Junior Xmas Handicap Races 2014
The New Marske Harriers Junior Xmas Handicap Races took place on Saturday 27th December 2014. The races were held on the trails around Guisborough Forest and Walkway. The weather was very cold with some icy slush underfoot. There was a minor course change as one grassy section proved to be very slippery underfoot. Two Junior races took place – the first being for Harriers aged under 11, and the second for Harriers aged 11 and over. The under 11’s race completed one lap of a figure of 8 loop (1.3Km) with 2 notable climbs, whilst the 11 and over’s race did two laps i.e. 2.6Km. Handicap times were calculated automatically (i.e. no guess work!) using results from recent 600m track events, 5Km Park Runs and Cross Country results.
Ten Harriers competed in the under 11’s race where Jake Smith ran well above expectations (45 seconds faster than predicted) to win by 21 seconds from Sophie Brining with Ben Scott in 3rd. With only 7 sets of results to work from it would be difficult to produce more accurate handicap times.
With 33 results to work from accuracy was vastly improved in the 11 and over’s handicap race where 16 Harriers competed on the 2 lap course. In an exciting finish Charlotte Gunn (who led from the start) finished 1 second ahead of fast finishing Rebecca Aspin with her brother Thomas 1 second behind her in 3rd. Ten competitors finished within 30 seconds of the winner which was good to watch.
All competitors ran extremely well on the tough courses.
A big well done and thank you to all the juniors who took part in the races and competed so well.
Thank You also to everyone who came along to help with the event and to family and friends who came to support.
Jill Sexton & Rob Pollard