Record turnout for the Blackcap Handicap

Friday 26th June 2009

The annual Phoenix Blackcap handicap was held on the most perfect of Downland evenings (see attached photos) and attracted a record 35 athletes for this 5mile run. Thanks are due to Liz Halliday for a splendid piece of organisation and to Jon Mitchell, Dave Howe, Phil Savage and Sue Hudson for marshalling and timekeeping duties. Ace handicapper Colin Simpson got it so right that everyone finished within a five minute window. The full results are here but the award winners were Daren Elliot (first to cross the line) 33:38, Dave Carter (fastest male) 28:32, and Anita Jones (fastest female-Phoenix) 39:08. Abbey Regan was fastest (non-Phoenix) female runner 34:49.