05 Dec Final club championship round-up after Sospan 10 MT
Massive well done to everyone who has run, supported and taken part in the club championship this season. Hopefully it’s both motivated and rewarded you through the sunny months (remember those?) and the winter period (who doesn’t love running in torrential rain and gale force winds?) when things got serious. Everyone who has won trophies will be rewarded during our presentation evening on January 27, ahead of the first fixture of 2017/18 at the Lliswerry 8 on January 29.
It was a tightly contested battle, with both runners finishing the season tied on 159 points at the end of the season, but Richard Jackson-Hookins had just enough to retain the men’s club championship title despite a fierce challenge from Ben Butler-Madden. Richard claimed the crown with a 4-3 head-to-head record to cap off a stellar season. Ben hasn’t totally missed out though, as he still claims the 1st senior man title.
In the overall club championship (where there are no prizes for runner-ups) Marc Durkin led the chasing pack on 144, followed by Ian Warburton on 135, Paul Morton (in his debut season) on 128 and Malcolm Bradley on 126.
Richard was taken out of his age category after winning the overall crown, so Ben takes the accolade of 1st senior man. Marc Durkin claims 2nd and Paul Morton 3rd. Dave Mathews and Glenn Powell made up the top six.
After two maximum point finishes and four 19 pointers, Jon Lewis claimed the veteran men’s 40 age division with an impressive best of eight score of 151. Colin Caesar claimed 2nd on 99, followed by Cameron Large in 3rd on 89.
With a perfect score of 160 Ian Warburton claimed the veteran men’s 50 division. Nigel Adams, who led the division in the early part of the season, was next up in 2nd on 149. Sadly Lyn Evans didn’t qualify for 3rd place as he didn’t run the minimum of four races.
With another perfect score of 160, running the most races out of all the men with a total of 10 finishes under his belt, Malcolm Bradley won the veteran men’s 60 title. Chris Nellins also narrowly missed out on 2nd after running three of the required minimum of four races.
Ladies club championship
Debbie Evans retained the ladies club championship after a string of impressive runs. With five maximum point finishes she finished the season on 157. Former champion Lisa Cleary was her nearest rival on 148, followed by Lindsey Hunt on 144, Sarah Lees on 133 and Yvonne Williams on 130.
Lindsey Hunt won the senior ladies division after a strong season achieving 157 points. Ruth Cann, who notched up a series of personal bests throughout the season, was 2nd on 117, followed by Louise Hunt on 78.
After a frantic finale in the veteran ladies 35 division, Cath Barker edged past her rival Michelle Hoey to win the title. Cath finished on 80 after four maximum point finishes, with Michelle just two points behind in 2nd on 78. Helen Griffiths, despite two maximum point finishes, didn’t qualify for 3rd as she didn’t run the minimum of four races.
Debbie Evans is taken out of her veteran ladies 45 age category after winning the overall crown, so Lisa Cleary once again wins this age category. Sarah Lees claims 2nd whilst Cath Tailby achieves 3rd.
With a perfect score Yvonne Williams is crowned veteran ladies 55 winner after running a total of nine races, whilst Judith Maragna narrowly misses out on 2nd after running three out of the four races needed to qualify for a trophy.