Wednesday, April 29, 2015

An ACTVAC handicap in April

Sunday was the ACTVAC handicap held near Mt Majura, only my 2nd handicap since July 2013. As I was not eligible for the point score or placings and with a head cold settling in, the goal was to take it easy. The start is up hill and the pace of my fellow group 25 runners felt pretty easy thanks to my regular Black Mountain lunch time runs. At the top of the climb I settled into a comfortable tempo pace and surprisingly my fellow 25ers dropped behind. At the time I assumed they would catch up further along the course. However, when I reached the 7km marker, no one had gone past. At this point I slowed for fear of acquiring a nasty handicap. Poor Lou and Stu were savaged by the handicapper last month, ending up in the wilderness in groups 44 and 54, respectively. With only about 800m to go John Harding advised me I was in 4th position. Arggghh, the handicapper would be rubbing their hands together with glee. The brakes were heavily applied and finally some people went past on the downhill finish. I finished in 8th place after sheepishly walking across the finish line. My time wasn't anything special around 53:45, pretty close to my 'group rate', so I hope not to be too heavily punished by the handicapper for next month.
Happy handicappers
It was good to see so many familiar faces out there, with a special appearance by speedygeoff, who was very happy with his run despite the ever fogging glasses issue. It was off to Wilbur's after the handicap, a favourite place for coffee and brunch.

Friends' results for the Thomas Series (10km)

Position Name Time Age group Age grade%
5 Helen Larmour  47:56    W55   84.5
8 Janene Kingston  53:45    W50   71.1
15 David Baussmann  50:02   M60   75.3
27 Nadine Morrison  50:47   W45   69.9
34 George Kubitzky  53:16   M60   69.8
42 Margaret McSpadden  70:35   W65   67.2
49 Geoff Moore  51:45   M65   74.5
51 Louise Sharp  44:00   W30   74.4
54 Ruth Baussmann  67:04   W60   66.9
57 Stuart Doyle  39:17   M45   84.8
59 Steve Appleby*  64:12   M60   57.9

*Steve kindly stopped to act as a marshall as cones and signs were taken away too soon!


  1. Your secret's safe with me. I won't tell the handicapper about the burning brake dust.

    1. Thanks ET. I see you kept your word they only moved me back one group :-)

  2. I wasn't at the meeting, so couldn't help you out this time. Steve wasn't happy as was in 2nd place on pointscore for the year. That's about last chance to win again after last month's 10 groups for a once in a life time win.

    1. Thanks TF. No doubt you will move back up the results. It's hard to keep a good man down.