Finchley 20

Date: 17th Mar 2013
Distance: 20 miles
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Type: Road
Comments: It was a short, early morning trip along the M40 (through the driving sleet) to take part in this well-organised event; celebrating its 80th anniversary (it was first run in 1933). The Metropolitan Police had been employed to organise the temporary road closure for the start and to marshal the junctions and one road crossing. The sense of historical occasion was increased by their use of a 1979 (T reg) Rover SD1 squad car (straight out of The Sweeney), which had been pressed back into active service. Conditions in Hillingdon were cool and calm, but with showers later and therefore wet under foot. The race entry limit of 700 had, as usual, been reached sometime before race day; however the weather clearly deterred many entrants, with only just over 500 finishers. This well-established race is run over four undulating five mile mostly-urban laps, and is scheduled ideally in advance of the London Marathon five weeks later. The field was mainly from London-based clubs, but the decent prize money on offer had attracted high-class athletes from around the country. The winner, Ben Fish, had travelled from Blackburn specifically to compete in this race. His winning time was an impressive 1hr44mins. This event is highly recommended as a pre-spring marathon training race. Good showers and post-race tea & cakes in the clubhouse. Returning to snow-covered Oxford, made us realise how lucky we had been with the weather, only forty miles away to the south-east.
1WinnerBen FishBlackburn Harriers1:44:09
30First LadyShona McintoshDulwich Runners2:06:08
228Geoff BurkeHRR2:45:20
303Frank BaileyHRR2:55:41
363Catriona ScottHRR3:05:17
502Last finisher4:40:54
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