5k Handicap – April 2nd 2024

April 2nd 2024 Report: Starting with the speedsters this month, it was great to see Olivia Carter back at the club after a year of very little running and no competition, partly due to niggling injuries. She was clearly not confident about her form and requested to start at a slower handicap time than allocated, but completely surprised herself with a swift turn of foot to finish fastest female runner on the night in a time of 23:12. It’s good to see she is still in excellent form. Next fastest was Rachele Cooper in 23:20, who is improving all the time, followed by the redoubtable Belinda Schofield F65 in 26:24. Esther Eaton (aged 9) did very well to finish 4th fastest female in 26:28. She has been running in the junior and senior parkruns this year. For the men, Dan Hutchison put in a top run of 17:14 but faced a lonely chase from his 17-minute start. He now has an 18 minute handicap time, which will take the pressure off. Then came Sam Sadler on 17:56, who is in very good form this year, followed by ‘new boy in town’ Rory King (18:47, aged 15), who has made a great start. 4th fastest was Barley Woodcock (19:13) in his best time this year.

Looking at the 1-2-3 placings, Alan Shand (26:38) put in a big run to come home first for the second time, his previous Handicap win being in October last year. His form has been improving rapidly after a long period of injury from 2022 to 2023. Then came Ruth Eberhardt (28:01), who surprised herself with her form and looked to be enjoying the race. In 3rd place came Bridget Wallwin (27:09), another big improver this year. Oliver Hilton (27:27, aged 9) did well to pick up 4th place.

Many thanks to all the volunteers: Christine Shand, Stuart Janes, Daniel Tee, Cerys Bithell, Jenny Osbourn, Ellie Bithell, Brian Munns, Sarah Kinston, Sianie Painter, Chris Underwood, Suzanne Bailey. Please let us know if anyone has been left out in error.