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BRJ show strong start at Frostbite league

BRJ Run and Tri members came out in force for the first in the series of races in the Frostbite Friendly League series held at Priory Park St Neots. 
 
BRJ Juniors continued to show excellent form taking second place to their local Rivals Hunts AC. Keelan Duffy led the juniors home in 11th place overall while Ellie Loosely ran strongly and was the second girl home. As the results are based on the first 5 finishers of each club BRJ Juniors showed the strength and depth in securing a great result. 
 
David Hudson took second place in the senior race with Ed Crothall not far behind in twelfth place. Shelley Duffy was the first lady home for BRJ.  The team rankings are based on the first ten runners from each club, of whom a minimum of three must be women.  BRJ finished 8th overall, a good start to the Frostbite season and one that anticipates improvement.

Frostbite Finale

Sunday saw the last in this seasons Frostbite Friendly League race hosted by us at Hinchingbrooke School. As usual the junior race started things off with an excellent turn out and some of the junior sporting painted faces, BRJ go faster stripes all except Oliver Wood who in his last Frostbite as a junior had what looked like a tiger face. The stripes worked for the junior too, as they ran well and came fifth on the day and finished and excellent fifth overall for the season. Well done!

Not to be out done by the youngster the BRJ seniors also ran excellent races and finished 5th on the day and a fantastic 6th overall, which is the best final place for a few years. Adrian Beer (16th) was the first BRJ senior home and Mairi Thelwall (143rd) the first BRJ female home.

For the Juniors Oliver Wood (9th) was the first BRJ runner home with Emily Wake-Primett (24th) the first girl.

As I am sure many of you know after a period of 4 years, Mike has decided to step down as the Club's Frostbite Co-ordinator at the end of this season. Thanks to Mike for all his hard work in all things Frostbite.

Photo by Joanna Gallimore and shows “Oliver Wood looking all Tigerish as he leads the BRJ juniors to a 5th place finish in his last Frostbite as a junior”

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Running in the Mud (Frostbite 3)

Sunday was round three of the annual Frostbite friendly league held at Hinchingbrooke Country Park with Hunts AC as the hosts. It was a fantastic turnout by BRJ’ers both juniors and seniors. The seniors had an amazing 63 runners which must be close to a record turnout for us. The juniors chipped in with 24 runners.

Via Facebook club captain Alan said “Great turnout today by both the juniors and seniors at the Hinchingbrooke frostbite great cross country course with plenty of mud really enjoyed it. Thanks to Hunts AC for organising and well done BRJ.” which says it all really.

First BRJ seniors home were Adrian Beer for the men (32:10, 22nd place) and Rachel Real for the women (39:24, 191). Oliver Wood (10:23, 11th place) was the first boy home for the juniors and Emily Wake-Primett for the girls (11:09, 31st)

Overall the juniors were 5th on the day and the seniors 9th.

In the league the juniors are now 5th overall and the seniors are 7th overall.

 

Photo is of Colin West running through the mud and was taken by Keith Douglas

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Both seniors and juniors start well in the Frostbite League

We are now two races into the frostbite season with the next race at Hinchingbrooke Park and staged by the Hunts AC club on the 14th December.

Last year BRJ Seniors finished in 12th place overall and the juniors in their first year as a formalised club saw them achieve a fantastic 4th place just missing out on the podium finish. So far this year the juniors are in 5th overall (a better start that this point last year) and the seniors are up in 8th place after the first two races which is a fantastic improvement.

For those that don’t know, the Frostbite League is a friendly inter club competition that runs over the winter months, hence the name. It doesn’t have to be frosty on the day, but this is the East of England so it often is. There are series of six closed running races for both seniors and juniors. 16 teams from around the Peterborough area have teams competing in the six races.

The remaining four race for this season are below:
Event #3 – 14th December 2014 (Hinchingbrooke Park)
Event #4 – 11th January 2015 (Whitemoor Prison, March)
Event #5 – 1st February 2015 (Bourne Woods, Bourne)
Event #6 – 2nd March 2015 (Hinchingbrooke School)

The senior races are between 5 and 6 miles and the junior races are around 1.5 miles. The terrain varies from race to race and may be anything from a wet and muddy cross-country to road-running through a town centre. The races are usually very well attended and each race regularly attracts over 250 runners.

Each club may enter as many runners as they want into each of the races. Scoring is based on the finish position of each team's first 10 runners - for senior teams 3 of which must be male and 3 must be female. For junior teams the first 5 runners to score, 1 of which must be male and 1 must be a female. For both juniors and seniors the remaining qualifying places may be male or female. Trophies are awarded to the winning, 2nd and 3rd place teams at the end of the series.

 

Some BRJ Specific stats for you

 

The BRJ club is one of the founding clubs and has hosted a race since 1989/90 season with this year’s race being the final race in March

BRJ Senior best position was 4th in both the 1996/97 & 1997/98  seasons

BRJ Junior best position was 2nd in 1989/90 season

The most successful League runner is Pete Galpin (BRJ) who has won 36 Frostbite races overall

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Both seniors and juniors start well in the Frostbite League

We are now two races into the frostbite season with the next race at Hinchingbrooke Park and staged by the Hunts AC club on the 14th December.

Last year BRJ Seniors finished in 12th place overall and the juniors in their first year as a formalised club saw them achieve a fantastic 4th place just missing out on the podium finish. So far this year the juniors are in 5th overall (a better start that this point last year) and the seniors are up in 8th place after the first two races which is a fantastic improvement.

For those that don’t know, the Frostbite League is a friendly inter club competition that runs over the winter months, hence the name. It doesn’t have to be frosty on the day, but this is the East of England so it often is. There are series of six closed running races for both seniors and juniors. 16 teams from around the Peterborough area have teams competing in the six races.

The remaining four race for this season are below:
Event #3 – 14th December 2014 (Hinchingbrooke Park)
Event #4 – 11th January 2015 (Whitemoor Prison, March)
Event #5 – 1st February 2015 (Bourne Woods, Bourne)
Event #6 – 2nd March 2015 (Hinchingbrooke School)

The senior races are between 5 and 6 miles and the junior races are around 1.5 miles. The terrain varies from race to race and may be anything from a wet and muddy cross-country to road-running through a town centre. The races are usually very well attended and each race regularly attracts over 250 runners.

Each club may enter as many runners as they want into each of the races. Scoring is based on the finish position of each team's first 10 runners - for senior teams 3 of which must be male and 3 must be female. For junior teams the first 5 runners to score, 1 of which must be male and 1 must be a female. For both juniors and seniors the remaining qualifying places may be male or female. Trophies are awarded to the winning, 2nd and 3rd place teams at the end of the series.

 

Some BRJ Specific stats for you

 

The BRJ club is one of the founding clubs and has hosted a race since 1989/90 season with this year’s race being the final race in March

BRJ Senior best position was 4th in both the 1996/97 & 1997/98  seasons

BRJ Junior best position was 2nd in 1989/90 season

The most successful League runner is Pete Galpin (BRJ) who has won 36 Frostbite races overall

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Juniors go really well at Frostbite #3

The Juniors were on fire at the 3rd Frostbite of the season - possibly because they hadnt been drinking and dancing the night away the previous night at the BRJ Anniversary Ball. Juniors finished 4th position overall. 


FROSTBITE FRIENDLY LEAGUE 2013 / 2014

HINCHINGBROOKE COUNTRY PARK (HOSTED BY HUNTS AC)

RACE #3 -  8th DECEMBER 2013

 

SUMMARY

There were a great number of similarities with event #2 as the Hinchingbrooke Park course was bathed in sunshine, we equalled the highest ever turnout of BRJ Junior athletes, and the Juniors moved yet another place UP the leader board.

The fact that the BRJ 25th Anniversary Ball was the previous night always threatened that our senior squad could find it difficult to either improve, or even maintain its position on the leader board. However, whilst the numbers of seniors actually decreased very marginally over event #2, some individuals were “there in body, but not necessarily in mind”! But at least they were there!

For those that were sporting a hangover, I can confirm that your eyes were not deceiving you as 2 Santa Claus DID participate in the event (aka Alan Hannibal & Phil Pearsons).  

Both courses were muddy in parts, but it was “sticky” rather than slippery, which it is apt to be in Bob’s Wood. I blame the Parkrunners! With the fallen leaves camouflaging the tree roots and potholes, both events were not without incident with Charlotte Orugboh & Oliver Wood, to name a few, all taking tumbles with obvious disruption to their finish positions.  To their testament, all but Juliet Corby were able to continue to the finish lines despite their injuries (all minor luckily!)

Our overall results were: -

JUNIORS  - Scored 195 position points, achieving 4th place on the day earning 12 League Points. The Junior team are now placed 5th overall (UP by 1 place since event #2) with 31 League points and 3 League points behind Nene Valley Harriers.

SENIORS – Scored 1,150 position points, achieving 10th place on the day earning 7 League Points. The Senior team are now placed 11th overall (DOWN by 1 place since event #2) with 20 League points and 1 League point behind March AC.


JUNIORS

There were 184 junior finishers with the BRJ fielding 22 junior athletes consisting of 9 boys & 13 girls, in fact the same number as at event #2.

Oliver Wood led all of the runners from the starting gun and at the halfway point, Oliver Wood was leading James Armstrong by 6 places, but as previously mentioned Oliver took a tumble in the latter stages and winded himself in the process. James Armstrong was therefore the first home for our Junior squad, improving on his 22nd position in event #2. James’s finish time beats that set by Charlie Barlow in the 2011 event by just 5 seconds and so becomes our new Boys Champion for this Frostbite Venue!

Our second scorer was Ewan Morgan (5th home in event #2) who had a spirited run, narrowly beating Kayla Helmkamp. Kayla has now become our Girls Champion by beating the time set Lauren Elliott’s time set last year. Unfortunately, Lauren was unable to defend her crown due to injury.

Our fourth finisher was the in-form Emily Wake-Primett and the final scoring position went to Havana Miller, her first occasion as a team scorer.

The 5 scoring members were very well supported with great team packing throughout the finishing positions with PB’s at this Venue for Charlotte Orugboh, Cameron Smith and Amie Smith. For the remainder, it was their debut at this venue.

Amie’s PB is perhaps all the more surprising because she was tracking Alice Holmes who apparently ran the wrong way for a short time before getting back on to the correct course. Amie’s margin of PB clearly would have been much bigger had they not taken a diversion.

The 4th placing for the junior squad was the best for very many years and at the results announcement Andy Matson was visibly stunned. You made him a very happy man and long may that continue!

In summary, the Junior stats were: -

PB’s at Venue – 3 (Charlotte Orugboh, Amie Smith & Cameron Smith)

Today’s 5 scorers for the Junior team were:-

Name

Position

Time

Remarks

First Girl

Kayla Helmkamp

30

00:11:06

Debut at Venue & new Girls Champion at this Venue

First Boy

James Armstrong

19

00:10:38

Debut at Venue & new Boys Champion at this Venue

Remaining 3 Scorers

Ewan Morgan

26

00:10:56

Debut at Venue

Emily Wake-Primett

38

00:11:14

Debut at Venue

Havana Miller

82

00:12:07

Debut at Venue


SENIORS

There were a total of 388 competitors in the senior event, with 45 BRJ finishers and 1 non-finisher, Juliet Corby.

As at event #2, Roger Holliday and Frank Holmes had their usual battle up front, but it was Roger that again  gained the upper hand.

For the ladies, the same 3 individuals took the top 3 scoring positions as in event #2, except this time Andrea Robinett was our third lady home (rather than first in event #2) with Paula Elliott taking over the leading ladies spot at about the 3 mile point. Rachel Real secured the ladies runner-up scoring position, which was a testament to her stamina and commitment as she was first lady home in the Huntingdon Parkrun the previous day in a significant new PB time.

There were debut club runs for 3 new faces, Juliet Good, Gordon Harradine and David Thomas. Hope you 3 all enjoyed the event and that we will see you on 12th January at March prison.

Chris Schmidt had to run a venue PB to hold off ever improving Tim-Neal-Hopes who also achieved a PB time. Luckily, Tim did not get all of the “Family Bragging Rights” as Louise also secured Venue PB and daughter Liberty earned a club 5k PB at the Parkrun the day before!

Next home was Steve McNicoll with Tony Hucklesby taking the 9th scoring place (in a Venue PB time) and finally came Daniel Grant in his first ever team-scoring position.

The 10 scorers for the Senior team were:-

Name

Position

Time

Remarks

First 3 Ladies

Paula Elliott

154

00:37:51

 

Rachel Real

182

00:38:55

 

Andrea Robinett

206

00:39:53

 

First 3 Men

Roger Holliday

35

00:32:14

 

Frank Holmes

52

00:32:52

 

Chris Schmidt

60

00:33:30

PB at Venue

Remaining 4 Scorers

Tim Neal-Hopes

70

00:33:51

PB at Venue

Steve McNicoll

125

00:36:27

 

Tony Hucklesby

126

00:36:28

PB at Venue

Daniel Grant

140

00:37:19

Debut at Venue

David Newton competed the Frostbite on his 65th Birthday. I suspect that David will be one of the very few BRJ members that will qualify for a State Pension at the age of 65. The rest of us will have considerably longer to wait and hope there is something left in the pot!

The senior stats were:-

PB’s at Venue - 8 (Richard Davies, Julie Holmes, Tony Hucklesby, Louise & Tim Neal Hopes & Annette Newton, Chris Schmidt  & Paul Tapscott)

Debut at Venue – 11 (Annette Baker, Nathan Brennan, Claire Few, Daniel Grant, Alex Howard, Cheryl Jenner, Warren Monk, David Newton, Kate Ruddock, Michael Shaw & John Weinstein)

Club Debut Run  – 3 (Juliet Good, Gordon Harradine & David Thomas) 

As always the vocal support around the course, particularly from our junior members, was second to none.  


DATE OF NEXT FROSTBITE EVENT

We have seen some great performances in events 1 – 3 so far, but traditionally, the next 2 events are very poorly supported by the Junior & Senior members and inevitably these venues are where BRJ generally looses ground.

It is worth mentioning that for the recently announced 2014 Junior Running Championship, the Frostbite event in January 2014 is one of the 12 “Nominated” Junior events (see list attached)

The next important date for your diary is: Frostbite Event # 4 - Sunday 12th January  2014 at Whitemoor Prison, March  (Hosted by March AC).

Directions to the venue and maps of the courses will be available shortly on the Frostbite League website.

Frostbite Team Manager, John O’Callaghan (John’O), will be officiating at the next event on 12 January, but will not be able to ride his bike as far a March Prison and so he would appreciate a lift. Please contact him if you are able to assist in this respect.

Have a great Christmas everybody and I very much look forward to seeing you all fit and rearing to go on the 12th January (unless you are competing for the BRJ in the Cambridgeshire County Cross Country Championships on 5th January 2014. A separate communication will be issued within the next 2 week or so related to this.

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. 

JUNIORS

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.

SENIORS

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.

 

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Frostbite Race #4

Organisers have requested that runners do not warm-up or cool-down too near to the perimeter fence as this can set the prison alarms off!

Race is being held at the Officers' Club at Whitemoor Prison, Nr March. Postcode is PE15 0PR.

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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.

JUNIORS

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.

SENIORS

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.

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Frostbite Season

The Frostbite season is almost here! This is a series of local five mile races organised by a variety of clubs. See race section for information of the races. Club junior and senior members can run these races free of charge, all that's required is a club vest/t-shirt.

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