||ELGOOD'S BREWERY GREAT EAST RUN (20K ROAD RACE), BUNGAY
||New club records established by Melanie Fisher and Stephen Pettit
Ely Runner Stephen Pettit justified his recent award as most improved
newcomer by knocking 8 minutes off last year's time at the the Great East
Run on Sunday.
Stephen led home the group of five Ely runners all of whom set PBs at this
popular and well organised race round quiet and scenic rural roads in
Suffolk. The course was described by the organisers as flat apart from a
'small Suffolk hill' at the start and finish.
22 Stephen Pettit 1:16:52 (PB by 8 mins). MV40 Club Record
205 Dean Sheppard 1:38:00 (PB, First 20k)
239 Melanie Fisher 1:40:17 (PB, First 20k) SW Club Record
337 Jonathon Sykes 1:47:26 (PB, First 20k)
460 Kevin Jennings 1:59:11 (PB, First 20k)
Conditions were good throughout being cool and still.
The 542 finishers were further rewarded by a goody bag at the finish and a
bottle of Black Dog Ale.
More details at http://www.greateastrun.org.uk/ with photos at
||EASTERN VETERANS AC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, WIMPOLE PARK, ARRINGTON
||Alfredo Verna 2nd MV45, Peter Gipp 3rd MV45, Ely 2nd Mens Team.
Four Ely Runners ran in these local cross country championships on a hilly
and frozen parkland course in the shadow of Wimpole Hall.
The men's (MV35-MV65) race consisted of two laps, reportedly 8k in length
but GPS-measured distance of about 7.32 km (4.55m).
The ladies race was shorter, a single lap at around 4k.
Men's Race (39 finishers)
8 Alfredo Verna 25:56 (2nd MV45)
12 Peter Gipp 26:50 (3rd MV45)
19 Graham Chapman 28:57 (Course PB)
Men's Team Results (3 to score)
1st Bedford & County 31
2nd Ely Runners 39
3rd Bedford Harriers 64
Ladies Race (11 FV finishers plus 8 MV70+)
10 Lisa Redman 17:58
Conditions were good being still, dry and sunny although the frozen ground
made the course hard underfoot.
||WYRE FOREST 8 (8.6 MILES), SUNDAY 10 FEB 2008
||Ely Runner Adam Etches travelled to Worcestershire for this scenic and challenging race.
The hilly and muddy course followed tracks through Wyre Forest.
Adam finished in 11th place (5th SM) out of 285 finishers in a time of 56:04.
Conditions were clear with a ground frost
||ST VALENTINES 30K, STAMFORD
||There were 8 Ely Runners amongst the 608 finishers in this tough single loop
race on undulating roads around Stamford, South Lincolnshire.
Conditions on the day were perfect for running being cool, clear and sunny with little wind.
11th Ian Day 1:54:37 (PB, Club MV35 record)
23rd John Manlow 1:58:52
118th Simon Jackson 2:14:36 (PB)
301st Ian Blatchford 2:32:30 (PB, First 30k race)
345th Fraser Badcock 2:38:13
363rd David Richards 2:40:21
434th Nicola Bramley 2:46:13
553rd Colin Doak 3:08:37
Second Claim Ely Runner
33rd Alex Tate 2:02:03 (Muddy Mucky Munkeys)
Results and race report at http://www.stamfordstriders.co.uk/Pages/30k.htm
||WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON, WOKINGHAM, BERKSHIRE
||Ely Runner Charlie Barker came 287th out of 1997 finishers in a PB time of 1:29:48.
Perfect conditions and a suitably flat course helped him to knock more than
a minute off his previous best time and achieve his first sub-1:30 half.
Results at http://www.wokinghamhalfmarathon.co.uk/
||FROSTBITE FRIENDLY LEAGUE, 5.0 MILES, BOURNE WOODS,INCORPORATING ELY RUNNERS 2007-08 CROSS-COUNTRY C
||Ely Runners 3rd of 15 teams
Alex Tate overall winner and Natalle Etches 1st female for Ely Runners
Personal bests for Alex Tate & Steve Tovey
There were 21 Ely Runners amongst the 363 finishers in this fifth of the six 2007-08 races. The undulating 5.0 miles course was on packed woodland paths and slightly muddy tracks. Ely Runners were 3rd and retained their 4th overall position in the League. The first 10 to finish, including at least 3 ladies, make up the scoring team but all finishers influence the overall result. Members helping with the team and incorporated club championships were Eric Drury (Team Manager), Tony Hall (transport and kit), Rod Baron (timing, photographs and results), and Emily Knight (timing). Official results:
Ely Scoring Team
1st Alex Tate 26.50 5m XC PB (26:49)*
11th John Manlow 29:33 1st 5m XC (29:32)*
15th Stephen Pettit 29:47
23rd Peter Gipp 30:34
50th Adam Etches 32:16
55th Stephen Howard 32:26
63rd Steve Tovey 32:57 5m XC PB (32:56)*
108th Natalle Etches 34:51
135th Birgitta Bramley 35:52
191st Rachel Roberts 38:46
Ely Other Results
68th Graham Chapman 33:08
85th Darren Murfitt 33:59
98th Charlie Barker 34:28
175th Adrian Stokes 37:46 1st 5m XC (37:45)*
196th Steve Collett 38:55 1st 5m XC (38:50)*
198th John Turner 38:58
201st Heidi Fochtmann 39:05 1st 5m XC (39:03)*
211th Melanie Fisher 39:37 1st 5m XC (39:31)*
249th Mary Gates 41:23
255th Julie Foreman 41:43
271st Lisa Redman 42:41
Team Results (from 15)
1st NVH 377 15 points 2nd overall (68 points)
2nd Riverside 481 14 points 1st overall (74 points)
3rd Ely Runners 652 13 points 4th overall (54 points)
4th Hunts AC 809 12 points 3rd overall (62 points)
5th Werrington 839 11 points 5th overall (50 points)
6th Bourne 847 10 points 8th overall (43 points)
7th BRJ 928 9 points 6th overall (46) points)
8th Ramsey 1043 8 points 10th overall (30 points)
Ely Runners Incorporated Cross-Country Championships - Results
1st Male Alex Tate
2nd Male John Manlow
3rd Male Stephen Pettit
1st Female Natalle Etches
2nd Female Birgitta Bramley
3rd Female Rachel Roberts
1st Age Graded Male Alex Tate (79.98%)
2nd Age Graded Male Stephen Pettit (76.21%) 3rd Age Graded overall
3rd Age Graded Male Peter Gipp (75.33%)
1st Age Graded Female Birgitta Bramley (77.08%) 2nd Age Graded overall
2nd Age Graded Female Natalle Etches (68:32%)
3rd Age Graded Female Rachel Roberts (62.17%)
Conditions were quite good, being cold but dry and sunny with a light wind.
*Accurate gun times for these championships are used for the above PBs and 1st 5m XC times.
For the full FFL results see www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/results.htm
||WELLINGBOROUGH MULTI-TERRAIN 15k (ROUND 2 of 3)
||Ian Day 1st in 15k again
This 3 race series of events includes 15k, 10k and 5k options. Ely Runner Ian Day finished the 15k course 1st of 85 runners in 53:13 which was 1:24 faster than when he won the Round 1 race last month. This time he led for the first 2.5 laps but was then overtaken. However he kept calm and close to regain the lead in the last 100m with a sprint finish. Ian is also 1st overall with a maximum 1,000 points and 5 points clear of his nearest rival with one race to go. The course was about half woodland tracks/roads and half soft grassland. Conditions were drier than in January except that it was very windy.
||TRING TO TOWN 40 MILES ULTRA RACE
||Good time for Ian Green in first 40m Ultra
As part of his preparation for Ironman France later this year, Ely Runner Ian Green completed this mainly level run of about 40m following the Grand Union Canal from Tring to the finish near to Kew Gardens in 6 hours 37 minutes. The race had the option of running westwards on Saturday or eastwards on Sunday. Conditions were cool and dry but with a strong headwind in places.
||SEAA CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, PARLIAMENT HILL, HAMPSTEAD HEATH, LONDON
||There were five Ely Runners amongst the 832 finishers in the hotly contested Senior Men's race of 15 km (9 miles) on a three lap waterlogged course of unrelenting hills and mud. Official results:
53rd Alex Tate 52:14
146th Ian Day 56:33
261st John Crisp 60:06
453rd Stephen Howard 65:37
574th Graham Chapman 69:15
Snooker player Ronnie O'Sullivan was an impressive 189th in 57:33. He was reported to have taken up running instead of spending £100 an hour on therapy for his mood swings and now prefers running to snooker.
A blustery wind with sunny skies and mild temperatures made for a memorable and enjoyable race.
||FOLKSWORTH 15M ROAD RACE
||Club MV50 record & personal best for Graham Chapman
Club MV55 record for Charlie Barker
Personal bests for John Manlow, Simon Jackson, Ian Blatchford, Simon Bottomley & Nick Dowdy
There were 9 Ely Runners amongst the 435 finishers in this testing London Marathon preparation event. The two lap undulating course had very steep hills at 7 miles and just before the finish. Official results:
12th John Manlow 1:34:24 PB (1st 15m)
62nd Graham Chapman 1:44:14 Club MV50 record by 3:11 & PB by 6:16
81st Simon Jackson 1:46:19 PB
101st Charlie Barker 1:49:03 Club MV55 record by 17:49
105th Stephen Tovey 1:50:00
271st John Crawford 2:07:30
274th Ian Blatchford 2:08:07 PB (1st 15m)
292nd Simon Bottomley 2:09:54 PB (1st 15m)
320th Nick Dowdy 2:13:53 PB (1st 15m)
Conditions were very mild, dry and with strong winds.
||WELLINGBOROUGH MULTI-TERRAIN 15k (ROUND 1)
||Ian Day 1st in 15k
This series of events includes 15k, 10k and 5k options. Ely Runner Ian Day finished the 15k course 1st of 86 runners in 54:37 compared to 55:09 last year, when he was 4th. The course was about half woodland tracks/roads and half soft grassland. Conditions were very muddy but the weather was mild and windy without rain.
||FROSTBITE FRIENDLY LEAGUE, 5.2 MILES MIXED TERRAIN, RAMSEY
||Ely Runners 2nd of 15 teams and improve to 4th overall in the League
Craig Holgate 3rd male and Natalle Etches 4th female overall
There were 23 Ely Runners amongst the 383 official finishers in this fourth of the six 2007-08 league races. The almost level course of about 5.2 miles was on grass, mixed terrain tracks and concrete farm roads. Ely Runners were 2nd and improved from 7th to 4th team overall. The first 10 to finish, including at least 3 ladies, make up the scoring team but all finishers influence the overall result. Eric Drury was Team manager and Tony Hall assisted with transport. Official results (times to follow):
Ely Scoring Team
3rd Craig Holgate
10th John Crisp
11th John Manlow 1st race for Ely Runners
15th Stephen Pettit
26th Peter Gipp
28th Adam Etches
54th Stephen Howard
102nd Natalle Etches
121st Birgitta Bramley
230th Heidi Fochtman
Ely Other Results
78th Graham Chapman
82nd Steve Tovey
85th Darren Murfitt
103rd Charlie Barker
166th Adrian Stokes
185th John Turner
231st Melanie Fisher
237th Emma Greaves
250th Steve Collett
264th Nigel Leadbetter
270th Claire Irons
284th Julie Foreman
323rd Emily Knight
Team Results (from 15)
1st Riverside 519 15 points 1st overall (60 points)
2nd Ely Runners 600 14 points 4th overall (41 points)
3rd Hunts AC 743 13 points 3rd overall (50 points)
4th C&C 835 12 points 7th overall (37 points)
5th NVH 890 11 points 2nd overall (53 points)
6th Werrington 913 10 points 5th overall (39 points)
7th BRJ 987 9 points 8th overall (37 points)
8th Ramsey 1048 8 points 10th overall (22 points)
Conditions were wet underfoot but the weather was dry, mild and and fairly windy.
For the full results see www.frostbiteleague.org.uk and photos www.photoboxgallery.com/MarxPix50
||CAMBRIDGESHIRE AA CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, ST NEOTS
||10k and 6k
||Ely Runners were represented by six men and one woman at these championships held on a soft parkland multiple lap courses with some muddy woodland paths. Official results:
Men's 10k Race (87 ran)
4th Alex Tate 35:08 4th SM
24th Peter Gipp 38:55 6th MV40
35th Max d'Ayala 40:27 8th MV40
37th Stephen Howard 41:04 9th MV40
42nd Graham Chapman 41:40 6th MV50
79th John Turner 51:39 3rd MV60
In the senior men's team (6 score) race, Ely were 6th of 9 clubs and in the veteran men's team (3 score) race, Ely were 4th of 11 clubs.
Based on his position, Alex Tate should be in the Cambridgeshire team for the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships at Nottingham in March.
Women's 6k Race (30 ran)
20th Lisa Redman 29:46 3rd FV35
Conditions were soft underfoot, cool and sunny
||SUFFOLK AA CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, HOLBROOK , IPSWICH
||Ely Runners Ian was 13th of 86 finishers in 41:32 on a course of about 11k at Holbrook Royal Hospital School south of Ipswich. There were three laps on parkland, playing fields, and around the River Stour defence system. It was undulating and a bit muddy in places. Conditions were sunny with not much wind.
Based on his performance, Ian will be considered for the Suffolk team for the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships at Nottingham in March.
||WYMONDHAM NEW YEAR'S DAY 10K ROAD RACE, MONDAY 1st JANUARY 2007
||Ely Runner Steve Presland finished 97th of 306 finishers in 45:32. Conditions were mild and windy.
||ROPSLEY RAID 'HALF MARATHON' (+), ROPSLEY, GRANTHAM, SUNDAY 7th JANUARY 2007
||Gina Handoll 3rd female
There were two Ely Runners amongst the finishers in this tough 13.4 miles trail race. Times:
Richard Handoll 2:03
Gina Handoll 2:06 (3rd female prize)
Conditions were mild and windy, and the course extremely muddy
||CAMBRIDGESHIRE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS, PRIORY PARK, ST NEOTS, SUNDAY 7th JANUARY 2007
||Graham Chapman establishes MV50 club record and John Turner 1st MV60
10k cross-country PBs for several members
Ely Runners were represented in the 10km senior/veteran men's championships and 6km senior women's championship. The courses were on variable laps (men 4, women 2) around the undulating park with some long stretches of muddy grass and waterlogged/muddy woodland tracks, which made for tough going. Official results:
Men (86 from U/20, SM, VM)
22nd Stephen Howard 39:16 5th MV40 10k XC PB
24th Ian Day 39:35 11th SM
57th Alan Rutterford 44:35 15th MV40 10k XC PB
59th Graham Chapman 44:35 6th MV50 club MV50 10k XC record
66th Hugh Burton 47:22 29th SM
69th John Turner 49:09 1st/4 MV60
85th Tom Gooch 1:00:59 24th MV40 10k XC PB
Women (39 from U20, SW, VW)
22nd Emma Greaves 29:32 7th SW
Ely Runners were 7th of 9 senior men's teams (6 score) and 6th of 10 veteran men's teams (3 score). Full results attached.
Conditions were mild and fairly windy.
||FROSTBITE FRIENDLY LEAGUE, 5.16 MILES MIXED TERRAIN, RAMSEY, SUNDAY 14th JANUARY 2007
||Ely Runners 2nd of 15 teams and improve to 2nd in the League
Alex Tate 1st male and improving Natalle Coles 3rd female.
There were 22 Ely Runners amongst the 395 official finishers in this fourth of the six 2006-07 league races. The almost level course of 5.16 miles was on grass, mixed terrain tracks and farm roads. Ely Runners were 2nd and improved from 3rd to 2nd team overall. The first 10 to finish, including at least 2 ladies, make up the scoring team but all finishers influence the overall result. Eric Drury was Team manager and Tony Hall assisted with transport. Official results:
Ely Scoring Team
8th Alex Tate 30:20
11th Ian Day 30:41
15th Glyn Loveday 31:03
20th Stephen Howard 31:34
24th Adam Etches 31:44
36th Peter Gipp 32:28
47th Max d'Ayala 32:59
66th Hugh Burton 34:17
109th Natalle Coles 36:16
124th Birgitta Bramley 36:54
Ely Other Results
83rd Kevin Fox 34:55
88th Alan Rutterford 35:13
97th Graham Chapman 35:40
100th Charlie Barker 35:50
120th Maurice Reed 36:51
136th Peter Harris 37:26
178th Richard Handoll 38:45
214th Nigel Leadbetter 39:59 1st race as an Ely Runner
312th Angela Chapman 44:51
317th Lisa Redman 45:04
341st Claire Law 46:28
390th Sarah Sharp 54:40
- Rachel Roberts dnf
- Tony Robinson dnf
- Heidi Fochtman dnf
Team Results (from 15)
1st Riverside 387 15 points 1st overall (58 points)
2nd Ely Runners 460 14 points 2nd overall (53 points)
3rd C&C 541 13 points 5th overall (48 points)
4th Hunts AC 621 12 points 4th overall (49 points)
5th NVH 638 11 points 3rd overall (50 points)
6th Werrington 845 10 points 7th overall (35 points)
7th PACTRAC 936 9 points 9th overall (28 points)
8th BRJ 969 8 points 8th overall (31 points)
9th Bourne 970 7 points 6th overall (36 points)
Conditions were cool, sunny and breezy.
For the full results see www.frostbiteleague.org.uk
||WELLINGBOROUGH MULTI-TERRAIN 15k (ROUND 1), SUNDAY 21st JANUARY 2007
||Ian Day 4th
This series of events includes 15k, 10k and 5k options. Ely Runner Ian Day finished the 15k course 4th of 133 runners in 55:09 compared to the winning time of 50:06. The course was about half woodland tracks/roads and half grass/mud which was wet and sticky. The weather was bright and sunny with a light wind.
||FOLKSWORTH 15M ROAD RACE, SUNDAY 21st JANUARY 2007
||Club MV55 record for John Crawford
There were 4 Ely Runners amongst the 422 finishers in this testing London Marathon preparation event. The two lap undulating course had a very steep hills at 7 miles and just before the finish. Official results:
57th Hugh Burton 1:43:50 1st 15m
96th Graham Chapman 1:50:30 1st 15m
257th John Crawford 2:06:52 MV55 club record
392nd Lana Chalmers 2:31:07 1st 15m
Conditions were cool, clear, sunny and very windy.