After a fairly quiet month it was back with a bang for the Grand Prix with many bagging additional points by taking advantage of this being a new course and quite a few have taken advantage of the holiday period to play a joker by scanning the calendar for something obscure.
Dave Norman has taken the lead with a bit of crafty joker playing, using his first back for the club at Race the Train to claim maximum points, and currently sits of 524 but is there to be shot at having used all 8 races and having very little left where points can be gained. Mark Homer sits handily in 2nd place on 503 points and Graham Wildgoose is 3rd on 496, both have run more than 8 and have played jokers to the maximum so it could be a case of shaving a few points off here and there and there could be plenty of leap frogging to the finish. Simon Hughes is in 4th overall on 477, Matt Biggs is making a charge for the Senior men’s prize on 413 after playing a joker and the seldom seen James Wright is next on 385.
It’s nip and tuck in the ladies race with Sally McConville top of the pile on 509 points after a course PB at Wolves, Helen Tromans is sitting in 2nd on 455 but both have used up all 8 races and played jokers, again this could go down to single figures. Tracy Alderson is in 3rd place on 373 and Sarah Cox is 4th on 247, just ahead of Lynn Sprague on 245.
We are running out of races between now and the final event of the series, the Birmingham Half, but there are enough there to pick up enough points to change the complexion of the whole Grand Prix. There are still some jokers to be played but these will need to be claimed before the final race.
I’ll be going quiet now, I don’t want to spoil the surprise before Presentation Night on Friday 25th November.