Race thirteen of the PCCCT season was the Wilkinson’s Pharmacy five kilometre handicap, a trail run which commenced at the pony club grounds at Fernglade and used paths in the area. The events the Club conducts on off-road courses are always popular and a large field lined up to enjoy the crisp, sunny conditions.
The race proved to be a close and exciting contest with sixteen runners finishing within a minute of the winner, so that at various stages during the running, many members looked the likely victor.
In the end, it was Stowport runner, Andrew Bates, who recorded a well-deserved win. Bates is one of a number of young talented members of the club who have come through the nominated time events and he was thrilled to break through after six years of competing in the handicapped races.
During those six years, Bates has run spasmodically due to football commitments on Saturdays. However, this year he unfortunately sustained a neck injury playing football and since recovering has concentrated on running, leading to Sunday’s result.
A mere six seconds behind was Judy Ray – her best result for some time – with Vicki Knapman, another young gun in the Club, finishing third after backing up from completing last week’s marathon.
The fastest time for the men was recorded by Tom Murton with Lyn Saint-John the fastest woman.
Earlier the nominated winners were Lucy Van Rooyen, Brian Paine, Kasia Taylor, Leykas Taylor and Indra Taylor.