The Langmay Trophy
On Easter Monday, sixteen club members took on the challenge for the Langmay Trophy which is traditionally awarded on Boxing Day, but due to the icy conditions, was delayed a few months. It is a "blind handicap" which means that everyone is given a predicted time by our tame handicapper, Dave Adams, but no-one knows what their time is. Everyone then runs a flat race, but the results are in order of who beats their predicted time by the largest margin.
With sixteen participants, this was the largest group for some years (8 turned up on Boxing Day) and made for a very interesting competition over a course that starts and finishes at LTFC, goes out on Stanbridge Road, over the bypass to Billington and back again, including a very nasty hill in Billington village.
The results were an even split of eight runners outside their handicap and eight running faster than their predicted time. First over the finish line was Simon Coombes, but he was well outside his PB and so was very near the back in the important side of things. Pete Mackrell chased Simon home, but even his rapid return to form was not enough to get into the top three.
Third place saw Amy Inchley complete the course in just under 45 minutes, which was more than a minute inside her handicap, but she was just pipped by Laura Smith who finished a minute ahead and beat her time by 1.30. However, neither of the ladies could catch our esteemed club secretary who completely confused Dave by beating his time by two minutes and walking away with the silverware. Nick Clay was third across the line and is clearly showing a strong return to form in time for the last couple of Stags and two club championships coming up!