Club Endurance Runners Championships – Positions after Eleven Months

As we reach the last month of the year, there is still some unsettled business to complete: the Easyrunner Bristol and West Club Championships! A fully updated version of the spreadsheet will be hitting the website shortly. Highlights are below.

There are two events left plus four more opportunities to log a time for the Parkrun League:

  • ·        Sunday 8th Dec – Gwent League/Avon Championships.
  • ·        Sunday 5th Jan – SW XC Championships, Exeter.
  • ·        Saturdays 7, 14, 21, 28th December at Ashton Court

The Pomphrey Sports 5k League for 2013 is over! It went out with a bang too, with a stunning course record from Charlie Maclean. Top Women’s time was by Jessie Sanzo at the mob match in June.  I’ve attached a PDF for you to peruse if you are interested. We fielded 99 different runners in the 9 races over the course of the year.

There has been some action at the Parkrun too since I last updated the league, with Will Russell being the first club member to dip under 17 minutes on this tough but fun course. Top women’s time there is from Nicola Brookland. We have fielded 120 different runners in that event so far this the year and we are still bringing new runners to the event each week.

Just a reminder, with the last few races left, that as well as the main Championship over your 6 best races in the competition, there is also a prize for the person with the best score over 9 events. There are a few people who are lined up to challenge for that prize and there is also the possibility that Andy Cooke will end the year with total dominance, taking this prize as well as the main event in the men’s category.

There are only two challengers left in the men’s category: Andy Cooke and Owain Jones. Andy has a clear lead but has run 7 events and so is limited to fine tuning his “best of 6” score. Owain is looming in second almost 160 points behind but having only raced four events still has two races to count, so with a strong cross country campaign he can still snatch the title. I spotted Owain’s name in the results list for the European Cross selection race in Liverpool and so it looks like he is back running again and the title may go to the wire.

In the women’s race, Jessie Sanzo looks to have the title wrapped up with a good scrap behind her for second place.

Overall positions with one month to go:

MEN

  1. Andy Cooke 545pts (7 races, best 6 counted)
  2. Matt Krelle 470pts ( races)
  3. Owain Jones 385pts (4 races)

WOMEN

  1. Jessie Sanzo 367pts (6 races)
  2. Sarah Everitt 208pts (7 races, best 6 counted)
  3. Helen Sharpe 192pts (4 races)

AGE GROUPS

M40 Andrew Malloy, 342pts

M50 Phil Parry, 250pts

M55 Pete Mountain, 268pts

M60 Tom Burgess, 91pts

F35 Sophie Lovell, 68pts

F40 Annabel Granger, 144pts

F45 Sarah Everitt, 208pts

F50 Tracy Allan, 50pts

Full points listings can be found at the November Positions file in http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/club-road-and-cross-country-championships/

As this is the last championship update of the year and next month we’ll be kicking off the 2014 Championship, it would be great to hear your thoughts about how it has gone this year. Drop me a line to let me know what you think has worked well and what hasn’t, the events included and those not (and those not in the right year!) etc. One area that (I think) we definitely do need to tweak is the scoring. I am having a look at a few options around that area to try to make sure that everybody gets points and the women’s competition doesn’t get swamped within the men’s one.

Have a good December of running and a Happy Christmas! The next, and final, update will be after the South-West Cross-Country Championships in January 2014.

Peter Woodward