The Stag Trophy
The Stag Trophy
In true LBAC style, this competition was named after the pub where the club members used to regularly meet up. It is a series of seven 4K races over the winter months from October to April. The majority of the races are on the first Wednesday of every month, Lanzarote Challenge and new years day allowing.
Every participant is given a handicap time with the aim being that we all cross the finish line at the same time, therefore runners start at various times. Each individual’s handicap is liable to change on a monthly basis at the discretion of the handicapper (Dave ‘I’ll have a Pint’ Adams).
The idea therefore, is to try and beat your own handicap every month and finish well up the field. The first home gets 25 points, the second 24 and so on.
It is not essential to do all the races, but it helps. Each individual's five top scoring races will count towards their overall total.
On every Stag Race night people still meet at Tiddenfoot as per usual, but we aim for a 7.20pm depart instead of the usual 7.30pm. Alternatively just head to Parsons Close Recreation Ground for 7.30pm.
If anyone has results from prior to 1987 I will gladly fill in the missing details in the historical table. All we have is what it says on the trophy.
Dates for the 2014/15 Season
1st October 2014 – Winner: Mandy Clay
5th November 2014 – Winner: Henry Wainwright (Guest) / Mandy Clay
3rd December 2014 – Winner: Chris Large
7th January 2015 – Winner: Fred Watt
4th February 2015 – Winner: Andrew Hallworth
4th March 2015 – Winner: Fiona Towell
1st April 2015 – Katie Stanton (Newbie) / Mandy Clay
(All dates are subject to adverse weather and Dave's skiing holiday!)
The course starts in Parsons Close Recreation Ground, towards the bottom of the hill. Runenrs run south along the alleyway and at the end turn left onto Grovebury Road. Keep on the left-hand side and continue on to Lake Street. At the junction with the The Sun Inn on the corner, turn left in to Grove Road. Continue straight on and re-enter the park, turning left to rejoin the alleyway and start lap 2. It is a 3 lap race but on the final lap, immediately upon re-entering the park there is a path leading off diagonally to the right and we finish with a sprint up the hill.