From 1st January 2003 to 5th May 2003
WYMONDHAM NEW YEAR’S DAY 10K ROAD RACE, WEDNESDAY 1ST JANUARY 2003
One member woke up in the New Year without a hangover, and was able to produce a PB (by over 1m) in the Wymondham 10k. The weather conditions were heavy drizzle, with a moderate wind. There were 181 competitors.
Alan Rutterford 40:04 (41st)
CAMBRIDGESHIRE X/C COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS, MARCH, SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2003
15 Ely Runners travelled to the March Braza Sports field on a cold, breezy, but bright day to take part in the County Championships, where the first 8 runners to finish in each category would be picked to represent the County at a later date. Congratulations to Robert Campbell who finished in 8th position in the Sn. Men/Vet Men cat in a time of 36:09.
Senior Men/Veteran Men 10k (112 finishers)
Robert Campbell 36:09 (8th)
William Clapp 37:38 (22nd)
Kevin Ross 37:56 (23rd) (3rd MV40)
Peter Gipp 38:38 (30th)
Torsten Lytken 39:00 (31st)
Stephen Howard 39:29 (36th)
John Crisp 40:15 (41st)
Darren Murfitt 41:22 (46th)
Ray Harding 43:03 (64th)
John Turner 44:36 (72nd)
Rob Comley 45:09 (76th)
Alan Rutterford 45:26 (78th)
Ian Blatchford 45:27 (79th)
John Fordham 50:00 (97th) (3rd MV60)
Senior Men – Final Team Positions
1st Nene Valley Harriers 49 points
2nd Cambridge & Coleridge 125 points
3rd Ely Runners 150 points
Under 17 Women 5k
Lucy Butler (15) 35:02 (4th)
FROSTBITE LEAGUE – ROUND 4, MARCH, SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY 2003
A fantastic turn out of 23 Ely Runners saw them complete a second successive victory in the Frostbite League. There were 260 finishers. The 17 points for finishing first again, moved Ely Runners up to third in the league, only 1 point behind second place C&C and 8 points behind leaders St. Neots Riverside.
William Clapp 29:10 (7th)
Alfredo Verna 29:25 (10th)
Kevin Ross 29:30 (11th)
Peter Gipp 29:51 (15th)
Torsten Lytken 30:12 (18th)
Stephen Howard 31:06 (24th)
Malcolm Campbell 31:11 (26th)
John Crisp 31:25 (31st)
Darren Murfitt 31:54 (37th)
Matthew Hall 31:57 (38th)
Maurice Reed 32:05 (40th)
Diana Gipp 32:59 (58th)
Ray Harding 33:28 (66th)
Rod Baron 33:53 (75th)
Alan Rutterford 34:07 (83rd)
John Turner 34:13 (85th)
Birgitta Bramley 34:51 (93rd)
Charlie Barker 35:04 (98th)
Mark Willis 36:28 (136th)
Deborah Jennings 37:19 (146th)
Tanya O’Reilly 41:05 (197th)
Adam Etches 50:59 (253rd)
Karen Foreman 51:05 (254th)
FOLKSWORTH 15 MILE ROAD RACE, 19TH JANUARY 2003
Four members travelled to Folksworth for this 15m road race in testing conditions – good marathon training.
Stephen Howard 1:38:42 PB
Darren Murfitt 1:44:50 (course PB)
Deborah Jennings 2:04:00
FROSTBITE LEAGUE – ROUND 5, BOURNE WOODS, SUNDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2003
Another fantastic turn out and a stunning performance earned Ely Runners their third Frostbite League victory in a row on 02/02/03 over a 5 mile course of mud and ice. This was the fifth of six races and Ely have moved up to second place in the league, 7 points behind leaders St Neots Riverside.
Robert Campbell 29:15 (4th/231)
William Clapp 30:11 (16th)
Peter Gipp 30:17 (17TH)
Kevin Ross 30:24 (19th)
Torsten Lytken 30:27 (20th)
Stephen Howard 31:11 (23rd)
Malcolm Campbell 31:15 (25th)
John Crisp 31:43 (30th)
Diana Gipp 34:04 (64th) (1st female)
Birgitta Bramley 35:09 (91st) (5th female)
Darren Murfitt 32:10 (34th)
Ray Harding 34:05 (65th)
John Turner 34:21 (86th)
Alan Rutterford 34:54 (86th)
Mark Willis 35:48 (102nd)
Rob Comley 36:07 (170th)
Tanya O’Reilly 41:08 (170th)
Nicola Finn 42:11 (182nd)
Rodney Atkinson 44:26 (203rd)
Adam Etches 45:22 (207th)
LAKENHEATH CHARITY 5MILE CROSS COUNTRY, SUNDAY 9TH FEBRUARY 2003
Alan Rutterford completed this very muddy cross-country race in a time of 41:32.
RYSTON RUNNERS CROSS COUNTRY, SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2003
Three members (and one members child) went to Ryston to take part in their X/C.
Alan Rutterford 36:46 (12th/18 SN Men)
John Crawford 41:29 (8th/10 MV50)
Fran Crawford 48:09 (5th/8 FV45+)
800m Under 9 Girls
Hayley Rutterford (age 5) 04:34 (13th/17)
BUNGAY BLACK DOG ‘GREAT EAST RUN’ 20k & 10k, SUNDAY 16TH FEBRUARY 2003
This rural course, which was hilly at the start and finish, attracted six members, most of who are training for a spring marathon. The conditions were cold and dry with a slight breeze. There were 263 finishers.
Torsten Lytken 78:53 (17th)
Darren Murfitt 83:21 (33rd)
John Turner 87:07 (57th) (course PB)
Ian Blatchford 97:15 (137th) (course PB)
Deborah Jennings 97:16 (138th)
Nicola Finn 116:06 (230th)
Two members took part in this event, which was an out and back course, and started at the same time as the 20k. There were 159 finishers.
Adam Lewis 35:10 (4th) (2nd claim Ely Runner)
Adam Etches 54:14 (114th)
FROSTBITE LEAGUE, ROUND SIX, HUNTINGDON, SUNDAY 2ND MARCH 2003
In the 5m-road race at Huntingdon on 02/03/03, a weaker than usual Ely Runners team came across some fearsome opposition from Riverside Runners (306pts) and Hunts AC (408pts) so that in the circumstances 3rd place (489pts) was the best they could possibly have done. Ely Runners’ eventual aim was to secure 2nd overall (out of 17) in the series, and that is what was achieved. This seasons FROSTBITE results were far in excess of Ely Runners’ early expectations because after a poor start they only expected to finish about 6th. FROSTBITE team manager, Peter Harris thanked all the 34 members who took part in at least one of these races. The results from Huntingdon are:
William Clapp 29:15 (16th)
Torsten Lytken 29:55 (26th)
Peter Gipp 29:58 (27th)
Kevin Ross 30:47 (35th)
Maurice Reed 30:56 (38th)
John Crisp 30:59 (40th)
Stephen Howard 31:42 (53rd)
Diana Gipp 32:08 (68th)
Ray Harding 32:31 (78th)
Alan Rutterford 33:02 (85th)
John Turner 33:07 (89th)
Charlie Barker 33:14 (95th)
Birgitta Bramley 34:08 (108th)
Tanya O’Reilly 36:46 (153rd)
Natalie Coles 40:09 (205th)
Fran Crawford 43:57 (236th)
Rodney Atkinson 43:58 (237th)
BURY 20M ROAD RACE, BURY ST. EDMUNDS, SUNDAY 2ND MARCH 2003
One member took part in this re-instated pre-London Marathon 20 mile road race. The course was different than in previous years, being more rural, and undulating. There were about 300 competitors and the weather was mild and dry.
Darren Murfitt 2:21:20 (36th)
RIVER CAM 10K, CAMBRIDGE, SUNDAY 9TH MARCH 2003
From the reports received from members, it appears that this race was ‘a little chaotic’. It was held in blustery conditions on an out and back course into Cambridge starting at Fen Ditton following the route of the River Cam. Seven Ely Runners entered this inaugural event.
William Clapp 37:28
Torsten Lytken 37:52
Stephen Howard 40:10
Alan Rutterford 42:44
John Turner 42:46
John Crawford 49:01
Fran Crawford 54:32 PB
OAKLEY 20M ROAD RACE, BEDFORDSHIRE, SUNDAY 16TH MARCH 2003
One member travelled to Oakley, which is about 3 miles outside Bedford on the A6, for this pre-London Marathon training race. Conditions were mild with bright sunshine after a foggy/frosty start to the day. The course was a 12 mile circuit, followed by an 8 mile circuit over undulating, rural country roads. There were 370 finishers.
Ian Blatchford 2:57:46 (219th) PB
THORNEY 12K ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 16TH MARCH 2003
Conditions for the flat, rural Fenland course were perfect, being mild and sunny with hardly any wind. Six members were among the 250 runners.
William Clapp 44:04 (14th)
Torsten Lytken 44:57 (22nd)
Maurice Reed 46:26 (28th) (first Vet40 race)
Alan Rutterford 50:21 (52nd)
John Turner 50:23 (53rd) (2nd MV55)
RYSTON 6.5K X/C, SHOULDHAM WARREN, SUNDAY 23RD MARCH 2003
Three members (and one member’s child) took part in the final Ryston Runners X/C of the winter series. There were 105 competitors and the weather was warm and sunny.
Alan Rutterford 26:51 (34th)
Kevin Jennings 37:40 (42nd)
Paula Jennings 38:04 (98th)
800M (under 9 girls)
Hayley Rutterford 04:02 (25th/50)
LINTON HALF-MARATHON, SUNDAY 30TH MARCH 2003
Five members travelled to South Cambridgeshire for the annual half-marathon. Conditions for this continuously undulating course were mild and sunny with a light wind. There were 220 finishers.
Peter Gipp 1:25:27 (18th)
John Crisp 1:25:31 (19th)
Maurice Reed 1:25:46 (20th)
Darren Murfitt 1:31:17 (40th)
John Turner 1:34:41 (54th)
BUNGAY BLACK DOG HALF-MARATHON, SUNDAY 30TH MARCH 2003
Alan Rutterford travelled all the way to Bungay for this half-marathon race and suffered from knee problems and dehydration to finish with a time of 1:44:44 (127th). The course was hilly in places and conditions were mild and sunny with a light wind. There were 340 finishers.
SANDY 10M ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 6TH APRIL 2003
Conditions were cool and overcast for the three members who were among the 317 finishers in this 10m-road race, which included a long climb soon after the start.
Maurice Reed 1:04:08 (22nd)
Alan Rutterford 1:09:31 (62nd) PB
Birgitta Bramley 1:11:52 (88th)
HEATH 5.7M TRAIL RUN, ROYSTON, SUNDAY 6TH APRIL 2003
Five members travelled to Royston for this trail run, the course had a long climb on the road before moving onto undulating tracks, which were downhill towards the finish. Conditions were cool and overcast for the 97 finishers.
Peter Gipp 36:28 (7th)
Torsten Lytken 37:58 (11th)
John Turner 42:06 (26th)
Nicola Finn 50:56 (59th)
Darren Murfitt 50:56 (60th)
FLORA LONDON MARATHON, SUNDAY 13TH APRIL 2003
I have not included a report as I have lost the Ely Standard report, please could you insert it or write a report for the Marathon - THANKS
FRED WRIGHT MEMORIAL 10K, WHITTLESEY, MONDAY 21ST APRIL 2003
Five members braved the traffic and travelled to Whittlesey on Bank Holiday Monday for this annual 10k race. Conditions for the flat course were breezy but warm and mainly sunny.
Alfredo Verna 37:17 (24th)
Peter Gipp 38:44 (32nd)
Alan Rutterford 41:47 (55th) PB
John Turner 41:51 (56th)
Rob Comley 43:39 (75th)
There were 150 finishers.
YEOVIL EASTER BUNNY 10K, MONDAY 21ST APRIL 2003
William Clapp finished 18th/217 runners in a time of 37:06 in hot and windy conditions along a course of mainly flat village roads around the air base at Yeovilton, Somerset. The £7.00 entry fee was good value for money if you are partial to Cadbury’s Buttons Easter Eggs (how many did William eat his way through??), and are interested in the history of the Fleet Air Arm, as there was a 50% discount off the entry to the museum.
ROTARY CLUB 5M MIXED TERRAIN, BOURNE, SUNDAY 27TH APRIL 2003
Alan Rutterford was 8th/150 finishers in a time of 32:26. The undulating course in Bourne Woods was the same as the Frostbite League course but run in the opposite direction. Conditions were mild and breezy. It was Alan’s third PB in succession.
EVAC 3K ROAD RACE RELAYS, HEMMINGFORD GREY, SUNDAY 27TH APRIL 2003
A total of 29 teams finished this popular veterans event. As Ely Runners A and B teams both included MV40-49 and MV50-59 runners, they had to be entered in the MV40-49 category. Alfredo Verna and Peter Gipp ran for both teams.
Alfredo Verna 11:11 (6th)
Peter Gipp 11:28 (4th)
Kevin Collins 12:38 (8th)
Maurice Reed 11:47 (6th)
Rob Baron 12:04 (13th)
John Turner 12:55 (14th)
Alfredo Verna 11:45 (13th)
Peter Gipp 12:00 (9th)
Conditions were mild and breezy.
BRECKLAND 10K, CROXTON, THETFORD, SUNDAY 4TH MAY 2003
Conditions for the gently undulating course of forest roads were warm and sunny with a strong breeze for the six members who took part in this race. There were 193 finishers.
Torsten Lytken 37:36 (16th)
William Clapp 38:01 (17th)
Stephen Howard 38:16 (20th)
Darren Murfitt 40:12 (33rd)
John Turner 42:22 (51st)
Nicola Finn 53:45 (148th)
FELIXSTOWE ROTARY 5M ROAD RACE, MONDAY 5TH MAY 2003
Alan Rutterford finished 31st/90 runners in a time of 33:15. The five-lap course included a strong headwind and the course took him along the sea front. Conditions were cool.