Frostbite league 2018/19

Sun, 23rd Sep 2018 - 8:19 a.m.

Hi all,

It's time to start thinking cross-country running! The annual Frostbite Friendly League is starting again in two weeks' time. This means all of you are invited to six monthly races, 5 miles on varied courses, without entry fee, to compete for PACTRAC! This is an initial heads-up so that everyone can put the races in their diary.

The dates and fixtures are listed on the website: http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/.

So these are the dates to put in your diary:
1st Race 7 October 2018 Riverside Runners Priory Park, St. Neots 
2nd Race 4th November 2018 Bushfield Joggers Nene Park (Ferry Meadows), Peterborough 
3rd Race 9th December 2018 Hunts AC Hinchingbrooke Park 
4th Race 13th January 2019 March AC March 
5th Race 3th February 2019 Bourne Town Harriers Bourne Woods 
6th Race 10th March 2019 BRJ Run and Tri Jubilee Park, Huntingdon

For those who are new to this. We've been a longstanding member of the league, organised by and for 16 local running clubs. Each race is about 5 miles, and happens on the 1st or 2nd Sunday of the month from October to March, starting at 11am. 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 be a member and wear some form of Pactrac kit. 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).

Our results in recent years have been variable; we've won individual races, been top 3 as a team, and top half in the final standings; sometimes not quite. But the results are only a small part: Frostbites are very accessible, with 400+ fields ranging from 25 mins to 1h15. Even if you are not in our scoring teams, you will 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 7 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

Mon, 1st Oct 2018 - 7:19 p.m.

Next Sunday 7 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

There are new instructions for parking. The organisers ask to avoid parking on Huntingdon road which runs along the park, and try instead to use Almond Road and Longsands School - see: http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Race1-StNeots-2018.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

Fri, 5th Oct 2018 - 8:31 p.m.

Hi,

It's looking like a lovely day for a run in the park this Sunday. We could do with a few more runners to make a full team. Hope to see you in St Neots, Priory Park, 11:00 start!

Btw, Sunday is the Frostbite League's 30th anniversary. There will be a bit of a ceremony with some of the founders at 10:40, for those that are interested.

Jaap

Sat, 6th Oct 2018 - 1:13 p.m.

Myself, Tom and Dustin are cycling there from Stilton at 8:40am along with 2 of the Frostbite founders and a couple who aren't running. I'll have some running vests but we only have tent-sized in the male tops.

Sun, 28th Oct 2018 - 7:36 p.m.

Hi all,

Good running last month, and nice to see a full team racing. All our scoring men finished in the top 200; but Sarah Caskey beat them (us) all in 73rd. As a team we came 14th out of 16th, so there is room for improvement.

Next week is the second leg. As always, this is organised by Bushfield, and like the last few years the race is at Ferry Meadows, in Orton, Peterborough. Race HQ is the Water Sports Centre there, and the start is nearby.

The organisers have asked if members of the other clubs are able to help with marshalling and other jobs. They will need 2 - 3 helpers per club. So please email beckyweek51@aol.com (cc myself) if you are able to volunteer, it would be much appreciated.

The course has not been confirmed, but is likely to be the same as last year's. This went clockwise around the large lake along the river; then an anti-clockwise loop through the woods; and then back. The surface 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 Thorney, C&C and Bushfield.

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

Thanks,
Jaap

Mon, 5th Nov 2018 - 10:22 a.m.

1 Josh Lunn...............26:36
2 Aaron Scott.............26:36
42 Tristan Matthews....30:51
49 Paul Lunn..............31:23
84 Sarah Caskey........33:03
91 Dustin Braband......33:13
94 Richard Wright......33:18
95 Jaap Flikweert......33:19
98 Ian Cushion.........33:27
157 David Talbot.......35:21
171 Chris Pike...........35:46
178 Steve Hope.........35:57
182 Kamila Wilczynska..36:04
199 Simon Pauffley.....36:39
296 Steve Skelhom......39:42
301 James MacWilliam...39:51
361 Willow Worthington.43:12
379 Sarah Haslam.......44:09
433 Nicholas Partridge.46:59

Juniors
24 Olivia Corner......09:02
120 Caileigh Coull....10:49
125 Libby Mellor......10:54
164 Chloe Moore.......11:42
186 Nathan Hyden......12:20
204 Nye Simpson.......13:04
208 Mathilda Simpson..13:20
216 Lucy Cushion......14:54
217 Zephyr Worthington.15:01
218 Joshua Moore......15:01

Full results are here: http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Results/2018-19/FFL-2018-Race2-Nov.pdf

Sun, 2nd Dec 2018 - 6:54 p.m.

Hi all,

An amazing 1-2 at last month's 2nd leg at Ferry Meadows, from new / returning members Josh and Aaron. In general we had a decent turnout and good results. We had all our male scorers in the top 100, the usual great result from Sarah, and also from first-time team member Kamila. And some good teamwork from Nick P, sacrificing his own result by dragging Willow up the scoresheet.

As a team we were 9th; there were very few points between 4th and 10th, so we could easily have been even higher up. We are now in 13th overall.

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 hasn't been confirmed yet, but I'm sure it is the same or similar to the usual at Hinchingbrooke: 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 because of the grassy and muddy bits, but not suitable for spikes because of the tarmac.

The parking arrangements are usually a bit complicated, but I haven't received information yet. Will confirm when we have.

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

Thanks,
Jaap

Mon, 3rd Dec 2018 - 6:03 p.m.

Apologies, but the wife has booked me on a Cruise. I'll try to get some running tops there, if any runners are at Oundle tonight.

Wed, 5th Dec 2018 - 10:28 a.m.

Frostbite Friendly League Race 3 – Huntingdonshire Athletic Club
Hinchingbrooke Country Park - PLEASE CAR SHARE LIMITED PARKING NEAR TO PARK
Race HQ: Countryside Centre, Hinchingbrooke County Park, Brampton Road, Huntingdon, Cambs PE29 6DB
Both junior and senior races are within the park and are traffic free.
Car parking: Parking at following locations:
• Ample free parking at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
o Permit must be shown, issued by marshals at entrance.
o Car park 1 – enter the car park and just park up. Leave when ready.
o Car park 2 – enter the barrier. Retain the yellow chip coin and before exit take the coin to the parking
hut or the main reception desk where it will be validated.
o 5-minute walk to race start.
• 150 free spaces in main car park.
o Permit must be shown, issued by marshals at entrance.
o Normally full by 10am.
Please do not park at Huntingdon race course, Hinchingbrooke Business Park or the Schools as we don’t have
permission. Huntingdon race course has horse race meeting on the same day!
Toilets: Within Visitors & Countryside centres
Race HQ - Countryside centre:
• Meeting & seated area
• Refreshments including: Tea, Coffee, rolls and cakes.
Course Terrain: Both races cover a mixed terrain surface including grass, un-surfaced muddy tracks, compact gravel
and tarmac footpaths. Not suitable for spikes. Recommend: ideally trail, or normal road shoes.
Start & Finish: On grass field at front of countryside centre. Junior starts at 10:15am, Senior at 11am

Sun, 9th Dec 2018 - 7:10 a.m.

If you also want the maps of the car parks, see:

http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/Default%20Page/Race3_directions_2018.pdf

Jaap

 
Tue, 11th Dec 2018 - 1:10 p.m.

36 Mark Weathersby .... 31:46
86 Sarah Caskey ......... 34:52
98 Ian Cushion ............. 35:23
126 Andy Corner .......... 36:45
130 Chris Pike .............. 36:54
169 Simon Pauffley ...... 38:39
213 Louise Alexander .... 40:53
259 Willow Worthington .. 42:49
307 Angela Wallis .......... 46:11
385 Roy Mayhew ............ 54:30

Juniors:
34 Olivia Corner ...... 10:42
77 Elizabeth Eames . 11:37
115 Teddy Cowin .... 12:43
138 Caileigh Coull .... 13:20
142 Libby Mellor ...... 13:24
172 Chloe Moore ..... 14:34
182 Joshua Moore .... 18:09
183 Lucy Cushion ..... 18:11