The winner of the Lake Handicap is often a newcomer but this year’s series goes to someone who’s been with the club for many years. A close final race saw the top contenders finish within a few places of each other and George maintained his small lead to win the series with Paul Edwards second and Scott Smith just pipping Anna Critchley and Derek Rose for third.
The winner of the final race was newcomer Scott Barnes, way under his handicap time, followed by John Oldfield and Lisa Chan.
It’s been a strange old series, and the first without that essential ingredient of either having runners in front to chase or, worse still, the sound of a pack approaching from behind. But that lung-bursting feeling has still been the same and we’ve at least managed to make a series in the absence of other racing.
Let’s hope we’re back next year for the usual one-lap madness.
Race 3 and series results
Final results are published now. The winner was Christopher Dancer, well over 4 minutes up on his handicap time, followed by Sarah Drew then Chris Jekiel.
Kudos also to Dan Bagley who recorded a sub-15 minute lap, which we believe is the first by a club member. Unfortunately times in virtual races don’t count for records purposes but this is a remarkable achievement.
After two races, it’s tight at the top, with George Kujawinski leading by just 4 points from Paul Edwards, with a bigger gap down to Richard Jones and Anna Critchley.
We don’t know yet whether it will be possible to hold the final race in the usual way or whether it will be another virtual race. The committee will be making a decision in early September based on the latest advice at that point.
Race 2 results and current standings
Congratulations to Marc Faulder, winner of this year’s Lake Handicap. Marc scored impressive second place finishes in the first two races of the series.
Unfortunately we had some problems with the start of the third race which meant that we couldn’t be sure of when quite a number of runners had started and therefore couldn’t provide a reliable set of results. So the series was decided by the first two races and Marc was declared the winner.
Race 1 and 2 results and final standings
Victory in the first Lake Handicap of the year went to Glyn Sawford, three whole minutes ahead of his handicap time in conditions that could charitably be described as “refreshing”. Newcomer Marc Foulder was second and Victoria Webster third. Oliver Matharu was fastest round the course in 15:58. It’s early days yet and there’s plenty of time to improve your time over the summer.
The next race is on Monday 15th July.
Lake Handicap Race 1 Results
Congratulations to Joon Ho, winner of this year’s Lake Handicap series.
On an unusually still night, Victoria Thurlby made up just one place to stay in second and Clare Ablethorpe moved up to third. Suze Moore was first across the line and Oliver Matharu set the night’s fastest time with an excellent 15:40.
Race 3 and full series results
Congratulations to Shaun Cross, first across the line on a humid, windy night that made for challenging conditions and unusually, almost half the field were outside their handicap time. It was tough out there. We even tempted the heavens to open briefly as we sat down for the club photo.
Results now updated with standings after 2 races.
The final race of the series is on 3rd September.
Race 2 results
We had a terrific turnout in near perfect conditions for the first lake handicap of the year. Congratulations to the winner, Joon Ho and to Christine Heaton who bettered her own V50 club record with a PB. See the results.