Time Trial Results

One Hour Barrier Smashed

At last someone has beaten the hour. Congratulations to Tim Davies who took the record that his brother Andrew had held since 1997 – removing 2 minutes 7 seconds from it. This very impressive performance had been eagerly awaited and reinforces Tim’s dominant position in local hill running.

Clare Leventon put in a spirited run to take the women’s title whilst managing to achieve her personal target of getting inside an hour and a half. However, her embarrassment on being kissed at the presentation might inhibit her future performances.

Although he has not competed in the time trial before, Pete Vale showed confidence and class to grab second place – a mere 6 seconds ahead of Tim Higginbottom. Just behind Tim the competition was particularly hot – only 3 seconds covering Colin Lancaster (1st over 40), Andrew Yapp and Andy Davies.

Thirteen women competed solo returning times in the range 1h 29m to 2h 22m. In second place and first in her age class, was Julie Cooper improving on her time last year by nearly 5 minutes. Julie Fletcher an orienteer from Welshpool and newcomer to the time trial, took third place; less than 3 minutes separated Julie (F) from sixth placed Gwenda Roberts.

Congratulations to Russell Mapp who was competing in his 100th race this year and managed to run faster than he did last year. Graham Spencer capitalised on his time trial experience and, being a first year 50 year old, took first place in age class. Alan Morris maintained his extraordinary record of consistency winning first place again in the Vet o60 category. Alan has competed solo for at least the last 10 years with times recorded in the range 1:17:53 (’99) to 1:31:24 (’96); he ran faster this year than last year!

Records in each of the ‘pair’ categories remain intact. However, Rob Beeston and Jenny York must feel it within their grasp to take two and a half minutes off their time and claim the mixed pair best time next year.

Well done to all the youngsters – some (Megan and Megan) making the crossing for the first time and others (Robsons, Donnellys and Ben Owen) now being seasoned campaigners.

Weather: Mist on the top (misty enough to confuse Ian Hughes!) but dry, fresh and sometimes sunny at lower levels. Ground: Wet/soft under foot.

Statistics: 107 competitors – 29 women; 78 men. 53 solo competitors – 13 women.

Mercia Fell Runners: 22 competitors; Shropshire Shufflers: 15; Wrekin Orienteers: 10; Ludlow Runners: 7.

Thanks: The unfailing support and sponsorship of High Sports enables the time trial to balance its books and maximise the prize list – many thanks to Stuart Cathcart. We were also fortunate this year to have prizes donated by www.mapkiosk.com - thanks to Dave Smith. Please give our sponsors your support.

A number of people ensure that things work smoothly on the day at the Start and the Finish – a very big thank you to Bob Couth, Stuart Cathcart, Debbie Clough, Jill and Julia Leventon.

The hospitality of John Sproson and staff at the Stiperstones Inn is key to the unique atmosphere of the time trial and without Mick Boulton’s bus service logistics would be difficult for many. Thank you John and Mick.

Accounts: Income £205; Prizes £151; Expenses £54

Next Year: The 16th Time Trial is planned for Sunday 30th November 2003 – check nearer the time.

Feedback: Please send any comments to me Charlie Leventon at 6 Huxley Close, Shrewsbury, SY2 6JQ

or via email: charles.leventon@btinternet.com.

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