PETER Dry reckoned he cracked a rib last time he ran in the Hammersmith Riverside Run series because his fellow runners were telling him so many jokes before the gun.
It couldn't have been much of a handicap - because the veteran runner remained straight-faced as he
passed nine other runners to win the latest edition by 28 seconds last week.
Dave Cox was given the highest percentage score for age-related performance - 91 - after the 55-year-old Woodford Green AC runner recorded the fastest time of the day to finish fourth, starting
from scratch. Alistair Jackson won no prizes, but the 66-year-old is on race number 95 now - and travels from the Vale of Evesham to make sure he remains on target to record a ton before the year's out. Results: 3.3miles handicap (actual times only): 1 P Dry 23mins 9secs; 2 T Everitt 27.46; 3 P Taylor 25.37; 4 D Cox 18.00; 5 S Edward 22.19; 6 R Willmot 23.19; 7 M Harrison 25.22; 8 A Jackson 29.20; 9 S Dillon 23.21; 10 P Udell 26.40; 11 F Carpenter 30.41; 12 B Howell 29.29; 13 D Smith 34.19; 14 F Thomason 38.07.