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   The Parris Handicap 2014

The monthly handicap race          invented to input the entries     Left to right: Clem Leon, Martin
series of 5km handicap races,      and calculate the handicaps       Longstaff, President Dick Griffin,
which take place every month       for each runner is a task that    and Mike Simms
between April and September,       would be beyond Bill Gates. I
started in 1993. It was renamed    think that the reason the race    The event generated over
in 1998 after Roy Parris who       is held once a month is to allow  £500.00 profit and all the
sadly died after an heroic fight   the organizer 4 weeks to get      proceeds were donated to The
against cancer. This event is an   the various computer entries      House and Social Committee to
apt tribute to Roy. Full details   inputted to calculate the next    be used for the benefit of us all.
of Roy’s story can be read in      month’s handicaps! It was also    One of the big highlights of
the Summer 2007 gazette.           a devious plot by Rob, as he      the 2014 event was the BBQ
James Ingram won the very          now has to visit my home at       that Deniz Mehmet and
first race in a time of 18:45 and  least once a month to help me     Gareth Griffin arranged for
Graham Fee was the overall         with the calculations knowing     every Wednesday night of The
winner for that year.              that whilst here my wife will     Parris Handicap. These BBQs
                                   lavish cake and coffee on him!    proved to be enormously
It is a testament to the success   The April race was won by         successful and attracted not
of this race that in 1993 the      Angus Harrington followed         only the runners but also non-
maximum number of runners          over the next 5 months by wins    runners and guests alike. They
in any race was 19 whilst 34       for Stuart Cullum, Melody         have already indicated that they
different runners took part in     Kane, Jessica Jones, James        will run these events again this
the series. We now regularly       Neylon and Andrew Pino. The       year so many thanks as not
have over 30 runners turning       fastest man over the course       only is the catering first class
out and 62 different runners       was Peter Tucker in a time        but our bar profits increase
made at least one appearance       of 16:48 and the fastest lady     considerably on these nights!
during the 2014 series. In April   was Melody Kane in 19:33.         These events could not take
2014 the race attracted 41         The course record remains at      place without volunteers so
runners.                           15:13, which was set by Barry     many thanks to our Time
                                   Stephenson in June 2004.          Keepers Mike and Terri,
After organizing this event for    At the end of a great             Recorders Steve Hollingdale,
10 years Rob Brown decided         series of events the overall      Denise King and Peter Lovell
he would like to return to         winner for 2014 was Martin        and of course my wonderful
running and therefore looked       Longstaff who had improved        wife Sheila who takes the
for a volunteer to take over       considerably during the season,   entries and helps calculate
running the event. Not             so very well done. Second         the winners at the end of the
knowing that our lives were        was Mike Simms with Clem          evening.
going to be turned upside          Leon in third place. A special    The first race of the 2015
down (with my being made           mention must go to young          series will be on Wednesday
President) Sheila and I took up    Scott Bulmer who after the        15th April at 7.15pm.
the gauntlet and agreed to run     July event was leading overall
the event for the 2014 series.     but an injury meant he could                         Richard Griffin
                                   only jog the last 2 events and
The actual organizing of the       even then he finished in a very
race is quite a simple task but    creditable fourth overall.
understanding the computer
programme that Rob has
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