How it Happened on June 16
No one needed to be told this was winter. Cold, windy, and every time it looked like fining up another shower would pass thru, so the track never got a chance to dry. Matt and Anna got hailed on while setting out the course. So I was pleased to see 38 adventurous Joggers toeing the start line. Waiting to start, a few headed back to cars to collect another layer of clothing. Ron was prepared with his Mac and gumboots, looking not unlike Cliff Young. Mia was the sole junior and proved she is past the kid stuff.
This is by no means our smallest attendance as Simon and I recalled one cold and even wetter grand final where there were only three of us - Simon and Cesar contesting the trophy, and me holding the clock and not silly enough to run.
Nick predictably won the Short course, he's good at this kind of event, the accountant can count and calculate. Seven starters and three of them were walkers, so it came down to a race of four. Michael scored a wack more checkpoints but also scored a wack more penalties for being late back, finishing one place down.
Well done Mark for a runaway success in the Long. Starting last he had less time out on course, but more time to plan his route before he left. His strategy was forget the thirty pointers and get all the rest, and he did, and almost perfectly back in time - just ten seconds late. Top effort. Graeme and Tom both clocked up the same points and both returned under the 50 mins for no penalty, Graeme getting second by the countback of finishing ahead of Tom. Jamie, Peter, Adrian and Tony all scored more checkpoints but dropped points for being late back.
No one went negative, unlike last time we played this game, when it was a November Shanks' run, the weather was pleasant, and a few didn't want to come back!
Normally the Solstice Cup has a Junior/Senior title, but this year it is obviously a Short/Long.
Comments : Should do it more often. Fantastic rainbow. Better running the mud than the dust.
Results : there are two sets of results, the one in the Feral column shows finish order and is only for WW purposes, the full results are shown in the pdf file in the Away column. So don't get excited Chris!
Next week, all hands on deck for race one of Surfer on Sat and PinnacleHPC Half on the Hill on Sun. Note : check your calendar. For the Surfer you have a choice of 3.1km / 7.7km - no 6km this year.
Need a Coach? This ex-Feral can help.
Couple of Reminders
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.