Handicap finale is impossible to call

The Wednesday Night Running Club holds its third and final handicap race on Wednesday, and from the results of the first two runs, virtually anyone can still win it.

The 5K race is from the old World Gym on Lawrence Boulevard, opposite the Harquail Theatre, from 6:15 p.m., and entry is free.

In race two, the first 17 finishers were all ahead of their handicap, meaning they ran faster than predicted.

Everyone who had completed the first race was faster in the second race, on average by more than a minute.

“Marcelo Silveira had a storming run, was flat-out all the way round and finished first and now has a great chance in the final race to be champion, as do lots of others,” said club founder and organizer Tony Watts.

The handicap system was devised by Watts and fellow triathlete Justin Plenkiewicz, who were in the Cayman Islands Triathlon on Sunday. Marco Gaspar was handicap champion last year and although in fifth place, could still retain it.

Jo Bond and Shonari Gow are at the top of the standings. Anyone who has already run two races can still enter the last race and replace their highest score, even if it’s only by a point, Watts added, because that could be enough under the handicap system to secure overall victory.

John van Vlack is third and Silveira is in fourth place. Evelin Ritch, a past champion, is nicely poised in sixth place, and just behind her are Marco Miranda, Chris Sutton and Ronan O’Keefe.

Watts said that if someone has only managed one race so far, there are still chances to win the Jim Kelly Trophy. “It is all getting very exciting, I can’t wait for race three,” he said. “Even if you haven’t managed to get to either race one or two, it is a lot of fun and a good way to have a 5K blow-out, or start or finish your long run, so come along anyway.”