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Surrey Mens CC League D3 M3
Oxshott Woods January 16th 2016
Some splendid packing saw 8 K&P runners finish between 15 and 31(all within 90 seconds),but,with no further team members at all,the handicap of 189 default match points before the race started proved too much for even that gallantry.
Thus the promise from the fine result in M2 rather dissipated,and,although leaders Epsom & Ewell also experienced similar disappointments,3rd-placed Stragglers pulled a rabbit out of their Oxshott warren,mirroring our Epsom Downs performance of 4 in the first seven. That was enough at the end of the day for them to climb above K&P into 2nd place overall,going into the final round at Croydon on February 13th.
The scores on the day did see K&P take second with 350pts(despite the default) behind Stragglers fine 196pts,but ahead of E&E who scored 399. Overall,before Lloyd Park,E&E lead with 909,ahead of Stragglers with 940 and K&P trailing in 3rd by 35pts with 975.
That deficit is eminently surmountable with a return of the commitment,willingness to travel and the enthusiasm which was very visible on the Downs in December.
On a cold but sunny afternoon at Elmbridge RR’s circuit at Oxshott,TMs Matt & Tukki Hyett,along with a small handful of knowledgable ‘elders’,including Bob McD,Graham H. and Ant B. ‘suffered’ in the last 15 minutes to the Start,but to little avail. Kicking off with just the 8,the supporters were heartened,though,when all our team went through with 2 of the 3 laps to go in a tight bunch. We did not have anyone in the top 15,unlike at Epsom,but we looked to be scoring well,despite the handicap. James Robertson led our group,but began to suffer from a prolonged illness over Xmas and,by the end of lap 2,new member,Tom Pinder,was close,along with Jonathan Darby. Ant Budarkiewicz returned from a recce across the course to confirm the procession of K&P runners,and there was,indeed,a phalanx,now headed by Tom Pinder in 15th at the line.Jonathan Darby was next in 18th ,his best placing in a League race,no doubt to impress his watching mother,Rosaline and sister Susannah,who had come over from racing in the Ladies League at Reigate.
James R.,Michael Huntley,Chris Gibbons & David Wilby followed in 19th to 22nd,with Vet 35s Jamie McCullagh 25th and Matt in 31st.
Matt will be exhorting all contenders to do their level best to be at Lloyd Park(February 13th) to elevate us back to Division Two for next winter,and,on behalf of the ‘elders’ present at Oxshott,we would also add our support to those pleas. With 11 of the 17 from M2 not running at Oxshott,there must be room for improvement,one would have thought.
The 3 contenders for promotion are all clubs from our end of Surrey,so all have to travel – let us be the most successful!
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