Race Report 15/12/20

This most unusual year is nearly at an end, and almost 60 members and friends entered the final club championship race this weekend, over 4 days, in the form of the virtual cross country in Kilburn Woods.  When Rob Burn organises these races he likes to include a few hills and plenty of mud, and there was some of both this weekend – a 3 lap course with the outward half on solid stony tracks and then a short uphill on to a muddy return!  Newish member, Andrew Price, continues to demonstrate his form, and he was quickest over the 3+ mile course in 28.02, with Stephan Tomaszewski 2nd in 29.15 and Matt Jones 3rd in 29.20.  Ken Wood put in one of his appearances and took 31.34 in 4th place, just pipping Alan Simpson, 5th in 31.35.  Rob Burn, in his element here, came 6th, not far behind, in 31.40, with Gary Bastow 7th in 31.54, Paul Peacock 8th in 32.52, Marc Davies, also in his element, 9th in 34.18 and Andy Butcher 9th in 35.44.
Once again, Esther Harrison was right up with the fastest finishers, 1st lady and 4th overall, in 30.46, with Trudy Morrice, another who has come on in leaps and bounds this year, 2nd in 32.42, and how pleasing it is to see Olivia Mulligan competing at a high level after a difficult year.  She came 3rd in 32.52 with Lorraine Hiles 4th in 35.06, Rosie Gatenby 5th in 36.30, Hilary Coventry having a sprint to the finish with Helen Ashworth and just staying ahead to be 6th in 38.20 with Helen 7th in 38.27.  Clare Tempest was 9th in 40.50 and Louise Mayfield 10th in 41.23.  
Other members finishing were Richard Morrice, Brett Edgeworth, Duncan Fothergill, Joshua Fothergill, still recovering from his marathon, Pedro Carrasco, Adrian Saunders, Gary Wilkinson, David Tervit, Geoff Bullock, Joe Joyce, Jill Libby, Dave Baker, James Stephenson, Sonja van der Westhuisen, Chris Wordsworth, Marty Coy, Paul Adams, Steve Billings, Faith Coy, Phillip Craig, Joanne Hunt, Paul Goacher, Sharon Keegan, Alison Butcher, Kimberli Werner, Bev Davies, Christine Burn, Pat Kirby, Sarah Goacher, Trish Radford, Richard Easby, Stephanie Hawkins and Liz Stephenson.
Thank you to Marc Davies for putting out such helpful maps and photographs so that even the poorest map reader would not get lost!
It looks as if the club championship will be starting the new year with virtual races, and if they continue to attract a large number of entrants, they will again be deemed again to be very successful.  Well done everyone who has taken part over the year, and well done Rob for organising such an interesting series in such difficult conditions.

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