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When two ladies from Dacoram AC finished 4th and 8th, and two Chiltern Harriers crossed the line in 3rd and 9th positions they all looked expectantly at the splendid shield for the top ladies team whilst they eagerly awaited one further team mate to join them. How the faces changed from smiles to despondency as the wave of red and white vests swarmed over the line and swamped the finish area to their dismay! Another strong run by Lynn Hyde to finished 7th lady in 45.31 and fellow marathon runner Melanie Spencer, 11th in 47.19, were chased home by the fast improving Karen O’Rourke , 12th lady in 47.44 and ensured the trophy will reside at the HAC clubhouse for the next year! With Zoe Dobbs (48.26,17th), new star Paula Jones (49.07,21st) , Lucy Duncan (51.41, 33rd) , Amanda Kersen (58.36) and the evergreen Angela Duncan (1.02.42) keeping the opposition at bay the day was looking good for the ladies who are making a habit of being top ladies team having won the Concorde 5 a few weeks earlier!!
Not to be totally outdone the men finished in a respectable 2nd place, having won it last year, with debutant Matt Zalewski living up to his promise in training finishing 3rd overall in 36.16. Paul Hull (12th overall in 38.59) and Dave Smith (32nd in 41.46) completed the scoring trio. Also supporting and running well were Steve O’Keefe (39th, 42.27), Andy Torrance (84th, 46.24) , Tony Shaw (119th , 48.55) and Summer Series leader Dennis Carey (120th, 48.55).
Individual awards were won by Matt Zalewski 3rd overall, Lynn Hyde 1st FV40 and Angela Duncan, 1st FV70. Karen O’Rourke narrowly missed out by being 2nd FV50 lady by just over a minute. There were 415 finishers at the race which has proved a happy hunting ground for HAC having won several awards there last year. The course was reversed from last year and the organisers somehow managed to find a mountain in a park somewhere in Bushey which they kindly included in this otherwise pleasant road and trail run!!!
On Sunday morning despite the drizzle the Absolutely Fabulous ladies (and 3 hardy men) of HAC turned out to run the picturesque Concorde 5 mile race.
Leading the men, Captain Dave Smith jetted off despite carrying a rib injury finishing in a time of 33.52, shortly followed by his co-pilot Andy Torrence in 36.55 and Denis ‘Baggage handler’ Cavey in just over 39 minutes.
First HAC lady, Zoe ‘Patsy’ Dobbs was first to the exit door and kept with Andy Torrence, past the mattress dump and over the motorway bridge before hitting cruising height and edging past him to come in with a PB of 36.19 followed closely by Lynn Hyde in 36.35 and Karen O’Rourke in 37.29 to win the Ladies trophy and more importantly a bottle of wine each!
A great team effort saw the rest of the cabin crew come flying home with Melanie ‘Eddie’ Spencer leading the way flying high on champagne flavoured gels, joined by Debs Brown, Babz Kedge, Lucy Duncan, Lyndsey Browne and the inspirational Angela Duncan.
Absolutely Fabulous and a great turn out from HAC again.
Well done to James Laing & Eva Mack for their first place finishes plus everyone else that took part in energy sapping conditions. Massive thanks to the race officials, Cathy Girvan, Phil Welch and Gavin Collett plus anyone I have missed off and to Jill Miller for laying on the post race buffet and Peter Humm for the quiz.
Race results here.
Hoping to see many club members competing in the 5k training race this Thursday. Please register at the clubhouse by 6.30pm for a 6.40pm start. All Club members are welcome to run, with a £3 fee for any non-Club members.
The measured course starts in Howletts Lane and is two and a half laps of a loop of Breakspear Road, Howletts Lane, Marlborough Avenue & Bury Street. The finish is just past the clubhouse in Bury Street.
Afterwards homemade food will be served at the clubhouse, followed by a fun quiz. Please write your name on the list at the clubhouse if you would like food.
This is a great club event, so please support it
Finchley 20 Race Coordinator
The Finchley 20 is the U.K.’s oldest 20 mile road race, and is an important fundraiser for the club, helping to keep the cost of full annual membership to less than £1.50 per week. A vacancy has arisen for a race coordinator for the 2016 Finchley 20. This is an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to the club, whilst developing new skills.The new post holder will be able to draw on a wealth of experience from previous race coordinators and supporters.
- To recruit and lead a group of club members to deliver a safe and enjoyable race environment for participants
- Liaise with all statutory organisations and race officials
- Ensure all aspects of health and safety are complied with
John Doyle and Dave Smith, race coordinators in previous years, will be on hand to inform and assist the new holder of this post
David Smith email@example.com
Congratulations to Sean Crowie who recently broke the U20 men’s club record for 200m. His time of 21.6 ran at Uxbridge in a YDL fixture surpassed that of Barry O’Sullivan’s 21.7 from 1990 and is now joint 3rd on the all time list.
Club Record list here.
Message from the clubhouse team:
Saturday 30th May
Due to the setting up of the club house for a party during the evening
the gym and changing room areas will be closed from 4pm onwards.
Apologies for any inconvenience.