The weekend saw BRJ’ers return to Ferry Meadows, Pocket, Storeys Field (Course PB for Keelan Duffy), University Park, Whitstable, Whittlesey & York. No Club PB’s were secured at these venues.
At Huntingdon, Time Legge achieved a new Club 5K PB by 9 Secs (PB# 4 of 2022).
Peterborough Grand Prix Series Senior 5K (Race 1 of 5)
The welcome return of the Peterborough Grand Prix Series after an enforced 2 year break saw 324 finishers complete the out & back course around the village of Eye in very hot & balmy conditions.
In Race 1, the BRJ squad of 16 runners were led home by Keelan Duffy for the Men in 8th place & Marcela Gracova, 3rd Woman, in 37th place.
Despite the warm conditions, 2 new Club 5K PB’s were achieved, these being for the in-form Paul Mitton by 3 Secs (PB #6 of 2022) & Chloe Wilson by 6 Secs (PB #2 of 2022). Despite the official results showing that both Ruth & Tony Foster were competing in wildly incorrect Age Categories, 4 Age Category podium positions were actually secured. The results for our squad are:-
|Race: Peterborough Grand Prix Series 5K (Rce 1 – Eye) Date: 22/06/22 Nos of Finishers: 324|
|6||Keelan Duffy||00:16:29||N/A||3rd MU20|
|37||Marcela Gracova||00:18″39||N/A||3rd Woman & 1st FV35-39|
|149||Ruth Foster||00:23:41||N/A||3rd FV55-59|
|204||Annette Newton||00:26:08||N/A||1st FV65-69|
Race #2 of the 2022 Grand Prix Series takes place on Wednesday 6 July at Stamford Rugby Club (Hambleton Road). The Junior 3K starts at 19:00 Hours & the Senior 5K at 19:30 Hours. Online entry is currently available.
Ramsey Abbey Junior 2.4K
Tom Sheldon, in his Club Debut 2.4K, was among the 36 finishers in a time of 00:10:45. Tom’s time (PB #3 of 2022) bettered the previous record of 00:12:40 set by Martin Brown at the same venue back in 2006 & so Tom becomes the new Club Boys Champion for this Distance.
Ramsey Abbey 10K
Hot & windy conditions met the 10 strong BRJ squad amongst the 188 finishers. The course was slightly changed as the usual start / finish area now forms part of a Tennis Court. The wind direction & strength varied considerably throughout the course meaning that on what should have been the fastest sections, the competitors were running into strong headwinds. Marcela Gracova was our top runner finishing in 6th position overall & 1st Woman. Marcela was closely followed by Felicity Baillie (4th Woman) & Neil Whitaker (1st BRJ Man). Gerry Pye & new member Nina Gays made their Club 10K debuts & 4 BRJ’ers secured Age Category podium positions. Individual stats were:-
|Ramsey Abbey 10K|
|Marcela Gracova||00:38:47||6||1st Woman & 1st FV35-39|
|Felicity Baillie||00:41:02||16||2nd F20-34|
|David Newton||00:47:50||47||1st MV70+|
|Gerry Pye||00:49:59||66||Debut Club 10K & PB #4 of 2022|
|Annette Newton||00:53:03||87||1st FV65+|
|Nina Gays||1:00:27||137||Debut Club 10K|
Flaming June 10k (Impington)
Phil Pearsons was the sole BRJ’er amongst the 148 finishers. Phil finished in position 128 in a time of 1:11:08.
Flaming June 1/2 Marathon
The heat combined with the windy conditions, especially in the more open parts of the course, made it unlikely that PB’s could be achieved. Despite these challenges, great individual performances saw Keelan Duffy secure the Runners-Up position & Nicki McMahon was 3rd Woman. 3 of the squad secured Age Category podium positions. The squad stats were:-
|Flaming June 1/2 Marathon|
|Keelan Duffy||1:20:46||2||1st M18-39|
|Paul Mitton||1:31:51||13||3rd MV40-44|
|Nicki McMahon||1:43:07||28||3rd Woman & 1st F18-39|
|Paul Treadwell||2:05:58 84||84|
West Suffolk Junior Tri
Junior Henry Reeve raced in the Tristar 3 event amongst 35 finishers, Despite the personal on the day challenges, namely a bad toothache & completing 1 additional lap on the bike phase, Henry finished in position 27 in a time of 00:31:25. His stats were:-
Rutland Dambuster Tri
2 BRJ’ers were among the 390 finishers in the Standard Distance event. The strong winds made the 1.5k Swim in Rutland Water similar to a Washing Machine & no doubt also affected the times on the Bike & Run phases. David Ward led home the BRJ Triathletes in position 84 in 2:37:45 very closely followed by Sajan Khosla in position 96 / 2:40:14. Their stats were:-
|NAME||SWIM (1,5K)||T1||BIKE (40K)||T2||RUN (10K)|
Stewartby Lakes Tri
BRJ’ers competed in both the Sprint & Standard distances. Their respective stats were:-
SPRINT – Heledd Marshall-Roberts finished in position 35 of the 63 competitors in 1:26:24.
STANDARD – Gilles Corby finished in position 18 of the 41 participants in 2:30:21.