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January 2010 – Willett Arms 4 mile Time Trial

David Long records his first win in the time trial.

Finally, the ice thawed and we got to hold January’s time trial a week late. What was unusual about this month’s trial was that all four of those on the largest calculated handicaps finished in the top 10. Our time trial winners more usually come from further down the field as the event rewards those who make the biggest time gains. David Long was awarded the trophy as he was the first finisher to cross the line based on a real handicap time rather than a guessed one. We seriously underestimated the performances of guest Simon Hayter, Robbie Burgess and Paul Waite who were the first three in – we have your times now so next time out you are going to have to really go for it. Apart from that trio we also saw excellent time trial debuts from Debbie King and Andy Hobson. Apologies are due to Michele Whitehurst, in the rush to calculate the handicaps she went in a later slot than she should have and her fine run was worthy of a higher finish. Callum Kennedy recorded the fastest time on the night overall, although this was slightly down on his time set in December.

Two time trial heroes on the night were Bob Caines and Kelly Williams. Bob gave up his own run to pilot debutant Debbie King around the course. For Debbie this was her first Thursday with us and she was immediately in at the deep end. As the results show Debbie had no problems at all. Kelly Williams was last month’s time trial winner and she went off on the same handicap as Tom Wilson-Croome, who was making a return after a long time away. Tom misjudged his pace, went off far too quickly and paid the penalty later. Kelly aborted her own push for a good time and selflessly guided, coaxed and cajoled Tom to the finish.

The biggest hard luck story though is Maddy Vaughan-Johncey’s. Maddy has had tendonitis in her feet for something like three months now. She ran on New Year’s Day in the Broadstone Quarter Marathon, recorded a massive time improvement on last year and won her age-group category. She must have thought she was in the clear on the injury front after that fine effort. Unfortunately the tendonitis came back to haunt her in the time trial and it was as much as she could do to hobble that last mile. We didn’t record Maddy’s finish time as it in no way reflects what she is capable of. One of the hardest things of all for anyone who love’s running is not getting too impatient when returning from injury. Good luck with your recovery Maddy.

Timekeeping/recording was a little chaotic as it is most definitely a three man job and there were only two available to do it on the night – Ian and Wendy Kennedy. Full results for the time trial were:

January 2010 – 4 miles – Willett Arms route

Position

Name

Handicap   

Handicap time

Actual time

1

Simon Hayter

10.5

35:45

25:15

2

Robbie Burgess

10.5

36:56

26:26

3

Paul Waite

9.5

37:09

28:39

4

David Long

12

37:13

25:13

5

Carol Howe

6

37:33

31:33

6

Roy Long

10.5

37:36

27:06

7

Callum Kennedy

13

37:39

24:39

8

Andrew Olden

11

37:47

26:47

9

Terry Simms

7.5

37:47

30:17

10

Kev Elliott

8.5

37:49

29:19

11

Nick Solomon

9.5

37:53

28:23

12

Phil Whitehurst

9.5

37:58

28:28

13

Michele Whitehurst

4.5

38:00

33:30

14

Debbie King

0

38:10

38:10

15

Bev McLaughlin

0

38:22

38:22

16

Andy Hobson

8.5

38:36

30:06

17

Paul Teck

9.5

38:39

29:09

18

John Hutchings

9.5

38:42

29:12

19

Phil Burgess

9.5

38:53

29:23

20

Guy Miller

5

40:04

35:04

21

Kelly Williams

4

42:22

38:22

21

Tom Wilson-Croome

4

42:22

38:22

 

 

 
 
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