this years “accurate” 5k Christmas Handicap around Lancaster Park on Wednesday December 12th.
After Mike Steven and I sorted out the results we arrived back at the clubhouse to tension in the air as people waited for Mike to fire up the computer – it felt similar to what was happening 350 miles away in a Committee room in Westminster. I was playing the part of Sir Graham Brady and loud cheers rang out as I proclaimed Jilly Bell
as the winner of the race and NOBODY can take that away from her for the next year !
Mike had actually tipped Jilly to win when he saw my handicapping “guesswork” – sorry that should read skills !
Some difficult decisions followed as Mike and I tried to ensure that no-one got more than one prize
but just like Theresa we found trying to please everyone is nigh on impossible !
Jilly was followed home by Larry Clarke and Andrew Richardson who had both
submitted dodgy times but reaped the benefits at the prize table.
Claire Hiscock was awarded the “BUFF OF INTEGRITY” prize for being closest to her submitted time !
Fastest on the night were Thomas Innes in 17.19, run virtually on his own, so a great effort from Tom.
He was followed by Paul Banks in 18.28 and Phil Walker in 18.29, two more great performances.
From the Ladies Cat MacDonald ran an excellent 18.49, followed by Jane Briggs in 21.19
and Jilly Bell in 22.53 – well done ladies !
In terms of the all important (especially when you get to my age) %age effort,
the holy grail of 80% was breached by Neil McAnany at 81.38% and Phil Walker at 81.06% - great effort guys !
Special mention to Joe Dixon who finished 8th overall at 12 years of age.
Not only does he mix it on the roads, he can hold his own in the buffet too !
Thanks to Dave Taylor on the lead bike, Linda, Hamish, Pam, Jane & Wendy Dixon
for time keeping and recording duties and to Mike Steven for results BUT special thanks to all of you
for turning out to run and support the event – hope you enjoyed t !
Happy Christmas & and best wishes to you all,