9 Sphinx AC runners/family/friends completed this Boxing Day race, with runners setting off at differing times according to ability. Results: https://www.barrowrunners.co.uk/event-calendar/boxing-day-handicap/ Race position Chip time position NAME Chip Time 142 33 James Abrams 00:41:24 215 34 Andy McIntosh 00:41:46 202 53 Narinder Bains 00:44:20 151 71 Mitch Timms 00:45:43 140 78 Jane Edwards 00:46:20 170 147 Thomas Padgett 00:53:56 128 180 Philippa Abrams 00:57:08 29 197 Katie Timms 00:58:48 219
Thanks to Jackie Stuart for list of winners: *Ron Wagstaff Trophy* The Ron Wagstaff Trophy couldn’t have been closer. Rachael and Andy Mc both had the same number of points from the runs, the difference was Rachael completed all six runs and Andy completed five. _Name_ _Grandborough_ _PB Est Pos_ _Brinklow_ _PB Est Pos_ _Monks Kirby_ _PB Est Pos_ _Frankton_ _PB Est Pos_ _Corley_ _PB Est Pos_ _The Greenway_ _PB Est Pos_
The final race in the club summer handicap series was held on Sunday, 10th September. First over the line was a guest - Charlotte Harris, other half of birthday boy, Al Harris. The first Sphinxie over the line was Darren Harriott, and the nearest to their predicted time was Mitch. We also had a couple of juniors, Annie Carberry and Lacey Abbott, completing the five mile race. Well done to everyone, fine performances throughout.
Thanks to Jackie for the following report:
52 runners including 5 guests. It was good to see so many members there, even if we don’t always know if we’re coming or going!!
At one point it became rather manic at the finish line, as 5 or 6 runners crossed the line at the same time as a truck. If anyone has any queries about the results between position 25, Rachel, and position 35, Amarjit, please let me know.
The final race in the handicap series is on Sunday, 10th September at The Greenway, Burton Green.
Thanks to Jackie Stuart for the following report and results:
Well the threatened rain stayed away while the 4th handicap race was underway. 43 runners started, with 42 finishing, which included 2 guests and 1 junior.
The race by won by Andrew White, for the 2nd time this season. Fastest man was Rob Wheatley and fastest female was Catherine Gough who was squeezing a quick run in, between graduating on Wednesday and going on holiday on Friday. The beauty of this race is that after starting everybody off, we can watch you all pass us about halfway round. It is amazing to see how much the gap has decreased by the last to first starters.
The next race is on Thursday 3rd August at Corley.
Thanks to Chris and Wayne for setting out the course and everybody who marshalled.
Thanks to Jackie Stuart for the following report:
Another glorious night for race 3 at Monks Kirby. This is the shortest of the runs at 4.9 miles and also, quite possibly, the fastest route. This was proved by the fact that, of the 58 runners, 44 ran quicker than the handicapper’s time.
11 within 40 seconds of handicapper’s time
14 within 40 seconds of own estimated time
14 over handicapper’s time
44 under handicapper’s time
On the night Mark Moran was first over the line in a time of 35:45 followed by first timer Vicky Brewin. Fastest man was Rob Wheatley in 29:49 and fastest lady was Laura Duggins in 37:23. Closest to estimated time was Paul Gocher – 1 second (I also was only 1 second out. At least I managed to get one of the times correct, thank goodness!)
Thanks to Chris and Wayne for setting up the course, and to all the marshals and helpers on the finish line. The next race is at Birdingbury on the 29th June. I hope you are all looking forward to that hill!
34 Sphinx runners took part in the third race in the Warwickshire Road Race League. It was also Sphinx’s designated 5-mile handicap race, as Jackie Stuart describes:
New members may not be aware of our one-off handicap races. The 5 mile run at the Ryton 5, the 10 mile run at the Rugby 10 and the half-marathon run at Kenilworth. The handicapper predicts times for all members and whoever beats the predicted time by the most is the winner.
Only 6 runners managed to beat the time set by the handicapper, and it was very close. Pete Fahy beat the handicapper by the most – 42 seconds with Collette O’Keefe in 2nd position – 41 seconds. It was an extremely hot evening and this may have affected many runners’ times, it certainly affected mine!!
Thanks to Jackie Stuart for the following report:
The first of the Thursday night handicaps saw 51 runners take part at Brinklow. The evening started off quite warm, but for those of us standing around it soon felt very cold.
The first person to cross the line was one of two guests, Joanne Bass. The second person over the line, and winner of the handicap, was Fiona Quinn. The fastest runner was Rob Wheatley in a time of 33:42 and the fastest female was Lisa Abbott in 41:22. Wayne was closest to his estimated time.
Thanks to everyone that marshalled.
Thanks to Jackie Stuart for the following report, and to Fi for the photos:
Race 1 of the handicap series began with a beautiful spring/summer day (the clocks had gone forward). I arrived at where I thought the start was and waited for Chris and Wayne, who were putting out the signs. We set about giving out numbers and taking estimated times, In total 29 people turned up, which included 4 guests. We were also grateful for everybody who turned up to marshal – we can’t do it on our own, so remember, if you’re unable to run please consider helping.
First over the line was one of our newer members, Andrew White followed by ex-member Caroline O’Brien and then Barry Adams. Fasted time of the day was Pawel Langer in a time of 31:28 and Barry was closest to his estimated time.
Thanks to everyone who turned up; see you on 4th May, at Brinklow.
One of our guest, Sir David Phillips of Massey’s, was invited by Mitch and filed the following report on the Massey website:
Bit of a blank w/e as far as races were concerned but Sphinx’s Mitch Timms mentioned their event and welcomed me over but on one condition. That I did not wear my Red and White but my Pembrokeshire Harriers colours which, like Sphinx’s colours, are blue and yellow.
So a real no brainer then so Pembs it was so I joined approx. 35 Sphinx colleagues for their run.
It was a staggered start and as I was an outsider I jogged off 1st with a new lady member whose only ever race was a 3 miler and 3 miles was the furthest she had ever run. So I vowed to drag/push her round. So off we started 1st.
The course was a cracker in beautiful countryside and on very narrow lanes with cyclists, tractors and the occasional car for company. Plus of course sheep and lambs shouting us on.
At about 3 miles the leaders of the pack caught us up and then at 4.5 miles we switched to a field footpath up to the finish area. This terrain was unheard of to my lady companion runner and it was also uphill but with my persuasive ways we made it to the top and the finish.
So well done Sphinx and thanks.
Then afterwards at the Shoulder of Mutton pub in Grandborough for the results and a chat.
Sphinx’s 6 summer handicaps are at different country pub locations location within half an hour drive from Coventry (Monks Kirby. Corley, Brinklow, Birdingbury and today). Kenilworth do their summer handicap similarly and all at different locations. Plus there is always a pub afterwards for the results and sandwiches. With our problems of numbers and locations maybe we should follow a similar procedure and vary the venues. Committee??
Massey/Pembroke Harriers time:
Dave Philips + new lady friend 61 mins.
Many thanks to Jackie and Chrissy for their excellent organisation of this year’s club handicap series.
Jackie has sent the following Greenway report:
The final race of the handicap series took place on Sunday 25th September on the Greenway. The summer has flown by and the final race seemed to come far to quickly. Overall the series has gone well with only a few minor hiccups with the results on some of the races; easily sorted on the days following the races.
Many thanks to Wayne and Chris for sorting out the courses and to everyone who marshalled or helped at the events.
For the final race there were 27 runners, which included two juniors (Annie making her debut) and two guests – good to see Barry Adams making a return.
Roll on next year!