July 11, 2016
Thursday saw what hopefully will become an annual event. It may even become a twice yearly event, it certainly seemed the club handicap is popular enough.
The event was run on the Sustrans (C2C cycle route) and round the Princess Anne park in Washington. This year in an effort to include the whole club, all the coaching groups were involved and that meant three distances had to be plotted by event organiser, Gary.
I don’t know how people manage it, but I was to turn up almost straight from work, to help with setting out and when I got there, there was already a dozen or so hanging round. I am just so unreliable 😮 but I got there soon as I could!!
There were a few runners in the 1k, (eight I think) and they were supported by parents who followed along, and a few from Tommy’s group mixed with the juniors making sure they didn’t get lost. This run was only a scratch run, Garys idea, otherwise we would have had the bairns spread all over the park, and logistically a nightmare. This way, we didn’t lose any of them.
The next run was the biggest run. 3k and again all run together. This course was a bit more testing than the 1k, in as much as it incorporated 2 laps of the first run. There were some great pictures of these runs/races that really caught the mood of the event; loads of fun, and happy smiling faces.
The final run, which I usually refer to as the main event, except this time the whole lot was the main event; the idea was to involve the whole club in a fun evening. Anyway, this race was a handicap run, and we allowed each runner to declare their own anticipated times. Well we have the results you bandits!!!! Next time we will be allocating start times. The race was competitive, and the handicap did work reasonably well. It was won by Rob Wilson …
So, well done to everyone for turning out, it was a bit different to the normal session on Thursdays. Adrian’s comment; it was quite a testing course, but very good. Another plus, was that it was all off road, and safe.
Thanks to Gary for organising it, the parents for helping marshal the course, Tom Quigley and Val who must have cycled 10 miles as lead cycle and tail runners. Special thanks to Shannel for trusting me, and lending me her pen.
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