After being cancelled the week before due to ice the annual Christmas handicap was rearranged for Saturday 23rd December. Despite this there was a pretty good turn out for the most hotly contested race in the calendar.

Prior to the start there was the usual moaning about handicap times and a vast array of excuses being banded about – someone had a sore ear, someone had too much wine, someone’s leg was facing amputation, someone had been up with the kids all night, someone was now a pensioner – it was a surprise anyone had made it to the start line

I knew I was in with a good chance of winning as I’d managed to get my 5k time down quite a bit in the week since the original handicap times were done. Caroline and then Linda and myself got the race going. Linda went off really quickly and quickly caught Caroline. I was struggling to keep up with her but managed to get into my stride by the end of the acre path and decided to go for it. I didn’t see anyone else for the rest of the race and thought I was miles ahead until someone informed me in true panto style that “James is behind you.” I managed over the line first despite being a bit disappointed with the time. James was just a few seconds behind.

There was an epic battle going on between the 23 minute 5kers as Chris, Kenny and Alistair all started together and jostled for the lead. Despite his advancing age Chris stormed to the mini victory. A special mention to Craig P who ran the “actual” fastest time of the day. Caroline tells me that was her personal worst in a 5k but she looked strong and was feeling happy as the PPI fairy had visited her that week

A great way to end the year. Well done everyone

1. Cat Nisbet – 24.22
2. James Prior – 22.10
3. Linda Sinclair – 24.50
4. Chris Hever – 23.40
5. Lynsey Parker – 23.12
6. Alistair Kinniburgh – 23.44
7. Craig Perrie – 19.35
8. Caroline Hever – 26.07
9. Kenny Henderson – 24.15

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