It's a Steeple People!

The concept of the BRJ Steeplechase came from Chairman, David Newton who wanted to create a fun event for the autumn calendar with great training value for all members. Registration opened at 9.30am near the Chinese Bridge in Godmanchester and also marked the start and finish. The first groups started at 9.45am and the event closed at 3.00pm and over 30 members took part. Seven courses were available, ranging from running and walking 7.5km and visiting three steeples or towers, to 30km visiting 10. Cycle routes ranged between 7.5km for the three steeples and towers to 37km visiting all 12. The route choice and order in which the churches were visited was entirely up to the runners and cyclists.

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It was interesting to hear some of the friendly banter that took place afterwards when people were discussing optimum routes and even a slightly mischievous account of one runner being directed to the wrong church! One participant even had a brief history lesson from a local with regard to the missing steeple on the Church of St James at Hemingford Grey.

 

Participants were required to take a ‘selfie’ at each location and share these with everyone on their return. This was an additional, unanticipated, element of surprise and fun with some really great and original snaps.

 

Runners, walkers and cyclists all enjoyed the event and are looking forward to another in 2016! Perhaps encompassing steeples to the north of Huntingdon to include the Stukeleys, Alconbury, Upton, Buckworth and even as far as the Oundle and Peterborough for our cyclists who enjoy a longer challenge.

 

For several runners who took part, it was their longest run ever making it a brilliant personal achievement. All participants received a certificate for their achievement to add to their memorable selfies!

On behalf of David Newton, a very big thank you to the Loosley family and Nick Watts who supported the Club refreshment needs throughout and managed to raise over £70 for the club charity. This was a wonderful additional bonus and thanks to everyone who contributed. Hot dogs might be on the menu next year!


STEEPLECHASE RESULTS


Running Route 1 - 7.5km+ (shortest possible route)

Names

Time

Remarks

Gilles Corby

0:37:00

 

Kat Heath and Oscar Newson

1:42:10

Oscar’s longest run/walk/scooter event

Gary Spackman, Ros, Dave, Pauline

2:21:00

Family group - walkers

 

Running Route 2 - 11km+ (shortest possible route)

Names

Time

Remarks

Chloé Loosley and Paul Loosley

1:21:10

Chloé’s first run over 10km – well done

Sarah Hall and Cameron Smith        

1:33:00

Cameron’s longest event to date!

Mike Gullis

1:34:05

 

Jackie Wren, Martin Wren, Deborah Rostant, Nicola Webber and Gary Henson

1:34:30

 

 

Running Route 3 - 17km+ (shortest possible route)

Names

Time

Remarks

Paul Mitton and Ian Wilson

1:50:50

 

Annette Newton and Adam Newton

2:04:35

Adam’s longest event – well done

Sue Ray and Sarah Watts

2:05:00

 

Simon Lumley and Michelle Caspersz

2:10:30

 

 

Cycling Route 1 - 7.5km + (shortest possible route)

Names

Time

Remarks

David Ward, Ethan Ward and Amelie Ward

1:36:00

Family group

 

Cycling Route 2 - 17km+ (shortest possible route)

Names

Time

Remarks

Phil Pearsons

1:21:45

 

 

Cycling Route - 37km + (shortest possible route)

Names

Time

Remarks

Andy Ellams

3:16:00

 

Frankie Lasman, Paul Ryan, Rachel Real, Caroline Smurthwaite and Gillian Peck

4:09:30

 

 
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