There was lots of water around at the 10th race of the Eric Smith Handicap Trophy, the dam is a spectacular sight when the water is flowing over the top, as it was today and the underfoot conditions weren’t much better on much of the race route. On his 50th club handicap Matt Podd won his first in nearly 5 years, just 8 seconds ahead of Ian whose time of 32:33 was the fastest of the day and a new course record. Despite Lee’s little adventure that added about a mile or so to his run he retains the lead at the top of the handicap table, but his advantage over Paul Clifford is now down to 4.5 points, David Cattanach returns to the bronze medal position. See the latest full handicap table here.
November’s race will be a one off race for the handicapper’s 50th birthday, an uphill only ‘run‘ from Station Rd to the site of the Easter Cross at the top of the Chevin. This will be on a club night, Tuesday 19th so you’ll need a torch of some sort. The route replicates my first ‘fell‘ relay, where I was lucky enough to be part of the winning Burley Scouts team at the Scout Torch race,