How it Happened Nov 21
The first scorcher of summer (hmmm, it's not even summer yet) and it was a beauty! One word - HOT! The mercury was sitting at 40c at run time, the breeze dropped off and the cloud cover cleared. Yuk. No wonder so many of us struggled. The extra water stop, proudly sponsored by Jeremy, was a welcome inclusion.
Never fear, it won't be that hot next weekend....it will be hotter! The current forecast is 44c so it won't be pleasant.
Back to this weekend. Newcomer Rodney was not deterred by the heat or his extra handicap, knocking nearly 6 minutes off last weeks time and grabbing his first ever win in the long course. An impressive run in those conditions.
Aidan is looking like an early favourite for the 2020 Hotfoot title, finishing 2nd and making it 3 podium finishes in 3 races.
Back in 4th, Keith is showing a consistency that highlights the fact you don't actually need to win a run to still be a shot for winning the whole darn comp.
Pre-race, our fearless leader Ron declared that the aforementioned extra water stop wouldn't benefit the short course competitors as there were none. From my count there were 16 of them - close Ron. In his defence though, a plethora of regular long course runners decided to run the short, either because they wisely avoided the long in this heat or they had early Christmas celebrations to attend.
John easily took the gong and the fastest of the week. His fellow long course buddies of Elio, Mark and Di rounded out the top 4 with a trio of Savages in the next 3 positions. In 5th, Ella was the fastest lady of the day.
Hats off to Anna who helped a stricken Feral. Anna, your kindness sees you awarded with your Wardle Waddle points. Thank you!
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 X: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.