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Saturday 28th February – Esholt Handicap


Race 2 of this year’s Eric Smith Handicap Series was the flattish route from Esholt on to the Leeds Liverpool canal towards Shipley cutting up to main Hollins Hill road and back through the village. Eriks passed Tom just after the pub and it wasn’t because he’d stopped to re-hydrate… and held on for a clear win.  David Fox just failed to catch Tom by 2 seconds to finish third. Rogan recorded the fastest time of the day crossing the line in 5th, but as the handicapper had set off Gemma and Nicky 10 seconds late he was pushed down one place in the final standings.
The top of the Handicap table sees John Armitstead top with 47 points ahead of Hugh 45 and Ian Broadbent 43, see the full table here.

Time H’Cap Net Time Pts
1 Eriks Zvaigzne 49:59 11:00 38:59 23
2 Tom Hannah 50:38 08:00 42:38 22
3 David Fox 50:40 10:00 40:40 21
4 Ian Broadbent 51:06 14:00 37:06 20
5 Gemma Harrington 51:27 06:00 45:27 19
6 Rogan Ashton 51:29 20:00 31:29 18
7 Nicky Gifford 51:34 06:00 45:34 17
8 John Armitstead 51:47 16:00 35:47 16
9 Steve Robinson 51:57 18:00 33:57 15
10 Phil Robinson 52:17 10:00 42:17 14
11 Ann Yeadon 52:22 08:00 44:22 13
12 David Cattanach 52:25 02:00 50:25 12
13 Hugh Pearson 52:29 13:00 39:29 11
14 Dominic Egan 52:56 13:00 39:56 10
15 Nicola Lee 52:57 14:00 38:57 9
16 Chris Tomlinson 53:06 13:00 40:06 8
17 Tom Lynch 53:07 18:00 35:07 7
18 Debra Brown 53:18 02:00 51:18 6
19 Antonio Cardinale 53:41 00:00 53:41 5
20 Tony Walker 53:53 17:00 36:53 4
21 Colin Best 54:49 10:00 44:49 3
22 Billy Rayner 55:06 11:00 44:06 2
23 Gary Cochrane 57:20 12:00 45:20 1
  1. #1 by Andy Webster on February 28, 2015 - 8:00 pm

    Well done everyone, sorry to have missed it was driving kids around Otley and Leeds today.

  2. #2 by Rogan Ashton on February 28, 2015 - 9:44 pm

    Thanks to the organisers; flour arrows meant all stayed on course, the bikers’ encouragement was most welcome and the turn out meant a good race.

  3. #3 by Hugh_P on March 1, 2015 - 10:14 am

    It always amazes me that the Hon Handicapper can get everyone to finish so close together. 5 minutes seperating the first 22 finishers. Very impressive!

  4. #4 by Steve R on March 1, 2015 - 10:52 am

    Well done Eriks, I spoke to you afterwards and you were unsure if you actually won it!!

  5. #5 by Stephen on March 1, 2015 - 3:49 pm

    Hugh, as a self confessed spelling pedant, you’ll be wanting to edit that post. 😉

  6. #6 by Eriks Z on March 1, 2015 - 4:47 pm

    I really enjoyed the run and the support along the way. I honestly did not expect to be first at the end. It is great that the OAC handicap competition allows someone like me to experience the pleasure of winning a race!

  7. #7 by Andrew Robertshaw on March 1, 2015 - 7:06 pm

    Yes, Eriks that sums up what it’s all about. Also good efforts from Steve, Tom L, Ann & Gary for incorporating it in the middle or longer runs or cycle rides, a good days training there!
    I also noticed updating the h’cap times spreadsheet that John A & Colin are closing in on the 100 races club on 96 and 94 respectively.

  8. #8 by Antonio Cardinale on March 2, 2015 - 10:12 pm

    Congratulations to Eriks Z. for the victory achieved with a super performance and compliments to Rogan A. for his fast running in 31:29, a good result. Nicky G. is back racing with a solid 45:34 and Gemma H. looked really strong on her stride towards the finish . Well done everybody.

  9. #9 by Hannah Lupton on March 3, 2015 - 12:45 pm

    Well done Eriks, like you say it’s great that taking part in the handicap races gives those of us that wouldn’t normally win a race the opportunity to do so. I still remember winning the Weeton handicap a couple of years ago and still smile to myself that I won a race, yes me!!

  10. #10 by Toni on March 7, 2015 - 8:25 pm

    Can’t believe I forgot about this

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