Johnson’s Monument Race Records

Johnson’s Records before 2020 race

With the enclosure of the Leisure Centre fields and the new cycle path the course is back to pre 2017 length – pretty much exactly 6 miles. The original 1992 course started at the front of the LC where the present pedestrian traffic lights are – making that 10K. In 2009 and 2010 we had to go back onto the road over the hump-back bridge to finish due to the LC field being fenced in (before it was gated). So those two years were a bit over 10K.

I have included all people who have done sub 50 minutes, and very old people get recognised for suitably adjusted thresholds.

Senior Ladies: Rhian 46m44 (2010); Pauline 47m27 (2012); Ceri B 49m17 (2016); Tracey 49m19 (2002); Katy B 53m13 (2019); Elen B 56m58 (2018)

Senior Men: Fred 39m07 (1992); Shaun 40m09 (2018); Andy B 40m40 (2011); Tony W 42m42 (2017b); Phil 47m39 (2018); Huw 48m17 (2018)

F40: Tracey 50m00 (2004); Victoria 50m12 (2014); Claire 53m15 (2010); Brenda 55m31 (2004); Sarah 55m32 (2007); Anwen 58m37 (2016)

M40: Brett 42m57 (2011); Alun (2005) and Arwel (2002) 43m55; Glen 44m20 (2017b); Ed R 45m03 (2007); Duncan 45m40 (2002); Geraint 47m26 (2007); Keith 49m57 (2007); Dan S.50m10 (2015)

F45: Emma 46m37 (2011); Tracey 49m26 (2013); Mel 51m43 (2019); Budge 56m50 (2007); Bethan 57m54 (2016); Carys 58m08 (2019)

M45: Peter A 43m35 (2009); Glen 43m58 (2018); Alun 45m13 (2011); Paul B 45m24 (2005); Chris 45m34 (2003); Owen 46m41 (2016); David Bk 47m42 (2012); Duncan 48m34 (2007); Martyn F 48m48 (2013); Steve G 49m26 (2018)

F50: Tracey 48m58 (2016); Emma  49m43 (2016); Ceri D 49m53 (2015); Budge 51m43 (2009); Mary 60m 57 (2013); Menai 62m20 (2013)

M50: Vic 43m43 (2013); Martin C 45m22 (2007); Owen 45m35 (2019); Ken 46m51 (2003); Chris 46m55 (2004); Duncan 47m06 (2010); Mat 47m47 (2018); Peter A 48m17 (2014); Bob 48m38 (2003); Alun 48m54 (2014); Dally 49m00 (2002); Tony B 49m11 (2014); Martyn F 49m40 (2016)

F55: Emma 50m10 (2019); Menai 58m11 (2016); Vicky 79m31 (2012)

M55: Vic 44m13 (2015); Martin C 44m28 (2011); David B 45m34 (2016); Tony B 49m07 (2016); Chris 49m53 (2011); Peter E 50m51 (2009); Fred 51m 42 (2013); Bob 52m48 (2007); Mike H 53m19 (2015); Ian J 56m23 (2018); Peter L 57m08 (2019)

F60: Menai 60m51 (2018); Rachel 78m21 (2013); Vicky 80m00 (2016)

M60: Martin C 46m06 (2013); Fred 49m00 (2016); Chris 52m14 (2014); Duncan 52m32 (2019); Peter E 53m06 (2014); Arwel 55m56 (2019); Ron 58m24 (2002); Bob 58m35 (2014)

M65: Dave S 53m23 (2014); Ron 54m53 (2003); Bob 55m39 (2016); Fred 59m03 (2019); Gerry 61m00 (2002)

M70: Ron 61m53 (2010)

Most races run in sub 50: Women; Tracey, 4. Men; Chris, 10. Duncan may have done 10 if sub 50 in 1992 and 1993 and 2000 which was quite likely but my full results only go from 2002 (after taking over the handicapping from Dally). Tracey and Chris also have 3x sub 51, two of which were on the longer courses of 2009 and 2010.

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2020 Official Johnson’s Handicap Race – 20th December.

Your chance to end the year on a positive note in what I think is the 29th edition of this prestigious club event. The current course is only just over 6 miles (6.04 on several different Garmins) and has recently changed, marginally, with a finish on tarmac down the new cycle path. The original, which started and finished at the front of the Leisure Centre alongside the pedestrian traffic lights (which didn’t then exist) was closer to 10K but after the carpark was extended circa 1996 it was felt dangerous to  run across it and so the distance became 6 miles. The finish in 2009 and 2010 had to be back along the road due to fences around the fields and so they were slightly longer races.  We are hoping to have cake and coffee in the carpark afterwards. Silly hats may be worn.

09.50am Tracey (walking)

10.00am Mari J, Ron.

10.02 Diane, Sue

10.03 Kath S, John L-T, Bronwen

10.05 Claire Sp, Rhian WJ, Meirion, Sian

10.07 Helen D, Nicola, LittleKath, Caz, Rebekah, Jess

10.08 Ruth, Andy M, John G, Dizzy Liz, Julie

10.10 Katherine E, Paul J, Dawn

10.12 Gwenan,  Jeff

10.13 Rob

10.14 Ieuan, Sarah, Ed

10.18 Dan S, Roger, David Sp, Will A

10.20 Bob, Menai, Mark J, Chris, Anwen

10.21 Jon, Kate W, Carys

10.22 Ian J, Abigail, Ruari, Gerwyn

10.24 Peter, Fred, Arwel, Elen, Suzi

10.25 Sioned, Lisa

10.26 Luke, Chris R, Gareth P, Mari W, Alaw

10.27 Victoria, Ceri D, Duncan, Tony B

10.28 Katy B, Lee

10.30 Emma, Mel, Rhian, Catherine TJ

10.31 Paul G

10. 32 Gareth, Hywel, Phil, David B, Mat

10.33 Vic, Owen, Steve, Adam

10.34 Huw, Brett, Glen

10.36 Dan J,  Joe

10.38 Tony W, Shaun

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Pre- Johnson’s weekend results (14th/15th November).

Fairly atrocious weather on both days and a paucity of people competing, but some confirmation that the handicaps are in the right ball-park. Anwen and Chris are clearly not as used to imbibing the weekend falling-down water as some we know, but plenty of time to get that aspect up to speed before the real thing on 20th December. That is the annual opportunity to gain everlasting fame with your name on the perpetual trophy (or the ‘battered cup’), or perhaps go for a listing under the ‘age group best’ heading. This year there are new M60s in particular, and possibly the chance to see Shaun or Tony W get at Fred’s overall record. The times below are gathered together as though one race.

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

1st Emma………………11.20.43…………….50:43

2nd Bob………………..11.20.54……………..60:54

3rd David………………11.20.57……………..48:57

4th Arwel……………….11.21.00…………….57:00

5th =Mel……………….11.21.??……………..50:33 (late start)

5th = Vic………………..11.21.06 …………..48:06

7th Elen ……………….11.21.56……………..56:56

8th Anwen…………….11.21.58……………..61:58

9th Menai……………..11.22.09…………….62:09

10th Peter……………..11.22.19……………..58:19

11th Tony B…………..11.23.05…………….55:05

12th Katy………………11.23.10……………..53:10

13th = Julie……………11.25.41……………..72:41

13th = Ian………………11.25.41……………..72:41

dnf – Chris – drifting off Bob’s pace when fortuitously fell over. But solo effort on 26/11/20 was done in 60:47, giving a notional finish time of 11.21.47am.

 

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Pre-Johnson’s Start List. November 2020.

An up to date handicap start list for 6 miles of tough XC, should we wish to take advantage of reduced restrictions to get a proper race in. Due to varying commitments there will be two races – one on Saturday 14th November and one on Sunday 15th. I will correlate the results into one grand narrative afterwards.

10.00am Mari J, Ron.

10.02 Diane, Sue

10.03 Kath S, John L-T, Bronwen

10.05 Claire Sp, Rhian WJ, Meirion

10.07 Helen D, Nicola, LittleKath, Caz

10.08 Ruth, Andy M, John G, Dizzy Liz

10.10 Katherine E, Paul J, Rebekah, Jess, Dawn

10.12 Gwenan,  Jeff

10.13 Rob, Julie

10.14 Ieuan, Sarah, Ed

10.18 Dan S, Roger, David Sp, Will A

10.20 Bob, Menai, Mark J

10.21 Chris, Jon, Anwen, Kate W

10.22 Ian J, Abigail, Ruari, Gerwyn

10.24 Peter, Carys, Arwel

10.25 Sioned, Lisa, Fred, Elen

10.26 Luke, Chris R, Gareth P, Mari W, Alaw, Lee

10.27 Victoria, Ceri D, Suzi

10.28 Duncan, Tony B

10.30 Emma, Mel, Katy B, Rhian, Catherine TJ

10.31 Paul G

10. 32 Gareth, Hywel, Phil, David B, Mat

10.33 Vic, Owen, Steve, Adam

10.34 Huw, Brett, Glen

10.36 Dan J,  Joe

10.38 Tony W, Shaun

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Winter Handicap Results Oct.30th-1st Nov.

A morass, with intermittent rain and gusty westerly winds. Approx 12C.  This is a rolling table of results, to be updated on Monday 2nd November.

Final results below. The comparison with the drier conditions at the beginning of the month is striking. Remarkable strength shown by Peter who got closest to his previous time and had completed a similarly muddy marathon (4 Johnson’s plus a bit) only 48 hours before.  We tend to see these conditions in March rather than autumn but the long range forecast suggests November will be drier.

……………………….Actual time..Oct 6th time…Virtual finishing time…..Points

1st Vic…………………27:36…………—……………………6.47.06………………….1/1

2nd Emma…………..29:53………..—……………………6.47.53………………….2/1

3rd Mel……………….29:54……….27:48………………..6.47.54………………….3/1

4th Peter………………32:28………32:12………………..6.47.58………………….4/1

5th David B………….28:51……….27:08………………..6.48.21…………………5/1

6th Chris……………..34:44……….33:56……………….6.48.44………………….6/1

7th Anwen…………..35:08………..33:41………………..6.49.08…………………7/1

8th Tony B……………31:38………..29:30……………….6.49.38…………………8/1

9th Menai……………..35:51………..34:17………………..6.49.51…………………9/1

10th Elen………………33:28……….30:26……………….6.50.28………………..10/1

 

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Virtual Winter Handicap Oct 30th/31st/Nov 1st.

Notional start times based on the last of the summer Tuesday evening list. Hopefully people can do this in twos and threes so that it feels a bit better than the solo efforts of April to June. Particularly important in the mud, rain, and cold, I think.

6.00 pm Mari J, Ron.

6.01 pm Diane, Sue

6.03 Kath S, John L-T, Bronwen

6.05 Claire Sp, Rhian WJ, Meirion

6.06.00 Helen D, Nicola, LittleKath, Caz

6.07.00 Ruth, Dawn, Andy M, John G, Dizzy Liz

6.08.00 Katherine E, Paul J, Julie, Rebekah, Jess

6.09.00  Gwenan,  Jeff

6.10.00 Ed, Ieuan, Rob, Sarah

6.13.00 Dan S, Roger, David Sp, Will A

6.14.00 Bob, Menai, Jon, Chris B, Anwen, Mark J

6.14.30 Ian J, Abigail

6.15.00 Ruari, Gerwyn, Carys, Sioned, Lisa, Kate W,

6.15.30 Peter, Arwel

6.16.00 Luke, Chris R, Gareth P, Mari W, Alaw, Lee, Fred

6.17.00 Elen, Victoria, Ceri D, Suzi

6.17.30 Duncan

6.18.00 Emma, Mel, Katy B, Rhian, Catherine TJ, Tony B

6.18.30 Paul G

6.19.00 Gareth, Hywel, Phil

6.19.30 Vic, Owen, David B

6.20.00 Adam, Steve, Mat

6.21.30 Huw, Brett, Glenn

6.22.00 Dan J

6.22.30 Joe

6.23.00 Tony W, Shaun

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October 6th Handicap Results

Pretty wet underfoot after heavy rain all day but not so cold at 12C and no wind. Not quite as heavy conditions as in March but bad enough, particularly because most of the 14 participants had spent the previous few days running long and hard, some on the hills, some on the roads, some especially in the mock Johnson’s handicap last Friday. As expected Tony W, currently in excellent form, swept through the field. Only just behind after equally good efforts were David B – now a second year M60 – and a rejuvenated Anwen. Arwel and Peter also beat the handicapper’s expectations, and Tony B was disappointed at not outkicking Elen but I think that was being a bit hard on himself as he did close a minute on her which is pretty good these days.

Only read this last bit if you remember the 1980 Olympics and appreciate a strong imagination:

More interesting was the showdown between Menai, Bob, and Chris. Remembering that Bob is the distance man, he was expected to take the longer Johnson’s race on Friday but Chris grabbed the initiative there. A bit like Ovett v Coe in the 1500/800 showdown, the longer race therefore went to the wrong man. Bob, like Ovett, took the shorter one today decisively. In this scenario Menai, pushing them both but in last place, can play the younger athlete – the upcoming Steve Cram (though it doesn’t quite work since he was last in the 1500 not the 800).  Whatever, Bob surprised me at any rate.

1st Tony W ……finished 6.45.35pm……time 23:35

2nd David B……………….6.45.38pm…………..27:08

3rd Anwen………………….6.45.41pm…………..33:41

4th Mel………………………6.45.48pm…………..27:48

5th Arwel……………………6.46.15pm…………..31:45

6th Katy……………………..6.46.30pm………….28:30

7th Peter…………………….6.46.42pm…………..32:12

8th Elen …………………….6.46.56pm……………30:26

9th Tony B………………….6.47.00pm…………..29:30

10th Bob…………………….6.47.17pm…………….33:17

11th Adam…………………..6.47.40pm……………27:40

12th Chris……………………6.47.56pm……………33:56

13th Menai…………………..6.48.17pm……………34:17

Dnf Duncan due to injury.

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OCTOBER 6th Handicap Start List

This is a fairly comprehensive revamp of the early season list taking account of times done in the Virtual handicap series and times in virtual races, including biased observations and rumours. Declarations of intent to run need to be made to David on facebook and if more than 30 we will have to split into two separate races – perhaps one group could go earlier using these differential gaps in the start times, but from 5pm.

6.00 pm Mari J, Ron.

6.01 pm Diane, Sue

6.03 Kath S, John L-T, Bronwen

6.05 Claire Sp, Rhian WJ, Meirion

6.06.00 Jess, Rebekah, Helen D, Nicola, LittleKath, Caz

6.07.00 Ruth, Dawn, Andy M, John G, Dizzy Liz, Rob

6.08.00 Katherine E, Paul J, Julie

6.09.00  Sarah, Gwenan,  Jeff, Ieuan

6.10.00 Ed

6.12.00 Anwen, Abigail

6.13.00 Dan S, Roger, David Sp, Will A

6.14.00 Bob, Menai, Jon, Chris B

6.14.30 Peter, Ian J, Arwel, Mark J

6.15.00 Ruari, Gerwyn, Carys, Sioned, Lisa, Kate W

6.16.00 Luke, Chris R, Gareth P, Mari W, Alaw, Lee

6.16.30 Fred, Elen, Victoria, Ceri D, Suzi

6.17.30 Duncan, Tony B

6.18.00 Emma, Mel, Katy B, Rhian, Catherine TJ

6.18.30 Paul G, Mat, David B

6.19.00 Gareth, Hywel, Steve, Phil

6.19.30 Vic, Owen

6.20.00 Glen, Adam

6.20.30 Huw, Brett

6.21.00 Dan J

6.21.30 Joe

6.22.00 Tony W, Shaun

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Crest Virtual Handicap Final Round

Not many left to make it through to this last round of a tough series. Psychologically very hard to face that hill every week (I couldn’t do it), not to mention some risk on the descents through the woods. The handicapped starting times have resulted in extremely close results and I haven’t changed any start times for this last week.

……………………..Actual time….Virtual finishing time……Points

1st Arwel…………..28m17…………..7.12.17pm………………….30 (minus 6th and 2X5th)

2nd Peter………….28m10…………..7.12.40pm…………………35 (minus 12th, 8th and 7th)

3rd Menai………..28m46…………..7.12.46pm………………….34 (minus 9th,8th and 7th)

4th Phil……………25m00…………..7.14.00pm…………………18/2

Other Final Scores: David B 29, Vic 31, Mel 40, Fred 46.

Duncan 41/6, Sarah 44/6, Chris 37/5

Virtual Series Results (Best of 8 races)

1st David B

2nd Arwel

3rd Vic

4th Menai

5th Peter

6th Mel

7th Fred

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Crest Virtual Handicap Round 11

Open until nightfall Sunday 31st May.

……………………….Actual time……….Virtual finishing time……Points

1st Sarah……………..32m01………………..7.12.01pm……………….44/6

2nd Arwel……………28m09……………….7.12.09pm……………….34 (6th and 5th dropped)

3rd Mel……………….23m44……………….7.12.14pm………………..40 (8th dropped)

4th David B…………23m33……………….7.12.33pm……….29 (13th, 9th, and 7th dropped)

5th Peter……………..28m10……………….7.12.40pm……………..40 (12th and 8th dropped)

6th Duncan…………26m34………………..7.13.34pm………………41/6

7th Menai……………29m48…………………7.13.48pm……………..38 (9th and 8th dropped)

Vic is on 31 (14th and 8th dropped).

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