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.