24 Oct Club championship round-up – who’s winning what?
After some impressive times in both the Cardiff Half Marathon and the Gwent League cross country fixture in Bridgend, the Penarth and Dinas Runners club championship is edging closer to the final hurdle with just two races to go.
Both the men’s and ladies club championships are still up for grabs, whilst a number of age categories have already been won thanks to some strong running.
Check out the club championship tables here (below):
Men’s club championship
It’s tight at the top of the men’s club championship, with Richard Jackson-Hookins and Ben Butler-Madden both tied on a best of eight score of 158. Despite the tie Richard sits on the top thanks to a 4-3 head to head record. Ben has two more races to reclaim the top spot, but he must beat Richard in at least one of them. Meanwhile, Ian Warburton is back in 3rd place on 130, followed by Marc Durkin on 127 and Malcolm Bradley on 124.
Richard is perched at the top of the senior men’s division, but will be taken out of this age category if he wins the overall title. Ben is waiting in the wings to win the senior men’s trophy, followed by Marc Durkin on 127 and Paul Morton on 101. Dave Matthews and Glenn Powell could still make a late surge for 3rd on 86 and 84 respectively.
Jon Lewis has nearly built an unassailable lead in the veteran men’s 40 division as he sits at the top on 113. Cameron Large may be 24 points behind, but he could still claw his way back in the last two races. Rob Wilcox is even further back on 80 points, but there’s still time to go one better than 3rd place. Colin Caesar, who needs to run one more race to be eligible for a trophy, could technically claim 2nd.
Ian Warburton has now won the veteran men’s 50 title (congrats!) after a perfect score of 160 points. Nigel Adams is 2nd on 131 points and is guaranteed his accolade, whilst Lyn Evans can claim 3rd if he runs one more race.
Malcolm Bradley has also won the veteran men’s 60 title after a near perfect score of 159. Chris Nellins needs to run one more race to claim 2nd place.
Ladies club championship
Debbie Evans is edging towards the ladies club championship, but it could still go down to the wire with some of her rivals snapping at her heels. She sits on 137 points after running seven races, followed by Sarah Lees on 133 after eight races, former champion Lisa Cleary on 129 and Lindsey Hunt on 121. All four could potentially clinch the title…
Lindsey Hunt is in pole position in the senior ladies division on 136 points, but Ruth Cann (who has notched up a series of PBs this season) is still in the hunt on 117. Louise Hunt could nick 3rd by running one more race, whilst Catrin Palfrey could still make a late surge by running the last two races.
Cath Barker is odds on favourite for the veteran ladies 35 title as she sits at the top of the division on 60, but she still needs to run one more race to qualify for the title. Helen Griffiths and Michelle Hoey are in the same boat, as they need to run two more to qualify for an end of season piece of silverware.
Sarah Lees has climbed to the top of the veteran ladies 45 division after a series of strong races this season. She sits at the top on 147 points after running eight races, but she’s closely followed by Debbie Evans on 139 points who has a race in hand with two left to go. She could also be overhauled by Lisa Cleary in 134 points. It’s worth pointing out that, whoever wins the overall title will be taken out of their age category, so whoever finishes 2nd in this division could still win the age category if the overall winner is from the same division. Unconventionally, Debbie Evans could also technically finish 2nd in her age category but 1st overall if things stayed as they were…
Yvonne Williams has won the veteran ladies 55 division after seven maximum point finishes. She needs just one more for the perfect set. Judith Maragna needs to run two more races to qualify for a trophy.
The penultimate fixture of the season is the Richard Burton 10k on November 6, with entries selling out fast.
The final fixture is then the Sospan 10 Multi Terrain race on November 20. A cracking race to end the season.