Who's going to win?
Who wins the league very much depends on who turns up at our final fixture of the season at Blackborough!
No one has secured any of the league titles yet!
Some of our colour-coded leagues are very close and some of the leading runners might even be at other events. Two events clash with this the final QOFL of the season, an urban race in Warminster and the Sunny Sussex weekend.
On the Blue course, Devon's Ben Chesters and Flurry Grierson are almost neck and neck behind current frontrunner Gavin Clegg, who they should overhaul, regardless of the fact Gavin will be in Warminster.
Bristol's Matthew Owen, Devon's James Jackson and QO's Richard Sansbury are still in the running and handily placed to take advantage of any no-shows or mispunches from Ben or Flurry.
Devon's Robin Carter is currently the series' leading woman and has an excellent chance of winning the handicap league over Flurry and Gavin.
Again on Green, two strong runners on their third scoring run are nicely poised to overhaul the current leader.
Last year's top two of Graham Hartley and to a lesser extent Devon's Tom Perry have a good chance of overtaking Jim Mallinson. Matt Carter, lying second in his debut season is the outsider. With third placed Tony Hext expected to be absent on the day, some in the chasing pack (including Ray Toomer) have a chance to "place". The achievement of finishing in a "podium place" on any Forest League course is always rewarded with a certificate.
Jim has a commanding lead in the handicap league over John Trayler but Devon OC's Alan Simpson and Chris Virgo still have a chance.
Leading the shortest of our most technical courses is comeback kid Chris Hasler. With a large league lead, he's in the frame to pick up the rather scary looking Short Green trophy. Much to Chris' own amusement, he just needs to amble around Blackborough without mispunching to have the possibly dubious honour of securing the mounted deer head, with its steel screwheads for eyes staring down at its new keeper for the next 12 months. Emma Wood has an outside chance should Chris slip up and others not turn up.
With Bristol OK's Guy Owen not expected to attend Blackborough (info supplied by his mum), the pacesetter Heather Green is the best placed of three to win Light Green. Heather is now on her sixth QOFL title having secured White, Yellow and Orange multiple times!
A note about the scoring system. Like Martin Lewis and Jenny Wood below her and many other competitors in our leagues, Heather can still add to her score if she has a decent run, despite already having registered the maximum of three scoring runs. That's because she would "drop" the points won from the weakest of her three runs so far.
Martin and Jenny still have a chance to win, while Mike Crockett should win the handicap league.
Though Andrew Page leads Orange, its odds on that one of Sam Shirvington, Adam Wood or Tate Modica could sneak ahead. Which one? It all depends who's on form on the day, it's that close! Add Karen Lewis's name to the mix on the handicap league. She currently leads from Andrew.
Hasler, the front runner on Yellow Hamish Braine-Clarke hasn't had much
competition but as he won't be at Blackborough it gives a chance to a clutch of other runners to win the league! Second placed Sue Toomer and her grandson Will as well as Devon's Ben Perry have a chance to steal ahead.
Jacob Shirvington was the emphatic winner at Ham Hill on White and the points haul that brought will probably never be beaten. It would take a similar haul from Ethan Ryles for Jacob to be overtaken now. Realistically, Ethan his sister Jemima and Freddie MacPherson are all competing for second place now.