Frostbite League Race #4
The snowy weather held off sufficiently long enough to give the 574 Frostbite competitors some magnificent running conditions that resulted in significant number of great performances at all levels for the BRJ squad.
The Elliott clan continue to produce record breaking performances and this time it was Paula’s turn as she attained “Ladies Champion” status for this venue, bettering the time set by Jackie Wren in 2012 by just over 1 minute.
Our overall results for this event were:-
JUNIORS - Achieved 12th place on the day with 507 Race Points (4 League Points). The Junior team remain in 9th overall with 25 League points, just 2 ahead of Ramsey Runners.
SENIORS – Achieved 7th place on the day with 989 Race Points (10 League Points). The Senior team are now 8th overall (down by 1 place since the last event) with 38 League points, just 1 point behind Fenland.
There were a total of 153 finishers with BRJ fielding 7 athletes. Lauren Elliott led the squad home for the fourth time this season with her immediate threat again coming from Oliver Elvin, who maintained his 100% record (alongside Lauren & Joe Pauffley) of scoring for the Junior team in all 4 events this season. Let us hope they can all prolong this impressive record at the next event at Bourne Woods. Jack Hallam & Joe Pauffley raced head-to-head from the starting gun, but the final dashes to the finish line saw Jack just get the upper hand (or should it be “foot”). Despite competing in the inaugural (& very muddy) Wimpole Parkrun 5k the day before, Paul Homewood Snr witnessed (& hopefully photographed) Paul Homewood Jnr achieve his first scoring position for the Junior team and also a venue PB. Clare Doss (& mum Patty) made a very welcomed return to the club running scene, and along with Adam Brown, made their debuts at this venue.
There were a total of 421 competitors in the senior event, with 48 BRJ finishers, the highest of the season so far. It would be great if we could maintain this commitment to the next event on 3rd February at Bourne Woods. Darren Preston took a break from Ironman Zurich training to compete in his first Frostbite event of this season. Next home was Roger Holliday who bettered his 2012 result by some 3 minutes. Ryan Woolf had another superb Frostbite finishing marginally ahead of Chris Schmidt, who achieved a scoring position for the first time. As with Race # 3, the remaining scoring positions were closely contested by Stuart Hill, Gilles Corby & John Wright. The guys all secured venue PBs in the process.
For our ladies, Paula Elliott led home the team and finished as the new ladies champion over the Whitemoor Prison course. Next home, and following her husband’s example in securing her first team scoring position, was Claire Schmidt. Sarah Louise Hall, using the event as a stamina building session for the London Marathon, took the last ladies scoring place in a PB time, her third of this season.
Two of the BRJ “Occasionals”, John Batchelor & David Smith, had particularly good runs. Robert Limb, in his debut Frostbite, was regretting (slightly) that he had run the Senior Men’s 10K event in the Cambs Cross Country the week before, but spurred on by a tussle between Simon Lumley, Steve Dockerill & myself, managed to out sprint us to the finish line (mind you he is about 20 years younger than us). Newcomer Cheryl Bennett, accompanied around the course by follow Frostbite “Virgin” Andy Down, totally confused all of the spectators by running in a BRJ vest emblazoned with the name “Sarah”.
Thanks to the numerous spectators and to John O’Callaghan for again performing the BRJ Frostbite Team Manager’s role and to Mike Gullis for compiling the results.