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It's not you, it's me
Update on the slow server - the hosts still haven't as much as admitted there's a problem, so it looks like I'll be migrating the site soon. Apologies for the ongoing sub-standard service. Advice (which you are welcome to spread) - do not use HostPapa for hosting!
[Andy I, Tue 03/05/16] [comments (1)]

Rojimon in the News
There's a nice article on our own Rojimon Cherian in the Cambridge News.
[Andy I, Sun 22/05/16] [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry 5k Series 2016, Race 2
I know we're not really Leicester City in our context, but we're still top of the league! Hurrah! After the second race on Thursday night we have consolidated our position while CTC has slipped just a little further behind in second place because their women were beaten by Haverhill's women. We need to keep the numbers up both for men and for women in order to maintain our position at the top of the league so get your vest and help create another White and Bluewash at Newmarket on 9th June. #AllTheClub

The league stands as follows:

1st C&C Men (12 points)
1st C&C Women (12 points)
1st C&C Combined (24 points)

2nd CTC Men (10)
2nd CTC Women (9)
2nd CTC Combined (19)

3rd Newmarket Men (8)
4th Newmarket Women (7)
3rd Newmarket Combined 15)

4th Haverhill Men (6)
3rd Haverhill Women (8)
4th Haverhill Combined (14)

5th= Saffron Striders Men (3)
5th Saffron Striders Women (4)
5th Saffron Striders Combined (7)

5th= Ely Men (3)
6th Ely Women (2)
6th Ely Combined (5)
Kevin Henry 5K League - Ely Runners:  Results (80)  Report: RichHL
[RichHL, Sat 21/05/16] [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry League: Ely Runners, Witchford, Thursday 19th May 2016
A few lifts available in cars departing the track at 6.30pm. Returning in time for 8.30pm.

Witchford Village Hall,
Bedwell Hay Lane, Witchford
Map here

This is a single loop, figure-eight-type course on disused WWII airfield concrete tracks. Mostly the ground is in good condition for fast running, but there are some pot holes and cracks here and there. Please note that the tracks used are on private land through a working farm and are almost entirely not a right of way. Recce running on the day from 6pm onwards is fine, but please do not recce before race day – doing so may jeopardise future use of the venue.

The race HQ, toilets, and parking are at Witchford Village Hall. The village of Witchford is
approximately 1.5 miles west of Ely off the A142. Please park in the recreation ground behind the venue, as directed by marshals on the day.
[Nev, Wed 18/05/16] [comments (0)]

Wings for Life
It's a cliché, but this really is an event like no other. The race in Cambridge was impressive: 2000 runners, city centre start, entirely closed roads, continuous motorbike and bicycle support later on, TV helicopter and camera bikes, various celebrities, and whole Fenland villages turning out to spectate all along the route. Now multiply that by the 34 locations which run simultaneously around the globe and you have an operation to humble even the big city marathons, requiring NASA-style mission control (and one hell of a marketing budget). In a nutshell the format has a race start but no finish; a gradually-accelerating 'catcher car' pursues the field in each country, and you're out when it gets you. Results are ranked by distance reached not time, last survivor wins, and everything is collated globally.
It has to be said that not many entrants are trained distance athletes. Still fewer with spring marathon campaigns under their belts, some with Christof-style heat acclimatisation training -- especially handy for a race that starts at noon, in 26 degC unbroken sunshine. Small wonder then that we grabbed 3 of the top 10 places, 7 of the top 100, and could field a small party in front of the big screen on Parker's Piece afterwards, not to mention scores of club shout-outs from spectators.
Do chip in with your own stories as comments. If you didn't have the club listed in the results here I probably missed you, so do add yourself (a tricky test but Andy's wizardry does just accommodate it!).
It's VLM + 2 weeks again next year in Cambridge -- heartily recommended.
Wings for Life World Race:  Results (22)
[CharlieW, Tue 10/05/16] [comments (6)]

Kevin Henry League - Cambridge Tri
Very late news from the first of the Kevin Henry 5K series, this one hosted by Cambridge Tri on their Chivers Farm course. Late, but very good news - we won both male and female competitions and, there being no gender-fluid categories yet, inevitably won the overall too. No surprise with individual performances on show - first for Jonathan Escalante-Phillips (in 16:11) and Claire Wilson (18:11), second for Chris Darling (16:24) and Claire Somerton (18:25), third for Carla Brown (also 18:25), fifth for Sullivan Smith (16:49), eighth for Paul Aste (16:56) and ninth for both Alex Eggeman (17:10) and Carrie Bedingfield (20:41). With a massive 92 turning out for us, each scoring a point at least, it's a brilliant start in our hunt to regain our titles which Cambridge Tri took from us last year.
Next up is the Ely race, at Witchford, on Thursday 19th May - come along in your C&C vest; you'll be helping our points tally regardless of speed.
Kevin Henry 5K League - Cambridge Tri:  Results (92)
[Andy I, Thu 05/05/16] [comments (0)]

London Marathon
I'm incubating a proper report, but as it's been the best part of a week, I'll invite you now to study the amazing times and countless PBs from Sunday, via the link. Congratulations to everyone, particularly our fastest male & female athletes, Chris Darling (2:37) and Katie Samuelson (3:09), but above all Mary Twitchett, whose 3:11 earned her a stratospheric third place in her category.
Virgin Money London Marathon:  Results (28)  Gallery (54)  Report: Andy I
[Andy I, Fri 29/04/16] [comments (5)]

English National Road Relays
Thanks to our correspondent at the National Road Relays for posting the results. As you hopefully realise, the Nationals are the absolute pinnacle of the club scene, and the opposition is the best of the best. Simple as that.
Our female first team finished third.
Digest that for a minute. Third place. In the whole country. If it were football, they'd be Manchester City. Direct comparison.
Congratulations Charlie Christensen, Katy Hedgethorne, Claire Somerton, Vicky Knight, Claire Wilson and Suzie Reid, and proud coaching staff too, on a spectacular performance.
Just as spectacular was the sixteenth earned by the B-team - Liz Fraser, Gemma Coe, Becca Frake, Natalie Griffiths, Carla Brown and Nicola McBride - our second team beat a host of nationally-renowned A-teams, and are officially the quickest B-team in England.
The chaps couldn't possibly compete with that, but they gave it a damn good try - double the team size, so I'll leave you to check the roll of honour on the results page to see exactly whose shoes we are not fit to lace, but congratulations on 27th and 54th places - again, our teams proved they can cut it at a national level.
Congratulations to all involved, on and off the road.
English National Road Relays:  Results (36)
[Andy I, Thu 21/04/16] [comments (0)]

London Marathon Spectator and Runners Meetup
Post VLM meetup for spectators and runners:
The Porterhouse, 21-22 Maiden Lane, Nr Covent Garden
C&C spectator point: Mile 22, north side of "The Highway". Feel free to exchange telephone numbers so you can get together.
Nearest tube; Shadwell, St Georges Swimming Pool is a good meetup point.
[Nev, Thu 21/04/16] [comments (1)]

Kevin Henry 5k Series 2016, Race 1
5Km Run Race - Seniors

Thursday 28th April 2016 at 7.30pm

Races held under UKA rules, UKA Cross Country Permit number 27.16

Chivers Farm, Behind Spire Hospital, New Road, Impington.CB24 9EL

There are toilets but no changing facilities.
Do not use the Spire Hospital toilets.
Registration area at the back of the Spire car park.

Parking is available at Impington Village College sports complex next door.
No parking in the Spire Hospital car park

Race details
Two lap route with makers at the Km points.
Course is mainly concrete tracks but may be muddy in parts if wet.
5Km race at 7.30pm. Please wear your club vest
A horn or whistle will warn you to move to the start.
[RichHL, Wed 13/04/16] [comments (0)]

Paris Marathon
There was some very high-quality marathoning from the C&C squad in Paris last weekend. Very high-quality indeed. Four of our team made the top 200 in a race with 41,708 finishers. Yes, that good. Alastair Hodges was the quickest of the lot, running 2:36:50 for 67th place, and Axel Finke's 2:40:13 ranked him exactly 100th. And a mere two seconds apart, and euphorically/agonisingly either side of 2¾ hours were, respectively, Andrew Shields and Matt Slater (179th/181st). Rodrigo Santos was next, with a fine 3:13:49 (on debut, I think?). Of the five, only Matt (fortunately!) had run a quicker marathon before.
I'd love to know where we ranked amongst the French clubs. Our quicks really are doing something special at the moment - congratulations to all of you. We're looking forward to hearing the stories. And anyone else who crossed the Channel, please do add yourself to the results.
Paris Marathon:  Results (6)
[Andy I, Tue 05/04/16] [comments (3)]

Age Grade Update
You may not want to hear this if you've got a target WAVA, but the data tables used to calculate it on this site have been updated to the 2015 versions. You might be lucky, but there's a fair chance your most prized percentages have degraded a bit because someone your age somewhere in the world ran a bit faster. Life is unfair, I know. I suggest training harder. The raw data come from this website, if you're a bit geeky.
[Andy I, Fri 01/04/16] [comments (5)]

SEAA Road Relays
Excellent news in from the South of England Road Relays, where our teams took on the absolute best clubs in the south to challenge for SEAA honours and qualification for the Nationals. The men's twelve-stage event, over alternating 7.2km and 4.8km legs, saw three C&C teams in action, earning 10th, 25th and 31st places - astonishingly good, I'd say, in quality and depth. A roll of honour for our "A" team stars who qualified to take on the rest of England - we salute you Ollie Park, Kieran Wood, Chris Darling, Tim Cobden, Ross Tennant, Matt Slater, Jack Bowden, Nick Beer, Ally Hodges, Jonathan Escalante-Phillips, Patrick O'Hare, and Alex Eggeman. In addition, Kieran was the third-quickest of all runners on the short leg.
I've saved the best 'til last though - over their six-stage event, our female "A" team, Katy Hedgethorne, Charlie Christensen, Becca Frake, Vicky Knight, Clare Wilson and Susannah Reid, took a mind-blowing second place. This is one of the best results C&C has ever had in anything ever, and huge congratulations are in order. Needless to say, they're off to the Nationals too. Well done also to the "B" team, 27th place for them.
A round of applause to all 48 C&C runners, plus proud coaches and supporters. Take a look at the results for full details (thanks to my mystery correspondent for the epic data entry).
SEAA 12 & 6 Stage Road Relay Championships:  Results (48)
[Andy I, Wed 23/03/16] [comments (2)]

Frostbite League - BRJ
Another Frostbite season has come to an end, with the BRJ club's romp around Hinchingbrooke. No more until the days start to shorten again. All appropriately spring-like it was too, once the sun had burned though the mist and the early chill had drained away. Our hosts had a late panic with flooding on the usual course, down where the lakes could no longer confine themselves (the parkrun was cancelled on Saturday), but a quick re-routing and we were in business. Many thanks to the BRJ team for saving our last hurrah. The alternative version contained all the elements you'd want though, with grass, hills, trails, road, a water splash, lovely scenery and, above all, some high-quality filth. Those, plus a couple of U-turns and an unsolicited extra half-mile all contributed to the unimpressive times, but the quality of racing was undiminished.
Both of our teams were quorate this month; our junior squad of Miles Benyan (ever-present this season and first C&C again), Joseph Wheeler, Matthew Pinney, Emma Stephens and Ruby Buchan battled out a twelfth-place finish, for thirteenth overall, but a bit of luck and one or two more teammates would have seen them well up in the top places this year - they can be very proud. The oldies weren't exactly flattered by the maths on the day either, but ninth place for a season's ranking of eleven represents an improvement on Frostmageddon '14-'15. Michael Moore capped an increasingly excellent season by claiming an eye-catching seventh place, and Ellie Swire was similarly epic, matching her season's best placing; fifth female. Huge congrats to both, and to Andy Gardiner too - sixteenth on début. Oliver Johnson and Andy Howard both finished in the top 100, and no doubt Al Pritchard would have too, without the generous head-start he gave us. Thereafter, and running rather nicely in varying states of physical repair, team stalwarts (there is no other word) Ben Chamberlain, Mike Brentnall, Isabelle Lemasson, Neil Costello, Carmel McEniery and me. A high-five to Carmel, taking it super-carefully, but back in the C&C vest after a pretty miserable year out, and thanks once again to team manager Adam Poole for his tireless efforts this season.
Frostbite League - BRJ:  Results (17)
[Andy I, Mon 14/03/16] [comments (1)]

Social Tuesdays!
We're hoping to start some informal pub evenings after our Tuesday sessions. If you fancy a drink, snack and a matter, show your interest here and we'll pick a venue!
[Nev, Mon 14/03/16] [comments (0)]

Upcoming Track and Field Events
The Cambridgeshire AA T&F championships are on 14th May at Peterborough, with the 3000m championships on the evening of May 25th, the 3k steeplechase on June 22nd, and the 2k and 1.5k steeplechases and the County Mile, on July 20th (all Wednesday evenings at St Ives)
To enter the championship events you need to send in your entry before May 3rd (or at least a week before the other dates).
The open events at St Ives can be entered in advance or on the evening
You can find the entry information and links to entry forms for the County championships and the Open meetings at
or at
There is a small fee payable for entry to these events, and athletes must enter themselves (ie not club entries)
Normally the club athletes do very well at the championships (which also include club team trophies - last year we won 8 of the 10 age-groups)
Please enter if you can - we normally expect about 200 club athletes to enter the main championships.
Do it sooner thater than later before you forget!
Noel (T&F coordinator)
[Noel Moss, Tue 08/03/16] [comments (0)]

Rhayader Round the Lakes 20 Miles
This very hilly road race in mid Wales is a firm favourite of 3 of us who have run it several times, and last Saturday saw us tackling it yet again, in my case for the 8th time after missing the last 3 occasions.

This must be one of the toughest 20 miles races around, such that many experienced runners reckon the effort required is equivalent to a marathon.

An overnight sprinkling of snow preceded a chilly afternoon race, and our 3 miles run up a mountain through an enchanting landscape was rewarded halfway down the other side by a viciously stinging but thankfully short hail shower. That didn’t dampen our spirits since throughout the race we were running through wonderful scenery. Katie must have been inspired because her training race resulted in a category win and 2nd female, whilst Darren was having an amble to finish about 1/3rd down the field. I must have spent too much time admiring the countryside because I only just scraped under 3 hours, nearly 20 minutes slower than my course PB.

Here’s to next year.
Rhayader Round the Lakes 20 Miles:  Results (3)
[Dave Mail, Mon 07/03/16] [comments (1)]

Cambridge HM An Alternative View
Lots of us ran last Sunday’s 5th holding of our local half marathon, and I’m sure you all have your own views and memories of your time, but I’d like to offer a different perspective that most of you won’t have.

For the 4th consecutive year I ran as a 2 hours pacer, with others running at 1:30 and 1:45, so what was my view? Apologies to a few of you who may have read a similar version elsewhere.

Like each of many others I’ve spoken to since, I really liked the one lap course, the organisation was excellent, and the marshals, spectators and various helpers were superb. We’ve now got a half marathon which is a credit to Cambridge.

[race report]
Cambridge Half Marathon:  Results (126)  Report: Dave Mail
[Dave Mail, Tue 01/03/16] [comments (4)]

Cambridge Half Marathon
Results are now up for Cambridge's big day. 120 of us (and rising - thanks for the data updates everyone) took on the new route, and we were all completely brilliant. An excellent mix of the best of city and country, I thought, covering the city's famous architecture and green spaces and Grantchester's rural gentility. Elizabeth Bridge lost some of its charm the second time round though...
I'll let you browse, but I really must mention our quickest participants first. Chris Darling PB-ed in fourth place with a 1:11:32, and Jack Bowden took eighth in 1:12:53 ahead of the 1:13 triumvirate of Patrick O'Hare, Alastair Hodges and Alex Eggeman (surely all impossibly fast - on the old course I would suspect a lap short), whilst in the women's race, Mary Twitchett clocked an impressive 1:29:37, missing her category win by seconds, just ahead of fellow V50 podium-er Stef Godfrey (1:31:00). In other age categories, Andrew Shields was our only winner this year, with a huge two-minute PB of 1:17:35 in the V50s, and Charlie Ritchie took third place in the V60s with 1:29:10. We had no fewer than seventeen chaps under 1:20 this year. Blimey and well done to all.
Huge thanks to all organisers, marshals and spectators who made the day (I spent the whole race saying hello to chums in yellow jackets and otherwise), and a particular word of gratitude, I suspect from all of us, to the wonderful medical teams whose duties this year included two serious incidents - best wishes to those two runners.
Cambridge Half Marathon:  Results (126)  Report: Dave Mail
[Andy I, Mon 29/02/16] [comments (6)]
Random photo   [another!]

(5K League Saffron Walden 2009)
(pic: James E)
Random photo   [another!]

Gebrselassie and Lel
(Flora London Marathon 2007)
(pic: Madhuri)
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