28 Spartans braved the bitterly cold conditions to participate in the November Handicap 5k while Roger Biggs, Graham Blackburn, Clare Moore and Bernie Barnaby helped at start and finish.
Winner on the night was newcomer Kirsty Callan in 26:40, 3:20 ahead of handicap, with another debutee, Lucy Field 2nd in 23:34, 2:41 better than handicap, and Denise Hurlock 3rd in a new PB time of 26:53, 1:13 faster than in October, crossing the line at the same time as Louise Temple in her 1st 5k with the club.
Claire Drake also recorded a new PB of 27:47 in 5th position, crossing the finish line at the same time as the winning man, Martin Price, running a new PB of his own of 22:17, with Martin Dudley 2nd man as he kept up with Sofia Carpenter taking a further 67 seconds off her PB to 24:23, and newcomer Avi Bhogun 3rd man in 22:18, 2:12 ahead of handicap.
Fastest time was by Richard Bate as he got within 3 seconds of the course record in 16:36, with Ian Yenney 2nd quickest in a new PB of 17:29, Liam Herbert & Carlos Vasquez-Garcia 3rd quickest in 18:39, and Dean Carpenter also inside 20 minutes with 19:57.
Lucy Field’s 23:34 was the quickest female time, with Sofia Carpenter 2nd quickest in 24:23 and race winner Kirsty Callan 3rd fastest 26:40.
Ali Vorster 23:01 and Eileen Latchford 28:03 also recorded new PB’s with Season Best times for Steve Elder 22:20 and Dave Stephenson 22:57, as all 28 runners finished within 2 minutes of their adjusted handicap time, with just 3:29 time difference between the first and last runners and just 2:49 from 2nd-27th.
Full results and analysis attached.
Next Handicap 5k will be in 4 weeks time on Thursday 19th December.