Race Date: 06/05/19
Divisional Road Race Championship – Round 5 of 12
Ah Dronfield, so good they raced it twice.
Round 5 once again saw the Green & Golden Company invade south of the wall into our favourite North Derbyshire outpost for the Dronfield Town FC 10K. Despite it being a public holiday it was obvious a number of runners were banking on picking up points with a whopping turnout of Striders, as is fast becoming the norm for road championship races.
Phil Skelton (35:35) received the Adele-lation of the locals as he secured hometown glory, completing the Dronfield double to take maximum points once again. Stephen Schubeler (37:24) and Liam Turner (38:01) both showed their respective returns from injury are progressing well. There was also season debuts from Andy Norton and Sam Needham who both scored well:
Division 2 continues to prove the old axiom you can’t see the Louis Wood for the Dave Forrest as the latter continues to show that he’s more than ready for what must surely be a guaranteed promotion with yet another 20 pointer. Daniel Cubitt (41:12) on debut also ran well to pick up 19 precious points:
Domination continues to be the theme in Division 3 as Jordan Moat churned out another fantastic performance, finishing in 39:56 for his 4th straight 20 point gain. With a large turnout across the rest of the division the battle behind Jordan for the other 3 promotion spots looks to be heating up with a number of dark horses who could make late pushes as we hit the turn and back 6:
James Boreman showed remarkable four-site as he took advantage of his nearest opponents’ absence to open up a gap at the top of Division 4. However honours on the day went to James Staves (41:07). Rob Davies was obviously fooled enough by the elevation and mixed surface to think it was a mini fell race and came away with 16 points, finishing in 44:08. Stuart Jones’ request for a steward’s inquiry into the untucked nature of his rivals’ vests was not upheld:
In the quintessential division, the Battle of the Bens resumes with Messrs Sanderson and Elmore taking 19 and 18 points respectively behind Helen Burgess (44:00). Neil Pates also had a good showing to claim 17 points, and with races in hand, could be a contender for promotion:
Division 6 continues to intrigue, notable absences by Katie Morris and local girl done good Sarah Allcard allowed Joe Sinnott and Charlotte Roper to take advantage and pick up some big points. With no one yet to emerge as the clear favourite, it’s impossible to call how this one is going to turn out:
Daniel Driscoll fresh from his adventures in the Big Smoke, returned to yet again pick up 20 points, surely suggesting he’s a favourite for promotion if he can complete his 6 races. As things stand though, it’s still James Broomhead and Garth Pert tussling at the top of the table in Division 7:
Division 8 looks like it could be a 3 way battle for the title between Matt Gibson, Phil Dooley and Gillian Allen. Gillian taking the 20 points on the day, her 2nd of the championships and surely is only so low in the table as a consequence of only doing 2 races so far. A mere point separates Matt and Phil at the top of the table currently with both having completed the full menu of races so far:
Luke Prest made it 4 in a row in Division to take another 20 points with a time of 48:18. Dawn Short and Mark Jackson kept in touch at the top of the table scoring 17 and 16 points, while Mark Warriner (19 points) and Helen Jones (18 Points) also made up ground on the leaders with both having a race in hand currently:
The decimation of Division 10 by Dave Rooney continues, and there certainly wasn’t anything flaky about his performance that moves him to 99 points overall. The two Helens, Eberlin and Cain, added to their strong debuts picking up 19 and 18 points, while Lucy Cowell solidified her hold on 2nd place with a useful 13 points:
Helen Smith continues to show that consistency is key, remaining on top of Division 11 despite again not taking home the 20 points with David Bailey once again picking them up in a time of 55:45. A mere 5 seconds behind was Sharon Renshaw who will be in the mix if she can run six. Rachel Rea and Sandie Farrow also continue to impress, currently lying 2nd and 3rd in the standings:
Full standings are here.