Better late than never, here is a roundup of the 2013 Grand Prix after the normal season ending race, the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile Road Race.
In a very poorly contested Division One, (although not taking anything away from the winners), there was, remarkably a dead heat for first place. Even more remarkably this did not include Robbie (the winner for the last three seasons) who ended up third, but was between Peter Brown and Jake Jansen with both of them recording six wins each from the twelve races.
Division Two saw Jon French make a winning debut in the Grand Prix with 46 out of a maximum of 48 points, well ahead of second placed Peter Holmback on 39 points, who was a further 10 points in front of Graeme Stewart in third. Jon was the only competitor to record the maximum of six counting events in, like Division One, a poorly contested division.
Divisions Three, Four and Five were much better contested affairs with a number of runners in each division competing in their maximum of six counting events, and many doing 9 or 10 of the races. Division Three saw a clear win for another Grand Prix newbie as Daniel N'Jai recorded 6 wins in his counting events to record a maximum 54 points. In a closely contested fight for second and third, Shaun Dodd (46 points) beat Calum Storey (45 points) by just one point.
In Division Four Dave Bradley claimed first place by winning the last race at Brampton to give him six victories in his counting events and hence the maximum of 72 points, just two points in front of David Potts in second, who was four points in front of third placed Lindsey Chapman.
Division Five saw a win for Julie Lemin with 46 points, two ahead of Claire Calverley with Ron Ingram a further two points adrift in third.
Division Six witnessed another dead heat, this time for second place where Anne Craddock and Angela Johnson both recorded a total of 31 points, two behind the winner Louise Rawlinson.
As usual some information for the "anoraks":-
Ø Two people competed in all twelve races, Ron Ingram and Peter Maylia, with Anne Craddock and Lindsay Chapman both doing eleven.
Ø Most popular race - the Bridges of the Tyne 5M
Ø Least popular race - the Jedburgh Half
Ø Most popular distance - up to 10k
Ø Least popular distance - half marathon
Ø Division with best turnout to races - division 3 with 57.4% (down on last year's 64.6)
Ø Division with worst turnout - division 1 with 30.2% (division 1 also worse turnout last year)
Ø Overall turnout to races - 45.3%, a decrease of almost 8% over last year (probably due to more races and hence more choice)