Autumn Handicap, 23rd October 2017

The recent winds and rain abated and it turned out to be a decent evening for a run along the Quayside. There was a good turnout of 45 runners including a number of guests.

One of the guests, Kay Lee who had been chaperoned by Gill Milne, led from start to finish and managed to hold off the challenge from fast-finishing Paul-Emile Mangin by 2 seconds. First Claremont member home and winner of the trophy was Christopher Gillie, with Cath Robson second and Lucy Dunbar third.

Fastest on the night in a time of 24:35 was John Lea-Wilson. Anthony Liddle and James Rainbow were the other 2 sub-25 minute runners finishing in 24:48 and 24:53. The quickest lady was the in-form Nicki O’Brien in 28:21, followed by Sarah Kerr in 29:03 and Lucy Dunbar in 29:13.

Dave Kear was a clear winner of the Autumn Cup, becoming the first person to win it twice since the introduction of the new format. Howard MacLennan was runner-up with Mungai Wairia third.

Dave won’t be able to defend his title in January when the final will be contested by Matt Diment, Janet Palmer, Anthony Liddle and Arthur Liu – so Arthur will have to come out and run in the cold!

As ever, thanks to the marshals, start and finish team and everybody else who helped.

Results available here.

Tom Tinsley -