Firstly, apologies for the delay in publishing the results and
for the failure to get text messages to all runners - this was due to the
absence of our resident computer guru in remotest Cheltenham. However, we
did manage to get the website fixed by Sunday night!
We were blessed
by sunny conditions for the race itself - a relief after all the recent
deluges - and the runners did particularly well to dodge all the tourists,
dog-walkers and swan-feeders out for a stroll. 93 Serpies was a very good
Rumours that Jon Knox had been training hard recently proved
well-founded when he came home first. Sharon Lindores stormed into second,
just five seconds behind, while Kiera Attwooll made the podium yet again.
She will be tough to beat in this year's Hogshead trophy.
down the field, there was a spate of PBs. Ricardo Varela lopped off a
minute; Andrew Mills 44 seconds; Scott Fletcher 38 seconds. There were also
PBs for Salina Christmas, Giles Heywood, Tom Poynton, Michael Buglass and
the Handicap Team's very own Jeremy Milne.
Among the scratch runners,
Rick Weston ran an impressive 23.44 (following on from his 2nd in the LFOTM
on Friday). Many of the scratch women also improved massively on their
first appearances - so well done to them.
At the back, we are sad to
report a setback for Sid Wills, who was only the second last home -
defeated, if that's the right word, by Keith Evans. Just goes to show that
the 2014 Egg award is not a foregone conclusion. As for Val Metcalf, her
27th place has virtually ruled her out of contention.
It was great to
see some new faces among the marshals - thank you all for coming. The
race-helpers were Nicola Sanderson, Anthony Stranger-Jones, John D'Souza,
Desmond Hampton, Pramod Mainie, Aaron de Souza, Alex Jeffreys, Hilary
Walker, Ayanda Jolobe, Eddie Murphy, Steve Kjar, James Stratford, Bev
Thomas and Chris Tucker.