Frostbite 2017/18

Sun, 17th Sep 2017 - 4:48 p.m.

Hi all,

We've only just stopped swimming in the river (well, most of us), but it's time again to start looking forward to this winter's Frostbite running season. The dates and fixtures have been confirmed and are listed on the website: http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk.

So these are the dates to put in your diary:
1st Race 1st October 2017 Riverside Runners Priory Park, St. Neots
2nd Race 5th November 2017 Bushfield Joggers Nene Park (Ferry Meadows), Peterborough
3rd Race 10th December 2017 Hunts AC Hinchingbrooke Park
4th Race 14th January 2018 March AC (location tbc)
5th Race 4th February 2018 Bourne Town Harriers Bourne Woods
6th Race 11th March 2018 BRJ Run and Tri Jubilee Park, Huntingdon

For those who are new to this: Frostbite is a series of 6 races organised by and for 16 local running clubs. Each race is about 5 miles, and on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of the month from October to March. It is a team race in which the first seven men and the first three women count for the club. Entry is free. The only condition is that you have to wear some form of Pactrac kit (and be a member of course). And there are trophies at the end of the year for the best male and female Pactrac runner of the series (who I get to pick so you know who you need to bribe).

We have been performing reasonably well in recent years, although we slipped to 11th overall last year. Still, not bad for a bunch of triathletes! In the process we've had some great individual results, including two wins by Paul Vernon, and a good number of new members joining the fun.

Everyone is welcome; you don't have to be a top runner, these are great friendly events with 100s of runners of all possible levels. Even if you are not in our scoring teams, you may still be taking points off other teams. And they are good races to track your fitness compared with others, and compared with previous years. It is usually quite difficult for us to find enough women to race, so ladies are especially welcome.

Please note that there is also a Juniors Frostbite series for under 16s, with 1.5 mile races starting at 10.15 at the same venue. I'm not organising our team for this though - please speak with Sam Fielding if you are interested.

I will send reminder / rallying emails and Facebook posts in the week before each race - first one next week, ahead of 1st October's St Neots race. Put it in your diary! We will also be using the Website Forum and Pactrac's Facebook page for car sharing opportunities - please post there if you are looking for a ride.

Thanks,
Jaap

Sun, 24th Sep 2017 - 8:48 p.m.

Next Sunday 1 October is the first race of the new season of the Frostbite Friendly League. See previous post / email for further information about the Frostbite series. As always, Race 1 is in Priory Park, Huntingdon Road in St Neots, starting at 11am. Directions are on:
http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Race1_riverside_map.pdf

This year's course isn't on the website, but I presume it's the same as in previous years: all in the Park; mostly on grass plus a few bits on forest tracks; no tarmac. Off road shoes or even spikes are an option, but if it's dry, normal running shoes are fine.

Please let me know if you are interested, preferably on the Forum or Facebook group, otherwise on jjf_99@hotmail.com. It would be good to get a feel for who is running, so that we know if we have a complete team or not, and need to do some rallying.

Thanks
Jaap

Sun, 24th Sep 2017 - 10:22 p.m.

I'm in. Looking to cycle there, but still working out the cycle meet point at the moment.

Sat, 30th Sep 2017 - 4:09 p.m.

Hi all,

Not sure we have a full team for tomorrow, so this is just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the first leg of the new Frostbite season. It looks like a nice morning for a run (despite earlier forecasts) - so why not come and race, for yourself and / or the team!

St Neots, 11am, all you need is some form of Pactrac kit.

Thanks,
Jaap

Mon, 2nd Oct 2017 - 11:49 a.m.

53 Mark Weathersby........31.21
117 Sarah Caskey............34.00
160 Steve Hope................35.29
229 Bill Haslam................37.55
264 Jeff Manners..............38.57
326 Sarah Haslam............41.11
393 Mariska Niemeijer......45.05
439 Nicky Bailey................47.55
440 Nick Partridge.............48.07
516

Sun, 29th Oct 2017 - 7:06 p.m.

Hi all,

Good running last month by those who turned up! We didn't quite have a full team in the end (despite Bill signing up on the day and debuts from Nicky and Sarah H. Sarah C said she had 'the hardest race of her life' but still finished 8th lady! Still, the overall result wasn't great. Upwards and onwards!

Next week is the second leg. As always, this is organised by Bushfield, and like last year the race is at Ferry Meadows, in Orton, Peterborough. Race HQ is the Water Sports Centre there, and the start is nearby. For directions, see http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Race2_Bushymap_2016.pdf

The course has not been confirmed, but is likely to be the same as last year's:
http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Nene_Park_Course_2016.pdf
The course is very varied, mostly offroad: grass, firm path, muddy path, firm path/tarmac, and then back over the same muddy path - firm path - grass. There is a short sharp hill halfway, just after crossing Milton Ferry Bridge. If there is any wind, you will feel it along the river. The distance last year was exactly 5 miles on my Garmin.

The start is at 11am, it is free to take part, it's a club race and everyone (from super fast to super slow) contributes, both by scoring points and by contributing to club feel (in random order)! All you need is to be a member and wear some form of Pactrac kit. Let us know if you need to buy any.

Vests to look out for when approaching the finish line next week are Bourne, Thorney and Werrington (just ahead of us in the rankings). Just to confirm: this course is doable with a baby jogger and they are allowed - I'll be racing with Hugo!

Please let me know if you are planning to run, preferably on the Forum or Facebook group.

Thanks,
Jaap

Thu, 2nd Nov 2017 - 3:55 p.m.

Sarah H and Roy M have confirmed. I'll have the Pactrac running vests there.

Sun, 5th Nov 2017 - 8:19 p.m.

20 PACTRACers there today and we moved up 1 place overall, so we are not last anymore (15th with the Juniors 7th).

5...Paul Vernon...............27:44
45..Mark Weathersby......31:41
86..Sarah Caskey............33:14
93..Richard Wright...........33:28
122.Aaron Godden..........34:33
133.Andy Chapman.........34:50
140.Chris Pike..................34:54
142.Ian Cushion...............34:59
191.Steve Hope................36:33
223.Dustin Braband..........37:31
255.Jeff Manners..............38:23
290.Daryn Coull................39:24
343.Sarah Haslam.............41:11
387.Chris Waghorn............43:06
388.Christina Cork.............43:06
401.Jo Chapman................43:38
410.Paul Beland.................44:03
457.Mariska Niemeijer.......46:00
491.Nicholas Partridge......47:57
537.Roy Mayhew...............53:03

Mon, 4th Dec 2017 - 5:49 p.m.

Hi all,

We had a good turnout last month at the 2nd leg of the Frostbite Running Series at Ferry Meadows. As a team we were 13th - not great, but it did move us above Bourne and closer to Thorney and Fenland. The race for 13th overall is on! Never mind, it was a nice day for a race. Paul Vernon got 5th overall despite lack of training, and Sarah got 4th lady. Quite a few first-time scorers; and of course all finishers contribute to the result - well done all!

Next Sunday is this year's 3rd Frostbite race, at Hinchingbrooke Park in Huntingdon. As always it starts at 11am and is free to enter, but you do have to be a member (you can sign up on the day) and wear club kit (let us know if you need any). There is a good competitive element, but Frostbites are also great social events to catch up with clubmates about race plans and boast about winter training or lack thereof.

The course is the same or similar to the usual at Hinchingbrooke (no one knows, it's very complicated): a twisty and turny combination of grass, muddy and firm forest paths, plus a km of tarmac cycle path along a main road. Definitely one for offroad shoes if you have them, but not suitable for spikes. If you want to get an impression (or try to learn it by heart), see http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Race3_Course_2017.pdf.

Please take note of parking arrangements, which are different from previous years. No parking this year at the Horse Racing Course, but the organisers have secured free spaces at the Police Station (PE29 6NP, 10 minute walk) and also some at the Hospital near the Country Park. And for the early birds there are some spaces at the Country Park's own car park. See http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Race3_Directions_2017.pdf

Please let me know if you plan to race; preferably on the Forum or Facebook group, otherwise on jjf_99@hotmail.com.

Thanks,
Jaap

Sat, 9th Dec 2017 - 7:00 p.m.

Hi all,

Looking forward to the first wintry Frostbite in a few years. I've had no signals that the race might be cancelled, so presume it's on. Drive carefully!

It looks like we'll have enough men running, but I've not heard back from any ladies. Please let us know if you are able to run!

Thanks
Jaap

 
Sun, 10th Dec 2017 - 8:05 a.m.

Hi all
Today's Frostbite has been cancelled!
Jaap