NS Poly GP, 7th November 2023

Due to illness and other factors, 20 from 24 of Claremont’s grand prix competitors lined up for November’s handicap, which was still a very strong turnout. Strong in more ways than one as it transpired.

On a reasonably chilly, but otherwise calm and dry evening, our runners put in some thunderous performances along the Whitley Bay seafront, with several achieving unofficial 5k ‘PRs’ on Strava (the course is around 500m longer than 5k), and some high-placed finishes in a field of almost 200.

Holly Porter was the first across the line, coming in a fantastic 19th, with Jack Shawcross the fastest Claremonter on the night, and second fastest overall behind a brain-melting new course record of 17:37! From a handicap spread of just over 17 minutes, we all finished within 3 minutes of each other. Paul Robinson was unfortunate not to complete the course, due to some familiar ‘mild discomfort’.

Such sterling efforts impacted on the standings significantly. Kimberley Metson and Rachel Hurdman surged up to 2nd and 5th respectively in the individual table, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that their team Rock’s Stars leapfrogged last month’s leaders, and now sit top of the team competition! Not only that, The 3rd Wheelers and The Full Claremonty both climbed significantly, nominative determinism seeing the former reach 3rd, while the latter has entered the top 10 in 9th.

The majority then headed back to Tom and Gill’s, where we were treated to a seemingly endless array of hot and cold homemade food (with Gill having also found time to come out and cheer us on!), a lovely and delicious way to wind down after the race, rather than just jumping in cars and heading home. Mark was even serenaded with a round of ‘Happy Birthday’, complete with Colin the Caterpillar cake. It would obviously be unfair to expect such amazing hospitality on a monthly basis, thanks to you both for going above and beyond!

PositionRunnerTeamRace TimeActual Time
19Holly Porter The 3rd Wheelers39:3725:47
24Kimberley Metson Rock’s Stars 39:4522:35
32Rose HawkswoodThe Full Claremonty39:5526:45
42Laurie Johnson Rock’s Stars 40:0920:39
44Roberto Marzo The 3rd Wheelers40:1021:00
48Rachel Hurdman Rock’s Stars 40:1327:43
50Tom Tinsley The Full Claremonty 40:1422:24
64Anneliza Andreadi The Full Claremonty 40:2530:55
66Izzy Neatrour The 3rd Wheelers40:2722:57
67Janet PalmerThe 3rd Wheelers40:2831:58
70Jack Shawcross Rock’s Stars 40:2918:59
71Nicki O’Brien The Full Claremonty 40:3024:20
117Julie Cross The Full Claremonty 40:5525:25
130Alex Harding The 3rd Wheelers41:0225:12
131Mark Anderson Rock’s Stars 41:0320:13
142Tara Hipwood The Full Claremonty 41:1428:04
169Lena Webster-CostellaThe Full Claremonty 41:4037:30
170Aaron Mansell The 3rd Wheelers41:4125:11
179Luke Woodend Rock’s Stars 42:1330:23
DNFPaul Robinson
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