It was another excellent turn-out of 23 runners on a cold and slightly breezy night in Parson's Close and it resulted in some close competition. Overall leader Mandy Clay was given a "challenging" handicap by Dave with a target of beating her PB by a distance in order to give the rest of us a chance as she set off first.
As it turned out though, it was Chris Large, fresh from his trip to Lanzarote that returned to his form of two seasons ago to win the race by 18 seconds from James Bell who was unbelievably making his debut and had blagged a good handicap. the genuine PB'ers then streamed over the finish line behind James, with Liz Peters, Adam Haylock, Sam Dear and Lorraine Holloway-McLean all recording best times. Sam notably ducked under 15 minutes for the first time.
David Killick came home in 10th place but also achieved his goal of breaking 17 minutes for a new PB while the aforementioned Mandy did get a best time but the harsh handicap put her in 15th position on the night. The fastest time of the evening once again was Jordan Clay in 13.15, with Liz as the fastest lady in 17.34.
The overall standings make interesting reading with six people within ten points of the lead. That lead is held now by Sam Dear on 64 ahead of Mandy, David Killick and Jordan. However with four races and 100 points still up for grabs, any one of the 33 people that have done a race could still win it with a series of good performances.
The next Stag is on Wednesday 7th January. Let's keep the high numbers up into the new year as the competition is proving excellent.