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Autumn/Winter training at Ely College each Tuesday. Training starts at 7pm.
Sun 24 November - Ely Festive 5K Fun Run
Sat 7 December - Sportshall, Cambridge
Sun 8 December - Frostbite League 3, Ramsey
Sun 5 January - Cambridgeshire XC Championships, St Neots
Sat 11 January - County Schools XC, Netherhall School
Sun 12 January - Frostbite League 4, March
? - Ely Runners XC Championships
Sun 2 February - Frostbite League 5, Bourne Woods
Sun 1 March - Frostbite League 6, Jubilee Park, Huntingdon
This was another successful outing for the team at Nene Park with a 5th place finish on the day. After two matches this puts us in third position in the League overall. The next fixture, on the 8th December, is at the 1940's Camp in Ramsey. This a new venue for us which means a new course for the Juniors to run. See the Frostbite web site for a course map and details of parking, etc.
7 Patrick Bond; 21 Oli taylor; 44 Jeremy White; 60 Leo d'Ayala; 61 Poppy Baddeley; 65 Tom d'Ayala; 80 Grace Brinkley; 153 Noa Matsushita; 165 Maddalena Bone; 167 Freya Baddeley; 185 George Smith
On another wet day the main Half Marathon event was cancelled due to problems on the course but the 5K fun run was a success for those Ely juniors taking part, with four achieving PB's in the damp conditions. This also closes the Anniversary Championships, full results to follow.
5th Patrick Bond, 17.46 pb; 10th Jacob Bell, 18.18 pb; 12th Adam Smeeton, 18.29, 25th Oliver Taylor, 19.54 pb; 36th Gemma Bridges, 20.51; 46th Ethan Cole, 21.36; 66th Joshua Taylor, 22.44 pb, 75th Eden Kirby-Cook, 23.20; 85th Poppy Baddeley, 22.41; 170th Maddalena Bone, 27.49; 178th Freya Baddeley, 26.58
It was a damp start to the day but the rain cleared by the start of the race. Patrick Bond led the team home on his debut in 8th place overall. Oli Taylor continued his good form to finish 34th with Jeremy White 49th. First girl for Ely was Poppy Baddeley in 65th with Grace Brinkley close behind in 76th to close the scoring team. This gave the team 4th place overall in the League after the first fixture with 5 more races to come.
Luckily the heavy rain from overnight and early in the morning had dried up and the weather remained dry throughout. There were some great races at the rearranged venue of Brands Field.
At the final fixture the team met at Jubilee Park in Huntingdon on a cold, wet and windy day. Over a soggy course the runners battled for every point and we came away with a final 5th place in the League. This is one place better than last year, and our second highest finish ever. Well done to everyone that has taken part this year.
Top scorer in 13th place was Adam, a pleasing finish to his last season as a Junior. At the other end of age scale Poppy finished as our first girl in 96th place.
Eight of the "regulars" made the long trip to Bourne for the fifth fixture. After a busy January fatigue is starting to set in but we came away with a battling 7th place on the day. Following our 5th place at the March race last month this still leaves us in 5th place in the League overall. This is one place higher than last year, so with a good turnout at the final fixture next month we can maintain this position.
It was a fine day for cross country running at the annual Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championships. Jacob Bell was out highest placed finisher in 9th. A dozen of the club's juniors took part throughout the day.
A smaller turnout this month but another 5th place on the day. This also keeps us in 5th place in the league overall with the first 3 of 6 fixtures completed.
The second match was held at Nene Park in Peterborough in mild conditions. We had some very good individual performances today with Adam finishing 11th, Oli 36th, Jeremy 43rd, Gemma 46th and Leo closing the scoring team in 88th. This gave us 6th place on the day and we drop down a couple of places to 5th in the League.
Eden had a super run at Rockingham to set a 5K pb and come away with a third place trophy. Jacob knocked a minute and a half off his pb at the Bonfire Burn 10K with an impressive 38:28.
A great result for the Junior Team with a third place finish in the first
of six matches.
Jacob was our top finisher with a fantastic 3rd place overall with Gemma
finishing strongly for an impressive 31st place overall and third girl.
Everyone contributed to help get our super low team score.
Could this be the start of our best season ever?
Full results at the Frostbite web site.
Given the current heat wave it is not surprising that we had a lovely warm evening for our annual medal races. It made a nice change from the torrential rain of last year's race. There was a better turnout than last year with some keenly contested races.
Club training takes place on Tuesday evenings throughout the year and is open to all competitive runners and those just training for fun and fitness.
For further details about membership contact our coaching co-ordinator Alan Rutterford:
alan =at= elyrunners.co.uk.
Winter training is based at Ely College every Tuesday. Training starts at 7pm. Hi-visibility vests or jackets are required for off site runs.
Between May and August Summer training is based at Amherst Field which is next to the Railway Station. This is again on Tuesday evenings starting at 7pm. Note that parking at the field is limited and there are not any changing or toilet facilities.
There is a 400m grass track on the large field that we use and we also head off on longer excursions along the river banks.
Athletes are divided into groups according to age, experience and ability.
Group 1 : Conan Fryer, Max d'Ayala, Tony Kirby-Cook
Group 2 : David Mould, Mark Bell, Andrew White
Group 3 : Alan Rutterford, Sarah Bell, Tanya Batchford
Cross country running is probably the main competitive element for junior members at Ely. We are part of the Frostbite League and aim to get as many junior runners taking part as possible.
In addition to the Frostbite League there are established schools' races at District and County level. Entry is usually by selection.
The Ryston Grand Prix is a local series of open events for all age groups. Many of our younger runners have enjoyed racing at these events.
For regional and national championship events runners must be registered with England Athletics and have a competition licence.
www.frostbiteleague.org.uk - fixtures, results, etc.
The Frostbite League has a race each month from October to March. Most of these are multi-terrain races rather than traditional cross country, with the exception of the first race at Priory Park in St Neots. Races are no longer than 1.5 miles making them suitable for beginners and younger runners.
The minimum age is 9 on the day of the race. The maximum age is 15 at the date of the first race in the series. For the league the first five to finish, including at least two girls and two boys, make up the scoring team. There are no individual prizes on the day but an award is made for the boy and girl runner of the series. If you race without wearing your club vest you will be disqualified!
There are currently 15 junior teams in the league. We joined the league in 2010.
This is a series of 6 open races from October to March for all ages and abilities. The races are all held at Shouldham Warren which is not far from Downham Market. Courses follow undulating forest trails through the pine plantations.
Age groups from Under 9 to Seniors and Veterans. Prizes for the first 3 in each category at each race. Series prizes if you complete three races.
Entries can be made on the day. There are no changing or toilet facilities so arrive ready to race.
The Cambridgeshire Athletic Association Cross Country Championships are held each year at the beginning of January. For the past few years the venue has been Priory Park in St Neots. This is a great venue that is also used for the first Frostbite Race of the season.
Juniors run in age group races for Under 11's (minimum age 8), U13's, U15's and U17's. Entries must be made in advance and are usually paid for by the club. There are team medals as well as individual medals. These races are used to select teams (of about 8) to represent Cambridgeshire at the Inter Counties Championships held later in the season.
This is one of the main inter-club races of the year and we aim to enter as many athletes as possible across the age groups.
Primary schools organise some inter-school cross country races in the Ely area. These are normally about a mile in distance.
For High Schools there is an established structure of trials and championship races. These are based on the best athletes being selected and progressing through the rounds. The stages are as follows:
As a club we normally have a fair representation at the District and County events. Some of our fastest runners have also represented Cambridgeshire at the Anglian Schools' and English Schools' races.
The Peterborough Grand Prix is probably the only local series of road races for juniors. There is a 3K race for those in Year 10 and below (U11/U13/U15) and a 5K race for those in Year 11 and above (U17 upwards). These start in June and take place every couple of weeks until the beginning of August. You need to complete 3 races to get a series placing and memento.
Note that the road race age groups are different to the track and field age groups.
Juniors 14 and above can attend these popular Thursday evening races. They are held over a variety of courses but all are 5 Km long.
Further information can be found here: saffronstriders.org.uk/kevin-henry-5k-league/
In the Summer months there are opportunities to take part in track races. Most of our younger runners take part in the District Schools' event and other inter-school competitions. Other than that there are mid-week development meetings at St Ives that are suitable for all ages and abilities. The County Champs are held in May for U13's upwards.
These timed runs are very popular and a lot of people use them for additional training. Make sure to register before your first race and print out your barcode.
Note that juniors won't normally "race" over 5K in a UK Athletics licensed cross country race until they are in Year 9 or above. The 2K Parkruns are more suitable for younger runners.