When I arrived at the Horsham Downs hall a few people were already there. I got out of my car to a fresh breeze, best I leave the track pants on for a while.
We had the advantage/disadvantage of choosing our own handicap.
Shall I use my cross county time? Shall I use my park run time? What did I do last year? Or hmmm shall I see what time everyone else takes?
It was a very interesting result with quite a few running a lot faster than what they thought they would/could do.
The kids went first with their handicap times worked out quickly. Lucy Farrell was the first home while Charli Miller had the fastest time.
The clock for the adults then started and a few took off, as the clock counted down it got closer to my easy run with Bridget, off we went chatting. Within 20 metres we experienced the headwind, that made the fast downhill a slower run.
The new course is great for a club run, you get to see everyone running towards you or past you and the hill to the finish gets everyone digging deep for that last bit of energy.
Chris Rogers was the 1st home but unfortunately ran a lot faster than he thought he would. Bridget and Maureen 2nd and 3rd racing, not steady running as first thought. Terry Hannett through years of experience and good steady running got the closest to the clock and walked away the winner. Jai had a fantastic run and broke the course record.
Afternoon tea was worth hanging around for with lots of chocolate, cakes and other goodies. Thanks to the organisers, a great afternoon out.
Report by Trish Stockman
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