Morpeth Harriers 2016/2017 Winter Handicap Series
Winter Handicap Series
The Grand Finale Race 4 February 2017.
First a BIG thanks to Dave Taylor the pace bike man who pedalled up from home with his front brake stuck on – and it stayed stuck on !!
Bit of a slog up to Lancaster Park !
Dave and his bike have been a big help to the slower runners over the 4 races and he is certainly ‘vocal’ in keeping people pushing along !
Also thanks to Paul Waterston, Tony Ward, Gordon Dixon, Linda Bray & Pam Woodcock for their help in recording and timekeeping duties – we all have a much better idea of what the ‘officials’ experience
at events week in and week out and as we found out last night wet weather poses an additional challenge !
Finally, thanks to Mike Steven whose computer skills have been invaluable in producing speedy and accurate results – they would be done even quicker if we could solve the problem of his specs constantly steaming up when he gets back in the van to sort the laptop out !
Winter Handicap Series – Race 3 – 25/1/17.
A cool, bright, still evening, perfect conditions for the 26
who turned out to run in January’s race – thanks to you all and hope you enjoyed it.
To celebrate ‘Burns’ night Carol Parry kindly contributed Haggis
(inc a veggie version !) and Whisky miniatures for prizes,
but fortunately she forgot her Tam O’Shanter and ginger wig
so Les Cavill is still way out front in the daft hat category !
Pam Woodcock was missed following her accident a couple of weeks ago
but it meant that someone else would win the prize for the best %age effort – which I have renamed the ‘PAMS POTHOLE PERCENTAGE PRIZE’ (PPPP!) – get well Pam and look forward to seeing you back at the club before too long !
Thanks to Linda, Gordon Dixon, Tony Ward, Mike Steven
and Dave Taylor for their help on the night – it’s appreciated !
The first of the new WINTER HANDICAP RACES was held on Wednesday 23/11/16 in really good conditions on the traditional 2 lap circuit of Lancaster Park estate.
Many thanks to all who turned out and supported the idea of reviving
the monthly handicap – a chance for club members to compete on a (supposedly!!) level playing field and mix with members of other training groups.
Everyone seemed to enjoy it and as the results show there were some standout performances across all age groups and gender – congratulations to all prize winners on the night.
First time I’ve organised a handicap so a bit of a learning experience for me – thanks to Linda, Gordon Dixon, Dave Taylor, Paul Waterston
and George McDougal (for the numeracy wizardry)
for their support on the night.
Also thanks to Carol Parry for the prize contributions !
I didn’t give the prize list enough thought beforehand and I realise I didn’t award a prize for the fastest ladies – apologies for that oversight and Helen King, Lindsay Turnbull and Jane Briggs will find their prizes in the hut
as will Pam Woodcock & Gavin Bayne for their %age effort !
I’m working on one prize per person !
I will adjust handicaps for the next race, the CHRISTMAS HANDICAP
on Wednesday 14/12/16. For that race spend £5.00 on a prize,
wrap it up and it goes into the prize pot.
Winner of the race gets first pick..........!!