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.
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?.
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