Club Championship 2015

Our Club Championship season came to a close after the Dovedale Dash and the final points table is shown below:


Club Championship 2015



58 runners took part across a range of 13 races this year.

Congratulations to all the category winners and well done to all of those who took part in the races.
Special mention to Chris Patterson on winning the Men’s Open category for the fourth consecutive year, but also did it in style by improving on some times and finishing as outright winner in 5 of the races.
Although Chris had a big lead over second place, it appears the strength of the the Men’s Open category has improved this year. James McMurtry has run a great series and will be pushing all next year. Matt Coxon competed well to claim third place and is well and truly back from injury. Andrew Lee, Andy Batterham, Stuart Margiotta and Richard Smith all showed what they can do when they turn up : if they can juggle their diaries next year it should be one of the most competitive ever (time for a second place award???).
 
Men’s Novice was won by Malcolm Busfield, and looking at his times, he will add even more quality to next years Men’s Open. He was pushed all the way by Andy Zwolinski and in the second half of the season by Neil Ellis also. Jack Ellis and Andrew Zyngiel both look like they may also be challengers for this title next year.
 
Men’s Veteran winner this year was claimed by Howard Winbow, who has has been rewarded for his hard work in his own running which compliments his hard work running the club back-office. Taking the trophy from last years winner Gabriel Hutchings was no easy feat in itself! Newcomer Richard Bland ran just the 3 races this year but has shown that if he is half as good at running as he is at sailing an asymmetric dinghy, then the Men’s Vet category just got that bit tougher for 2016. Surely Alasdair Duncan isn’t going to sit back and watch a three horse race next year? Messrs Tilsley, Broad and Tooms need to come up with a plan.
 
Ladies Open winner was Louise Maskery for the second year in a row, with the luxury of two discards, having run 10 of the Club Championship races. These two wins follow her 2013 Ladies Novice trophy which is an impressive record. Lisa Lee continues to prove a strong competitor with some good results and fast times. Kate Tilsley claims third spot, so bragging rights are evens in the Tilsley household. Katie Busfield had some good tussles with Lisa Lee over the series – Lisa edging it when it’s hot and on tarmac, Katie getting ahead when it was off road and up the hills.
 
Ladies Novice this year has been dominated by Jeanette Avery, who along with Louise, ran 10 of the 13 races each – more than anyone else – well done ladies, a great effort and demonstration of commitment. Jeanette has mixed it up this year, running everything from London Marathon to Calton Fell Race and stacks in between. Anne Ellis was a late season newcomer and may be a strong contender next year? There may be a couple more competitive ladies lurking lower down the table we think.
 
Ladies Veteran was won by Ann Lemon for the second year in a row and would have had the category all to herself but for 2011 LV winner Carrie Moss deciding to pick a tough ‘un and enter the Ashbourne Half. A massive points lead in a field of two it may have been, but Ann demonstrates yet again her commitment to running and is an inspiration for the club.
 
Well done all, here’s looking forward to next season.
 
The Club Fell Race Championship for the lovers of mud and slopes concluded at the time of writing this and tables and series report we hope to bring soon.
 
All the above winners trophies, the other club awards and a celebration of the seasons ups and down will be made at the End of Season Dinner and Party at Ashbourne Golf Club, Friday 27th November.