Race Date Sunday 17th February 2019
Round 1 of 12 – Divisional Road Race Championship
PROVISIONAL RESULTS & REPORT
Sunday saw the first round of the all new division based Road Race Championship and 2 coaches worth of Striders making the trip down the M1 for the Leicestershire Half Marathon. With runners keen to set early markers and a flat course there were some outstanding performances across all the divisions and PBs aplenty.
At the glitzy end of the RRC, 3 runners from the Premiership took to the course with rumors circulating that a number of absences were due to a prawn sandwich party being held in S18. Taking full advantage, Tom Halloway, in perhaps his Striders’ swansong, ran an excellent 01:17:08 to claim the 20 points. James Rose and Hal Roberts scoring 19 and 18 points respectively:
Division 2 saw a tighter contest with 5 runners separated by only 2 and a half minutes. Dave Forrest’s pre-season investment in some Vaporfly 4% paid off to be the first one home in 01:25:19:
Into Division 3 and with again the majority of the favourites not to be seen on the start line, it allowed yours truly to snaffle 20 points with Jonathan Legon and Neil Booth also taking advantage:
The 4th division saw another competitive tussle with Seth Kirby coming out on top. In a post-race pub interview Matt Burgon put his absence at the race down to the need to go shoe shopping:
One of the largest turnouts of the day was in Division 5 with Ben Sanderson announcing himself in grand style, running 01:32:01 which was not only good enough for maximum points in his division but the division above also. Pre-season favourite Letty Hancock assured managers in a post-race interview race that she would return to form after a bout of illness and some late night “carb loading” prior to the race:
Division 6 saw another big performance, with Katie Morris finishing over 4 minutes clear of her divisional rivals, perhaps not a surprise with the coaching team she’s working with. Charlotte Roper also had a strong showing going under 01:40:00 for the first time:
Lucky Division no.7 also had a good turnout, Daniel Driscoll running a very strong 01:35:14 to claim top spot. Some strong performances throughout promise a competitive league as me move through the season:
Division 8 saw Phil Dooley take the magic 20 points with a PB, with Matt Gibson, Cara Hanson and Loz Harvey not far behind:
‘Dark Horse’ Sam Keen lived up to his name in Division 9, being first past the post after successfully negotiating a number of pot hole jumps:
Division 10 was taken by Lindsay Motaleb living up to hype from those in the know as one to watch. Fans’ favourite Ady Good scoring a solid 17 Points:
Lastly, but by no means least, Division 11 saw Nancy Stuart turn out a strong performance that would have also scored highly in the division above:
As we progress through the season I’ll be keeping the standings up to date here.