6th December

RUNNING
Parkrun Junior 2K
Amy & Katie Lasseter were amongst the field of just 20 brave junior athletes braving the wet & windy conditions at Jubilee Pak. No PB’s were secured.
Parkrun 5K
There were BRJ returns to Crystal Palace, Fulbourn Hospital, Hogmoor Inclosure (Neil Whitaker had a Course PB) March, Storeys Field (Alison Orrell completed Parkrun #200) & Woodhouse Moor. There were no PB’s secured at these events. BRJ’ers (Phil Pearsons, Pat & Peter Jackson) made a club event debut at Doddington Hall. No PB’s achieved.
At Huntingdon, Tim Phillips secured a 18 Sec Club 5K PB (#2 of 2021), Nicki McMahon had a Course PB & Alan Hanibal completed Parkrun #200 followed by the now customary post run visit to Wetherspoons.
Zig Zag Christmas Canters (Hinchingbrooke Country Park)
10K – Felicity Baillie took 3rd place overall (1st Female) of the 39 finishers over a wet & muddy course. Despite these challenges, Felicity secured the  Female course record in a time of 00:47:18. Chloe Rudd, in her Club 10K debut, finished in 24th position in 1:12:16. The event comes highly
1/2 Marathon –  Sara Graham-Clare finished in Position 37 in 2:49:59

14th December

RUNNINGParkrun 5K
There were BRJ returns to Ashton Court, Lincoln, March & Whittlesey. There were no Club PB’s at any of these events.At Huntingdon, 2 new Club 5K PB’s were secured for Paul Treadwell (by 18 Secs which was Road Run PB #11 of 2021) & Kerry Surkitt (by 16 Mins 7 Secs / Road Run PB #4 of 2021). Keelan Duffy completed Parkrun #250.Milton Keynes Winter 1/2 Marathon
4 BRJ’ers participated in this local event held in unseasonably warm conditions. Annette Newton secured an Age Category podium position. The results were:-NAME TIME POSITION
Annette Newton 1:51:37 510 (3rd FV65+)
Yvonne Homewood. 2:03:23 797
Melanie Gearing 2:31:52 1,277
Belinda Parker 2:31:52 1,278CROSS COUNTRYFrostbite Friendly League Event (#3 of 6) – Hinchingbrooke Country Park (Hosted by Hunts AC)Hosted by Hunts AC, the course has been in use since 2008. Although the weather on the day was unseasonably warm, the rain in the proceeding days made certain parts of the course quite slippery, especially for those individuals not wearing Trail Shoes. Sadly, Senior member Neil Whitaker retired hurt as a result.Despite the challenges, there were a total of 527 finishers across both events, 130 in the Junior & 397 in the Senior race. The next event (#4 of 6) hosted by March AC, takes place on the 16th January 2022 starting from March AC’s HQ adjacent to Whitemoor Prison.Junior 1.5 Miles
A turnout of 11 Juniors (6 Boys & 5 Girls) were amongst the 130 finishers. Our squad finished in 6th position of the 15 teams with 229 Race Points, meaning that after 3 events are placed in 6th position overall on 31 League points, the same as Cambridge & Coleridge in 5th place who have a lower Race Points score. The Club Junior stats were:-NAME POSITION
Christopher Scott 32 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
Samuel Gibbons 33 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
Freya Harris 41 (Debut at Venue, Team Scorer & 3rd Girl overall)
Henry Reeve 54 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
Thomas Portieri 64 (Debut at Venue)
Leif Meyer 68 (Debut at Venue)
Katie Lasseter 69 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
Ethan Ward 72 (Debut at Venue)
Iris Purser 73 (Debut at Venue)
Amy Lasseter 118 (Debut at Venue)
Nyah Scott 121 (Debut at Venue)Senior 5 Miles
A turnout of 38 Seniors (25 Men & 13 Women) were amongst the 397 finishers. Our Senior squad finished in a 4th position of the 16 teams with 777 Race Points, their best position so far this season. After 3 events, our Seniors are now placed in 5th position overall on 34 League points, 5 points behind Yaxley. The Club Senior stats were:-

NAME POSITION
Keelan Duffy 24 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
William Dales 27 (PB at Event & Team Scorer)
Marcela Gracova 53 (Debut at Venue, Team Scorer, 3rd Female overall & New Club Female Champion for this Venue)
Sebastian Burley 74 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
Paul Mitton 81 (PB at Venue & Team Scorer)
Stuart Hathaway 85 (Team Scorer)
Jonathan Harding 86 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
Felicity Baillie 87 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
Alex Mitton 90 (Debut at Venue & team Scorer)
Tim Legge 109 (Debut at Venue)
Tim Phillips 135 (Debut at Venue)
Jim Hopkins 146 (PB at Venue)
Richard Orrell 155
Nicki McMahon 170 (Debut at Venue & Team Scorer)
David Ward 175 (Debut at Venue)
Gilles Corby 176
David Newton 191
Ian Wilson 194
Ruth Foster 211
Heledd Marshall-Roberts 216 (Debut at Venue)
Simon Lumley 219
Alison Orrell 226 (PB at Venue)
Steve Dockerill 228
Stephen Rochford 231 (Debut at Venue)
Anthony Foster 238 (Debut at Venue)
Mike Gullis 256
Alan Hannibal 257
Thomas Brand 274
Alice Edwards 286
Peter Jackson 287
Lisa Shacklock 294 (Debut at Venue)
Alexandra Smart 300 (Debut at Venue)
Clive Best 317 (PB at Venue)
Kate Ruddock 334
Michael Shaw 340
Anna Best 376
Jane Ainscow 386 (Debut at Venue)
Alice Noyes 395

The full list of results can be found at:-
http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk

20th December

RUNNING
Parkrun Junior 2K
Katie Lasseter in a return to Jubilee Park was the sole BRJ Junior in action. No PB was secured.
Parkrun 5K
There were BRJ returns to Fountains Abbey, March, Pocket, Rutland Water, Storeys Field & Whittlesey. No PB’s were secured at these venues.
At Kettering, Keelan Duffy put in yet another strong performance (00:16:35) to take the Runner-Up position. This was a new Club 5K by a margin of 27 Secs (#8 of 2021). Keelan moves up to 4th place in the list of fastest BRJ Men over 5K, some 30 Secs behind 3rd placed John Uff. Wiliam Dales, still improving after a recent injury, took the 3rd place overall, just shy of his current Club PB.
At Teignmouth Promenade, Tim Phillips made a BRJ debut earning a 1 Min 18 Sec Club PB (#3 of 2021).
At Huntingdon, Gerry Pye secured a 3 Sec Club PB (#3 of 2021), Iain Drylie made his Club 5K Debut, whilst Rebecca Ainscow achieved a course PB.

Olympic Park 10K
Felicity Baillie continued her excellent run of form, completing this race as Runner-Up Woman in a time of 00:39:21 in position 17 overall of the 215 finishers. Her new 10K time represented a 2 Min 36 Sec improvement compared to that set at Bedford back in September. This PB was #7 of 2021 promotes her to Runner-Up position in the 2021 Woman’s “Most Road Run PB’s” competition & now just 1 PB shy of the current leader, with just a few days to go before this competitions conclusion.
Felicity is now 3rd fastest BRJ Woman over 10K, beating Shelley Duffy’s time by 9 Secs & is now just 44 Secs behind the time set by the current 2nd place holder (Sabrina Crothall).

Waterside (Grafham) 10 Miles
Foggy, damp & cold conditions faced the 141 finishers in a course centred on Grafham Water. New member, Joseph Emery, lead home the BRJ squad in 5th place, just failing to secure a Age Category podium place whilst Tom Brand also made his Club 10 Mile debut. The summary of the BRJ results is:-
NAME TIME POSITION
Joseph Emery 1:02:31 5 (Debut Club 10M)
John Parker 1:19:57 53
Tom Brand 1:38:37 116 (Debut Club 10M)
Gerard Baker 1:39:27 122

26th December

RUNNING
Parkrun 5K
Colin West was the sole BRJ’er to participate at Peterborough & there were Club venue debuts at Itchen Valley Country Parkrun (Jane, Jules & Tony Farrow) & also at Troon (Scotland) for Maureen Wickson. No Club PB’s were secured at these venues.
At a muddy Huntingdon, Keelan Duffy achieved a Course PB & Freya Harris completed Parkrun #150.

3rd January 2022

RUNNING
Parkrun Junior 2k
Freya Harris was the sole Junior BRJ’er attending a 2K Parkrun, winning the Jubilee Park event.
Parkrun 5K
BRJ’ers made returns to Buckingham, Dunstable Downs (where Colin West completed Parkrun #300), Ferry Meadows, Hereford, March, Northampton, Pocket, South Manchester, Whittlesey & Wimpole (Kerry Surkitt secured a Course PB). No PB’s were secured at these events.
At Great Denham, Keelan Duffy got his 2022 running campaign off to a cracking start by securing a second Club PB in 2 days by 10 Secs (down to 00:16:25). Keelan remains as the 4th fastest BRJ Man over 10K, but now just 21 Secs behind 3rd place John Uff. At a muddy Huntingdon, William Dales took the overall win, Heledd Marshall-Roberts made her Club 5K debut & Kevin Ryan completed Parkrun #50.
Peterborough New Years Eve 10K
As was the case in both 2019 & 2020, COVID saw the cancellation of the traditional Ely NYE event. Thankfully, the Peterborough event avoided cancellation despite the rapidly increasing infection rates. There was a very early start & the heavy downpour before race start made the off road section of the course somewhat muddy.  Despite these challenges, the BRJ squad delivered outstanding individual performances, several Debut Club 10K runs, Age Category podium positions & success in all 3 team prize categories.
From the 875 finishers, the increasingly speedy Keelan Duffy secured a top 10 position, representing a 54 Sec Club 10K PB  & moving him into 10th place in the list of Fastest BRJ Men over the distance. Equally quick Marcela Gracova was 3rd Woman home overall finishing just outside her Club PB. Unluckiest BRJ’er was Paul Mitton who finished 4th in his age category, but did enough to feature in 2 of the 3 Team prize categories. The detailed stats are:
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
NAME                               TIME              POSITION
Keelan Duffy                     00:35:48         10 (PB – #9 of 2021)
Marcela Gracova              00:39:44          38 (3rd Woman & 1st FV35-39)
Paul Mitton                        00:41:19         56
Jonathan Harding              00:42:08         68( Debut Club 10k)
Alex Mitton                         00:43:34         85
Felicity Baillie                    00:44:40          109
Richard Orrell                    00:47:59         170
Sebastian Burley               00:48:04         175 (Debut Club 10k)
Gilles Corby                       00:48:22         183
David Newton                    00:48:49          196 (2nd MV70-74)
Heledd Marshall-Roberts   00:49:56          222
Ian Wilson                          00:50:37          233
Annette Newton                 00:51:41          274 (1st FV65-69)
Alison Orrell                       00:53:06          306 (2nd FV55-59)
Kerry Surkitt                       00:53:37          322 (Debut Club 10K)
Paul Treadwell                   00:53:41          327
Stephen Rochford              00:53:58          336
Gerard Baker                      00:58:52         482
Clive Best                           00:58:56          484
Kevin Ryan                         00:59:03          490
Richard Stevens                 1:00:02            514
Rae Maynard                      1:02:48            589
Tom Brand                           1:03:12           603
Colin West                           1:04:39           642
Anna Best                            1:04:47           649 (3rd FV65-69)
Samantha Healey                1:11:12           748
Michelle Caspersz               1:14:05           802
Rebecca Carmody               1:14:06           803
TEAM RESULTS
TEAM                   POSITION           TEAM MEMBERS
Women’s               2nd                      Marcela Gracova, Felicity Baillie & Heledd Marshall-Roberts
Men                       3rd                       Keelan Duffy, Paul Mitton & Jonathan Harding
Overall (Mixed)      3rd                       Keelan Duffy, Marcela Gracova & Paul Mitton

10th January

RUNNING
Parkrun 5K
There were BRJ returns to Brundall, Bury Field (Kerry Surkitt secured a 24 Sec Club 5K PB), Cassiobury, Coldhams Common, Storeys Field & Whittlesey. Great Denham, alongside Storeys Field, is proving to be the venue to achieve a PB time & despite the breezy conditions, this was the case for the in-form Felicity Baillie who finished as 1st Woman securing a 42 Sec Club PB. This PB reinforced her position as the 4th fastest BRJ Woman over 5K, but is now just 12 Secs behind 3rd placed Shelley Duffy.
At Huntingdon, Diane Shutt made her Club 5K debut & Gerard Baker completed Parkrun #150.
Cambs XC Champs
BRJ’ers competed in last weekend’s County Cross Country Champs. Results to follow.

16th January

 

Where’s the Finish Marathon
After a delay of just 7 days since completing her last Marathon, Kerry Surkitt successfully met her goal of completing 100th Marathons before her 50th Birthday, in fact she was 49!  The COVID Lockdown meant that she had to significantly alter her schedule meaning that in the run-up to Marathon #100 Kerry completed an incredible 40 marathons (mostly Trail Runs) in a 9 month period & completed her challenge just 2 days after her 49th birthday. Kerry finished this Marathon in position 30 ot the 42 finishers in a time of 5:51:22 (43.27% Age Grading). Her achievement qualifies her as a fully fledged member of the exclusive 100 Marathon Club. To my knowledge, Tony Cotton is the only other BRJ member of this Club with a tally of 150 Marathons.

 

Frostbite Friendly League Event #4  – March
Event 4 (of 6) was hosted by March AC. Both courses were centered on the farmland & Nature Reserve surrounding Whitemoor Prison. The weather was less cold than in previous days & thankfully the notorious Fen Winds stayed away. Both Junior & Senior Frostbites were “Nominated” events in the 2022 Club Annual Running Championshps (details of which are shown in the BRJ website). The finishers Running Champs scores acheived at this Frostbite are shown in the results as a Age Graded Percentage.

 

Junior (1.5 Miles)
Our Junior squad of 7 athletes comprised 3 Boys & 4 Girls, just over the minimum number of the 5 required to constitute a scoring team. Despite representing her School the previous day in the County Cross Country Champs, Freya Harris had a determined run to lead home our squad, although her finish time fell just outside her PB at this venue. Our 1st Boy home, Josh Spavins, finished just 10 Secs behind Freya. There were no PBs  & all but Freya made their Venue Debut.
Our Junior’s finished in 6th position on the day with 198 Race Points (31 better than event #3) placing them in 5th position in the league table, an improvement of 1 place since event #3 & just 3 League Points behind 4th placed Ely.

 

Senior (5 Miles)
The Senior squad of 24 comprised 13 Men & 11 Women. The squad were again led home by Keelan Duffy in 7th who, along with Paul Mitton, Felicity Baillie & Alex Mitton secured Venue PBs. A large number of members made their Venue Debut including our lead Woman, Marcela Gracova (34th / 2nd Woman overall) & brand new member Laurence Raven.
Our Seniors finished in 5th position on the day with 696 Race Points (81 better than event #3) & putting them into 4th position in the league table, a 1 place improvement. Our Seniors now have 46 League Points which exactly matches Riverside Runners in 3rd place & PANVAC in 5th. C&C in 6th follow with 45 points which essentially means that any of these 4 teams can claim the Bronze medal position at event #6. A good attendance & team result at the next fixture at Bourne Woods would give us a significant possibility of snatching the Bronze Medal.
Race: Junior Frostbite #4 – March AC (1.5 Miles)     Date: 16/01/22   Nos of Finishers: 118
Position Name Time Age-Grade % Notes
23 Freya Harris 00:10:03 72.24% Team Scorer
26 Joshua Spavins 00:10:13 69.49% Debut @ Venue- Team Scorer
32 Henry Reeve 00:10:26 62.52% Debut @ Venue- Team Scorer
58 Katie Lasseter 00:11:47 62.97% Debut @ Venue- Team Scorer
59 Matthew Ainscow 00:11:48 53.06% Debut @ Venue- Team Scorer
106 Rebecca Ainscow 00:13:54 50.41% Debut @ Venue
111 Amy Lasseter 00:14:17 50.83% Debut @ Venue

 

Race: Senior Frostbite #4 – March AC (5 Miles)     Date: 16/01/22   Nos of Finishers: 357
Position Name Time Age-Grade % Notes
7 Keelan Duffy 00:30:31 69.85% PB @ Debut-Team Scorer
34 Marcela Gracova 00:33:52 72.74% Debut @ Venue-Team Scorer
51 Paul Mitton 00:35:39 66.95% PB @ Debut-Team Scorer
54 Sebastian Burley 00:36:18 58.82% Debut @ Venue-Team Scorer
55 Tim Legge 00:36:19 63.65% Debut @ Venue-Team Scorer
63 Felicity Baillie 00:36:37 66.36% PB @ Debut-Team Scorer
73 Alex Mitton 00:37:01 57.63% PB @ Debut-Team Scorer
86 Laurence Raven 00:37:45 58.10% Debut @ Venue-Team Scorer
96 Tim Phillips 00:38:09 64.13% Debut @ Venue-Team Scorer
112 Gilles Corby 00:39:09 65.18%
132 Richard Orrell 00:40:14 64.00%
151 David Newton 00:41:01 73.02%
172 Phillip Graham-Clare 00:42:18 62.49%
177 Heledd Marshall-Roberts 00:42:22 57.91% Debut @ Venue-Team Scorer
198 Alison Orrell 00:43:43 67.82%
218 Alice Edwards 00:44:44 60.95%
233 Annette Newton 00:45:53 76.14%
237 Lisa Shacklock 00:46:20 60.94% Debut @ Venue
247 Claire Ashton 00:47:25 56.84%
265 Mike Gullis 00:48:49 55.14%
269 Dan Ainscow 00:49:04 47.86% Debut @ Venue
289 Juliet Aungier 00:51:23 48.20%
337 Michelle Caspersz 00:57:42 50.14%
343 Jane Ainscow 01:00:03 44.88% Debut @ Venue
NEXT FROSTBITE EVENT (#5)  –  6th February at Bourne Woods (North Peterborough) – In most years, BRJ goes into event #5 at Bourne Woods in a good position to compete for a top 3 place, but historically BRJ has low attendance numbers in both the Junior & Senior events at this venue meaning that any League Points deficit from event #5 is too large to be recoverable at the competition final event, which BRJ’s hosts at Huntingdon on the 13th March 2022.
Having increased numbers of Junior & Senior members representing our club at event #5, whatever your performance level, would give BRJ a far better chance of securing Bronze medal position. Looking forward to your support.