Frostbite Friendly League Race #3
The wet weather over the preceding weeks meant that parts of the usual course around the main lake were flooded and so the “alternative” (Dry!) course had to be utilised.Despite some concerns that our Christmas Party the previous evening would significantly reduce our attendance, the BRJ members showed the Dunkirk spirit, and attended in great numbers, although some individuals had to limit themselves to spectating. The muddy conditions produced great performances from both teams, with a significant number running in this Hunts AC hosted event for the first time. Lauren Elliott’s performance makes her Junior Girls Champion for this venue.
Our overall results for this event were:-
JUNIORS - Achieved 8th place on the day with 372 Race Points (8 League Points). The Junior team have improved by 1 place in each of the last 2 Frostbite events. The Junior team remain in 9th overall with 21 League points.
SENIORS – Achieved 6th place on the day with 1164 Race Points (11 League Points). This is also this seasons best finish position for the senior team, having finished in 7th and 10th in the previous 2 events. The senior team are now 7th overall (up by 1 place since the last event) with 28 League points.
There were a total of 130 finishers with BRJ fielding 9 athletes over this very slippery and twisty course. The overall winner of the Junior event for Hunts AC (James Barkshire) was a former BRJ Junior member that represented the BRJ at 3 Junior Frostbite events. As for our team, for the third time this season, Lauren Elliott led the squad home in a PB time and as previously mentioned is now the Girls Champion for this venue.
Our first boy home for the second time in 2012, was Noah Bradford, his debut over the Hinchingbrooke Park course. Oliver Elvin was next home and he maintains his 100% record of scoring for the team in all events in 2012.
Charlotte Orugboh made the scoring team for the first time, just out sprinting Joe Pauffley & Jack Hallam over the closing stages of the race. All 3 were making their debuts at this venue.
There were a total of 373 competitors in the senior event, with 46 BRJ finishers, a significant increase from the Bushfield event when we had just 28 runners. As with Lauren in the junior event, Roger Holliday led home the Senior squad for the third time this season, with a PB time for this venue. Ryan Wolf made up significant ground in the second half of the race to overhaul Stuart Hill and then Gilles Corby to record his best ever team position.
For our ladies, Paula Elliott led home the team, but came up against severe pressure in the last 200 metres from new member Andrea Robinette in her debut club run. The third ladies scoring spot was secured by Louise Neal-Hopes, finishing a shade ahead of another new member, Frankie Lasman.
In the battle for the 4 remaining scoring positions, Stuart Hill again had a solid run to hold off Frank Holmes, whilst John Wright equally managed to hold off the challenge of Gareth Holsgrove who took the 10th & final scoring place.
Thanks on behalf of the team to John O’Callaghan for performing the BRJ Frostbite Team Manager’s role and in a festive attire.