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Steve Headley Storms to Victory

Chris Archibold reports from the September time trial.

Another great turn out in the September time trial with the sun again making an appearance and a total of 22 runners completing the course. The handicap system worked well, with the first and last runner coming home within 7 minutes. And looking at the actual times only 14 minutes separated the first and last runner. And the point of that useless fact I hear you cry - well in my mind that shows that the people running the time trial are getting better, fitter and faster and with the handicaps also improving it means there is a real sense of competition amongst the runners. I offer those words of wisdom from the comfort of the bar area with a drink, but it really did look fantastic, with some excellent sprint finishes and fights for position.

But on with the run. The winner in September was Steve Headley who produced a fantastic run of 26 minutes 33 seconds and came home in a clock time of 30 minutes 33 seconds. A sprint finish at the end, and this from a very relaxed start where precious time was taken to get the iPod just right and the killer running track to be found. It also looks like a new PB on the course knocking about two minutes of his previous best time. I am looking forward to seeing the handicap for the next time trial Steve!! Second place went to Julie Mead who produced a great run and was narrowly pipped into second in the closing stages. Next time Julie!! Third place went to Simon Hayter who produced a great run with the second fastest actual time on the night.

Looking at the actual times there were some great performances. Only four seconds separated Sharon and John Hutchings with two seconds the difference between Nick Solomon and Mark Wood. A five second gap was all that stood between Charlotte Reeves, Andy Hobson and Mike Hillborne. All goes to prove that a sprint finish can make a big difference to positions and bragging rights.

Overall the time trial produced a quick run with some excellent times. Rich House supported Charlotte Reeves around the course, though it was noted that she left him standing in her sprint to the line. I will look forward to October time trial to see the increase in handicaps following PBs.

Also please encourage fellow members to come along and give the time trial a try. Let's see if we can make a 30 member race a reality before the year end!!

Thank you to everyone who helped with this time trial but especially Katherine Dunkerton, Rona Kelly and Helen Linley. Without people willing to help then the time trial simply does not happen.

Position

Name

Finish time

Handicap

Actual time

1

Steve Headley

30'33"

4'00"

26'33"

2

Julie Mead

32'26"

 

32'26"

3

Simon Hayter

34'08"

10'00"

24'08"

4

John Hutchings

34'20"

9'30"

25'50"

5

Ed Brandley

34'42"

5'30"

29'12"

6

Andy Horsely

35'00"

10'00"

25'00"

7

Jem Allen

35'08"

10'00"

25'08"

8

Kim Joliffe

35'13"

 

35'13"

9

Andy Hobson

35'27"

6'00"

29'27"

10

Mike Hillborne

36'00"

6'00"

30'00"

11

Mark Wood

36'01"

7'30"

28'31"

12

David Brylewski

36'08"

8'00"

28'08"

13

Charlotte Reeves

36'25"

7'00"

29'25"

14

Nick Solomon

36'29"

8'00"

28'29"

15

Andrew Olden

36'36"

10'00"

26'36"

16

Steve Wyatt

36'40"

14'00"

22'40"

17

Graham Wiffen

36'42"

9'00"

27'42"

18

Rachel Gladdis

36'44"

5'30"

31'14"

19

Danny Webster

36'56"

10'00

26'56"

20

Louise West

37'07"

0'30"

36'37"

21

Sharon Hutchings

37'16"

11'30

25'46"

22

Bob Caines

37'48"

2'30"

35'18"

 

 
 
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