The final race of our 2022 Road Championship will take place in Doncaster this Sunday.
At our AGM, we’ll award prizes to our top 2 athletes in each age category, provided they’ve completed five races, and also to our best age-graded athlete.
Here’s your guide to how things stand and what our contenders need to do.
(Disclaimer: I have very little idea who’s running on Sunday and who isn’t, and we also have a cross country fixture on the same day, so it may be that none of the people mentioned below turn up.)
Our age-graded championship is going down to the wire. Rob Byers (402.36 points) looks like he’s seen off challenges from Sarah Allcard (392.88), Nick Booker (389.19), Adrian Fisher (388.18), and Kate Waddicor (388.14). However, Stephanie Street (319.67) has a race in hand and the form to catch him. If Rob doesn’t improve his score, and Steph runs the Doncaster 10k in 50:25 or faster, she’ll overtake him on the final day. She stopped the clock in 50:18 at the Sheffield 10k in September, and 49:49 at the Yorkshire Coast 10k in October, so is in with a chance.
Unlike in the age-graded category, Rob Byers (481.41 points) doesn’t have anyone to worry about in the Senior Men’s: the title’s his. Seth Kirby (445.33) currently sits 2nd, but last year’s champion Richard Pearson (370.42 with a race in hand) could still overtake him with a decent run.
Laura Mella (436.51 points) is our leading Senion Woman. Kathryn Liddiard (409.03) holds 2nd. Yasmine Chaffer (338.17 with a race in hand) could move up to 2nd on Sunday.
The M40 category is neck-and-neck between James Storey (436.67 points) and Adrian Fisher (434.43). Here Stephen Schubeler (364.70 with a race in hand) is the danger man for both of them.
Sarah Allcard (437.92 points) has dominated the F40 category all year, and won’t be caught. Sarah Percival (381.00) will be safe in 2nd unless Jacqui Herring (328.52 with a race in hand) runs.
The M50 title will again be going to Nick Booker (422.98 points). Adam McAuley (366.27) holds 2nd place. Only Jonathan Legon (296.73 with a race in hand) is in a position to deny him the runners-up medal.
The F50 category looks like it’s been settled, with Kate Scott (379.39 points) 1st, and Karen Clark (368.18) 2nd.
Reigning champion Paul Bentley (349.68 points) has a narrow lead over Richard Pegg (345.13). Will Peggy be able to find another 5 points on Sunday?
Kate Waddicor (347.61 points) currently leads the F60 category from Jo Gleig (307.27). However, Stephanie Street (290.51 with a race in hand) may well pass them both.
Graham Hague (319.42) will be crowned the club’s first ever M70+ Road Champion.
For those who won’t be in contention for prizes on Sunday, it’s a fast course so a good day to target a time. If you PB, do make sure we know about it so we can share your joy!