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Club Championships on Saturday 28th November 2015

  • Handicap Winner – John Gunnee
  • Women's Handicap Winner - Jane Crowson
  • Senior Open – Tom Brunt
  • M40 - Dave Taylor
  • M50 – Gavin Williams
  • M60 – Peter Gorvett
  • M70 – Barry Needle
  • Senior Women – Nicky Spinks
  • F40 – Kirsty Bryan-Jones
  • F50 – Jane Crowson

The forecast for the day had been holding steady all week with cold and windy weather and heavy rain starting from midday. It is as well it played out almost exactly to plan; by the time the last runner left the hill, it was truly disgusting. If that had come in early, it would have been unpleasant for runners and really hard for marshals.

A big thanks to all of the marshals from both Nicky and I. Ian Fitz's perch looked uninviting, catching the wind that it was. Sally and Rose had a modicum of shelter from the lump that is Pike Low, but they didn't look warm. Chris and Tony might have had options about hiding behind a Cake, but with runners coming in from all angles, they opted for standing in plain sight, with not a lot of shelter.

I have no idea how Olwyn, Charmian and Mick managed to do such a good job of the results with fingers that must have been wooden. Mine were numb before I even started – only warming up with the hotaches somewhere around Howshaw Tor. And that's another start tent that's fallen victim to the glorious weather we have for Dark Peak races.

John Gunnee won the handicap by four and a half minutes over Willy. John was a late entry and so, in theory he had a harder handicap than he might have done! But in reality, he had a brilliant run. All that secret road training has obviously paid off! Willy's run was really good as well. He was the only one of the front or mid-field to make an impact on the handicap result. The next best placed from the front half of the field was Rob Moore in 13th. Because of the way the handicap works, the winning time being less than the estimate was always going to favour the early starters. So next year's handicapper is going to have to really upset Willy with the start times.

Jane Crowson put in a great run to stay ahead of those starting just behind her and drag more than a few of them to good finished.

My vindictiveness over former winners must be slipping, Jim Paxman snuck back into the top ten, with a very good run. All that work to try and get on terms with the very capable sprint of his daughter Rose must be paying off.

In the other race, Tom Brunt managed to come in a fist full of seconds ahead of Dave Lund.

Nicky was comfortably ahead of Kirsty in the women's race. I'd split up Kirsty and Helen in the handicap, to prevent Kirsty following Helen on all those good fast lines she so loves. In the event, Kirsty pipped Helen by a very few seconds.

Lewis

Full results incl. handicap - word doc, pdf

Map of the course

This may work for you (or not!) but if it does this is the link to Stava "flybys", anyone who has uploaded a track to Strave can watch the race unfold... http://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#441574379?c=gcqzbgw3&z=E&t=1MMP9M&a=6-NRGo3wRxpYZUga9oVGGjPoRRpjqUUaMEVGGpciRhqgwkUaSR9FGg

69 starters
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PosNameTimeClubCatComment
37Adrian Davis01:52:30Dark PeakM 
18Andy Barnett01:36:56Dark PeakMV50 
66Andy Harmer02:42:53Dark PeakMV65 
59Barry Needle02:25:45Dark PeakMV70 
19Charlie Elliot01:37:15Dark PeakMV40 
Clive Last Dark PeakMV65 
23Dave Allen01:41:53Dark PeakMV55 
55Dave Lockwood02:14:10Dark PeakMV65 
12Dave Sykes01:34:07Dark PeakMV40 
30David Holmes01:48:33Dark PeakMV55 
2David Lund01:17:46Dark PeakM 
3David Taylor01:21:05Dark PeakMV50 
58Eoin Connaughton02:25:18Dark PeakMV50 
48Fiona Fullwood02:04:54Dark PeakW 
11Gavin Williams01:31:12Dark PeakMV50 
31George Yates01:50:06Dark PeakMV40 
26Greg Rimmer01:44:18Dark PeakMV50 
29Helen Elmore01:44:59Dark PeakWV40 
Ian Winterburn Dark PeakMV50 
38Jane Crowson01:53:38Dark PeakWV50 

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