Johnson’s Handicap Results December 2018

Not quite midwinter and not quite as cold (6C) or wet as expected given the high wind and rainfall yesterday. Mud was definitely on the ground but not as thick as last year, so altogether one of the better years for record chasing. The 24 who turned out were  a selection of the top thirty in the club, though this is meant to be an event for everyone Рencouraging people to get suitably fit for what I acknowledge is a hard 6 miles with over 400 ft of climb. In fact the dreaded laryngitis bug had slayed a few, and others have had a tough last few weeks of racing so actually 24 was pretty good. In the end no records were broken Рbut Shaun and Rhian got quite close and there were eleven sub 50 minute performances and the all-time lists will be amended.

Tracey’s phenomenal return was certainly unexpected, and she even out-kicked Rhian into the finish. A year ago she was so disappointed at her lengthy injury that she threw away her cross country shoes (the ones which previously won her the W50 League championship) so this performance on the mud had to be achieved in road shoes. Back in 2002 she won this event, including its road sections, in spikes – so getting the footwear right is clearly challenging for her. We know a man with a 3D printer who might help……(Fred).

Tony B won the ‘Battered Cup’ but will need to mug Emma for it sometime after Xmas.

Very many thanks are due to Rob P and Dawn for officiating, coping with a much closer finish by the top eight than ever before – and Rob produced immaculate results in time for the prize-giving.

……………………………….Finishing time……….Actual time

1st Tracey……………………11.18.52 am…………..53m52

2nd Rhian……………………11.18.56……………….46m56

3rd Tony B…………………..11.18.59………………..49m59

4th Shaun…………………….11.19.09……………….40m09

5th David B………………………19.14………………..46m14

6th Jon W…………………………19.22……………….57m22

7th Anwen…………………………19.25……………….61m25

8th Owen…………………………..19.39……………….46m39

9th Glen…………………………….19.58……………….43m58

10th Huw…………………………..20.17………………..48m17

11th Steve…………………………..20.26……………….49m26

12th Phil…………………………….20.39……………….47m39

13th Mat……………………………..20.47………………47m47

14th Menai…………………………..20.51………………60m51

15th Elen……………………………..21.58………………56m58

16th Chris…………………………….22.07………………59m07

17th Ian………………………………..22.23……………..56m23

18th Dan………………………………22.59………………56m59

19th Sali……………………………….23.52………………61m52

20th Roger…………………………..23.55……………….64m55

21st Fred………………………………24.06………………57m06

22nd Tony W………………………..24.23………………48m23

23rd Bob………………………………25.02………………60m02

24th Katy B…………………………..26.27………………57m27 (despite short-cut!)

NB North Wales Championships is on 5th January at Rhug. Entries close on 28th December so if you want to run please enter now – see the North Wales Cross Country website for the link.

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