BY ANDY HUDSON
Enthusiastic attendances speak volumes! This gathering has certainly
not struggled with numbers even in unfavourable conditions.
A throwback to those numerous memorable socials of the eighties with
the emphasis on fun (you remember that word right!) rather than
restrictive red tape.
Wednesdays Christmas meeting saw a bumper turnout of 39 runners and a
very healthy array of much valued helpers and spectators.
Universally embraced (well almost) both Rick’s Summer Series and the
Torchlit runs have proved a massive success highlighted by the
comprehensive spreadsheet kindly compiled by Brian Grice.
With Dave Aspinall as acting timekeeper (Neil Rothwell partying!) red
hats in abundance, several very impressive full Santa outfits and
those cheesy festive background tunes, the 39 bobbing lamps bobbed off
into the darkness confusing the police helicopter circling above.
With no fallers, lost participants or reports of a single rabid dog,
Rob McGrath bobbed home in a bobbing fashion in an impressive 18:11
perhaps being thankful the pre-race favoured mother of two was a no
The ladies were led home by Clare Constable in 20:22 on a much
welcomed return to the tip.
Quality mementos for all those who attended, this was indeed a
memorable evening and one I would personally like to dedicate to Chris
who was a great supporter of all occasions and will be missed very much.
On a final note it has been a pleasure seeing the Torchlit series
bloom over the past few years and extend my thanks to all who have
participated or helped in any way.
As the saying goes “never say never” but for January I must compose
myself for an important wedding day!
Andrew & Vicki
Torchlit Tip 5k Results
1 Rob McGrath 18:11
2 Jason Walker 18:30
3 Steve McLean 19:03
4 Matthew Tobin 19:06
5 Simon Tobin 19:47
6 Rick Bower 20:07
7 Terry Bolland 20:10
8 Andrew Hudson 20:22
9 Mike Leatherbarrow 20:23
10 Keith Lunt 20:27
11 Clare Constable 20:32
12 Matthew Nelson 20:37
13 James Brooker 20:57
14 Paul Talbot 21:27
15 Neil Silcock 21:40
16 Rob Cosgrave 21:54
17 Tracey Peters 22:05
18 David Alty 22:37
19 Ed Sherstone 22:44
20 Robbie Trecarichi 22:48
21 Steven Owens 22:59
22 Phil Foster 23:08
23 Joel Green 23:23
24 Paul Dewhurst 23:30
25 Steve Flannigan 23:40
26 Ian Fitzpatrick 24:01
27 Liam O’Brien 24:04
28 Don Wilkinson 24:43
29 Hugo Kearsey 25:07
30 Carol James 25:14
31 Sue Cooper 26:02
32 Mary O’Brien 27:50
33 Helen Rigg 28:15
34 Sue Stewart 28:24
35 Amanda Bradbury 28:47
36 Carol Wright 29:08
37 Sarah McGrath 31:57
DNF Ashley Strom