62 runners today, and 56,000 th runner to cross the line in the BBQ Stakes.
Rather cold today even at lunchtime with the sun shining, but not long enough to warm the air after a minimum of minus 3 degrees or thereabouts. There was also a mild wind to stop the temperature from rising, and the officials were also saying it was rather cold. The 56,000 th runner was Charles (Sorry I didn't catch his last name) , and he is one of the newer runners. Joanne the previous weeks winner sent advance notice that she was on the way and turned up on time to conduct the duties.
We were also told about troubles that one of the runners had with their electric blanket, and are still in temporary accomodation, pending repairs to their house. Smoke damage and fire damage, lucky they were at home at the time, the fire brigade says that is a common problem in the winter with electric blankets, make sure you have fire alarms, and check your electric blankets regulary. The fault was in the connection between the electric cord and the blanket.
Ian Hore has reached 797 runs, Kathleen Bleakley has a total of 190 runs, and Caroline Campbell has 94 runs in total, so some T-Shirts will be awarded when they reach even figures in their run totals,
Winner today was Robert Ey, who looked fairly comfortable, coming up to the finish line, it looked like he knew he had a chance of being the winner.
His time across the line was 39:32, his PB was 23:29, back on 7 July 2004, having 85 runs in tatal.
Alison Hale has been in the top finishers recently , and was well placed today.
There was some comment that the D.O.B. on Lloyd Edwards' Face book site was incorrect, it has now been corrected to indicate he is in the M60 Age Group.