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NEWSLETTER 5922nd December 2002

Ron Needham 01924 829495†† email: wakefieldharriers@yahoo.co.uk

Dark Horse McNamara steals it

30 entrants took part in the annual Christmas Handicaps and a good time was had by all with some fine running and a superb night in the pub afterwards.It is always very difficult to handicap effectively when participants have no form as Peter McNamara proved.Peter took full advantage of my generosity, coming home 54 seconds ahead of long standing stalwart Keith Singleton.New girls Carol Simpson and Maureen Kelly also proved difficult to handicap but produced excellent runs to finish 3rd and 4th respectively.Hopefully, it wonít be a one-off turn out and weíll see more of Carol and Maureen at future distance league events (the handicaps, like a dog, are not just for Christmas).One of the most pleasant features of the Christmas Handicaps is the fact that old friends will often turn out and this year was no exception, with Mark Ridgeway making an appearance.To be honest, Mark nearly always makes an appearance at distance league events but itís always in the watering hole afterwards.This time, he put on a pair of running shoes and went for it.It was also great to have Maggie Still supporting-youíre both welcome any time.We all owe thanks, by the way to Dave Brook for the fantastic spread he put on, Graham Whitworth, for making it alright with the landlady at the Magnet , Mark Domaille for stopping traffic and Pip for helping me with the task of recording at the finish (an impossible job without her help).

As per the details published in last monthís newsletter I was determined this year not to allow participants with no recent form (or no form at all) to take part since the already difficult job of handicapping is made impossible and itís simply not fair on everyone else.On the night, however, my softer nature gave way (itís very difficult to turn people away when they arrive clutching a prezzie, and it is Christmas after all).However, having chatted with Peter Young, another poor soul who performed the unenviable handicapping job for a few years, and comparing experiences, Iíve decided that next year, anyone who has no recent form will go off scratch.

On actual, as opposed to handicap times, first home was Craig Heppenstall in a remarkable 23-04, 40 seconds faster than his winning time last year.First lady was Denise Green in a real time of 32-47.

In the leagues, Steve Tibbs enhanced his lead in division one (surely only injury or major disaster will prevent him from taking the title now), whilst Steve Wilkinson maintains a strong position at the head of division two.Richard West moves ahead of Dave Dawson in division three.In the Vetís table, Tony Audsley marginally increased his lead but simply cannot afford to miss an event, whilst in the Ladies table, Denise Green took full advantage of Jane Seniorís absence to move into a 14 point lead.

The event was also notable for Stuart Andersonís tremendously witty speech as he presented the silver shoe trophy to Dave Brook.Dave is a very worthy recipient of this award-not only because he manages to out-Stuart Stuart in getting late to events, but also because of his wonderful support.

Accounts

We had £176-50in the kitty.There were no entry fees and no prizes, but the food cost us £40, leaving a balance of £136-50.At the January event (which will actually take place first Thursday of February, the entry will be £3 as the pub is providing a buffet for us.

Next Event

Owing to Sue and I being away last Thursday in January, next monthís league event will be held on 6th February and will go from Magnet Pub.The entry fee will be £3 and food will be provided by the pub as part of the fee.Course will be organised by Graham Whitworth.

 

LADIES LEAGUE TABLE

1

D Green

L35

60

2

J Senior

L35

46

3

V Anderson

L55

41

4

S Needham

L45

40

5

D Hand

L55

25

6

M Anderson

L

24

7

J Ibbotson

L35

20

8

L Green

L35

10

9

C Simpson

 

08

10

M Kelly

 

07

 


Result of Christmas Handicaps 4 miles

 

 

Handicap Time

Real Time

Real position

Vets position

1

Peter McNamara(V40)

37-16

27-12

14

6

2

Keith Singleton (V40)

38-10

26-25

10

4

3

Carol Simpson (L)

38-16

35-31

3L

 

4

Maureen Kelly (L)

38-37

35-52

4L

 

5

Dave Brook

38-50

26-26

11

 

6

Mark Ridgeway

39-17

23-17

2

 

7

Brian Horsefall

39-33

24-08

4

 

8

Craig Heppenstall

39-34

23-04

1

 

9

Rob Parfrey

39-58

24-33

6

 

10

Richard West (V40)

40-02

25-47

8

2

11

Brian Cooper (V60)

40-07

34-35

22

13

12

Paul Campbell

40-10

26-32

12

 

13

Sue Needham (L)

40-20

39-13

6L

 

14

Peter Young (V40)

40-23

26-20

9

4

15

Peter Farr (V50)

40-26

29-53

18

10

16

Steve Tibbs

40-27

24-27

5

 

17

Janet Ibbotson (L)

40-29

37-33

5L

 

18

Adam Cooper (V40)

40-30

23-45

3

1

19

Paul Sanderson (V40)

40-35

27-10

13

5

20

Tony White

40-38

25-05

7

 

21

Stuart Anderson (V60)

40-46

31-01

19=

11

22

Mark Box

40-49

31-01

19=

 

23

Tonu Audsley (V50)

41-04

27-49

17

9

24

Mike Logan (V40)

41-07

27-22

15

7

25

Denise Green (L)

41-17

32-47

1L

 

26

Graham Whitworth (V50)

41-21

34-22

21

12

27

Val Anderson (L)

41-38

41-38

8L

 

28

Steve Wilkinson (V40)

41-43

27-34

16

8

29

Maree Anderson (L)

41-45

35-10

2L

 

30

Liz Green (L)

42-33

40-08

7L

 

 

VETS LEAGUE TABLE

 

1

T Audsley

M50

52

2

S Wilkinson

M40

49

3=

P Farr

M50

48

3=

S Anderson

M60

48

5

P Young

M40

41

6

M Logan

M40

39

7

R West

M40

36

8

D Brailsford

M40

35

9=

A Stainer

M50

26

9=

M Domaille

M40

26

11

G Whitworth

M50

22

12

A Cooper

M40

20

13

P Sanderson

M40

16

14

M Box

M40

13

15

B Cooper

M60

12

16

K Singleton

M40

07

17

P McNamara

V40

05

18

P Walker

M40

03

19

N Devlin

M50

02

 

 


MENSí LEAGUE TABLEDivision 1

1

S Tibbs

66

2

T White

50

3

R Parfrey

49

4

D Brooke

44

5

M Logan

34

6=

S Anderson

28

6=

A Audsley

28

8

M Domaille

22

9

C Heppenstall

20

10

D Needham

00

 

Division 2

1

S Wilkinson

58

2

P Farr

46

3

P Young

42

4

G Whitworth

39

5

D Brailsford

38

6

P Sanderson

27

7

A Cooper

20

8

B Horsefall

19

9=

S Butler

00

9=

S Faulkner

00

 

Division 3

1

R West

39

2

D Dawson

36

3

M Box

34

4

A Stainer

31

5

P Campbell

25

6

B Cooper

14

7=

P Croft

10

7=

M Ridgeway

10

9=

N Devlin

08

9=

P Walker

08

9=

K Singleton

08

12

P McNamara

06

13

A Gelder

04

 

 

NEXT EVENT

Thursday 6th February

7-00 for a 7-15 start

From Magnet Pub, Dewsbury Road

Entry Fee £3

Includes food provided in pub afterwards


Harriers Website - www.wakefield-harriers.co.uk

Andy Fletcher did a marvellous job 3 years ago in setting up the Harriers website, but in the last year or so his work commitments meant he was unable to keep it up to date. Peter Young has now taken over the maintenance of the site, so we hope as many of you as possible will use the site to find out about the club's fixtures, results and other news. He will try and include the Distance Running League Newsletters on the site, and would welcome suggestions for any improvements or additions to the site.

 

Easter Training Holiday on the French Riviera

Peter Young and a few others are going again at Easter to Antibes on the French Riviera for a training holiday. From 1986 to 1995 Peter organised 11 coach trips there, most of them at Easter time, when the weather is usually just perfect for both running and sightseeing. These trips were very popular, with many club members and their families going every year - Jack and Celia Hewitt held the record for going 10 times ! Several club members have kept going back there since, although instead of enduring the long coach journey, they now fly there by one of the low-cost airlines that now go to Nice. With flights from £60 return (if you book early), and caravans from £140 per week (for up to 4 people) it is a low cost holiday, suitable for all the family, with plenty of places to visit. For the runners there are plenty of good training runs, and the chance to take part in a local race or two - this year Easter coincides with the Nice Half Marathon, which is a terrific event. More details from Peter Young, or from the website.

 

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Saunders Jetpacker, 2 person lightweight tent.Superb for Mountain Marathons.Good Condition (can also be used for backpacking) £50

 

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Salomon Super Mountain 4 season walking boots. Size 10. Worn once (didnít fit).B2 specification suitable for step-in or strap on articulated crampons.In excellent condition.£70

 

Contact Sue Eccles for more info:01943 872129or sue@eccy1.fsnet.co.uk

 

 


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