Stag Trophy – Latest Results
The Stag season runs from the first Wednesday in October to the first Wednesday in April. Usually the only reason for changing one is if New Year’s day happens to fall on a Wednesday.
Race one of the season had eighteen people show up for the three lap charge around central Leighton. In decent running conditions, ten people beat Dave’s predicted time for them with four claiming new PB’s. First home was Coralie Anderson who smashed her PB by around a minute. Striding home second, in his first ever Stag was Paul Griffiths who will now be in Dave’s sights for next month. Nick Clay showed his experience to come home third ahead of three further PB’ers in James Lowe, Ruth Mitchell and Jo Sharples.
Race two was run on a chilly but dry November evening with a good turn-out of 22 runners. As is often the way, it was the debutantes who were first home with the new Mrs Eastman claiming victory in her first ever stag, five seconds ahead of new member Paul Andrew. Both have now had their generous “first Stag bonus” and will have to work hard to keep earning such high points.
In addition to the newbies, there were at least four other PB’s. Neil Green came home in third and smashed his PB by around 40 seconds, then James Lowe, Paul Griffiths and Julia Bell also claimed best ever times. I think that maybe James Cusack did too with 14:49, but perhaps I’m wrong. Either way some excellent running going on.
Race three saw another solid turn-out of 22 runners embracing a cold and misty night in Leighton. It was fantastic to have Fred Watt out running again for the second month in a row and remarkably managed to get around the course substantially quicker than in November which meant he picked up the 25 points.
Fresh from a strong series in Lanzarote last week, Amy Inchley was next home in one of her fastest times, with Stuart Dimmock taking third on the night. There were three PB’s too, from the improving Neil Green and Julia Bell and Paul Andrew who are both in their first season of Stags.
Race four was run on a fairly miserable January night in the rain, but despite the unappealing weather there were 20 runners battling for points over the three laps. For the second month in a row Fred Watt took the honours at the front end of the field and was home a minute ahead of the pack. Fred will continue to be tricky for Dave to handicap so it will be interesting to see how it goes.
Neil Green has been improving his form all season and he was second home in a third consecutive PB and has three scores in the 20’s from his three races. Ruth Mitchell also earned a PB to chase Neil home in third place. The real battle of the night was between Mr & Mrs Eastman who both achieved new PB’s (I think) but with Will just sneaking ahead of Ruth at the last minute. Interesting tactics Will!!
In the overall standings, Amy had another solid run to pick up 20 points, and with 82 in the bag has an 11 point lead over Stuart Dimmock. As it stands, her most likely challenger is Neil, who has 68 from just three races, but with three to go, there are still 75 points up for grabs and there are a lot of potential winners and even more who could get on the podium.
Dates for the 2019/20 Season: