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How it Happened Dec 7

Two more races and John is still solid in the lead for the Long crown with Stewart being stubborn, while James and Ella are in a ding dong battle for the Short.

Michael took a rare win (aren't they all rare!) by a surprisingly big gap to Roy in 2nd, and Aidan overtaking all but those two for 3rd, and fastest time.  A notable effort from Xavier 7th in his maiden run, and we are glad he finished slower than he started - he looked scary off the start line.  But this is one of the benefits of running with the group, that is, settling into a good pace, neither too slow nor too fast.  John had his lowest placing yet at 9th but still into the good points zone - the difference between him and Stewart at 4th is only 5 points.  Mia made 10th with the day's fastest.  Anthea finished safely in the pack at 30th in her maiden run.

James streaked to Short course honours, the best part of a minute ahead of Ella in 2nd, and that's the third 2nd for Ella this comp, consistent but unlucky at the line.  Trent upped his pace, passed his young fella, and claimed 3rd.  Long course specialist Peter switched to Short and set the fastest time at 6th.  Adrian was 9th in his maiden run.  Further back in the field Andrew cracked a new barrier by leaving his family and going solo to the line from a long way out, good to see, and that's his best time by three minutes.  Sadly they are soon off to greener pastures but when he becomes a champion we can claim "we taught him everything he knows".  With the increased pace from the Lagergrens, the title of "best fun at the back of the pack" passes to the Carnells, and well deserved.

Check out the 2020 Calendar.  It's another great program of running for young and old, elite and beginner, lucky and unlucky, regulars and occasionals.  We blend the continuity of History with a dash of Innovation.  And if you have an idea ... well don't keep it secret ... we might just try it.

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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).

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Please be early to the start line – you should be entered before 5:20pm.

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.