How it Happened Sept 28
Reported last week that the battle for the trophy was intriguing, and this week's efforts only added to the intrigue. Gary extended his lead last week and was decribed as, "showing no signs of weakening at this stage", but he has! Apparently he didn't figure chasing a trophy into his holiday plans, and was a no show this week, letting all his competitors back in the race. Aidan 9th, Andrea 10th, Andres 15th and Anthony 25th all made inroads into Gary's lead and are all within twenty points ... that would be too close for comfort if I was Gary!
Line honours went to Madeline, back for a visit, and clearly keeping fit while away from the Hill. Lauren 2nd with a new level of pace for her. Graeme was back totally refreshed and scooted to 3rd. Aidan and Mia were fastest, although even the fastest runners suffered a little in the warmer conditions, which will only get warmer and more sufferable. Toward the rear, Katja and Craig nobbled themselves with a late start ... apparently heavy traffic on the Hillston road.
There was upset in the Short as well with comp leader Natalie a no-show, and next in line Harry claiming 19 valuable points, and that is just 19 behind the leader who looked unbeatable, but no longer. Wendy made a rare switch to the Short and finished with daylight second, while Digby is the club's new yo-yo, bouncing from 1st to 24th and back to 2nd in consecutive weeks. Matisse equal 2nd with Digby, significantly quicker than in her debut last week. Callum and Nate started together this week and shadowed each other to the finish, just 4sec apart for 7th and 8th, while Jai was the only starter with a higher handicap and was fastest at 11th.
There are only three more comp weeks, and the Shanks' Pony Cup, before the year ends. Adrian has a firm hold on the WardleWaddle trophy but it is never over till it's over, luck and bad planning can play a big part still. Especially if the Shanks course plotter does as is sometimes threatened, and makes the final mystery run longer than the WW gap to second! Moreno and Jeremy will be keeping him honest until the end.
Speaking of WardleWaddle, have you checked out the All Time Bubble yet? It's extremely cool, and instructive.
A reminder, that zero handicaps are only for the slowest runners and for the walkers, so if you do not fit this description and you are given zero, please enquire with the race director. It is not usually our mistake, just that prior circumstances have dictated a zero which may need to be changed back (see below).
Also on start times, if you have a Short course handicap (say 8min) and you want to walk, note that we prefer if you walk off that handicap (8min) ... you won't finish far behind, and it saves us a lot of time and possible mistakes in adjustments to and fro (see above).
Please be early to the start line – you should be entered before 4:20pm.
Did Not Finish? We need to know. All non-finishers / short cutters / other issues - report to the race organiser.
Note about Results ... we are putting the results online, at the finish line, so your loved one can know what mood you're in before you get home. (Will it be a hot bath or a cold shower? Champagne, or a beer in the dog house?) However ... be aware that these are preliminary results and will almost always change when joggers are added, deleted and edited. You may drop a few places, rise a few places, or even, heaven forbid, get disq'd. So if the fine details matter to you, drop back again later.