And the Winner is............................. Wendy LeM and Steve D
Last night's handicap run was the decider of this year's series. There were 4 contenders but Nick B-C decided to rest on his laurels so the two Wendys and Steve D battled it out for supremacy. Wendy W has been heading off here there and everywhere recently and hasn't had much chance to run so though she ran hard she couldn't hold off Steve and Wendy LeM. These two had a ding-dong battle and the supporters club couldn't decide who would be victor. In the end we saw Steve first than Wendy coming along behind. They crossed the finish line a few seconds apart. The trophy is decided on points for finish position and I also take into account the number of runners, so was Steve's point score good enough? Yes and no. We had the lowest turnout ever for a handicap run, only 7 runners, and this meant that Steve ended up with 0.2 points fewer than Wendy but if we had had 9 or more runners Wendy would have had fewer points than Steve. So we will declare this year's trophy an excellent draw. Nick B-C was next so he get's the runner's up spot.
FULL RESULTS AND FINAL STANDINGS ARE here
GREAT CHRISTMAS PARTY
HRC members and partners got the Christmas season off to a splendid start at Lakeview Manor last night. There was an interesting bus journey where we spent almost as much time going backwards as forwards, Steve Davey was sitting at the front so of course was the chief navigator, but Steve didn't know this so no one was sure who was being picked up where or what time. This resulted in the Chairman and his wife coming up Church Hill only to see the bus pull away 5 minutes early. However we all made it in the end. As ever the food and drink and splendid company made the evening. Three quizzes kept the tables busy when conversation lagged. The London Marathon draw was held and Julian Gigg emerged as the lucky winner. The second place has gone to Fiona Prew who deferred her place from last year. Mark Andow and Vernon Gillard are reserves. Finally it was time to dance and eventually most of the blokes were persuaded to join the ladies. It has to be said that Rod (Inglis) was male dancer of the evening, closely followed by Howard who showed that coaching is not his only talent. Bruce was prepared to dance with anyone but seemed to prefer males. The ladies were of course all splendid and all beautiful but Heather (Howard's partner) proved a worthy partner to Rod as the clip below shows. Many thanks to Clare for organizing everything.
HONITON SPORT RELIEF MILE RAISES £4189.93 - WELL DONE HRC!
WHAT is it? a speck in the distance,
A rumour that flies in the air,
Too faint to be met by resistance,
Too strong to be braved by despair.
A threatening doom o'er the city,
It hangs like a terrible sword;
No man for his fellow has pity,
When both dread the curse of the Lord
To-night there's a crowd in the market,
But scattered like leaves on the blast;
A moment may drive them asunder
For whom will this night be the last?
No wonder they start in their slumbers,
Or count every tremulous breath;
Alas! who can reckon the numbers
To be reaped when you run The Black Death,
King & Queen of The Hill at Farway 10K
Yet another lovely run along the cliff top (more photos on Club Photos Page)
Well Done HRC Adults and Juniors for a terrific turnout at The Woodland Relay
Thank You Judy & Steve
Judy and Steve hosted a very enjoyable BBQ at their nearly-new pad in Offwell. The prospect of visitors had forced Steve into tiling the hallway, which is probably one of the reasons why Judy arranged it in the first place. Prior to lots of good things to eat and the usual friendly banter there was an excellent damp run to enjoy through the gorgeous countryside of the Offwell Valley.
To see the 6 mile route click here The 8 milers did an extra loop via Blamphyne Cross