TVXC 2015/16 Race 3: Handy Cross

TVXC Race 3: Handy Cross

HILLS, HILLS AND MORE HILLS

Handy Cross. You either love it or hate it. Or should that be that you hate it while you are running it and love it at the end? Either way, you certainly know that you’ve been running when you get to the finish.

The Coasters started the day in joint fourth position so it was a very welcome sight to see 23 yellow vests warming up. Note for next year (Nathy and John), Handy Cross use race numbers and not finish tokens, and to compete, you have to have one of those race numbers on your vest. And if you forgot that race number and are therefore late to the start, you will get jeered by 350 runners. Enough said.

After a slight delay, while we waited for some wayward runners, the race was underway. Unbeknown to the majority of the field, in the first couple of 100m, the leading half a dozen runners went left and then right when they should have gone straight on. After some sprinting in the right direction from the lead runners, normal service was resumed with Robertson and Nortcliff towards the front of the field. Just behind the two favourites however, was last year’s winner and our own James Craggs.

NEWSFLASH – Rhodri is human!

Things were also looking good throughout the rest of the field. Andy Stay and Matt Yarnall were looking as strong as ever, Rhodri Jones was starting to feel human again after his recent marathon and Carol Yarrow was doing what she does best.

Start running when you see a camera

The rest of us were also battling it out with our rivals, and those hills. There is no shame in walking at Handy Cross but after seeing photos from the top of ‘that’ hill I think we’ve all learnt to start running when we see a camera! Not only are there the steep uphills to encounter but the long downhill where running in a straight line just isn’t an option.

After that downhill though, and then another uphill, it’s a very welcome downhill to the finish. A welcome finish that 22 Coasters came steaming through.

Everyone counts

As always, every result counts whether you are a scoring runner or not. With the way the league is scored, the more runners we have, the higher up the table we will finish.

The ladies (Carol Yarrow, 5, Emily Marshall, 17, Faye Taylor, 26, and Mandy McDonough, 29) put in another cracking performance to finish in 4th position. With the men (James Craggs, 3, Andy Stay, 18, Matt Yarnall, 33, Rhodri Jones, 63, Paul Mackenzie, 76, and John Hammond, 94) putting in a solid performance to finish in 9th. That gave a team score of 13 and a ranking of joint 6th with Burnham Joggers.

With these points added to those claimed at Datchet it gives Finch a total of 9 points so far, dropping one position in the league to 5th place. Already, the top three are starting to gain a bit of a lead. However, Bracknell Forest, in 4th, are only 3 points ahead and from 5th onwards it’s looking tight. We are sitting just one point ahead of TVT and Wargrave Runners.

We expect to see you all well rested and fighting fit ready to go at Metros

This week there sees a rest in the fixtures where we’ll allow you to do something non running related. But with the table looking tight and Finch Coasters having such a great start to the season, we expect to see you all well rested and fighting fit ready to go at Metros on December 13th. We have 42 people attending the Christmas social the night before so let’s see if we can get close to that number turning out to run!

The hilliest race of the season has now gone and we all more than survived. We ran at Handy Cross so we can run anywhere!

See you and your hangovers at Metros!

Emily Marshall