Runners brave the elements
RUNNING SIXTY-one teams braved difficult conditions in last Sunday s second Turing Trail Relay. This six-stage relay event is run on mainly opposite riverside footpaths from Ely to Cambridge (Jesus Green) and back to Ely. Stages are from about 5.0 to 6.1
SIXTY-one teams braved difficult conditions in last Sunday's second Turing Trail Relay.
This six-stage relay event is run on mainly opposite riverside footpaths from Ely to Cambridge (Jesus Green) and back to Ely. Stages are from about 5.0 to 6.1 miles (total 34.6 miles) and vary from country trail to mixed terrain.
The footpaths were once used for running by Alan Turing, founder of Computer Science, whilst at King's College, Cambridge.
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Club class team Ipswich Harriers A ran strongly and consistently, taking the lead on leg three and never looked like relinquishing it. They eventually finished over five minutes ahead of second placed Muddy Mucky Munkeys in 3.33.14, with St Edmunds Pacers A third home in 3.40.48.
The Turing Trail Relay Cup was presented to the victorious team by Mayor of Ely Councillor Ron Bradney, who also presented awards to the second and third teams and to the following other category winning and placed teams as follows:
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Mucky Duckers first and Fetcheveryone B second in the Organisation class.
Cambridge Triathlon Ant Hill Mob in the Mixed Team class.
C & C Old Codgers in the Veteran 50+ class.
St Edmunds Pacers B in the Women-only class.
Although, due to organization demands, Ely Runners were unable to field a team themselves, a Number of Ely Runners did compete for other teams.
Pic cap: Mayor of Ely, Cllr Ron Bradney, presenting the Turing Trail Relay cup to winning team, Ipswich Harriers.
Four other races involved Ely Runners last weekend.
IAN DAY finished third overall (1.31.34) in the Mondi 15 at March, less than a minute behind the winner. Simon Jackson was 41st (1.49.59).
GLYN LOVEDAY recorded a personal best (by nearly 30 seconds) and a new MV35 club record in the Brentwood half-marathon, finishing 17th in 1.17.09.
Arlene Heynes meanwhile completed the distance for the first time, coming in 1,932nd in a time of 2.31.53.
LONDON MARATHON'S David Bedford started the Silverstone half-marathon using a chequered-flag, as Fraser Badcock beat his personal best by over four minutes in finishing 976th in the event (1.43.34).
THE RENDLESHAM Forest Challenge was for teams of two - one runner and one cyclist - swapping between the two disciplines, provided they kept within 10 metres of each other and finished together.
Peter Gipp and Stephen Pettit came third overall in 1.19.56, with Adam and Natalle Etches coming third of the mixed teams and 11th overall (1.28.26).
ROBERT CAMPBELL recently became the first Ely Runner to wear an International vest in the Interland International Orienteering Event (MV40L category) at Weeterbergen, Netherlands.
On a 9.5km course with 30 controls, Campbell was only five seconds down on the leader at control five, but he turned his ankle and fell on the way to control six.
Gradually running off his injury, Campbell eventually finished seventh in 62.18 - just over eight minutes behind the winner.