porn

Sunday 22nd December – Ken Dixon Christmas Handicap – Swinsty


The 25th edition of our traditional ‘Ken Dixon’ Christmas handicap saw a thrilling finish with just 3 seconds separating Kath, Andy Webster and Paul Clifford in the podium positions.

Finishing first Kath became the third person to be a double winner in repeating her victory from 1997.  The others being another former president, Phil Dean (1990 & 91) and Terry Flynn (98 & 2003).

The battle for the overall handicap champion for this year was almost in the hands of Ursula barring, illness, injury or a VERY severe handicap & I couldn’t really do that!  Dominic gave it his all to gain as many points as possible, but Ursula’s 18 point advantage was too big a margin to catch, although it was reduced to a 12 points.

The chase for the bronze was between President Matt Podd & Caron Ralph, with Caron prevailing after finishing 4th on the day.

See the final table for the 2013 Eric Smith Handicap Table here.

For those who are asking who is Ken Dixon?,   You have got Ken to thank coming up with this route for a Christmas handicap. He emigrated to Zimbabwe to take a teaching job a few year’s after the inaugural race and has been there ever since.

And Eric Smith, was one of the founder members of Otley AC, who had a marathon best in the 50’s of 2:25 and won several national veteran titles as an Otley AC member, and some national records too, including the former British V70 record of 68 min 10 mile, see his remarkable times on our club records page.

….and thanks to Tom, Jack & Scott for course marking and recording, roll on 2014,  whose going for it next year?.

Pos Name Time H’Cap Net Time Timble Loop Swinsty Points
1 Kath Robertshaw 52:10 00:00 52:10 21:43 30:27 29
2 Andy Webster 52:12 14:00 38:12 15:43 22:29 28
3 Paul Clifford 52:13 15:00 37:13 15:20 21:43 27
4 Caron Ralph 52:33 12:00 40:33 16:41 23:52 26
5 Andy Ackroyd 52:49 14:00 38:49 16:23 22:26 25
6 Nikki Scott 53:15 12:00 41:15 17:05 24:10 24
7 Jackie Ackroyd 53:20 11:00 42:20 17:32 24:48 23
8 Carl Walsh 53:29 13:00 40:29 16:41 23:48 22
9 John Armitstead 53:32 17:00 36:32 15:33 20:59 21
10 Dominic Egan 53:34 12:00 41:34 16:49 24:45 20
11 Matt Podd 53:50 14:00 39:50 16:22 23:28 19
12 Ursula McGouran 53:51 13:00 40:51 16:36 24:15 18
13 Andrew Robertshaw 53:54 21:00 32:54 13:22 19:32 17
14 Gemma Harrington 53:56 07:00 46:56 19:20 27:36 16
15 David Hainsworth 54:20 08:00 46:20 19:27 26:53 15
16 Chris Wordsworth 54:21 08:00 46:21 19:09 27:12 14
17 Colin Best 54:21 12:00 42:21 17:39 24:42 13
18 David Fox 54:26 13:00 41:26 16:43 24:43 12
19 Antonio Cardinale 54:40 00:00 54:40 22:49 31:51 11
20 Christian Hosker 55:18 18:00 37:18 15:45 21:33 10
21 Phil Robinson 55:20 11:00 45:20 18:16 27:04 9
22 Neil Reed 55:29 14:00 41:29 17:21 24:08 8
23 Nick Hodgkinson 55:45 08:00 47:45 19:47 27:58 7
24 Anne Pickles 55:53 12:00 43:53 17:45 26:08 6
25 Laura Hind 56:01 07:00 49:01 20:32 28:29 5
26 Tom Hannah 56:11 11:00 45:11 18:40 26:31 4
27 Michael Pickard 56:29 15:00 41:29 16:23 25:06 3
28 John Cowan 59:20 14:00 45:20 18:33 26:47 2
29 Rogan Ashton 59:20 20:00 39:20: 14:40 24:40 1
  1. #1 by Matt on December 22, 2013 - 7:16 pm

    Well done to Ursula for a well deserved win – you targeted it and put the effort in – good support crew as well.
    Great turnout, thanks to the Robertshaws and helpers.
    Domanic wins the sound effects oscar, and Andy Ackroyd, must be training in secret – I couldn’t keep up with him (think he may have done a faster time than publicised).
    As the handicapper says ” on into next Year”

  2. #2 by Caron Ralph on December 22, 2013 - 7:53 pm

    Well done Ursula! Matt you could be right about Andy A-possibly semi retirement and lots more running time! Oh no-that means Colin secret training as well, especially on the Northumberland fells! Watch out everybody!

  3. #3 by Andrew Robertshaw on December 22, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    I’m afraid it was your time that was a minute too quick Matt!
    & yes well done Ursula for consistently beating the handicapper with improving performances all year, next year Dominic..

    & special mention to Tom Hannah & Dave Hainsworth too 168 & 114 races respectively but never the champion.. a best of 2nd in 95 & a three of 3rds for Tom, & one 3rd for Dave, the handicap title for one of you next year?

  4. #4 by Antonio Cardinale on December 22, 2013 - 9:38 pm

    Congratulation to Ursula for winning the championship, well done indeed . Superb run by Kath , winning the race was fantastic. Also Andrew did really well on the day with the fastest laps, and as well Nikki and Gemma had a good performances at the Ken Dixon’s race, well done everybody.

  5. #5 by Richard Hamer on December 23, 2013 - 11:28 am

    If all goes well I’ll give the handicap a real go next year, although I already admit to Dom in the sound effects department.

  6. #6 by Ursula on December 24, 2013 - 1:28 pm

    Thanks for your kind comments! Huge thanks to Andrew for organising these events – a great commitment all through the year. Also to everyone who took part as they have really helped me to improve this year, especially Dominic keeping me on my toes! So the fat lady is now singing merrily!!! Happy Christmas to you all and here’s to a fit 2014!

  7. #7 by Hannah Mallinson on December 27, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Nice one Ursula!

(will not be published)