Guardian Cup Round 7 – 5th July 2017

A clear, sunny and warm evening with barely a whiff of a breeze was almost perfect for some fast times. Indeed, despite some pre-race excuses, Jim Duffy stormed around the course for a mid 22, whilst others had the cup in their sights, determined to grab valuable seconds to convert to points.

For the Guardian Cup, this meant that tonight, Paul Connor forged ahead into the lead by grabbing 23 points and knocking 20 seconds of his previous PB, with Anthony Booth only 1 point behind. Ben Ditchburn scored maximum points for the round by improving by almost 2 minutes on his previous attempt, and Alison Morton also grabbed 24 points for a solid effort around the difficult 10 course.

Results for the night are as follows:

1Jim DuffyWVCC22:36
2Lee SuthardWVCC23:46
3Colin CarthyWVCC25:28
4Dan RobsonWVCC26:31
5Paul ConnorWVCC27:25
6Emily MartinWVCC27:26
7Anthony BoothWVCC27:29
8Ben DitchburnWVCC28:00
9Geoff LoveladyWVCC28:30
10Claire Thompson*28:54
11Caroline FearonWVCC29:41
12Alison MortonWVCC30:19
13Andy JealWVCC30:41
14Mark Hassall/Matt Lunt*22:05

So, at the top of the Guardian Cup table is Paul Connor, with Anthony Booth having some work to do to make improvement over the next 3 rounds, but still placed solidly in second place.

PlaceTotal Points Best 7NameCounting RidesCurrent HandicapRace 1 10th MayRace 2 17th MayRace 3 24th MayRace 4 31st MayRace 6 28th JuneRace 7 5th July
1111Paul Connor527:252419222323
296Anthony Booth427:2925252422
388Steve Marlow525:381317171922
481Emily Martin526:17816202116
578Colin Carthy424:5717182320
674Dan Robson525:36918121619
773Alison Morton430:191592524
870Geoff Lovelady527:32714102118
967Jim Duffy322:11222421
1061John Hassall325:36202120
1152Chris Gilbertson324:24151918
1247Benn Jones225:412225
1346Clare Hargreaves233:04No points2422
1444Patrick Lucas226:042123
1542Caroline Fearon328:35111417
1641Dave Wilkinson428:03613814
1641Dave Fearon223:282021
1832Jim Williams323:4512713
1930Stu Ward224:401515
2029Nick Butterworth224:451217
2128Rich Munro226:071315
2225Phil Booth124:5825
2225Ben Ditchburn128:00No points25
2423Steve Malkin125:5423
2423Lynsey Astles129:15No points23
2621Craig Lee224:181011
2717Louise Mainwaring132:04No points17
2816Stephen Lucas126:0416

For the scratch competition, Steve Marlow still holds the top spot, but snapping at his heels are both Dan Robson and Colin Carthy in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

PositionNameTotal points best 7Round 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Round 6Round 7
1Steve Marlow991619192124-
2Dan Robson9414201819-23
3Colin Carthy9320-24-2524
4Emily Martin8812181720-21
5Paul Connor8011171416-22
6Anthony Booth76--15182320
7Geoff Lovelady7581513-2118
8Jim Duffy75-25-25-25
9John Hassall65-212222--
10Alison Morton59-1310-2016
11Jim Williams58-222115--
12Dave Fearon492524----
13Chris Gilbertson4824--24--
14Stu Ward4621-25---
15Dave Wilkinson467141114--
16Craig Lee4522-23---
17Nick Butterworth4219--23--
18Ben Ditchburn41----2219
19Caroline Fearon389-12--17
20Patrick Lucas3313-20---
21Clare Hargreaves33-12813--
22Richard Munro33--1617--
23Lynsey Astles261016----
24Phil Booth2323-----
25Benn Jones411823----
26Steve Malkin1517-----
27Stephen Lucas1515-----
28Louise Mainwaring156-9---
29Andy Jeal0-----15

Next week, there is no rest, as it is the Club 10 championship. One chance to get glory. Come along, give it a go!


For those that don’t know, I’ve now taken over the role as runs captain from Al. Al has done a fantastic job over the last 10 years so no pressure on me then!! Big thanks to Al but he’s going nowhere!! He will still be leading the short run when he’s out.

I don’t see the need to change anything, everything runs like clockwork on a Sunday. One thing I would like is for you all to have an input into the club runs. Whether this is leading one or letting me know where you would like to go if you’ve heard of a new café etc. Remember it’s your club and I want to make sure everyone plays their part in what we do on a Sunday.

It goes without saying that the priority is that we always remain safe and look after each other when we’re out. Be respectful of our fellow road users and uphold the great name this club has in the North West.

See you soon

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