This traditional club handicap dates back to 1896 and in recent years has been held in and around St Ives Estate. This year, tradition was maintained with a course taking in Marley Hill and the paths and tracks in St Ives estate.
After poor weather in the days prior to the event and heavy rain on the morning of race day, the course was very wet and muddy, and with fallen leaves could be slippery in places.
Experienced handicapper, Martin Peace, gave everyone a start time and the 25 entries were set off at their handicap time intervals, Martin himself being the ‘scratchman’ (expected to be fastest and therefore sets off last).
The first runner back was Faye Firth, in fact the first three home were ladies, followed by the first man, Allan Greenwood, who ran as a Guest. Martin was, as expected, fastest Man and Lesley Watson, fastest Lady.
Faye wins the prestigious Hannah Lister trophy, which at the moment we are unable to find. So, if anyone knows its whereabouts could you let me or someone on the committee know please.
The presentation included category prizes a for both men and ladies.
Thanks must go to the many marshals who offered help and turned up on the day, your support is really appreciated. Also, thanks to the registration and results team, Sue Jones, Avril Goodyear and Barbara Carney and not forgetting Martin for the handicapping.
The post race pie and peas went down well, unfortunately, I underestimated the demand so, apologies if you missed out.
Finally, thanks to you, the competitors, for turning out and making the event worthwhile, I hope you all enjoyed the day and return next year for more of the same!
Full results can be found here
David Weatherhead November 2015