Autumn Handicap, 26th October 2020
Thirty runners took part in the Autumn Handicap, which once again was a virtual affair. Most chose a 4 mile route near their home, but a significant number did brave the wind and run the Quayside course this evening. Well done to everybody who took part.
It is a shame that this was a virtual race as I think we would have had an exciting finish. Izzy Neatrour would have been catching Julija Simpson as they neared the Copthorne, with Julija holding out to win by 5 seconds. Rob Newton tells me that lockdown has been good for his fitness and he proved it with an excellent run to complete the podium in 3rd place.
Kris Axon has been out injured since falling while winning the Chapelfell Top Fell Race two weeks ago. However, even injured, Kris is still faster than the rest of us, posting an impressive 23:06 to be fastest on the night. Paul Robinson was next quickest in 25:31 and there was a tie for 3rd place between me (Tom Tinsley) and the fastest lady, Sarah Kerr, in 26:37. Izzy Neatrour (28:52) and Maria Duenas (29:03) were the other speedy ladies.
The quiz this time was in three parts – identifying the flags of 12 nations representing the multinational nature of Claremont Road Runners, 15 anagrams of members’ names and a trackword using the letters of Claremont. Ben Hull was way out ahead with 68 points scored and so wins the bottle of wine. There was a tie for 2nd place between Lorna Pearson and Nina Jensen on 53 points.