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Perch 2015 - Announcement

There will be no Perch event in the winter of 2015 due to the drop in support in recent years. We are considering holding it in the summer, or maybe at another location in the future. Any decision will be notified here, as well as being advertised more generally. Apologies to anyone who may be disappointed by our decision.


Perch 2014 - Race Results


Perch 2013 - Race Results


Perch 2012 - Race Results


Perch 2011 - Race Results

Oddballs did well to find an alternative to the Downs.

It is a great shame that Epsom Oddballs were not allowed to hold the Perch over the Downs again. I find it bizarre that the Conservators reached this decision, especially given what else is permitted on the Downs, the small "footprint" of running, and the start time being after racehorses typically exercise. Who are the Conservators and how are they selected?

The Epsom Oddballs deserve considerable credit for arranging this alternative - it must have been tempting just to moan and sulk.

The main plus points of the race itself were a scenic course for inside the M25; plenty of good marshals; a tech t-shirt (I do not need yet another cotton one!); distance markers every K (we were only promised "sporadic").

My main negative is that the first K was very congested (even by usual standards), including coming to a stop when the course narrowed after about 300m. This was with about 300 entrants; it would have been much worse if the limit of 500 had entered. I wonder whether going round in the opposite direction would have solved this. A niggle is that my number and chip did not arrive in the post before the event despite a closing date a week in advance - and I was clearly far from unique in this. Not sure whether this is the fault of Sports Systems or the Oddballs.

The course was more cross-country than multi-terrain and seriously muddy in quite a few places. Reasonable people can differ on whether this is a good or bad thing (for me it was a negative). Perhaps the info on the runners world website could have reflected this better.

So a mixed bag for me, but again the Oddballs need great praise for how they reacted to the unfortunate (to be polite) banning from the Downs.

Report from Runners World.

Results compiled by Sport Systems.

Photos of the event are available from Sussex Sport Photography

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Perch 2010 - Race Results

The Perch XI saw a return to the cold, clear, fresh conditions we’ve come to know and love. Various reports from industrious runners during the week saw the course starting the week very sloppy and sticky but gradually drying out as the week went on. A couple of nights of hard frost finished the job and hardened all the most resilient spots.

As the sun came up the race committee descended upon Epsom Downs and the weighing room to sort out stakes and tape and headed out to prepare the course. The area was a hive of activity. It was great to see so many of the club turn up to help out with marshalling duties. Entries had been flooding in thick and fast. An extra 11 were taken on the day taking the number of finishers to 642 with one retiree.

The race was started by Epsom Allsort Judy Davies honouring the memory of her much missed husband David Davies and then joined in the race finishing in a very respectable time.

Congratulations go to Eddie O’Gorman from Chiltern AC first past the post in 34.21, with Nick Shasha, Torq Fitness second (34.55) and Neil Smith from East Grinstead Triathlon third (35.53). Returning to defend his title, Epsom Oddball Vince van Woerkom (36.19) could only manage fourth place despite attaining a PB for the course.

In the ladies race, Meera Siva, Reigate AC successfully defended her title with another great performance finishing in 42.32. Local favourite Phyllis Flynn, Stragglers AC come home in second place in 43.24 and third lady was Phillipa May, Farnham Tri Club with 44 mins dead.

Neil Smith’s performance helped his club, East Grinstead Triathlon Club to the team trophy.

My thanks go to Sport systems, www.sportsystems.co.uk for providing race admin support and finish area support and to local running shop Run to Live www.runtolive.co.uk for providing sponsorship and prizes. Many thanks also go to the great team of Graeme, Steve and Martin, for all their help, all the marshals who turned up on the day in freezing conditions to assist the race and the competitors themselves. Well done to all and hope to see you again next year.

Alan Burrows, Race Director.

Results compiled by Sport Systems.

Photos of the event are available from Sussex Sport Photography

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Perch 2009 - Race Results

This was my second year as Race Director and what a wet one! The 10th running of the Perch saw a wet and very muddy course. We raised the entry limit to 800 for the first time and ended up with 595 runners (1 DNF as she broke her ankle).

Sports Systems were employed again to process entries and to deal with the finishing results.  For the first time in the history of the Perch the race was won twice in a row. Well done to Vince van Woerkom, who finished in a time of 37.31, which was a cracking time considering the conditions of the course.  Just 24 seconds split first and second, seeing Belgrave Harriers’ Michael Webb coming home in 37.55.   First female this year was Meera Siva of Reigate Priory, romping home in 42.08, 1 minute and 1 second ahead of Vicky Foad of Sutton Runners in second place.  Team honours this year went to Dorking and Mole Valley AC, taking the men’s crown and Runnymede Runners the ladies.

A huge thank you goes to Graeme Brown for doing so much to make my role a whole lot easier through the last six months and managing the finishing line. My thanks also go to Steve Howson for yet again sorting out the shirts.  A special thank you to Martin Day for stepping up and taking on Gareth Pemberton’s role of organising the course and marshals. Martin was also thanked as was everyone else involved in helping the lady who broke her ankle.  Flowers were sent to her from the club.  She has since popped into the running shop for a cup of tea and a chat and is making a good recovery.  I would also like to thank everyone who gave up their time to volunteer their services throughout the many jobs on the day.  Without you all, the race would not be able to go ahead year on year.  I apologise if I have been unable to contact you in person to pass on my thanks.

If anyone would like to become more involved in the organisation of the Perch then please do not hesitate to contact myself or anyone on the committee.

Any suggestions or comments about the Perch, be they good or bad, please let us know.

Alan Burrows, Race Director.

Results compiled by Sport Systems. The following results are available on their website in PDF format, and can be downloaded if required.

Photos of the event are available from Sussex Sport Photography

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Perch 2008 - Race Results

A plea in the newsletter this time last year saw me volunteer to take over from the marvellous Graeme Brown as race director. The 9th running of the Perch saw a new direction regarding the processing of race entries and the results recording provided by Sports Systems.

Early 2008 was a vast contrast to the previous year. Much more settled weather meant no need for a lumberjack this year and near perfect conditions underfoot! For the 5th year in a row, the weather was cold, dry and sunny. You would think that we would have to pay a fortune for the glorious weather we seem to get year on year.

A slow trickle of entries leading up to the race had us all on the edge of our seats. Fortunately, the last couple of weeks saw Sports Systems processing massive amounts meaning again we were sold out before race day. Although slightly down on the total number of runners for the previous year, we still ended up with 561 finishers. Again, an Oddball took the honours, Vincent Van Woerkom finishing in a time of 36.44. Congratulations to him. Just 17 seconds split first and second, seeing Tadworth’s David Freeman coming home in 37.02. First female this year was Mira Salmi, romping home in 41.43, 3 minutes and 5 seconds ahead of Louisa Seymour in second place. Team honours were split this year with the Oddballs taking the mens crown and Sutton Runners the ladies.

A huge thank you goes to Gareth Pemberton and Graeme Brown for acting as chief sages through the last six months and being there throughout the whole process and making the organisation so easy for me.

My thanks also go to Steve Howson for yet again sorting out the shirts, particularly dealing with the numerous last minute revisions with patience.

I would also like to thank everyone who gave up their time to volunteer their services throughout the many jobs on the day. Without you all, the race would not be able to go ahead year on year. I apologise if I have been unable to contact you in person to pass on my thanks.

Any suggestions or comments about the Perch, be they good or bad, please let us know.

Alan Burrows, Race Director.

This year, the results were compiled by Sport Systems. The following results are available on their website in PDF format, and can be downloaded if required.

Photos of the event are available from Graham Russell Photography

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Perch 2007 - Race Report

Thank you for taking part in our eighth 2000 Perch Race.

Considering the recent weather the Perch course was in good condition. On Friday it was discovered that two trees on Motts Hill were completely blocking the path and road. By Saturday midday we had sawn down the problem! Also on Saturday our H.Q., the Queen's Stand, had a major flood in their basement. All electricity had to be switched off for at least a few days to let things dry out. So on Sunday morning extension leads were run from the other grandstand to give us power.
After our setbacks the show must go on. So a big thank you to the 598 of you who took part.

Our winner for 2007 was the winner from 2005, James McMullan of Epsom Oddballs R.C., in a time of 34.39, followed by Scott Antony from Striders of Croydon in 35.38, and in third place Robert Wilson from Ealing, Southall & Middlesex in 36.08.
In the Ladies race our winner for 2007 was the winner from 2004, Emily Nelson of Epsom & Harriers, in a new course record for women of 38.20, beating her old course record by 4 seconds, followed by Phyllis Flynn from The Stragglers in 42.23, and in third place Vicki Webb from Thames Hare & Hounds in 42.51.
The Men's team prize and also the Ladies' team prize went to Epsom & Ewell Harriers.

A big thank you to our sponsors:
John Steward Accountancy 0207 403 1505
Toprunner, www.toprunner.co.uk
Runfrance, www.runfrance.com
Gerald Cooper Photography, www.hamptonhillstudios.co.uk
Photographs of runners can be purchased by going to the Cooper website.

If you have any thoughts on the race we always welcome feedback, good or bad.
You can contact me by e-mail on: graemebrown53@msn.com

We look forward in seeing you all at the 2008 Perch Race.

GRAEME BROWN (RACE DIRECTOR)

Race Results


Perch 2006 - Race Report

Thank you for taking part in our Seventh '2000' Perch Race.

I must class this January morning as a Beautiful Day or a Perfect Day,for the weather over this wonderful setting must be our best we have ever seen in the 7 years we have run this race.
The ground and air conditions were perfect for running over the scenic Epsom Downs/Walton Downs area.
Yet again a record number of entries for the Perch were taken with 625 runners finishing the undulating course.Our apologies to runners who were unable to take part after the closing date.

In the men's race we had a new winner this year,Steve Ablitt from the AFD club in a time of 33.58 which was only 1 second slower than last year's winner.
In second place was Ian Durrant from Guildford & Godalming A.C. in a time of 36.07 closely followed by Gareth Watkins in a time of 36.13.
In the women's race we had also a new winner this year,Claire Adams (unattached) in a time of 43.10 closely followed by Viv Mitchell from South London Harriers for 2nd place in a time of 43.34,with third place the same position as last year to Sandra Blenkinsop from the Stragglers in a time of 43.47.
The Men's team prize went again for the second year in a row to the Epsom Oddballs R.C., the scorer's being Vincent Van Woerkom position (5),Peter Drummond (15),Paul Ralton (17).

A thanks to the sponsors being John Steward Accountancy,Toprunner and Sweatshop.

If you have any thoughts on the race we always welcome feedback good or bad to improve our next Perch Race.
You can contact me by e-mail on:graemebrown53@msn.com

I look forward in seeing you all at the 2007 Perch Race.

GRAEME BROWN (RACE DIRECTOR)

Race Results


Perch 2005 - Race Results


Perch 2004 - Race Report

Nice day for a run!
Thank you for taking part in our fifth 2000 Perch race.
We were very lucky with the weather and I think it would be difficult to get a better day to run. Considering all the rain we had in the week, I think the course held up very well. Yes, there was a bit of mud, but for a January Sunday it could have been totally different.
We had a total of 426 finishers on the day, including a new course record for the ladies.

Congratulations go to Emily Nelson from Epsom and Ewell Harriers on her new record time of 38.24, beating the old record by an amazing 2 minutes 49 seconds.

Congratulations also go to Barry Broe from Epsom and Ewell Harriers for being first man home in a time of 35.30.
In the team competition we had a repeat of last year's result, Epsom and Ewell Harriers winning the Men's prize and the Stragglers the ladies. A full list of results and prize winners is attached. Well done to you all!

If you have any thoughts on the race, we always welcome feedback, good or bad, to improve our next Perch Race.You can contact me by email on: e.brown70@ntlworld.com. I look forward to seeing you all next year.

Graeme Brown
Hon. Secretary Epsom Oddballs

Race Results

Pictures

A small number of pictures from the day. These were provided as part of 'Yorkie's' race report.
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Perch 2003 results