VC20 Round-up after Event 8
Our virtual championship continues apace, having now reached the two-thirds mark. We’ll take a look below at how the championship standings are shaping up, with dropped scores now tightening-up the competition, but firstly let’s look back at our most recent event.
Round 8 – 6k Night Race
After a record-breaking effort around the Crag Rat course for event 7, event 8 saw forty Striders somewhat in the dark – literally – with a 6k night race on their chosen course.
Places and Spaces
Club-organised runs were popular this time around, with eight members logging times set on club nights and a further seven taking advantage of our evening at Fewston/Swinsty reservoirs. Inevitably, the nearby St. James’s Retail Park again proved popular with six members – and some of the fastest time – set on the flat(ish) route past the garages and McDonalds which has found favour with our members throughout the series. Many members also sought relatively flat runs in their local neighbourhoods, with Chain Lane, the ‘Three’ (Bar/Hazelheads/Breary Flat Lanes), Waterside, Abbey Road and Eastfield all featuring prominently. Clearly not afraid of a challenge, Sue Morley took on arguably the toughest course, making laps of the decidedly not-flat Jacob Smith Park in the dark! Looking further afield, runs were also posted in Starbeck, Harrogate, Bilton, Scotton, Armscliffe Crag, Huby, North Rigton, Little Ouseburn, Thorpe Underwood and Whitby!
Our fastest recorded time in Event 8 went to James Ireland who clocked a mightily impressive 22:11 (at the retail park of course) just ahead of erstwhile series leader John Hamilton (22:39) and one of our newest Striders, Dan Kersley (22:48). Our fastest female this time around was Sima Lowery (26:12) breaking into the top 10 times, whilst our number of contenders swelled to 64 with the very welcome appearance of Chris Lines. Of course it’s not all about outright times, as our championships are age and gender adjusted. After the calculations were complete, a top 5 for the event saw John Hamilton taking his 4th outright win, followed by James Ireland, Nicola Carter, Sima Lowery and Carla Reddish. Several Striders also recorded their best results of the championship so far, including Gareth Conkleton (9th), Steve Dodsworth (12th), Fiona Slight (28th) and Tony Everitt (30th).
With half of the field having now completed six or more events, dropped scores are having an effect, with championship positions becoming tighter! In the overall standings, John Hamilton continues to lead but is being chased hard by James Ireland who has moved up into 2nd place. Carla Reddish continues to occupy the top 3 but now has competition hot on her heels, with Nicola Carter climbing 22 places into 4th overall and Sima Lowery only two further points behind. Other members jumping into qualifying positions were Fiona Slight and Sean Brennan, whilst James Wright, Dan Kersley, Sue Morley and Tom Calvert each look likely to leap into top 10 contention by the conclusion of the series!
Whilst some of the categories now have a mathematically secure winner, others continue to see tight battles raging! In F45-49, the contest between Sima and Carla looks likely to be a close one, whilst in F55-59 it’s too close to call between Dawn and June. The M55-59 category will be taken by one of Ian Mitchell or Steve Dodsworth (but which?) whilst the Senior Men’s category looks set to develop into a three-way battle.
To see the full results and standings, head over to our VC20 Page, where you can also submit your time for Event 9 – St. Robert’s Rush.