And yet another Grand Prix series draws to a close after the season ending Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile Road Race on the 18th November, as usual most division winners had been decided before this race but some minor placings were still up for grabs.
In Division One, Robbie was once again the winner, making it three in succession and seven division 1 titles in total. Graeme Stewart was in second place, a one place improvement over last year and third went to Martin Gaughan. Jake in fourth place only counted four races, three of which he won, if we can talk him into half marathons next year them maybe Robbie will have some serious competition!
In Division Two Heather Christopher gained maximum points with six wins in her counting events to place first, one place higher than last year. In second position was Shaun Dodd, also improving one place from last year and in third position was Ian Baxter.
Division Three saw the closest finish out of all the divisions with Phillippa Baxter beating David Potts by one point only. Phillippa won four and was second in her six counting races whilst David won three and was second in three. Third place in the division went to Martin Scott. Both David and Martin were Grand Prix first-timers unlike Phillippa who claimed her third successive promotion, watch out division two next year!
Division Four was won by Mark Ponton, who like Heather in division 2, had six victories in his counting events. Second place went to Heather Barrass and third was shared between Davina and Louise Rawlinson.
Remember that the structure of the Grand Prix has changed slightly for next year's competition, details are on the website. If you haven't got your name down for next year's Grand Prix and wish to take part then pass your name onto one of the members of the Grand Prix Working Party as soon as possible.
Finally, a few facts and figures for the anoraks amongst us:-
Ø Five people competed in all nine races, Ron Ingram, Heather Barrass, Heather Christopher and Phillippa and Ian Baxter.
Ø Most popular race - the Tynedale 10k
Ø Least popular race - Great Cumbrian Half
Ø Most popular distance - 10k, but is this because of the distance or the fact that all the races were local and in the evenings?
Ø Least popular distance - half marathon
Ø Division with best turnout to races - division 3 with 64.6%
Ø Division with worst turnout - division 1 with 37.4%
Ø Overall turnout to races - 53.1%, an increase of 1% over last year
Ø Robbie has now won the division 1 seven times, one more than Andy Brown