With conditions around the Gin Pit trails still treacherous, the Annual Christmas 4 mile Handicap was transferred at short notice to the track at LSV.
16 hardy souls turned out for 16 laps of the track on a cold, windy and wet morning. Simon Ford, nursing a slight niggle, pulled out of the race at the last minute, but was very active as he cleared one corner of the track of ice.
Recording the number of laps completed by the runners was a bit of a nightmare, but was well controlled by Cerys Baines, whose father almost made a hash of things when he took over for the final part of the race.
The eventual winner was Peter Mulleady, who unbeknown to the handicapper, had completed a 38min + PB for the 10km a few days before. Had this been known prior to the event, then his handicap would have been much more severe. Nevertheless, Pete performed extremely well on the day, completing what I suspect is another PB for 4 miles and recording the 2nd fastest time of the day, 2 seconds behind Mark Riches.
The runner-up was Suzanne Gregory, who ran extremely strongly throughout the race and with an actual time of 31:00 collected the award for Run of the Day.
3rd was Craig Bradbury, looking something like his old self, just over-taking Carole Baines on the last lap who finished 4th. A host of runners soon followed with Terry Gardiner 5th, Mark Riches 6th and Steve Foster 7th.
Terry Hughes and Josie Maley set off together and ran the whole race together except for the final 100metres when Josie stretched her legs to finish 8th, with Terry in 9th. Josie will be a valuable asset to the Ladies Team and the club in general during the 2010 Road Season.
Next came Fiona Saunders, very pleased with a PB of 37:23, closely followed by Wayne Babynec.
Gary Atherton and Rufus Bennett came in 12th and 13th respectively, and Laura Babynec stuck to the task well to finish 14th.
Helen Minshall, completing her 3rd race in few days crossed the line in sub 40 time with the eccentric Dave Pritchard, who has made a habit of running the race in fancy dress, bringing up the rear.
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