Hi all, 7th October saw a first for the Running Somewhere Else championship – 2 club races at the same time! With the new championship format, the Cricklade 10km and half marathon were both club races. And in another twist, they were both the handicap races for each championship. The handicap race is always the chance to mix things up with the points not always going to the quickest, but to those who improved on their handicap time the most. It always gives everyone a fair shot at the 10 points regardless of speed. I shan’t repeat the handicap results, as I just posted them, plus they’re also available in the championship section of the website. But how has the handicap affected the various championship results?
Endurance Expert – Men’s competition
With Tom having already secured first place, there was no change at the top. In fact there was no change in the top 3!
- Tom Cooper 50 points
- Andy Masser 31 points
- Dave Daniels 26 points.
With only the marathon left, the battle for 2nd and 3rd is still on!
Endurance Expert – Ladies competition
Nadine Brown has secured the endurance expert championship! No one can overtake her now. Sharon Smith has moved into second place ahead of Elaine Chapman, having now completed 5 races. Elaine managed to improve her points and Ellie Taylor is close and has also completed 5 races.
- Nadine Brown 48 points
- Sharon Smith 43 points
- Elaine Chapman 39 points
Short Stuff Specialist – Men’s competition
With a great battle between Steve Phelps and Ben Chapman, there was change again in the top 3. Mark Manley maintains his lead, but Ben and Steve are joint second! Tom and Dave still has a race in hand, so all could still change. It will basically go to the last race, how exciting!
- Mark Manley 43 points
- Ben Chapman and Steve Phelps – 40 points each
Short Stuff Specialist – Ladies competition
No change in the ladies competition, it looks like this championship will also go to the last race!
- Elaine Chapman 46 points
- Teresa Hazelwood 44 points
- Sharon Smith 40 points
Overall Championship – Men’s competition
Tom Cooper is in a very strong position, with 79 points, I’m not sure anyone can beat him now. As for 2nd and 3rd, It is very close between Dave Witnall and Mark Manley, with only a race left in both championships, it’ll be an exciting finish to the year.
- Tom Cooper 79 points
- Dave Witnall 61 points
- Mark Manley 59 points
Overall Championship – Ladies competition
This could not be any more exciting. 1 long race and 1 short race left. Currently there is a tie between Elaine Chapman, Nadine Brown and Sharon Smith for 1st place! All 3 are on 71 points. It is literally going to the end of the club season!
- Elaine Chapman, Nadine Brown and Sharon Smith – all on 71 points!!!
Fantastic running everyone. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next few weeks. It’s been a great championship this year!
(Can you tell I’m excited!!!)
Elaine Chapman, Club Co-captain