While many Joggers were competing in the Cross Country event, 35 took part in the curious mix of guesswork, cunning and self-awareness that is the annual handicap race. The idea is for pairs to finish as close as possible to a combined predicted time, over the undulatingly specialised distance of 2.69 miles. No watches allowed, of course. The start and finish was at the Swinyard car park. Conditions were perfect – a cool, sunny evening.
We welcomed three new runners – Dawn Griffiths, Simon Battson and Adam Townsend, who was the fastest runner (17:29) , a pace of around 6:30/mile. Sara Saunders was fastest female (21:54).
The best match against their estimate was the team of Arthur Lockyear and John Roe (23 secs faster). In second place were Ray Miles and Sarah Saunders (47s) and third were Sheila Sheringham and Jane Ridgely (1 min). The wooden spoon went to pessimists Carl Flint and Mark Gent, who finished 11:46 ahead of their prediction.
Sheila and Jane
Sara and Ray
John and Arthur
Mark and Carl