Ginninderra Handicap 18th December 2012
re-opened again in the days before the event
which made the hike for the judges from the
start line to the finish line, with bottles of wine in hand,
However, there were no shortcuts for the runners
apart from Grant Arnold
who took one after feeling the effects at the half way
mark of not doing
much running recently.
The bookmakers were tipping one of the third time
starters to collect the prize, and they were
with Simon Yelland (34.44) and Kellie Grubb (39.18)
both producing PBs to finish
first and second respectively. Darren Birtwistle
finished third for the second month
in a row in an even 32 minutes.
Most of the rest of the field finished in times over their handicap
possibly a ploy
to convince the handicapper to give them a Christmas present in
the form of a
re-handicap. However, Santa is not easily fooled and
only the following runners were given a new handicap based
on consistently running below their current
handicap throughout the year. (Yes...this is the only place
that Santa will give you
a present for being consistently bad.)
Christmas re-handicaps Ross Gregg old 23.30 new 22.00,
Rad Leovic old 5.00 new 2.30, Michael Halling old 23.00 new 21.30,
Robert Page old 19.30 new 18.00, Mark Lound old 14.30 new 11.00
The annual awards are also announced at the end of each year.
The Ron Sidnell Improvement Award is awarded to the
winner of the
handicap that had the earliest finish time. 2012
The winner was Sam Spencer
who greeted the judges as the clock struck 46.13.
The Julian England Consistency Award is awarded
to the most
consistent performer in 2012.
The winner this year was Andrew
Crichton with run times of (29.53 30.34 29.51 29.47 30.49 ).
finished second with Darren Birtwistle in third.
The Armstrong Trophy is awarded to the runner who displays
consistent improvement throughout the year.
The formula is very complicated
and open to manipulation if you are clever enough to actually understand
the formula...which explains why a disproportionate number
of statisticians have
won this award over the years. In short, a runner must run at
least 4 times
in a the 6 month period and show a consistent level
The Armstrong Trophy result for Jul to Dec 2012 are
1st Darren Birtwistle, 2nd Jeff Grey, 3rd Ian Hore
This month we welcomed Nick Strauch and Steve Paavilainen
both had their first runs.
At the other end of the spectrum, Jim Roberts is on
the precipice of handicap greatness and will clock up
200 laps of the lake at his
next start...the first to do so.
Jeff Grey's 6 month long experiment to see if
one can 'run themselves better' of a plantar fasciitis injury
(rather than taking a few weeks rest)