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.
With James Lowe unable to run this month due to injury, he has lost his top spot to Amy and is now down in 7th. However, there is still a long way to go and you only need to run five out of seven races to be in with a chance of winning. The overall standings and the results from each month are linked below. The next race won’t be on the 1st January, which is the first Wednesday so it’ll be the 8th.
Dates for the 2019/20 Season: