Report by Dave Kear
It was a cool but still evening that greeted the runners on the Quayside for the Autumn handicap, and it was a group of newer members of the club who took the race honours.
Lisa Bunclarke won by such a margin that she almost caught the finishing officials unawares as she completed the course close in fine style alongside the railings. Jess Fearnley, Lucy Eland & Debbie McRory then followed on to complete a terrific ‘all-female first four’.
Skilful handicapping then took over as most of the rest of the field strode in in very close order. The field of 40 had an unusually even male/female balance, and also a good blend of experienced club members and more recent recruits to the club.
Best times of the evening were produced by Jonathan Clare (23:29), Matthew Kingston (24:13), Luke Bryant (24:33) and Paul Hughes (24:58).
Leah Xandora (28:21) was fastest amongst the ladies, with a closely fought contest between Kate Sergeant (28:58), Julie Cross (28:59) & Tracey Etherington (29:01) for the next best times. Sarah Bowen (29:07), Charlotte Spencer (29:15), Melanie Fisher (29:20) and Sarah Kerr (29:34) also recorded very good times under the ’30-minute barrier’.
Matthew Kingston’s 17th place in the race proved good enough for him retain the Shield for the best Aggregate Points Score (last 4 handicaps). Matthew’s 72 points tally keeps him ahead of Randy Ballesteros (77 pts) and Alan Hansell (79 pts).
Our thanks are owed again to Lorna for co-ordinating the food orders at the Café de Vie and all the volunteer officials & marshals who helped to make it an enjoyable and successful evening.
Next club handicap, towards the end of January on the Quayside course.
|CLAREMONT AUTUMN CLUB HANDICAP – QUAYSIDE|
|(Monday 29th October 2012)|
|Conditions: Cool, still & dry evening|
|Distance: 4.02 miles|
|Awards: Winner (club member) – Lisa Bunclarke|
|Leading Points Scorer (last 4 races) – Matthew Kingston|
|Race Pos.||Name||Clock Time||Time Pos.||Name||Run Time|
|1||Lisa Bunclarke||35:03||1||Jonathan Clare||23:29|
|2||Jess Fearnley||36:42||2||Matthew Kingston||24:13|
|3||Lucy Eland||37:32||3||Luke Bryant||24:33|
|4||Debbie McRory||37:34||4||Paul Hughes||24:58|
|5||Bob Richards||38:32||5||Sumanth Nayak||26:01|
|6||Randy Ballesteros||38:36||6||Rez Prathalingam||26:26|
|7||Kate Sergeant||38:38||7||Graham Leslie||27:07|
|8||Alan Hansell||38:40||8||Jonathan Mains||27:20|
|9||Colleen Knox||39:25||9||Jamie Harding||28:18|
|10||Yincent Tse||39:39||10||Leah Xandora||28:21|
|11||Melanie Fisher||39:40||11||Kate Sergeant||28:58|
|12||Caroline Crosby||39:42||12||Julie Cross||28:59|
|13||Rez Prathalingam||39:46||13||Tracey Etherington||29:01|
|14||Paul Hughes||39:48||14=||Sarah Bowen||29:07|
|15||Jonathan Mains||39:50||14=||David Saunders||29:07|
|16||Bill Milbourne||40:01||16||Charlotte Spencer||29:15|
|17||Matthew Kingston||40:03||17||Melanie Fisher||29:20|
|18||Janet Palmer||40:13||18||Sarah Kerr||29:34|
|19||Mary Martin||40:15||19||David Burns||30:23|
|20||Julie Cross||40:19||20||Bill Milbourne||30:31|
|21||Sumanth Nayak||40:21||21||Chris Hogarth||30:32|
|22||Graham Leslie||40:27||22||David Reay||31:11|
|23||Jonathan Clare||40:29||23||Jason Mellor||31:43|
|24||Tracey Etherington||40:31||24||Mary Martin||31:45|
|25||Chris Hogarth||40:32||25||Nicki Hobbs||32:11|
|26||David Burns||40:33||26||Lisa Bunclarke||32:43|
|27||David Reay||40:41||27||Randy Ballesteros||33:06|
|28||Sarah Bowen||40:47||28||David Kear||33:40|
|29||Luke Bryant||40:53||29||Alan Hansell||34:10|
|30||Charlotte Spencer||40:55||30||Sionna McCutcheon||34:12|
|31||Jason Mellor||41:03||31||Jess Fearnley||34:32|
|32||Sarah Kerr||41:04||32||Rob Newton||34:33|
|33||David Kear||41:10||33||John Windsor||34:50|
|34||Sionna McCutcheon||41:12||34||Colleen Knox||34:55|
|35||Rob Newton||41:33||35||Debbie McRory||35:14|
|36||Jamie Harding||41:48||36||Lucy Eland||35:32|
|37||Nicki Hobbs||41:51||37||Janet Palmer||35:43|
|38||David Saunders||41:57||38||Yincent Tse||35:49|
|39||John Windsor||42:40||39||Bob Richards||36:52|
|40||Leah Xandora||42:41||40||Caroline Crosby||37:52|