The extremely popular Ely Runners New Year’s Eve 10K attracted a capacity field of 590 finishers in icy conditions at Little Downham last Wednesday.
A strong contingent from Fenland Running Club were amongst the category prizes, with Ian Milburn taking top honours as the first MV70. Tim Chapman, Clive Harrod and Mel Murdoch also picked up third places in the MV50, MV55 and LV35 categories respectively. Sarah Rippon rounded off her year’s improvement with a PB time of 1.01.31.
Full results: Tim Chapman 51st 40.39; Richard Hammond 69th 41.54; Paul Griffin 81st 42.32; Clive Harrod 84th 42.41; Mel Murdoch 94th 43.10; Adam Chown 147th 45.49; Ian Milburn 158th 46.17; Alan Bird 174th 46.50; Ellen Drew 192nd 47.40; Ann Trett 206th 48.13; Ramune Raicheliene 320th 52.09; Adam Oakes 364th 51.14; Neil Bailey 371st 54.31; Maire Irlam 493rd 59.52; Sarah Rippon 516th 1.01.31; Sharon Bird 531st 1.02.43; Stephen Brunton 563rd 1.06.58.
On Sunday, a small team of Fenland Running Club members competed in the Cambridgeshire Amateur Athletics Cross Country Championships at Priory Park in St Neots.
Around a foggy and muddy 10K course with sub-zero temperatures, the teams put in strong performances against the best in the county.
First home for FRC was Tim Chapman in 47-16 (93rd), closely followed by Stuart Follen in 48-12 (100th). Racing in together were Clive Harrod in 50-13 (113th) and Colin Simpson 50-14 (114th). Completing the men’s team was Roger Williams in a steady 1:01-12.
The women’s team was led home by Sue George, while Tracy Farr was close behind.