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From Tuesday 4th September training resumes from the Paradise Centre, 7pm start.
The first fixture of the cross country season.
Let's see if we can have a big turnout and improve upon our 6th place in the league last season.
Suitable for all juniors aged 9 to 15, each race is approximately 1.5 miles in distance.
Includes Anna's Hope 5K Fun Run
Enter in advance, places go quickly! arhc.org.uk/ely-festive-5k
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.
In the final team event of the cross country season we had a great turnout of regular and new members. There were nine girls and nine boys ready to take on the sticky mud at Jubilee Park including four first timers. The direction of the start seemed to take most people by surprise but with everyone reversed the race got under way. Jacob ran hard to finish just outside the top ten and Adam found the conditions to his liking with his best finish of the year in 25th. Oliver and Jeremy again had strong runs to fill the next two scoring places in 51st and 58th respectively. Eden ran a solid race to be our first girl home, just inside the top hundred, despite having a cold. She was just ahead of Holly and Lucy who finished the season with a return to top form.
In the team stakes we finished in a solid 6th place on the day which cements our 6th place overall in the League out of 15 teams. This is our highest finish for five years. Looking through the results it is interesting to note that none of the teams who finished below us in the league managed to beat us in any of the six matches and we finished 16 points clear of the next team. Of our current runners only one will be too old to run again next season which bodes well for the future.
Special mention must go to Charlie, Tom and Eden who managed the difficult feat of completing all six races. It has been a vastly improved team turnout this season which has resulted in the consistent team performances. In total 11 boys and 16 girls contributed to the team scores, with a total of 81 appearances over the 6 matches. Congratulations and a big thanks to all the runners, parents and coaches who took part in the Frostbite this year.
Jacob Bell, 11, 9:06
Adam Smeeton, 25, 9:38
Oliver Taylor, 51, 10:23
Jeremy White, 58, 10:31
Leo d'Ayala, 79, 10:56
Charlie Ford, 90, 11:26
Eden Kirby-Cook, 94, 11:28
Holly Mac-Fall, 101, 11:39
Lucy Thew, 106, 11:49
Poppy Baddeley, 113, 11:58
Tom d'Ayala, 120, 12:07
Joshua Barcroft, 121, 12:08
Amelia Bacon, 127, 12:28
Toby Rolfe, 158, 13:40
Libby Bell, 162, 14:01
Maddalena Bone, 168, 14:12
Amber Rolfe, 173, 14:20
Caitlin Bell, 175, 14:39
For the penultimate league match there was a frosty start to the day followed by thick fog on the drive to Huntingdon. This soon cleared and it ended up as a mild and sunny day that was just fine for racing. The ground was generally soft but not too muddy. Oliver Taylor had his best run of the series to be our second scorer in 36th place with Jeremy White also finishing strongly for 42nd place. Gemma finished as our first girl in 67th place with Holly not far behind in 72nd. The team finished a well deserved 5th on the day which leaves us in 6th place overall in the league. There is just one fixture remaining at Jubilee Park in Huntingdon on Sunday 11th March.
19, 10:08, Jacob Bell
36, 11:03, Oliver Taylor
42, 11:18, Jeremy White
57, 11:32, Leo d'Ayala
67, 11:50, Gemma Bridges
72, 12:02, Holly Mac-Fall
78, 12:14, Henry Crawford
79, 12:15, Tom d'Ayala
82, 12:18, Eden Kirby-Cook
84, 12:22, Charlie Ford
103, 13:02, Lucy Thew
151, 16:13, Maddelena Bone
The fourth race in the series couldn't be held at Bourne Woods this year so we made a return trip to Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. The weather was good, cool with just a light breeze. Our team of 6 boys and 6 girls produced some excellent individual performances and in a competitive field this gave us 6th team place on the day. Overall in the League we drop one place to 6th overall.
8 8:31 Jacob Bell,
28 9:13 Adam Smeeton,
52 9:55 Oli Taylor,
61 10:08 Gemma Bridges,
64 10:11 Jeremy White,
66 10:14 Eden Kirby-Cook,
92 10:45 Charlie Ford,
112 11:08 Tom d'Ayala,
115 11:13 Poppy Baddeley,
154 12:06 Lucy Thew,
182 13:31 Libby Bell,
188 14:09 Caitlin Bell
We caught the best of the day's weather for this annual race. Jacob Bell ran away from the field to become the boys' champion. Holly Mac-Fall had a smooth run to seal a clear victory in the girls' race.
Full results including age graded percentages:
Junior results (PDF)
Minor Girls: Holly Mac-Fall 23, Lauren Booth 33
Minor Boys: Oli Taylor 28, Jacob Cullum 33
Junior Girls: Dana Fraser 13, Megan Holland 41(?)
Inter Boys: Jacob Bell 18, Adam Smeeton 29
Full results Power of 10 results
The third race of the series clashed with the Cambridgeshire Schools' Championships being held at King's Ely but nevertheless we had a good turnout of runners keen to make an impression. Oscar achieved his target of finishing in the top ten. Leo, Gemma, Henry and Eden completed the scoring team to give us fourth place on the day which moves us up to 5th place in the League overall.
10, 9:19, Oscar Wolfe
30, 10:02, Leo d'Ayala
32, 10:10, Gemma Bridges
39, 10:24, Henry Crawford
47, 10:34, Eden Kirby-Cook
57, 10:58, Thomas d'Ayala
58, 11:05, Charlie Ford
72, 11:27, Lucy Thew
73, 11:29, Poppy Baddeley
77, 11:35, Rebecca Gunbie
It was a bright and sunny day for the Championships. The relatively warm and dry weather in the last week after previous heavy rain meant that the conditions were quite good underfoot although it was muddy as usual up through the woods. There was a chill breeze that made going tougher when heading up the hill to the top of the park.
Most of our team had pleasingly good runs on the day showing improvement from last year's performances. Our Under 11 girls set club history by winning the first team medals since the formation of the Junior section. Well done to Elena, Poppy and Lucy for their superb third place!
U11 Boys (1.7K)
19, 8:05, Henry Crawford
49, 10:40, Tom d'Ayala
U11 Girls (1.7K) - 3rd Team
5, 8:02, Elena Fraser
14, 8:46, Poppy Baddeley
16, 8:58, Lucy Thew
U13 Boys (2.9K) - 12th Team
37, 12:02, Isaac Greaves
40, 12:07, Oliver Taylor
41, 12:12, Jeremy White
44, 12:16, Leo d'Ayala
50, 12:52, Charlie Ford
U13 Girls (2.9K)
25, 12:58, Holly Mac-Fall
26, 13:07, Eden Kirby-Cook
U15 Boys (4.3K)
15, Jacob Bell, 18:15
30, Adam Smeeton, 19:56
U15 Girls (4.3K)
17, 22:58, Gemma Bridges
U17 Men (5.8K)
15, 25:11, Oscar Wolfe
It was a fine and bright morning for this annual Charity Race in aid of the Arthur Rank Hospice in Ely. We had a record number of junior runners taking part with many of the younger members completing their first 5 kilometre race. Jacob Bell finished second overall and first junior, just one second ahead of James Thew. Twelve year old Holly Mac-Fall was the first girl to finish. Full results for all Ely Runners are in the following PDF file.
We also had four runners at the Milton Junior Parkrun. Gemma Bridges set a debut pb of 8:34 to finish 8th overall and first girl.
U17 Men, 4.5K : 5 Oscar Wolfe 18:28
U13 Boys: 30 Jeremy White 13:47, 34 Leo d'Ayala 14:11
U15 Girls: 14 Gemma Bridges 19:00
U15 Boys: 23 Adam Smeeton 17:26
It was a fresh and cold start to the day although the sunshine did warm things up by the start of the race. We had a good turnout of thirteen young athletes with Henry, Poppy and Eva all running in their first Frostbite race. Oscar was our first finisher today with another consistent performance just outside the top twenty. An improving Gemma finished strongly to be our first girl home in 81st place. The team finished in 6th place on the day which also puts us in 6th place overall in the league after two matches.
Results: 21 Oscar Wolfe 9:10, 48 Adam Smeeton 9:43, 64 Jeremy White 10:08, 70 Oliver Taylor 10:18, 81 Gemma Bridges 10:27, 82 Leo d'Ayala 10:31, 83 Henry Crawford 10:33, 102 Charlie Ford 10:48, 131 Eden Kirby-Cook 11:19, 157 Tom d'Ayala 11:54, 165 Ellie Enoch 12:09, 184 Poppy Baddeley 13:03, 199 Eva Misinske 13:59
Jacob Bell stepped up in distance to run 10K and recorded a great debut time of 40:22.8 and was second in the U18 category. James Thew was not far behind and stopped the clock at 42:58.4.
It was a perfect day for the first race in the Ryston Grand Prix series and there was a good turnout in all of the junior races. Tom d'Ayala moved up to the 2K Under 11's race and finished 15th boy in 9:51. Leo d'Ayala and Gemma Bridges raced the 3K course for the first time. Leo finished in 12:31 for 8th place in the U13 boys race and in the U15 Girls category Gemma finished 7th in 13:05.
Seven of our Juniors took to the crowd-lined streets of Peterborough to race in the 5K Fun Run. Well done to all those setting new PB's.
26, Oscar Wolfe 20:19/20:17
59, Adam Smeeton, 22:07/22:06
61, Oliver Taylor, 22:18/22:15
85, Holly Mac-Fall, 23:37/23:29
97, Gemma Bridges, 24:04/23:56
105, Lucy Thew, 24:10/24:03
145, Megan Holland, 25:33/25:25
The Frostbite League returned to Priory Park for the start of another cross country season. It was damp and grey on the journey there, with the threat of rain, but things cleared up by the start of the Junior race. Our team continues to build in strength and we had 8 boys and 7 girls lining up for the start and eager to race.
Jacob Bell as our most experienced Frostbite runner led out the team and set the tone for the day with an improvement from last year of three quarters of a minute and finishing as our first runner in 16th. Oscar Wolfe was eleven seconds behind and his 20th place is yet another huge improvement since joining the club a year ago. Adam Smeeton followed with a pleasing 50th place signalling a good return to form. Jeremy White closed out the boys' scoring team with a strong finish in 55th and was closely followed by Oliver Taylor and Leo d'Ayala in 64th and 65th.
In her first Frostbite race Holly Mac-Fall won the battle for first girl. After a slow start she managed to overhaul her team mates in the finishing straight to just finish in the top hundred. Gemma Bridges ran strongly for 105th place having run most of the race with Eden Kirby-Cook who finished in 114th, a minute quicker than last year. Charlie Ford on his debut ran well to finish 115th, just ahead of Lauren Booth on her debut in 118th. Megan Holland made the step up from Parkrun to finish in 131st with nine year old Lucy Thew 132nd. Our youngest runner of the day was Tom d'Ayala and on his first run for the club he finished in 143rd. The experienced Libby Bell closed out the team scoring in 178th.
Results: Jacob Bell 16 7:44, Oscar Wolfe 20 7:55, Adam Smeeton 50 8:31, Jeremy White 55 8:34, Oliver Taylor 64 8:44, Leo d'Ayala 65 8:44, Holy Mac-Fall 99 9:24, Gemma Bridges 105 9:31, Eden Kirby-Cook 114 9:39, Charlie Ford 115 9:39, Lauren Booth 118 9:46, Megan Holland 131 10:07, Lucy Thew 132 10:08, Thomas d'Ayala 143 10:19, Libby Bell 178 11:30
The team finished 6th overall out of 15 teams in the league. A good start!
James Thew graduated to the senior race and settled in comfortably with a 120th place finish in 34:02.
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 the Paradise Centre in Ely every Tuesday. Training starts at 7pm when we set off on variety of routes around the city. Hi-visibility vests or jackets must be worn when it is dark.
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, although these are selective and not everyone who wants to run is able to take part.
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.
The following document details the age groups and distances run for typical cross country races.
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 one girl and one boy, 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.