How long ago does late April feel? For Summer League regulars, we are used to challenging conditions at the start of the season so it was with a sense of intrepidation as we pointed our cars east and headed down the 1079 to Pock.
The weather gods were smiling on us as a perfect evening greeted us and we were rewarded with a Postal win, Jordan crossing the line ahead of anyone else to set the pattern for the rest of the season.
As we prepare ourselves for the 6th and final race of the season, it's worth scanning your eyes over the league table as all is far from done and dusted in some of the age categories. 5 wins on the bounce with only 4 races counting means that the overall title is long since in the bag for Jordan, a tremendous result and very well deserved. That's not the case elsewhere though as a review of the current placings shows.
Jess is 7th in the Womens U35 category and sits only 4 points behind 5th place. A strong finish tonight could well propel her forward a few places. Good luck Jess! In the same category we've got Harriet in 13th place and again, only 3 points away from claiming a 12th place finish.
There's a battle royale in the O35 category with Sophie and Amy separated by just one point in 14th and 15th place respectively. Again the proximity of other runners offers the chance for a jump of a few places up the final league table. Keep an eye on these two tonight, the claws might be out!
Meanwhile in the O45 rankings, we have Di in 4th place. A top 3 finish looks to be just out of reach sadly but with a couple of runners breathing down her neck in 5th and 6th, it promises to be a close run through on the flat roads around Wistow tonight. Amanda also features in the top 10 and sits 3 points away from 9th place. I hope you've got plenty of gas left in the tank Amanda after an impressive result at Endure over the weekend.
We've not yet got any ladies featuring in the O55 and O65 categories, one for the future!
The Mens U35 category is all sewn up as we know with Jordan achieving a perfect score of 4 points, it simply doesn't get any better than that. Dom is definitely one to watch tonight, currently in 14th place but with his results improving over the season and a genuine chance to move up a couple of places with another strong run tonight. Go Dom!
Into the O40's and Elliot is having a storming season in 5th place, which looks like it could well be his finishing position with no close contenders behind or in front. He's a man for the flat though so anything could happen tonight.
There's another close race in this category between 2 Posties clinging onto the O40 category. Jim sits in 15th place on 71 points with Simon in 17th on 74. Both of them are showing improvements in finishing placings as the season goes on and another top 15 finish for them both could see them jump further up the table.
Andy is holding down 16th place in the O50's with 83 points and looks like our Mr Consistent with his scoring results all coming from 20th-22nd place finishes.
Last but by no means least we have a couple of Posties placed in the top 20 in the O60's. Sean is leading the way in 13th with 58 points whilst Kev is in 20th on 108 points. Again both of them have an opportunity to jump up the table with good runs this evening.
In the team event, our ladies are doing well and currently sit in 6th place but only 2 points ahead of Acorn whilst the men are also 6th but Pock and City of York are only 1 point in front so all to play for tonight.
It would be great to have a strong turnout tonight and in the team event both our sides could benefit from as many of us as possible lacing up our shoes and getting out for a 7.30 start. Hope to see you all there.
I can't finish without commenting on the recent results from elsewhere. Amanda, Andrew and Jackie all chalked up impressive mileage at the Endure 24 event at Bramham Park whilst Dee was churning out yet another marathon at the delightfully named Ship Inn Shuffle. Nice to see we have more ultra runners in our midst than we realised! Well done all.
With all that going on it would be easy to forget parkrun but we have a first place finish to shout about, well done Ian.
129th Dave Johnson 33.15
2nd Dom Carter 18.38
7th Jim Carter 19.37
14th Andy Heather 21.00
16th Alex Davis 21.27
17th Jon Davies 21.35
1st Ian Smithson 18.30
8th Patrick Hough 21.21
68th Jackie Mitchell 32.07
12th Jamie Butler 22.23
21st Rob Butler 24.04
131st Karen Travis 33.40
6th Simon Middleton 22.40
73rd Lucy Turner 40.13
326th Kev Armstrong 29.13