From 5th May 2003 to 31st December 2003
NELSON (New Zealand), HALF-MARATHON, SATURDAY 3RD MAY 2003
Janice Evans finished in a time of 1:50:07, a PB by over 6 mins in calm and sunny autumn conditions. The course went from the town centre and followed the scenic coastal route around Tasman Bay. She compensated for a slow start by running at 4.7 min/km for the second half of the race. At 54 years and 10 months, she was just too young for the FV55+ category, which she would have won by several minutes!
SILVERSTONE 10K, TUESDAY 6TH MAY 2003
Rodney Atkinson enjoyed two laps of the Grand Prix circuit to finish in a time of 57:18 on a bright fresh evening. He reported that there was a good racing surface!!
HEATH 6K RUN, NEWMARKET, THURSDAY 8TH MAY 2003
Seven Ely Runners were among the 101 finishers in this annual evening race along rough sandy tracks on Newmarket Heath. Peter Gipp received a trophy for finishing 2nd MV40 and Alan Rutterford showed he is continuing to improve by finishing in the top 20%. It was Peter Harris’ first race after a long period of injury. Conditions were dry, dusty with a very gentle breeze.
Peter Gipp 19:32 (7th/101) (2nd MV40) (course PB)
Torsten Lytken 19:56 (12th)
Alan Rutterford 21:17 (20th)
Peter Harris 22:29 (33rd)
John Turner 22:55 (37th) (course PB)
Natalie Coles 26:26 (66th)
Karen Foreman 28:46 (87th)
BENTLEY 10K, DEEPING ST JAMES, SUNDAY 11TH MAY 2003
Alan Rutterford produced a fantastic run which enabled him to improve his PB by 2 mins in this 10k race in Lincolnshire. The conditions were warm and breezy, but it obviously was just to Alan’s liking!! Alan completed the course in a time of 39:54.
SAWSTON 4.6 MILE ROAD FUN RUN, SUNDAY 11TH MAY 2003
Ely Runner MV40 Maurice Reed finished 5th out of about 250 adult runners.
MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE DAFFODIL TRAIL RUNS, SANDRINGHAM, SUNDAY 11TH MAY 2003
Ely Runners took part in both the 5-mile and the half-marathon races which were mainly off road on gently undulating soft trails in the wooded area of the Royal Estate.
William Clapp finished in a time of 30:07, coming 7th out of 182 runners. William said that he would have come 6th if he had not taken a wrong turning. (I would have beaten Paula at the 2003 London Marathon if I had run faster than her).Would the next person who races with William please write the letters L&R on his trainers!!
Stephen Howard 1:27:16 (10th/222)
Kevin Ross 1:27:33 (11th)
John Crisp 1:30:04 (22nd)
John Turner 1:24:03 (28th) (3rd MV55)
Charlie Barker 1:49:45 (108th)
Meng-han Kuok 2:09:41 (198th)
Conditions were good, being mild, dry with a light breeze.
EAST CAMBS HALF-MARATHON, SOHAM, SUNDAY 18TH MAY 2003
Matt Hall won the trophy for being the first East Cambs runner to finish. Conditions for this annual local half-marathon were mild, dry, but very blustery for the four members who took part. Matt Hall and John Crisp ran well, both finishing inside the top 10. Ian Blatchford twisted his ankle in a pothole just past the 8-mile point and was then severely slowed for the remaining 5 miles. There were 80 finishers, which was a very disappointing turn out.
Matt Hall 1:23:18 (5th)
John Crisp 1:26:54 (7th)
John Crawford 1:47:54 (40th)
EYE 10K, SUNDAY 18TH MAY 2003
Nine Ely Runners were among the 364 finishers in this mixed terrain race over minor Fenland roads and tracks. Following heavy rain before the start, conditions were sunny, hot and humid.
Torsten Lytken 37:54 (23rd)
Peter Gipp 38:04 (25th) (2nd MV40)
Stephen Howard 38:48 (31st)
Maurice Reed 39:21 (41st)
Alan Rutterford 40:30 (59th)
Peter Harris 42:42 (92nd)
John Turner 43:06 (100th)
Birgitta Bramley 43:31 (105th) (1st FV45)
Nicola Finn 52:53 (270th)
BRANDON HALF-MARATHON, BRANDON FOREST, MONDAY 26TH MAY 2003
Six members took part in this Bank Holiday run which took them through the forest on a two lap, cloverleaf course. The conditions were dry, sunny and very humid with a gently breeze.
Torsten Lytken 1:22:24 (4th)
Matt Hall 1:22:48 (5th)
Peter Gipp 1:25:49 (14th)
John Turner 1:32:20 (36th)
Alan Rutterford 1:35:19 (47th)
Ian Blatchford 1:49:48 (107th)
There were 162 finishers.
ARTHUR BOWDEN 5M, FERRY MEADOWS, PETERBOROUGH, THURSDAY 29TH MAY 2003
Five members were among the 187 finishers on this two-lap course of tarmac paths. Despite the fairly hot and humid conditions, the first three Ely Runners all achieved personal best times:
Torsten Lytken 29:58 (16th) PB
John Crisp 30:42 (26th) PB
Alan Rutterford 32:03 (40th) PB
John Turner 33:38 (55th)
Rodney Atkinson 42:15 (153rd)
STOCK EXCHANGE CHAMPIONSHIPS & LONDON BUSINESS HOUSES 5M, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON, 29TH MAY 2003
Stephen Howard finished 8th overall (2nd for Morgan Stanley) out of about 40 runners in a time of 30:28. The two-lap race was on a flat figure of eight course of tarmac paths.
EVAC 10K CHAMPIONSHIPS & GRAND PRIX, COMBERSTON, SUNDAY 1ST JUNE 2003
Four members were among the 42-starters/41 finishers on a single lap undulating rural course:
Maurice Reed 38:13 (8th) (2nd MV40)
Alfredo Verna 38:30 (10th) (3rd MV40)
John Turner 42:32 (23rd) (4th MV55)
Peter Harris 44:30 (28th) (2nd MV50)
HICKTHRIFT SUMMER 10K, MARSHLAND ST JAMES, WISBECH, SATURDAY 7TH JUNE 2003
Six members were among the 133 finishers in this new event held on a flat fenland course of tarmac droves and roads in hot and humid conditions.
Maurice Reed 37:43 (7th) (3rd MV40 PB)
Alan Rutterford 40:37 (32nd
John Turner 42:11 (42nd) (3rd MV55)
Birgitta Bramley 43:13 (51st) (3rd Lady) (1st FV45)
Kevin Jennings 46:07 (67th)
Paula Jennings 60:22 (118th) PB
In the men’s team event (first three to score) Ely Runners were 3rd out of 15 teams.
ELY RUNNERS 10K HANDICAP, THURSDAY 12TH JUNE 2003
The club once again invited friends to take part in the annual 10k handicap race. A very competitive field produced some very good times over the single lap course via Pymoor. Conditions were warm and humid.
Pos Name Actual Time
1st Deborah Jennings 46:16 18th
2nd John Allen 46:17 19th
3rd Ian Wilson 48:23 21st
4th Peter Gipp 36:34 1st
5th Torsten Lytken 36:49 2nd
6th Stephen Howard 36:52 3rd
7th Matthew Hall 36:56 4th
8th Nicola Finn 53:00 26th
9th John Crisp 38:15 9th
10th Peter Harris 42:16 14th
11th Darren Murfitt 39:17 11th
12th Alan Rutterford 39:19 12th
13th William Clapp 37:27 5th
14th Maurice Reed 37:35 6th
15th Alfredo Verna 37:40 7th
16th John Crawford 50:00 22nd
17th Robert Bowyer 38:02 8th
18th Paula Jennings 60:19 29th
19th Kevin Jennings 45:34 17th
20th Duncan Turner 50:38 23rd
21st David Richards 50:52 24th
22nd Malcolm Campbell 39:59 13th
23rd Kevin Ross 39:01 10th
24th Adam Etches 60:13 28th
25th Natelle Coles 51:31 25th
26th John Turner 44:01 16th
27th Fran Crawford 56:14 27th
28th Ian Blatchford 46:47 20th
29th Diana Braverman 74:30 30th
Braverman Terry 43:02
After the race, competitors enjoyed sandwiches and drinks at the Prince Albert, Ely where Deborah Jennings received the clubs’ perpetual shield for being the first Ely Runner to finish.
NORWICH HALF MARATHON, SUNDAY 15TH JUNE 2003
One Ely Runners travelled to the fine City of Norwich for this popular half-marathon. Conditions for the undulating rural course were hot and sunny with a slight breeze. There were 1018 finishers.
John Turner 1:34:09 (157th)
MILTON PARK 5K TRAIL RUN, TUESDAY 17TH JUNE 2003
Some astonishing results from this race, which was held in Milton Park on a very hot and humid evening. The course was a two loop run on well kept paths….but was less than the 5k advertised (apparently)
Peter Gipp 16:27 (1st VetM Team)
Torsten Lytken 16:37 (Team prize)
Peter Harris 18:35 (Team prize)
Deborah Jennings 20:09 (2nd SnF)
Nicola Finn 23:23
CLEVEDON 10K ROAD RACE, TUESDAY 17TH JUNE 2003
John Turner was 82nd of 214 finishers in a time of 41:52. Conditions for the flat course of rural lanes were warm and windy.
BEDFORD HALF MARATHON, SHARNBROOK, SUNDAY 22ND JUNE 2003
Maurice Reed finished 6th of 133 runners in a time of 1:29:48 on an undulating course in hot conditions.
BRIDGES 4X2.4M RELAY, WESTMINSTER, THURSDAY 27TH JUNE 2003
Stephen Howard ran the 3rd leg for Morgan Stanley’s 1st team who finished 7th out of 60 men’s teams in a time of 54:09. They were 3rd out of 44 London Business Houses AAA teams for which he received a bronze medal. Stephens’s time was a brisk 13:16 which was the 25th fastest out of 272 individual M/F laps. The race started at Westminster Bridge as Big Ben struck 7.00pm, and the course included the Embankment, Vauxhall Bridge, Millbank, Lambeth Bridge and back to Westminster.
NORTH DOWN 30K, THONG, (REAL NAME!) KENT, SUNDAY 29TH JUNE 2003
Two Ely Runners were among 375 finishers in this popular trail race along hilly paths, tracks and lanes over the North Downs via Shorne, Park Pale, North Downs Way, Holly Hill, Great Buckland, Luddesdown, Henley Street and Cobham.
Torsten Lytken 2:27:59 (56th)
John Turner 2:33:52 (77th) (event PB)
MIDSUMMER 5M, DOWNHAM MARKET, THURSDAY 3RD JULY 2003
One Ely Runners travelled the short distance to Downham Market for this evening race. Conditions were damp and breezy. There were 128 finishers.
Alan Rutterford 30:54 (23rd) PB
EVAC 5M, SUNDAY 6TH JULY 2003
Two members took part in this EVAC event. I don’t know where it was, but conditions were hot and sunny, and there were about 35 competitors!!
Maurice Reed 30:38 (4th) (1st MV40)
Peter Harris 33:56 (20th) (3rd MV50)
NEWMARKET 10K, SUNDAY 6TH JULY 2003
Only one member took part in this local race (although I think other wish they had) due to another race on the same day. Conditions were very warm and sunny, and the course had been changed to a two loop event missing out the race course altogether. There were 134 finishers.
John Crisp 39:38 (18th)
SUTTON FEAST BEAST 7 MILE, SUNDAY 6TH JULY 2003
Eight Ely Runners were among the 66 finishers. Conditions were hot.
Peter Gipp 40:30 (3rd)
Kevin Ross 40:32 (4th)
Torsten Lytken 40:38 (5th)
Alan Rutterford 43:00 (11th)
Ray Harding 45:37 (13th) (1st MV45-55)??
Duncan Turner 54:43 (39th)
Meng-Han Kuok 55:27 (41st)
Adam Etches 65:27 (56th)
CHASE CORPORATE CHALLENGE 3.5M, BATTERSEA PARK, WEDNESDAY 9TH JULY 2003
Stephen Howard ran the Chase Corporate Challenge 3.5m race in Battersea Park. It is a mass participation event, which attracted over 12,000 runners/joggers/walkers. The course twisted around the Park on a combination of tarmac, gravel and grass. Stephen finished with a time of 20:10 (a PB by over 1 min) and finished 3rd out of 760 Morgan Stanley employees. Conditions were hot, humid and still.
PETERBOROUGH POLICE 10K ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 13TH JULY 2003
Eight Ely Runners were among the 416 finishers in this popular CRRL event. Conditions for the mainly level (except for the last 2k) course of parkland tracks and quiet lanes and roads were hot and sunny with a light breeze.
Stephen Howard 36:52 (14th) PB
Maurice Reed 38:04 (23rd) (2nd MV40)
Torsten Lytken 39:06 (35th)
Peter Gipp 39:07 (36th) (4th MV40)
John Crisp 40:02 (54th)
Alan Rutterford 41:05 (70th)
John Turner 42:17 (83rd) (3rd MV55)
Peter Harris 43:43 (111)
ST IVES’DAIRY CREST’ 10K, SUNDAY 20TH JULY 2003
On 20/07/03 race 5 of the 9 stage series of the CRRL was held at St Ives with a warm and breezy course ahead of the 13 Ely Runners who took part. There were 334 finishers.
Stephen Howard 36:49 (14th) PB
Kevin Ross 37:51 (22nd)
Peter Gipp 38:04 (25th)
Maurice Reed 38:09 (26th)
William Clapp 38:53 (32nd)
Malcolm Campbell 39:39 (40th)
Alan Rutterford 41:01 (65th)
Darren Murfitt 41:39 (70th)
John Turner 42:04 (77th)
Peter Harris 42:06 (78th)
Deborah Jennings 46:40 (137th)
Ian Blatchford 47:27 (151st)
Nicola Finn 53:23 (231st)
ST IVES 3K FUN RUN, SUNDAY 20TH JULY 2003
The fun run took place before the main race with 87 finishers.
Jake Rutterford (10) 14:57 (36th)
Michael Heath (7) 17:29 (58th)
Emily Blatchford (8) 18:14 (66th) (3rd Under 9 Girl)
Sally Blatchford (??) 18:17 (67th)
DOUG ANDERSON MEMORIAL 5K, BEDFORD, WEDNESDAY 30TH JULY 2003
Alan Rutterford finished the two lap course 39th of a record 270 runners in a time of 19:01 which was a Personal Best by 30 seconds. Conditions for the 2.5k lap course were hot and humid.
BRANDON FERN HOPPERS, WIBBLY WOBBY LOG JOG, FRIDAY 1ST AUGUST 2003
It was that time of year again when human lemmings run around Thetford Forest, leaping over logs, running through muddy puddles and throwing themselves off the top of unbelievably steep slopes. 2003 saw a record entry of 269 runners (250 finished). This is a remarkable figure for what is a ‘fun race’. Runners travelled from all over East Anglia and other parts and Ely Runners were represented by a team of six. The conditions were warm, humid and ‘muggy’ following recent heavy rain (which was to be the last significant rainfall for nearly six weeks!!)
Peter Gipp 31:39 (13th/250)
John Crisp 33:06 (20th)
Alan Rutterford 33:43 (28th)
John Turner 36:08 (51st)
Ian Blatchford 38:35 (80th)
Lana Chalmers 47:20 (186th)
WELLINGBOROUGH 5 MILE ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 3RD AUGUST 2003
Alan Rutterford found that the hot conditions and the unfamiliar course results in a slower than intended time. Nonetheless, he finished 32nd of 290 runners in a time of 32:32.
EASTERN VETS AC 5K ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP, CAMBRIDGE, SUNDAY 3RD AUGUST 2003
On a one lap course through Granchester, Maurice Reed was 2nd MV40 in a time of 18:34 and MV65 John Fordham finished in a time of 24:17. Conditions were hot.
ASSEMBLY LEAGUE 3.5 MILE, VICTORIA PARK, LONDON, THURSDAY 7TH AUGUST 2003
Stephen Howard went along on the ‘offchance’ to this event and finished 20th out of 166 finishers in a time of 19:35. Conditions were very hot (31C) with a hazy sun and a light breeze.
GWR TOWPATH 10K, ASHTON, FRIDAY 8TH AUGUST 2003-09-11
One member was working in Cirencester on a Friday afternoon in early August and decided to enter a local race instead of spending the ‘rush hours’ on the M45 and M25!!. The course was and out and back route over crushed stone footpaths and although much of the race was in the shade, conditions were very hot. There were 149 finishers.
John Turner 42:50 (56th)
YEOVIL TOWN RRC 5K ROAD RACE, WEDNESDAY 13TH AUGUST 2003
Although unable to train as much as he would like due to work and family commitments, William Clapp entered this flat race to run in warm conditions on country roads around the Royal Navy air base at Yeovilton, Somerset. However, he managed to avoid a ‘personal worst’ time by 2 seconds and stayed within the 17-18 minutes time zone he has always achieved for the 5k races, despite six months of less than consistent training. His official time was 17:52 and he finished in the top 20 out of nearly 100 runners.
THORNEY 5 MILE RACE, SUNDAY 17TH AUGUST 2003-09-11
Five members were among the 205 (161 men + 44 women) finishers in this County Championships and CRRL event.
Stephen Howard 28:29 (13th) (9th SM) PB
Torsten Lytken 30:20 (23rd) (15th SM)
Maurice Reed 30:52 (28th) (4th MV40)
John Turner 33:24 (61st) (4th MV55)
John Fordham 41:04 (131st) (5th MV65)
PETERBOROUGH 5K SERIES, WEDNESDAY 20TH AUGUST 2003
William Clapp thought he started too slowly for the important first downhill kilometre of this fast event to find that he had left too much to do, despite subsequently overtaking many runners, to avoid his slowest time for a 5k. However, he still managed to finish 23rd out of about 130 runners in a time of 17:56 on a flat course of mainly narrow footpaths, which made overtaking difficult and time consuming. Conditions were warm and dry.
JORDAN’S BEDFORD TRIATHLON, SUNDAY 24TH AUGUST 2003
Malcolm Campbell finished in an overall position of 143rd out of 350 entrants. His times for the Olympic distances were:
Run (10k) 42:45
OVERALL TIME 2:30:10
GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE 10K, MONDAY 25TH AUGUST 2003
Although tired from two days hard training, Alan Rutterford produced a good time of 41:44 for this undulating mixed terrain course of estate roads and tracks including a long steep hill over rough grass to the finish. He finished 37th of about 300 runners and conditions were warm and dry.
NEWSTEAD ABBEY 3 MILE DASH, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2003
Stephen Howard was on holiday in the Midlands and managed to find a scenic, out and back 3 mile run on undulating roads within the Abbey grounds. Conditions were cool by recent standards, overcast with a brisk breeze. Stephen finished in a time of 16:16 and came 8th/165 finishers.
THE BEAST (14 MILE TRAIL RACE), CORFE CASTLE, DORSET, SUNDAY 31ST AUGUST 2003
Three Ely Runners travelled 200 miles to Dorset for this tough race over the Purbeck Hills and Dorset Coastal Path. Conditions for the scenic but twisting course of hilly and rough paths and tracks, with steep ascents and descents were warm and sunny with a light breeze on the coast. There was a record 425 finishers.
Torsten Lytken 1:32:34 (23rd) (8th SM)
Peter Gipp 1:35:19 (35th) (19th MV40-49)
John Turner 1:44:44 (87th) (16th MV50-59)
GREAT BARFIELD 10K MIXED TERRAIN, ESSEX, SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2003
Birgitta Bramley confirmed her continuing good form with 20th overall place of 72 runners in a time of 43:41. She was 2nd lady and 1st FV36-49. Conditions were warm and sunny with a light breeze for the undulating course of farm tracks and lanes.
WISSEY HALF MARATHON, OXBOROUGH, SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2003
Five members were among the 148 finishers in this scenic half marathon along gently undulating rural lanes and roads. Conditions were warm and sunny with a light breeze.
Darren Murfitt 1:30:03 (31st)
Alan Rutterford 1:30:32 (32nd) PB
John Turner 1:34:16 (50th)
Karen Foreman 2:12:28 (140th)
Colin Doak 2:16:26 (144th)
WELWYN GARDEN CITY 10M ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2003
Conditions were mild with no wind for this two lap course of roads around the Garden City.
Stephen Howard 58:30 (25th) PB
John Fordham (5m only) 40:13
STANSTED SLOG HALF MARATHON TRAIL RACE, SOUTH DOWNS, SUNDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2003
In form Stephen Howard finished 6th of over 200 runners in a time of 1:30:50, only about 5 mins behind the winner. The attractive hilly, off-road course up and down the South Downs included stiles, soft fields, rough, steep paths, forest trails and grassy trails. Conditions were warm (25C) and sunny with a light breeze.
CHARIOTS OF FIRE 6X1.7 MILE RELAY, CAMBRIDGE, SUNDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2003
A total of ten Ely Runners were representing teams for this popular charity event in Cambridge. Six Vet. Members were in the John Turner Seed Developments team, which finished as 1st veterans team and 10th overall out of 373 teams in a time of 60:46. Peter Gipp ran the final leg in the team’s fastest time of 09:22. Other times were: John Turner 10:35, Charlie Barker 10:30, Rod Baron 09:50. Maurice Reed 09:30 and Ray Harding 10:00. Colin Doak ran 11:30 for SSL International who finished 44th in 1:08:12, Torsten Lytken ran 09:15 for Malles Griot who were 56th in a time of 1:09:11 and Fran Crawford ran 13:30 for Sirus Pharmaceuticals who were 261st in 1:21:47.
SAFFRON WALDEN MIXED TERRAIN 10K, SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2003
Six Ely Runners plus John Turner’s son Geoffrey were among the 295 finishers over an undulating course of roads and tracks through the Audley End Estate and Saffron Walden town centre.
John Crisp 39:13 (23rd)
Maurice Reed 39:44 (25th)
Alan Rutterford 40:48 (34th)
John Turner 41:40 (41st)
Ian Blatchford 47:27 (115th)
Geoffrey Turner 52:47 (196th)
Colin Doak 56:09 (247th)
RAMSEY MIXED TERRAIN HALF MARATHON, SUNDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER 2003
Ely Runners’ Darren Murfitt was 10th of 98 finishers in a time of 1:27:09, which was his best half marathon time for two years. Conditions for the flat course of rural roads and droves were cool, dry and windy.
CAMBRIDGE WILDLIFE 10K ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2003
Ten members, and one potential new member were among the 882 finishers in this flat but twisting course of roads and paths on the west side of Cambridge. Conditions were cool and bright.
Stephen Howard 35:38 (25th) PB
Torsten Lytken 36:57 (38th)
Maurice Reed 37:57 (56th) (15th MV40-49)
John Crisp 38:16 (60th)
Alan Rutterford 39:20 (81st) PB
John Turner 41:31 (141st) (9th MV50-59)
Kevin Jennings 44:56 (266th)
Nicola Finn 51:36 (536th) PB
Karen Foreman 52:15 (549th)
Sarah Upside 55:00 (664th)
Colin Doak 55:00 (665th)
SCUNTHORPE RUNNING CLUB 6 MILE CHAMPIONSHIP, THURSDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2003
Darren Murfitt finished 8th out of 10 entrants in a time of 38:45. The course consisted of 3x2 mile laps of footpaths. Conditions were mild with strong winds.
FROSTBITE LEAGUE (ROUND1), ST NEOTS, SUNDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2003
Ely Runners came 4th (540 points) out of 15 teams in an extremely high standard race. There were 290 finishers in the 5 mile race over stone/concrete farm roads and field margins. It was a much better start for the club than in 2002 league when we finished 7th in the first race, but went on to finish in overall 2nd place.
Team Scoring Positions: First 8 men and first 2 women.
Stephen Howard 28:37 (14th)
Torsten Lytken 29:37 (23rd)
Alfredo Verna 30:00 (29th)
Peter Gipp 30:25 (35th)
Maurice Reed 30:57 (46th)
John Crisp 30:59 (47th)
Darren Murfitt 31:28 (55th)
Alan Rutterford 32:18 (74th)
Diana Gipp 33:13 (95th)
Birgitta Bramley 34:39 (122nd)
Other Ely Runners
Ray Harding 32:51 (88th)
Charlie Barker 33:29 (102nd)
John Turner 33:48 (108th)
Kevin Jennings 35:15 (133rd)
Deborah Jennings 36:14 (150th) PB
John Fordham 38:24 (188th)
Karen Foreman 41:58 (233rd) PB
Colin Doak 43:41 (253rd)
SELF-TRANSCENDENCE 2 MILE, JESUS GREEN, CAMBRIDGE, SUNDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2003
Five members and one potential new member were among 18 finishers in this inaugural event on a 2-lap course of grass and tarmac paths on Jesus Green, Cambridge. Conditions for the 0900 start were cold, dry with frozen ground.
Stephen Howard 11:01 (1st)
Torsten Lytken 11:13 (3rd)
Maurice Reed 12:06 (4th)
John Turner 13:04 (1st MV50-59)
John Fordham 14:16 (1st MV60-69)
Geoffrey Turner 13:41 (1st intermediate)
ADINGDON MARATHON, OXFORDSHIRE, SUNDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2003
Diana Gipp was among 400 runners for this popular race which was her first road marathon. She completed the first lap in 1:35:00, but in the second lap, a combination of blisters and high winds took their toil, but she was still able to finish with a respectable time of 3:34:00.
BEACHY HEAD MARATHON, EASTBOURNE, SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER 2003
Six Ely Runners were among the 500 entrants for this popular but tough (4,000ft of climb in 26.2 miles) marathon along the hilly paths and ancient tracks of the South Downs including the Seven Sisters cliffs and Beachy Head. Stephen Howard ran a superb race to finish 10th overall in a time of 3:21, the best ever place and time achieved by an Ely Runner in this event.
Stephen Howard 3:21 (10th) (Course PB, best place/time by an Ely Runner)
Torsten Lytken 3:35 (26th) (first marathon)
Peter Gipp 3:46 (47th) (course MV40 PB)
Darren Murfitt 3:53 (65th)
John Crisp 4:02 (90th) (first trail marathon)
John Turner 4:14 (139th) (course MV55 PB)
FENLAND 10 MILE ROAD RACE, WISBECH, SUNDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2003
Seven Ely Runners were among the 200 runners on this flat fenland course. Conditions were bright and sunny with a light but cold wind. (John Turner doing particularly well after yesterday’s Beachy Head Marathon!!)
Maurice Reed 1:03:33 (26th)
Alan Rutterford 1:06:34 (49th) (PB)
Kevin Jennings 1:12:39 (94th)
Deborah Jennings 1:16:16 (121st) (1st 10M race)
John Turner 1:17:57 (132nd)
Natalle Coles 1:23:15 (165th) (1st 10M race)
Karen Foreman 1:28:21 (185th) (1st 10M race)
FROSTBITE LEAGUE (ROUND2) BUSHFIELD SUNDAY 9TH NOVEMBER2003
Ely Runners came 2nd (450 points) out of 15 teams in another high standard race of the 2003/04 series. There were 395 finishers in the 5-mile race of level footpaths and roads.
Team Scoring Positions: First 8 men and first 2 women.
Stephen Howard 28:13 (13th)
Torsten Lytken 29:55 (23rd)
Peter Gipp 29:57 (24th)
William Clapp 30:21 (33rd)
John Crisp 30:25 (34th)
David Blakeley 30:29 (36th)
Maurice Reed 30:45 (40th)
Darren Murfitt 31:11 (49th)
Diana Gipp 32:42 (84th)
Birgitta Bramley 34:26 (114th)
Other Ely Runners
Alan Rutterford 31:43 (60th)
Rod Baron 31:48 (62nd)
Ray Harding 32:39 (82nd)
John Turner 33:08 (92nd)
Charlie Barker 33:21 (93rd)
Peter Bovill 34:07 (109th)
Sue Bethell 39:29 (203rd)
Natalle Coles 39:55 (211th)
Karen Foreman 41:27 (232nd)
BISHOPS STOFTFOD 10 MILE ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2003
Ely Runner Maurice Reed finished this race in 49th position out of 429 runners in a time of 1:03:17 and was 13th MV40. Conditions for the undulating course were dry with a cold wind.
ST NEOTS HALF-MARATHON, SUNDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2003
Eight Ely Runners were among the 772 runners who competed the undulating course of mainly rural roads. Conditions were cool, bright and sunny with a cold wind.
Torsten Lytken 1:22:16 (18th) PB
Alan Rutterford 1:29:24 (69th) PB
John Turner 1:35:42 (145th)
Charlie Barker 1:37:42 (181st)
Kevin Jennings 1:40:39 (227th)
Natalle Coles 1:45:43 (323rd) PB
Karen Foreman 1:53:16 (467th) PB
Colin Doak 2:06:44 (657th)
INTER-FINANCIAL SERVICES X/C CHAMPS, RICHMOND PARK, WEDNESDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2003
Stephen Howard came 22nd out of a field of approx. 120 in a time of 35:13. The course was 5.75 miles long incorporating a 2-lap circuit; it was slippery and soft in places with standing water.
HADLEIGH 10M ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2003
Maurice Reed finished 27th out of 221in a time of 1:03:25. Conditions for the undulating course were sunny.
NENE VALLEY 10M, BRETTON, PETERBOROUGH, SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2003
Seven Ely Runners were among the 365 finishers in this high standard two-lap race over cycleways and footpaths around the bleak suburbs (JT’s words not mine!!) of Peterborough.
Maurice Reed 1:01:57 (41st)
Torsten Lytken 1:02:23 (45th)
Alan Rutterford 1:08:04 (97th)
Kevin Jennings 1:13:00 (154th)
Colin Doak 1:29:58 (304th)
Karen Foreman 1:31:59 (319th)
Paula Jennings 1:50:32 (363rd)
FROSTBITE LEAGUE (ROUND 3) SWAVESEY, SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER 2003
Ely Runners came 3rd which was a very good results considering the large number of ‘top’ Ely Runners who were unable to run. There were 209 competitors.
Team scoring positions (first 8 men, 2 women):
Stephen Howard 32:01 (15th)
Torsten Lytken 32:54 (19th)
William Clapp 33:20 (23rd)
Maurice Reed 33:48 (27th)
Alan Rutterford 34:15 (38th)
Darren Murfitt 34:35 (40th)
Rob Baron 35:58 (55th)
Ray Harding 36:09 (59th)
Diana Gipp 36:06 (58th)
Sue Bethell 43:51 (152nd)
Other Ely Runners:
Charlie Barker 36:34 (72nd)
Kevin Jennings 38:23 (93rd)
John Turner 38:43 (98th)
John Fordham 43:59 (153rd)
Natalle Coles 44:29 (159th)
Ian Blatchford 44:37 (161st)
Karen Foreman 46:28 (173rd)
GREAT BARFORD HALF-MARATHON, SUNDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2003
One member travelled to Bedfordshire for this annual half-marathon. There were about 1000 finishers.
David Richards 1:57:58 (703rd)
NYTAARSLOEBET 10K, ODENSE, DENMARK, WEDNESDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2003
One member returned to his native Demark during the Christmas break and took part in a 10K race, which attracted 504 runners despite –4 degrees of frost. The course was gently undulating on paved and un-paved paths.
Torsten Lytken 37:31 (19th)
ELY RUNNERS NYE 10K, LITTLE DOWNHAM, WEDNESDAY 31ST DECEMBER 2003
Five members of the club took part in our own race on New Year’s Eve. The conditions were cold, but dry and bright and there were 462 finishers.
John Crisp 39:11 (62nd)
Ray Harding 41:54 (119th)
Kevin Jennings 45:30 (194th)
David Richards 47:12 (222nd)
Sarah Sharpe 50:20 (282nd)
Colin Doak 53:35 (345th)
Fran Crawford 55:36 (374th)
Paula Jennings 1:07:14 (455th)