Another sunny evening, this time with an easterly breeze for a change. Conditions were decent and the times reflected that.
All three RCC juniors had excellent rides. Jasmine knocked very nearly five minutes off her best time, Matilda knocked two and half minutes off her best time despite being stopped by cars, and Ozzy went well under 25 minutes to get a PB.
On actual time, Simon Walker showed his form and got into the 22s - no mean feat on this course. Mark Williams and YCC's Rich Cullen weren't far behind.
Thanks to Dave Schubert, Nigel Finnegan, and Chris Harper for running this.
This was the penultimate handicap event. Jasmine has a healthy lead in that. The only club members who can beat her are Matilda and Suzzanne. So winner and runner-up will come from those three. If Jasmine finishes at least fourth on handicap in the final event, she will win (19pts), regardless of what Matilda and Suzzanne do. Both Matilda and Suzzanne must win on handicap in the final event to win overall, putting them on 19pts, but will only do so if Jasmine finishes fifth or worse on handicap (as she'll then have 18pts). If there's a tie on 19pts, Jasmine will almost certainly win as the tie-breaker is the fastest handicap time of the series – and I can't see anyone beating Jas's 20:01.
1. Jasmine Townend (HC 11:56) 20:01 5pts
2. Matilda Stringer (HC 08:42) 22:29 4pts
3. Ozzy Stringer (HC 00:08) 24:15 3pts
4. Katy Cawthorn (HC 03:31) 24:26 2pts
5. Mark Williams (HC -01:16) 24:26 1pt
6. Simon Walker (HC -01:48) 24:46
7. Paul Mar (HC 04:37) 25:22
8. Tony Cawthorn (HC 10:34) 26:29
9. Jim Johnson (HC 04:12) 27:01
HANDICAP POINTS SO FAR
18 Jasmine Townend (5+1+3+4+5) NB. Only five best rides count.
14 Suzzanne Thompson (5+5+4)
14 Matilda Stringer (5+3+2+4)
11 Dave Schubert
11 Katy Cawthorn
9 Ozzy Stringer
5 Simon Walker
3 Jim Johnson
2 Paul Lane
3 Mark Williams
1 Nathan Little
RESULTS ON ACTUAL TIME
1. Simon Walker (RCC) 22:58 (26.12mph) Course PB
2. Mark Williams (RCC) 23:10 (25.90mph) Course PB
3. Rich Cullen (YCC) 23:18 (25.75mph)
4. Dan Joyce (RCC) 24:00 (25.00mph)
5. Ozzy Stringer (RCC, J) 24:23 (24.61mph) PB
6. Barrie Cappleman (SPCC) 25:26 (23.59mph)
7. Katy Cawthorn (RCC, W) 27:57 (21.47mph) 2019 PB
8. Paul Marr (RCC) 29:59 (20.01mph)
9. Brian Ward (SPCC) 30:30 (19.67mph)
10. Matilda Stringer (RCC, WJ) 31:11 (19.24mph) PB
11. Jim Johnson (RCC) 31:13 (19.22mph)
12. Jasmine Townend (RCC, WJ) 31:57 (18.78mph) PB
13. Tony Cawthorn (RCC) 37:03 (16.19mph)