1/10/12 - I would like to offer you all a warm welcome to the 2012-13 Barnet & District Mens Winter Points Trophy!
Forget the 2012 London Olympics, forget the historic 2012 Tour de France, pay no attention whatsoever to the start of the new premiership football season. This is it. This is the big one. The new, digitally re-mastered version of the B&D Mens Winter Points Trophy!
You are the privileged few who are invited to compete for the coveted trophy, awarded at the end of the season to the brave soul who fights relentlessly all winter against the hills, mud, cold and Pete Ellis’ terrible company and survives, finding himself at the top of the pile of Barnet’s finest athletes.
The new format awards a point to all finishers in all scoring races except in the Chingford league, where the first 6 finishers will be given 2 points and all other runners the usual single point. This is to allow some of the faster athletes a chance to make up an extra point against those athletes who race week in week out all season.
Chingford league, met league and championship races open to all senior athletes are now included as scoring races. In addition to this, a selection of county champs and other road races of significance to the club’s history make up the list of scoring races (full list attached).
Last year Richard McCormick won the trophy (groan, boo etc. etc.) but as a man loyal first and foremost to the Chingford league I feel he may struggle to make that extra point count against the most committed of racers. However he has worked his magic and knocked his creaking bones back into fantastic shape, as evidenced by his fastest leg at the recent SEAA road relays. So it’s game on for now.
The action so far
Without an opening ceremony in sight the competition got under way on 9th September at the Herts 5k road champs with a small selection of athletes chalking up the first few points.
John Clarke, Yitzhak and Paul Carter (a man famous for ability to drink beetroot juice by the gallon in the pursuit of that elusive pb) are currently topping the leader board with 3 points each after the first 5 races. But with Ben Boxer and Alex Emmanuel, two of the latest juniors to make the jump up to the senior ranks sat close behind with 2 points apiece I suspect things may not stay this way for long. Costa has been keeping a low profile of late but has got his campaign well underway with a promising start, and big Jon Kilsby is starting to make those months of injury free training start to count. Joe Gomes and John Fuller have clearly got a plan, which they are sticking to and so far it seems to be working nicely. The likes of Chris Violet, David Sheridan, Rob Scott & Kerry have all thrown their hats into the ring too.
However the racing really gets underway at the start of the Chingford league this Tuesday at Hog Hill. This is followed up soon after with fixtures at Trent Park and the first of the Met league races at Claybury.
Last year numbers were up on previous years, results in both league and championship races were promising and the general atmosphere seemed to be in a very healthy state. Let’s continue to build on this. We need as many athletes as possible out for all races and if we are to return to winning ways in the Chingford league we will need all hands on deck.
We are also targeting promotion to the division above where we currently stand in the Met league and solid results at all five of the fixtures should achieve this. Anyone who is undecided WE NEED YOU TO RACE! Please if you are healthy and any small part of you wants to race, dust the racers off and get yourself to the start line as every finisher will help us to build on last year’s results.
I hope to see as many of you as possible very soon,
Updated table here