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March 2009 Willett Arms Time Trial

Record-Breaking Time Trial

Four seasons in one day? Well actually it was only three. Can you guess which one was missing? We woke up in the morning with snow falling, but by 6.30pm the remaining slush was only a memory and our time-trialists were running in near perfect conditions and this was reflected in some outstanding performances which saw the vast majority of runners improve on their times and at least six runners claim PBs.

First and foremost amongst these was Christine Taylor. Christine recorded the biggest margin of improvement we have ever seen on the time trial. Two months after her first time trial she ‘found’ 6 minutes 15 seconds over just four miles. A fantastic achievement, and for sure there is plenty more to come. Bob Caines played a key part in this success as he judged the role of pacemaker perfectly.

Because of this huge time gain, there was a big gap on the road before we saw the next runner home. Maddy Vaughan-Johncey was next, she ran far and away her best time trial, next time out she should be able to go sub-30 minutes. Maddy set off on the same time handicap as Kevin Elliott and the pair of them pushed each other to their best time trial performances so far. Guy Thompson was the fastest man out there and his time of 25:49 was also a PB. There were more PBs from Andrew Olden and Terry Simms.

Richard Davies is finding his form again after a long lay-off, with a time gain of 1:25 since last time out. It was great to see Selwyn Richards back in the ranks after a long time out, he recorded a very respectable benchmark time.

We had one time trial debutant, this was Kirsty Harvey. Kirsty has been one of the stalwarts of our cross-country team over the past few years and her first appearance on a Thursday was as welcome as it was overdue. Watch this space for some big time gains in future.

With all the outstanding performances, if you were carrying a cold or were slightly under-par, dropping around a minute would leave you right down the field.

Well done to everyone who took part. The numbers were down a little from recent highs, almost certainly due to some of us still recovering from the March Hare 20 the previous weekend and others saving themselves for ‘The Grizzly’ a few days later.

Our timekeepers/recorders on the night were Guy Miller and Ian and Wendy Kennedy. Next month we are reverting to the ‘summer route’ through Cowgrove in April.

Full results were:

March 2009 – 4 miles – Willett Arms route

Position

Name

Handicap   

Handicap time

Actual time

1

Christine Taylor

0

39:30

39:30

2

Maddy Vaughan-Johncey

13

43:31

30:31

3

Kevin Elliott

13

44:04

31:04

4

Selwyn Richards

11

44:13

33:13

5

Guy Thompson

18.5

44:19

25:49

6

Richard Davies

12.5

44:26

31:56

7

Andrew Olden

16

44:33

28:33

8

Andy Porter

17

45:04

28:04

9

Steve Guy

18:5

45:06

26:36

10

Daryl Davies

18

45:13

27:13

11

Terry Simms

12.5

45:32

33:02

12

Tim Box

11

45:50

34:50

13

Paul Mallett

17

46:02

29:02

14

Jerry Shield

20.5

46:34

26:04

15

Kirsty Harvey

13

47:02

34:02

16

Jools Maskell

12.5

47:24

34:54

17

Phil Burgess

16

47:24

31:24

 

 

 
 
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