Menhennet Double Whammy as she loses out on New Year Bonanza
A dozen Westies souls braved the foggy, damp streets of Maryhill for the Nigel Barge Road Race on Saturday. It turned out to be a profitable day out for Westies women-all except Chris Menhennet, who’s dropout cost her £35 (56 Euro in new money).
Chris dropped out after less than a mile, while she was still lying ahead of Archie and Graeme Orr, complaining about feeling unwell. Her loss was Muffy’s gain (first lady vet) and also enabled Liz to share the women’s team prize, along with Muffy and Pat. The team prize was well deserved with all three racing well; in particular, Pat is maintaining the return-to-form which has been apparent for the last couple of months. Her sprint finish at the end was particularly inspirational.
In the men’s’ race, Charlie led the Westies contingent for the first mile, although John and Don were both breathing down his neck. Charlie’s exertions in Hawaii soon took their toll as he fell back, leaving the other two to battle for maximum points. At one point Don took the lead, but John was by far the stronger, eventually finishing almost a minute ahead of Don.
Charlie was next Westie home, just managing to stay ahead of Archie. The latter is starting to come back to some form following injury earlier in the season. Graeme wasn’t too far behind, but lost valuable seconds in the slowest finish of the day; 100 yards in 100 seconds shouldn’t be too hard to improve. Looks like he needs some Tuesday night track sessions; either that or some lessons from Pat. Ian Struthers and Drew were next home, and Ian Murray brought home the Westies contingent with another spirited finish. He’s clearly been taking lessons from Pat!
In the winter league, Muffy keeps her lead, closely followed by Pat. The remaining women are now looking like also-rans; Chris needed a good result to give her any chance of catching Muffy. Drew still tops the men’s league, but Don and Damon could still catch him. Archie’s return to form has lifted him 8 places, and John D’s victory shows that he should be up with the leaders, if only he turned out more often.
1. Alan Adams 25:02
John D 30:27
Ian S 37:33