Handicap Race 2018

Results for the handicap are here

 

Handicap Race 2017

Handicap Race 2016

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s Handicap race on Wednesday 8th June.  Thanks also to Sue Calvert who organised the meal afterwards and Jeni Richards, Dave Edwards, Steven McCormack and Majella McCormack and Jenny and Mike Nolan who helped with the race itself.

Basically this year the runners had to race out to Jeni and back and afterwards estimate the distance they had run, the speed they ran it in and their total ascent during the run, with penalties for how far out they were.

Congratulations to Vernon Pownall and Rachel Shipley the overall winners and also Ben Lightowler and Helen Smith the first male and female to finish. Also well done to Tim Cahill the person who got the closest to being exact with anything, who guessed 4.58 miles for the distance, only one hundredth out (4.59 miles).

Full results below and we are all looking forward to next year’s fun.

 

Handicap Race 2015

Thanks to everyone who turned up to run, help or support at the club handicap race this year.

The goal was to;

1)      Run 4.44 miles turning at the correct point which was at “181 poles” (2 penalty points per pole over or under 181).

2)      To complete your run at 60 minutes (1 penalty point per second over or under 60 minutes)

The winners being the male and female runners with the lowest overall penalty score.

Overall Results

Name

Finish Time

Time Penalty

Pole Count

Pole Penalty

Overall Score

Sonia Wignall

59:32

28

195

28

56     1st Female

Margaret Williams

59:15

45

189

16

61

Christobelle Pownall

59:09

51

192

22

73

James Salt

61:08

68

169

24

92     1st Male 

Vinnie Wickham

59:44

16

132

98

114

Darren Blazier

60:41

41

218

74

115

Martyn Barnaby

59:34

26

135

92

118

Gareth Evans

60:03

3

117

128

131   Best time

Ben Lightowler

60:10

10

249

136

146

John Jones

58:29

91

136

90

181

Jodi Waters

58:34

86

131

100

186

Richie Wilyman

58:59

61

82

198

259

Sonja Griffiths

63:46

226

164

34

260

Amy Owen-Jones

59:50

10

48

266

276

Darren Battersby

58:42

78

80

202

280

Gemma Brown

58:36

84

72

218

302

Anthony Howe

64:58

298

188

14

312  Best  poles

Rachel Shipley

58:50

70

54

254

324

Sarah Edwards

61:18

78

47

268

346

Dave Edwards

61:45

105

51

260

365

Shane Mc Cormack

55:47

253

116

130

383

Diane Jones

63:39

219

97

168

387

Mark Meyers

63:13

193

336

310

503

Sue Calvert

52:54

426

88

186

612

Dawn Palmer-Reid

51:54

486

92

178

664

Prize winners

Overall

Female

1st;    Sonia Wignall

2nd;   Margaret Williams

3rd;    Christobelle Pownall

 

Male

 1st;   James Salt

2nd;   Vinnie Wickham

3rd;   Darren Blazier

 

Closest to correct time

1st;   Gareth Evans

=2nd;  Amy Owen-Jones

=3rd;  Ben Lightowler

 

Closest to correct turning point

Anthony Howe

 

Worst time

Dawn Palmer-Reid

Sue Calvert

 

Worst turning point

Mark Meyers

 

 

Handicap Race 2014

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this years Handicap Race, which as usual was a lot of fun.

Thanks in particular to Steven who helped to plan it, and Majella, Jeni, Vernon and Rob who helped on the day and Sue, Sharon K and Mark who helped to organise the meal.

Everyone was a winner! but the prizes went to;

1st Male overall ; Jodi Waters

1st Female Overall; Sharon Kynaston

Only person who could count poles correctly; Mark Mayers

Closest to the distance (only 0.01mile out); Shane McCoramck, Lucy Curtis and Sharon Kynaston

Only people who could count other people!; John Morris, Darren Blazier, Anthony Howe, Catherine Evans

Closest split times; John Morris (1sec), Jodi Waters, Darren Blazier, Dave Edwards, Graham Arden (3sec)

Overall Times

 

Darren Blazier

 

25:13

 

John Morris

 

31:05

 

Jodi Waters

 

31:05

 

James Salt

 

32:28

 

Mary Mayers

 

32:54

 

Chris Birch

 

32:58

 

Dave Edwards

 

34:47

 

Sue Calvert

 

36:24

 

Keith Tewkesbury

 

38:48

 

Darren Battersby

 

38:49

 

Lucy Curtis

 

38:50

 

Rachel Shipley

 

38:51

 

Graham Arden

 

39:13

 

Sarah Rowlands

 

39:13

 

Christobelle Pownall

 

39:29

 

Sharon Kynaston

 

40:58

 

Sonia Wignall

 

42:16

 

Anthony Howe

 

44:03

 

Shane McCormack

 

45:03

 

Sharon Hughes

 

45:03

 

Diane Jones

 

45:25

 

Catherine Evans

 

45:32

 Poles (5) and Distance (4.21m)

Name

Poles (5)

Penalty

Distance (4.21)

Penalty

Total Penalty A

 

Darren Blazier

 

4

 

1

 

4.35

 

14

 

15

 

John Morris

 

2

 

3

 

4.80

 

59

 

62

 

Jodi Waters

 

1

 

4

 

4.17

 

4

 

8

 

James Salt

 

23 J

 

18

 

4.08

 

13

 

31

 

Mary Mayers

 

5

 

0

 

4.25

 

4

 

4

 

Chris Birch

 

3

 

2

 

4.09

 

12

 

14

 

Dave Edwards

 

6

 

1

 

4.40

 

19

 

20

 

Sue Calvert

 

3

 

2

 

4.40

 

19

 

21

 

Keith Tewkesbury

 

3

 

2

 

4.50

 

29

 

31

 

Darren Battersby

 

1

 

4

 

4.17

 

4

 

8

 

Lucy Curtis

 

2

 

3

 

4.20

 

1

 

4

 

Rachel Shipley

 

3

 

2

 

4.12

 

9

 

11

 

Graham Arden

 

8

 

3

 

4.31

 

10

 

13

 

Sarah Rowlands

 

7

 

2

 

4.60

 

39

 

41

 

Christobelle Pownall

 

1

 

4

 

4.50

 

29

 

33

 

Sharon Kynaston

 

6

 

1

 

4.20

 

1

 

2

 

Sonia Wignall

 

3

 

2

 

4.85

 

64

 

66

 

Anthony Howe

 

3

 

2

 

4.52

 

31

 

33

 

Shane McCormack

 

4

 

1

 

4.20

 

1

 

2

 

Sharon Hughes

 

3

 

2

 

4.70

 

49

 

51

 

Diane Jones

 

3

 

2

 

4.68

 

47

 

49

 

Catherine Evans

 

3

 

2

 

4.96

 

75

 

77

 Splits and People Seen

Name

Time

Turn Time

Penalty

People

Actual people

Penalty

Total Penalty B

 

Darren Blazier

 

25:13

 

12:35

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

3

 

John Morris

 

31:05

 

15:33

 

1

 

5

 

5

 

0

 

1

 

Jodi Waters

 

31:05

 

15:34

 

3

 

6

 

5

 

1

 

4

 

James Salt

 

32:28

 

15:55

 

38

 

7

 

5

 

2

 

40

 

Mary Mayers

 

32:54

 

16:05

 

44

 

4

 

6

 

2

 

46

 

Chris Birch

 

32:58

 

16:33

 

8

 

2

 

6

 

4

 

12

 

Dave Edwards

 

34:47

 

17:22

 

3

 

5

 

4

 

1

 

4

 

Sue Calvert

 

36:24

 

18:02

 

20

 

0

 

7

 

7

 

27

 

Keith Tewkesbury

 

38:48

 

19:12

 

24

 

7

 

8

 

1

 

25

 

Darren Battersby

 

38:49

 

19:17

 

15

 

3

 

8

 

5

 

20

 

Lucy Curtis

 

38:50

 

19:17

 

16

 

4

 

8

 

4

 

20

 

Rachel Shipley

 

38:51

 

19:17

 

17

 

5

 

8

 

3

 

20

 

Graham Arden

 

39:13

 

19:38

 

3

 

6

 

8

 

2

 

5

 

Sarah Rowlands

 

39:13

 

19:42

 

11

 

4

 

8

 

4

 

15

 

Christobelle Pownall

 

39:29

 

19:50

 

11

 

4

 

8

 

4

 

15

 

Sharon Kynaston

 

40:58

 

20:34

 

10

 

2

 

10

 

8

 

18

 

Sonia Wignall

 

42:16

 

21:20

 

24

 

0

 

8

 

8

 

32

 

Anthony Howe

 

44:03

 

21:51

 

21

 

5

 

5

 

0

 

21

 

Shane McCormack

 

45:03

 

21:51

 

81

 

8

 

5

 

3

 

84

 

Sharon Hughes

 

45:03

 

21:53

 

77

 

3

 

5

 

2

 

79

 

Diane Jones

 

45:25

 

22:26

 

33

 

7

 

4

 

3

 

36

 

Catherine Evans

 

45:32

 

22:26

 

40

 

4

 

4

 

0

 

40

 Final Penalty Scores

Name

Penalty A

Penalty B

Total

 

Darren Blazier

 

15

 

3

 

18

 

John Morris

 

62

 

1

 

63

 

Jodi Waters 1st Male

 

8

 

4

 

12

 

James Salt

 

31

 

40

 

71

 

Mary Mayers

 

4

 

46

 

50

 

Chris Birch

 

14

 

12

 

26

 

Dave Edwards

 

20

 

4

 

24

 

Sue Calvert

 

21

 

27

 

48

 

Keith Tewkesbury

 

31

 

25

 

56

 

Darren Battersby

 

8

 

20

 

28

 

Lucy Curtis

 

4

 

20

 

24

 

Rachel Shipley

 

11

 

20

 

31

 

Graham Arden

 

13

 

5

 

18

 

Sarah Rowlands

 

41

 

13

 

54

 

Christobelle Pownall

 

33

 

15

 

48

 

Sharon Kynaston

 

2

 

18

 

20

 

Sonia Wignall

 

66

 

32

 

98

 

Anthony Howe

 

33

 

21

 

54

 

Shane McCormack

 

2

 

84

 

86

 

Sharon Hughes

 

51

 

79

 

130

 

Diane Jones

 

49

 

36

 

85

 

Catherine Evans

 

77

 

40

 

117

 

 

 

 

 

Handicap Race 2013

Runners Results;

 

Name

 

Time

Difference

(secs from 1 hour)

Pole Penalty

(in secs)

 

Overall Score

Shane

00:13

13

10

23

Graham

59:41

19

50

69

Keith

00:21

21

50

71

Lucy Curtis

00:23

23

50

73

Rob Armstrong

02:07

127

0

127

Pat

59:11

49

80

129

Richie Wilyman

01:31

91

60

151

Rachel

00:16

16

140

159

Sue

00:27

27

140

167

Ben

00:18

18

160

178

Darren Blazier

01:15

75

125

200

Sonia

57:07

173

80

253

Darren Batterby

01:57

117

170

287

Ali

02:54

174

190

364

Steph

02:57

177

200

377

Mark

04:54

294

105

399

Anthony

06:21

381

30

411

Dom

57:02

178

310

488

Christobelle

56:41

199

290

489

Steve Mac

56:31

209

300

509

Alan

56:29

213

320

533

Kim

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30

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Prizes

1st Male;    Shane

1st Female;   Lucy

Only athlete to be able to count correctly ;  Rob

Athlete to cause race organiser to panic most;  Kim 

 

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 Handicap Race 2012

Champions;

Anthony Howe & Emma Hall

 

Closest team BEFORE penalties;

Haydn Jones & Lucy Curtis

 

Correct Distance

(based on correct poles counted)

Josh Dixon

Andrew Mercer

Andrew Davies

Darren Blazier

Vicky Dale

 

Thanks;

Helen Ingram (Food organiser)

Steven McCormack (Time-keeper)

Majella McCormack (Answer Recorder)

Stephanie Wynne (Marshal)

Jeni Richards (Marshal)

All the runners

                                                                   All the supporters

 Results;

      (Correct poles ; Hill 17, Flat 40)

Teams

1st runner out

Name; Time; Course; Poles

2nd runner out

Name; Time; Course; Poles

331/381

Shane; 29:10, Hill, 14

Paula; 21:46, Flat 37

332/382

Kim; 22:44, Flat, 38

Paul; 21:38, Hill, 11

333/383

Dom; 25:48, Flat, 38

Josh; 16:18, Hill, 17

334/384

Haydn; 25:14, Hill, 21

Lucy C; 24:22, Flat, 38

336/386

Emma; 22:04, Flat, 41

Anthony; 27:32, Hill, 19

337/387

Rob A; 25:00, Hill, 21

Rachel; 20:39, Flat, 38

338/388

Melissa; 26:00, Flat, 37

Graham; 24:35, Hill, 14

339/389

Helen; 23:36, Flat, 37

Andrew M; 20:42, Hill, 17

340/390

Andrew D; 37:43, Hill, 17

Sue; 23:37, Flat, 32

341/391

Natalie; 26:05, Flat, 18

Mark; 26:39, Hill, 18

342/392

Tracey; 22:58, Flat, 36

Rob S; 32:13, Hill, 15

344/394

Dave; 26:20, Hill, 23

Chris; 28:16, Flat, 38

345/395

Darren Bl; 17:02, Hill, 17

Jan; 30:05, Flat, 39

346/396

Vicky; 48:17, Hill, 17

Garry; 41:17, Flat, 35

347/397

Alison; 26:10, Flat, 37

Darren Ba; 22:55, Hill, 22

348/398

Lucy J; 25:48, Flat, 38

Jodi; 17:50, Hill, 15

349/399

Sonia; 39:08, Flat, 33

Alan; 28:27, Hill, 15

 

Teams

Guess

Actual time

BEFORE Penalties for Poles

331/381

54:30

50:56

332/382

56:08

44:32

333/383

48:30

42:06

334/384

49:33

49:36

336/386

51:00

49:36

337/387

45:00

45:39

338/388

58:30

50:35

339/389

55:07

44:18

340/390

54:01

61:20

341/391

54:00

52:44

342/392

65:22

55:11

344/394

48:48

54:36

345/395

52:20

47:07

346/396

78:20

89:34

347/397

54:24

49:05

348/398

52:00

43:38

349/399

62:13

67:35

 

Teams

Guess

Actual time

AFTER Penalties for Poles

331/381

54:30

56:56

332/382

56:08

52:32

333/383

48:30

44:06

334/384

49:33

53:36

336/386

51:00

51:06      1st

337/387

45:00

49:39

338/388

58:30

56:35

339/389

55:07

47:18

340/390

54:01

69:20

341/391

54:00

54:14     3rd

342/392

65:22

61:11

344/394

48:48

59:36

345/395

52:20

47:07

346/396

78:20

94:34

347/397

54:24

54:35     2nd

348/398

52:00

47:38

349/399

62:13

76:35

 

Teams

Numbers

Name

Name

331 / 381

Shane McCormack

Paula Maguire

332 / 382

Paul Thomas

Kim Westell

333 / 383

Josh Dixon

Dominique Jones

334 / 384

Haydn Jones

Lucy Curtis

336 / 386

Anthony Howe

Emma Hall

337 / 387

Rob Armstrong

Rachel Shipley

338 / 388

Graham Arden

Melissa Corner

339 / 389

Andrew Mercer

Helen Ingram

340 / 390

Andrew Davies Sue Calvert

341 / 391

Mark Mayers

Natalie Foulkes

342 / 392

Rob Spotswood

Tracey Roberts

344 / 394

Dave Edwards

Chris Birch

345 / 395

Darren Blazier

Jan Garnett

346 / 396

Gary Howgate

Vicky Dale

347 / 397

Darren Battersby

Alison Faulkner

348 / 398

Jodi Walters

Lucy Jones

349 / 399

Sonia Wignall

Alan Lucas

Team Instructions

Your team will be running a total of 5.8 miles. (GPS measured)

You need to estimate the total time for your team for that distance.

Either team member can run first but the second team member can not go off until the first team member is finished.

Runner “A”

Runs an “up hill” course.

 Runner “A” to wear the lower team number (irrespective of whether they run first or second)

Runner “B”

Runs a “flat” course.

Runner “B” to wear the higher team number (irrespective of whether they run first or second)

Winning Team

The winning team is the team whose actual time for the 5.8 miles is the closest to their estimated time.

No watches, phones or GPSs allowed.

 There will be a number of other issues to be considered but these will be advised on the night of the race. For now you only need to decide on who is “A” and who is “B.

 

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This years Handicap race will take place on Wednesday 20th June at 6.30pm with food afterwards in The Black Lion in Llanfair TH at 8pm.

We will have to meet in the Car Park in Llanfair TH at 6.30pm for final instructions and will actually start running at about 6.50pm.

It will be a team race. I will need to know who is going to turn up as soon as possible so that I can pick the teams out of a hat at Club training on Wednesday 13th June.

Please confirm by e-mail if you will be running the race or not.

Sean@Abergeleharriers.co.uk

 There will be teams of 2, between you running 5.8 miles, one running a hilly course and the other running a relatively flat course.

There will also be questions (observational only) and time penalties

and something else!!!!

Team Instructions

Your team will be running a total of 5.8 miles. (GPS measured)

You need to estimate the total time for your team for that distance.

Either team member can run first but the second team member can not go off until the first team member is finished.

Food

A single course meal will be paid for by the club. If you want a second course you will have to pay yourself. People are welcome to bring partners along but, if not club members, will have to pay for their own meal. We must pre-order the meal a few days beforehand. I will be e mailing the menu through to everyone in the next few weeks.

 

 

Club Handicap 2010

Twenty five Abergele Harriers took part in this years annual Handicap race in Llanfair TH, which for the first year was a team event. Teams were picked out of a hat and one member had to run a “flat” three miles and the other a “hilly” three miles and then answer an observational question that they received at the turning point. Each team had to guess their overall time including penalties for getting the question wrong, and the team whose overall time, including penalties, was closest to their guess was declared the winner. Lucy Jones and David Edwards were clear winners, with an overall time of 56mins 26secs, including a 10 second penalty, only 34 seconds away from their initial estimate of 57 minutes. Only two teams received no penalty points, Christobelle Pownall and Rob Spotswood, who unfortunately ran four and a half minutes slower than expected, and Cheryl Richards and Anthony Howe who were three minutes too fast. Jeni Richard had s unfortunately had no team partner but by doubling her time and penalties to take this into account was actually third “team” overall. The fastest team to complete the course was Haydn Jones and Vernon Pownall but were let down by their observational skills, clearly a result of running too fast! The team who surprised themselves most was Sue Calvert and John Cody who ran almost eight minutes faster than they expected and were also good with their observations. The day was completed with a meal and an excellent day was had by all.

Actual time and penalties

Teams                              Time     P1  P2  Total

Christobelle Pownall / Rob Spotswood   59:32       0        0        59:32

Megan Pownall / Paul Thomas                57:47       10      0        57:57

Haydn Jones / Vernon Pownall                44:40       20      2:10   47:10

Sian Hall / Alan Lucas                            53:47        0        20      54:07 

Dominique Jones / Matthew Ashton       50:38         20      30      51:28

Carol Willgoose / Peter Hardy                52:33        0        10      52:4

Annwen Begley / Mark Mayers               56:53        20      0        57:13

Lucy Jones / David Edwards                  56:16        10      0        56:26

Cheryl Richards / Anthony Howe           51:00        0        0        51:00

Su Calvert / John Cody                          51:24        0        40      52:04

Chris Birch / Jonathan Perry                   52:43        1:20   0        54:03

Darren Blazier / Sonia Wignall                52:42        20      1:10   54:12

Jeni Richards x 2!  (2 x 24:32)               49:04         0        0        49:04

 

Time Differences

Teams                              Guess    Total    Diff.

Christobelle Pownall / Rob Spotswood    55:00      59:32           4:32

Megan Pownall / Paul Thomas                62:00       57:57           4:03

Haydn Jones / Vernon Pownall                44:00       47:10           3:10

Sian Hall / Alan Lucas                             57:30       54:07           3:23

Dominique Jones / Matthew Ashton        55:01       51:28           3:33

Carol Willgoose / Peter Hardy                 57:00       52:43           4:17

Annwen Begley / Mark Mayers                60:00       57:13           2:47

Lucy Jones / David Edwards                   57:00       56:26             34

Cheryl Richards / Anthony Howe            54:00       51:00           3:00

Su Calvert / John Cody                           59:59       52:04           7:55

Chris Birch / Jonathan Perry                    55:20       54:03           1:17

Darren Blazier / Sonia Wignall                 56:27       54:12           2:15

Jeni Richards x 2!                                   51:00       49:04           1:56

 Champions; Lucy Jones and David Edwards

 

2009

Abergele Harriers Handicap Race 2009

Nineteen Abergele Harriers took part in this years club Handicap race on Sunday which was run in fantastic conditions in Llanfair TH. The race was over an extremely tough 3.5 mile course where members were asked to guess the difference they would achieve running steeply down hill for 1.75 miles, compared with the same distance up hill. First to the top of the hill in 12mins 34secs, and back down again in a total time of 22mins 50secs, was Darren Blazier, but he ran so fast that he was well off from his guess, in fact 13th out of the 19 runners. The run of the day came from experienced fell runner Geran Hughes who was second to the top in 13mins 19secs and completed the course in 22mins 50secs, a difference of 3mins 48secs, just six seconds off his guessed time of 3:42. Second closest to their guessed difference, and winner of the ladies competition, was Lucy Jones, who ran 23mins 37secs up, with a total time of 38mins 30secs, for a difference of 8mins 44secs, 14 seconds difference from her guess of 8mins 30secs. Amazingly she won the ladies competition by just one second from Sonia Wignall, whose time were; 24mins 8secs up, total time 40mins 1sec, a difference of 8mins 15secs, with a guess of 8mins for a difference of 15secs. Runner up in the men’s competition was Keith Elliott, 19 seconds off his guessed difference, while four other members managed to be less than a minute off their guess, Paul Edge, 27secs; Jonathan Perry, 35secs; Cheryl Richards, 37secs; and Vernon Pownall, 46secs. Overall the times were all extremely close to the members estimates; Sue Calvert 1min 7secs, Matthew Ashton 1min 12secs, Christobelle Pownall 1min 20secs, Rob Spotswood 1min 35secs, Darren Blazier 1min 44secs, Haydn Jones 1min 56secs, Angie Hughes 1min 57secs, Alan Lucas 2mins 22secs, Mark Mayers 2mins 24secs, Paul Thomas 3mins 4secs, and Dave Edwards 3mins 21secs.

A huge thanks also to Haydn Jones who organised the food for after the race.

Name Guessed Time Half Way Time Total Time Time Down Difference Difference from guess
Geran Hughes 00:03:42 00:13:19 00:22:50 00:09:31 00:03:48 00:00:06
Lucy Jones 00:08:30 00:23:37 00:38:30 00:14:53 00:08:44 00:00:14
Sonia Wignall 00:08:00 00:24:08 00:40:01 00:15:53 00:08:15 00:00:15
Keith Elliott 00:05:34 00:15:33 00:25:51 00:10:18 00:05:15 00:00:19
Paul Edge 00:06:50 00:20:52 00:35:21 00:14:29 00:06:23 00:00:27
Jonathan Perry 00:06:30 00:21:35 00:36:05 00:14:30 00:07:05 00:00:35
Cheryl Richards 00:07:45 00:21:45 00:36:22 00:14:37 00:07:08 00:00:37
Vernon Pownell 00:05:30 00:16:27 00:28:10 00:11:43 00:04:44 00:00:46
Sue Calvert 00:08:01 00:22:17 00:35:26 00:13:09 00:09:08 00:01:07
Matthew Ashton 00:06:30 00:15:30 00:25:42 00:10:12 00:05:18 00:01:12
Christobelle Pownell 00:09:10 00:22:00 00:36:10 00:14:10 00:07:50 00:01:20
Rob Spotswood 00:06:28 00:20:01 00:35:09 00:15:08 00:04:53 00:01:35
Darren Blazier 00:05:32 00:12:34 00:21:20 00:08:46 00:03:48 00:01:44
Haydn Jones 00:06:34 00:17:03 00:29:28 00:12:25 00:04:38 00:01:56
Angie Hughes 00:07:27 00:19:06 00:32:42 00:13:36 00:05:30 00:01:57
Alan Lucas 00:06:12 00:21:44 00:34:54 00:13:10 00:08:34 00:02:22
Mark Mayers 00:08:10 00:18:12 00:30:38 00:12:26 00:05:46 00:02:24
Paul Thomas 00:09:00 00:18:26 00:30:56 00:12:30 00:05:56 00:03:04
Dave Edwards 00:07:34 00:19:41 00:35:09 00:15:28 00:04:13 00:03:21

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2008

A record 26 Abergele Harriers turned out for the club’s annual Handicap race, which this year again had a new format, simply consisting of a five mile out-and-back course, where members were asked to pace themselves evenly to try to run each direction in exactly the same time, without the aid of any timing device; the winners being the man and women who got closest to an exact split. The “race” was run in almost perfect conditions and as a result most members got their split times very close indeed. The “winner” of the men’s section was second claim member Philip Edge who went out in 16mins exactly and home in 15mins 55secs, for a five second difference, with Pete Smith only one second further off, with 19mins 7secs out and 19mins 13secs back. Darren Blazier, who was the first Harrier to complete the course, was third in the Handicap with a seven second difference, 13mins 27secs out and 13mins 34secs back. The winner of the ladies “race” was a “graduate” from Jaime Ashton’s “beginners group” Cheryl Richards, running an excellently paced run, like the men’s winner, finishing with a five second negative split, 23mins 11secs out and 23mins 6secs back home. Second lady, another of Jaime’s “graduates” was Lucy Jones, with an excellent nine second split of 24mins 24secs out and 24mins 33secs back. Sonia Wignall was third with an eighteen second difference (24:26 out, 24:44 back), just ahead of Angie Hughes with a nineteen second negative split (18:24 out, 18:05 back) and Pam Grant with a nineteen positive split (19:30 out, 19:49 back). Angie, although fourth lady in the Handicap, was in fact the first lady home, and ninth home overall, in a tremendous time of 36mins 29secs. Overall twenty members managed to keep their split times within 30 seconds of each other which is a testament to superbly disciplined racing and training. The club would also like to thank the Bee Hotel for providing excellent food after the race.
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2007

Abergele Harriers held their annual Handicap Race on Sunday in horrendous weather conditions on the cycle track from Pensarn to Towyn and back. All Harriers had to estimate their own time to complete the 7k course, then run without a watch, with the winners being the male and female that got closest to their own estimate. Eleven men and six women braved the conditions with the male race particularly close, with three men finishing six seconds from their estimate, but the winner, Darren Blazier, proving his superb ability to pace, finishing in a time of 24mins 30secs, just five seconds faster than his estimate. The unlucky trio, that were six seconds out, were Grahame Shone (finishing time 28mins 24secs), John Earlston (25mins 6secs) and Paul Ross (29mins 36secs). Club Captain Geran Hughes was particularly unlucky also, finishing in 26mins 1sec, which in fact was exactly his original estimate, but just at the start line he changed his estimate and ended fourteen seconds out. The male runner that exceeded his own expectations the most was Peter Smith, who beat his estimate by 1min 43secs (31mins 50secs), while Ed Reid (-1min 26secs), Justin McIlveen (-1min 19secs) and Paul Thomas (-55secs) were also all much too fast on the day. On the other hand Robert Spotswood (finishing time 39mins 9secs) and Jonathan Perry (42mins 22secs) miscalculated but in the opposite direction.

The ladies race wasn’t quite as close but Eleri Bacon won for the third time in four years, by running a superb 38mins 34secs, just 34secs over her estimate. Second lady was Pam Grant who’s fantastic time of 34mins 51secs was 44 seconds faster than she expected, while Melanie Williams was third in 35mins43secs, 1min 27secs faster than she predicted. First lady home on the day was Angie Hughes, but unfortunately for her, she arrived in 1min 37secs quicker than expected. The Harrier who surprised themselves the most on the day was Julie Jones, who ran an amazing 43mins 54secs, which was 3mins 36secs faster than her estimate, while Susan Calvert was also pleasantly surprised by beating her time by almost two minutes (finishing time 36mins 42secs). Altogether twelve of the seventeen Harriers finished quicker than their estimated times which bodes very well for the coming season.

 RACE TIMES 

Name

 Estimated Time

Actual Time

Difference

Darren Blazier                          M             

24:35

24:30

-5

John Earlston                            M

25:00

25:06

+6

Geran Hughes                           M

26:15

26:01

-14

Ed Reid                                     M

29:30

28:04

-1:26

Grahame Shone                        M

28:30

28:24

-6

Paul Thomas                             M

30:15

29:20

-55

Paul Ross                                  M

29:30

29:36

+6

Justin McIlveen                        M

31:30

30:11

-1:19

Peter Smith                                M

33:33

31:50

-1:43

Angie Hughes                                      F

35:12

33:35

-1:37

Pam Grant                                           F

35:35

34:51

-44

Melanie Williams                                F

37:10

35:43

-1:27

Susan Calvert                                      F

38:38

36:42

-1:56

Eleri Bacon                                         F

38:00

38:34

+34

Rob Spotswood                        M

34:27

39:09

+4:42

Jonathan Perry                         M

38:00

42:22

+4:22

Julie Jones                                            F

47:30

43:54

-3:36

Men’s results;

1)      Darren Blazier (-5 secs)

2)      Grahame Shone (-6 secs)

3)      John Earlston and Paul Ross (+6 secs)

Ladies results;

1)      Eleri Bacon (+34 secs)

2)      Pam Grant (-44 secs)

3)      Melanie Williams (-1min 27secs)


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2006

Twenty seven Abergele Harriers, the biggest ever field, took part in the clubs annual Handicap race on Sunday. The race took on a new format this year with the winners being the runners finishing closest to their own estimated time for the course. Because of the very dangerous road conditions, the race was changed at the last minute to the traffic-free coastal cycle track. Amazingly, Stevie Ward finished in exactly his estimated time of 39 minutes 30 seconds for the 4.7 mile course, winning the male title. The female title was won by Kristy Stephenson, who was also the first lady home, in a time of 34 minutes 18 seconds, missing her estimate by just 18 seconds. First runner home overall was Darren Blazier in a superb time of 27mins 19secs, 13secs faster than his estimate, and second closest to his estimate overall. Next in was Geran Hughes, in 29mis 2secs, 31secs ahead of his estimate and 4th closest, with Justin McIlveen, in 32mins 39secs, 3rd closest male, missing out by just 29 seconds. Second closest lady was Pam Grant, finishing in 39mins 31secs, just 28 seconds, with 3rd closest lady going to Susan Calvert, in 40mins 27secs, 67 seconds out. Twenty Harriers were within two minutes of their estimate, while the runner who surprised himself most was Dave Edwards, who beat his own estimate by over eight minutes, finishing in 39mins 19secs. Other finishing times were; Matthew Ashton 30.31, Ed Reid 30.58, Grahame Shone 31.11, Simon Grant 32.42, Roy Evans 32.57, Jeramy Bright 34.09, John Essary 36.06, John Humphries 36.36, Stevie Salt 36.47, Judith Jones 36.49, Hilary Jaques 36.51, Rob Spotswood 39.59, Melanie Williams 40.06, Eleri Bacon 41.30, Meinir Hughes 41.30, Alan Lucas 43.36, Alison Guillemin 43.51, Garry Tann 43.51, Jamie Ashton 56.35. Abergele Harriers wish to express their sincere sympathy to all involved with Rhyl Cycling Club following the tragic accident that took place that same morning.

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