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Championship update – round 10

Dear All,

Last Sunday saw round 10 of the club championship, which was the Cirencester Park 10k held on Sunday 27th September, where 23 club runners participated.

This race was our club handicap race, which briefly described is where runners are given an amount of time that is either added or taken away from an individual estimated finish time (based on an average of previous race performances for the individual), so that in theory we all finish with similar times. For the Ladies the handicap time was 60 minutes and for the Men it was 53 minutes 30 seconds. Below is a summary of the chip times, the penalty time (in minutes and seconds) and the overall handicapped time, along with the Championship points that were awarded for the race.

Name; Chip Time; Penalty; Handicap time; Championship points
Matt LAMBOURNE; 40:08; 11:59; 52:07; 10
Mark GARRETT; 41:07; 11:59; 53:06; 6
Timothy HODGETTS; 41:42; 10:30; 52:12; 9
Andrew MADDISON; 45:34; 10:01; 55:35; 3
Graham AITCHISON; 47:24; 06:52; 54:16; 4
Sharon SMITH; 47:35; 11:32; 59:07; 10
John BUCK; 47:38; 11:43; 59:21; 1
Martin PITTS; 48:08; 07:54; 56:02; 1
David WHITLOW; 48:09; 07:36; 55:45; 2
Elaine CHAPMAN; 48:23; 10:54; 59:17; 9
Jon COLLINS; 49:55; 02:45; 52:40; 8
Brian PITT; 50:43; 02:44; 53:27; 5
Laurie DAVIS; 51:06; 10:21; 61:27; 5
Steve SANDERCOCK; 52:44; 00:12; 52:56; 7
Kirsty PITTS; 53:34; 08:15; 61:49; 4
Sophie DENNETT; 54:32; 08:03; 62:35; 3
Jenny HOFFMANN; 59:21; 00:02; 59:23; 8
Sally JAMIESON; 01:01:43; 13:46; 65:31; 1
Caroline SANDERCOCK; 01:05:46; 05:51; 59:55; 7
Amanda ROWAN; 01:19:05; 15:14; 63:51; 2
Andrea WOOD; 01:21:10; 15:59; 65:11; 1
Becky HEAL; 01:25:14; 21:07; 64:07; 1
Elspeth MURANO; 01:31:58; 31:06; 60:52; 6

So, with the 8 race limit coming into play, how has the handicap race affected the championship?

13 ladies competed in the race with some of the newer runners doing very well and finishing in the top five runners. This race also saw both the top two runners complete their eighth race, so from now on it will just be their best eight performances that count. The top of the ladies championship is now as follows:

1) Sharon Smith 78 points
2) Elaine Chapman 70 points
3) Kirsty Pitts on 53 points
4) Alice Mason 30 points
5) Hazel Bridges 23 points

11 men were competing in the race and with only one person having completed more than 8 races, the effect of the last few races could have an effect. The top of the men’s table now looks like this:

1) Mark Garrett 72 points
2) Matt Lambourne 69 points
3) Martin Pitts 32 points
4) Paul Coates 24 points
5) Steve Sandercock 23 points

So the championship is looking like it will have an exciting finish, with the results depending on the final few races.

The next race is the Cricklade Half Marathon on Sunday 4th October. Good luck to all those competing!

Happy running!

Graham

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