday morning sunshine. With 2 willing marshals in place at either end of the 2.5 mile course the fifth race of the series got under way. Although the underfoot conditions were not great on the section from Burton Green towards Berkswell the runners were rewarded by having the opportunity to give Paul Bergin some abuse at the turn as he sat in his chair with the Sunday paper directing runners. After negotiating the muddy, wet course again to run past the supporters at the start/finish line the next section was better for running before turning round near the bridge over Crackley Lane and completing the run back to the finish.

First to cross the line was Christine Thomas who had a great run to finish in 44:45, over 2 minutes ahead of Luke Makins in second place in 35:06 with Wayne Broadbent coming in 3rd in 35:35. Quickest run of the day and setting the course record was Alex Keenan who completed the course in 30:03, with Justin Smith 2nd quickest in 30:50 and Andrew Lovelock 30:59 completing the fastest 3 runs of the day. There were joint winners for estimating their time, Sue Gough & Wayne Broadbent were just 6 seconds off.

With one race left in the series at Grandborough next Sunday 16th September, the winners of the handicap and road race trophy are still undecided. Although only 6 points cover the top 4 for the road race championship with 4 races to count it is possible for someone who has only completed 3 races to run at Grandborough and take the prize away from the current leader, Andrew Lovelock. The handicap championship leader Pete Haughton will need a good result at Grandborough and then hope that no one comes out of the pack to steal the trophy away.

                           H'cap  Actual Estimate 1   Christine  Thomas     48:00  44:45  46:30 2   Luke       Makins     36:00  35:06  35:00 3   Wayne      Broadbent  36:00  35:35  35:45 4   Chris      Tait       40:30  40:22  39:45 5   Bob        Torley     42:00  42:00  48:00 6   Alex       Keenan     30:00  30:03  29:30 7   Alan       Patrick    35:30  35:38  37:10 8   Martin     Judge      35:30  35:45  36:10 9   Will       Robertson  41:00  41:35  42:0010   Sue        Gough      39:30  40:06  40:0011   Fiona      Quinn      50:00  50:56  49:5512   Pete       Haughton   36:00  36:59  34:0013   Phil       Wilson     35:30  36:32  36:0014   Justin     Smith      29:30  30:50  30:5015   Andy       Wilkinson  30:00  31:27  29:2516   Andrew     Lovelock   29:30  30:59  30:5017   Amy        Frank      46:00  47:31  46:0518=  Jackie     Stuart     41:00  42:36  41:5018=  Kyza       Derby      31:00  32:36  29:2520=  Ian        Wilkinson  30:30  32:14  29:3020=  Suresh     Basra      52:00  53:44  53:0022   Fintan     McSharry   39:30  41:22  39:0023   Mitch      Timms      34:30  36:26  34:4124   Catherine  Gough      36:00  38:36  39:00  (JL)25   Kevin      Naughton   34:30  37:18  36:0026   Andy       Norton     39:00  42:11  39:4027   Steve      Court      34:30  37:43  38:0028   Paul       Slatford   31:00  34:14  30:0029   Mike       Wall       31:00  34:59  33:0030   Bernard    Blundell   37:00  41:18  40:00  *31   Trevor     Clark      DNF

* actual moving time was 39:02, stopped three times due to cramps 🙁

The course was measured at 4.97 miles using one Garmin, though tree cover can affect the accuracy.

Results sorted by running times:

 1  30:03  Alex       Keenan     2  30:50  Justin     Smith      3  30:59  Andrew     Lovelock   4  31:27  Andy       Wilkinson  5  32:14  Ian        Wilkinson  6  32:36  Kyza       Derby      7  34:14  Paul       Slatford   8  34:59  Mike       Wall       9  35:06  Luke       Makins    10  35:35  Wayne      Broadbent 11  35:38  Alan       Patrick   12  35:45  Martin     Judge     13  36:26  Mitch      Timms     14  36:32  Phil       Wilson    15  36:59  Pete       Haughton  16  37:18  Kevin      Naughton  17  37:43  Steve      Court     18  38:36  Catherine  Gough     19  40:06  Sue        Gough     20  40:22  Chris      Tait      21  41:18  Bernard    Blundell  22  41:22  Fintan     McSharry  23  41:35  Will       Robertson 24  42:00  Bob        Torley    25  42:11  Andy       Norton    26  42:36  Jackie     Stuart    27  44:45  Christine  Thomas    28  47:31  Amy        Frank     29  50:56  Fiona      Quinn     30  53:44  Suresh     Basra      

Results and narrative provided by Richard Bagley

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