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Up and Running Bank Holiday discount
I've been asked to pass on the following message from the guys at the Up and Running shop

It's always good when members drop in to talk running, tell us about local events - the good ones, the tough ones
and the aspirational ones.

So we'd just like to let you know that we really appreciate the connections we have with your club
and delighted that your members, can benefit from 20% off full price products and get stocked up ready for Autumn training. BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND is double discount for club members with id.
Friday 28th August to Monday 31st August.
[Chris Newell, Fri 28/08/15] [comments (0)]

Rudolph Run
Looking for a fun family event on your doorstep? Celebrate Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust's (ACT) 10th anniversary and take part in a sponsored 10k (5K available too.) I work for ACT and we have a variety of fundraising events. This is one of the best ones in our calender! Entries are open NOW and I would love to see lots of you there enjoying the event, raising some cash for patients and doing some speedy running!
[Carla Brown, Fri 28/08/15] [comments (0)]

Next Tuesday road training session (1 September) is a 5k handicap race
It will use the new Kevin Henry course to be run on the Thursday of the week after so if you want a pre-race trial run this is your chance! I have put handicap times on the FB C&C Endurance runners group page so to avoid duplication please check there or leave a comment below if you are not on Facebook but would like your handicap time in advance of the session. See you Tuesday.
[Emma Buckland, Wed 26/08/15] [comments (0)]

Message from Alan Baldock
Alan has asked me to pass on this message:
"I just want to thank everybody for their cards, good wishes and facebook messages in wishing me well after an untimely heart attack. I am now on the mend and look forward to seeing you all on the 10th at the Kevin Henry home match when I will be offering words of wisdom".
[Neil, Mon 24/08/15] [comments (0)]

Peterborough 5K News
There is an excellent set of midweek 5Ks in and around Peterborough, drawing some of the best racers of the region, so it's a particularly impressive achievement to take a category win in the five-race series. Huge congratulations therefore to Giulio Cinque for doing just that. The season rounds off with the stand-alone Barney Memorial 5K at Ferry Meadows, and a cluster of C&C quicks (and one not-so-quick) thrashed it round the lakes one last time - check the link for details. Well done all.
Barney Memorial 5K:  Results (5)
[Andy I, Mon 24/08/15] [comments (0)]

Team Gold Medal for Mary!
Congratulations to Mary Twitchett on her world class run at the World Masters Half Marathon Championships in Lyon, France last Sunday. Fourth in the world in her age group and second scorer for the GB. Great running Mary.
World Masters Half Marathon Championship 2015:  Results (1)
[Helen, Tue 18/08/15] [comments (4)]

Sahara Challenge
If you fancy participating in this event in March 2016, GLL, the company that manage Parkside & Abbey Pools & Jesus Green Lido are putting together a team. Anyone interested should contact Sarah or Christina at Parkside. The GLL team will be in support of Arthur Rank Hospital Charity, for those with terminal illness. Click here for full details. You can always enter yourself but GLL will help to pay your way. I'm not doing the event but I can put you in touch with appropriate people in GLL before 1st September.
[Helen, Sun 09/08/15] [comments (0)]

Million mile light
I get lots of promotional stuff as C&C chair and much of it is rubbish. This looks interesting; it's a light which is powered by running - soon to be launched. Might be useful for the long runs on dark nights.
[Neil, Wed 05/08/15] [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry - after race social.
After Kevin Henry Thursday evening. Meet at the "Five Miles From Anywhere" pub in Upware, I've let them know we are coming. Not formal dining, rather bar meals.
About 15 minutes from the KH venue.

Five Miles From Anywhere
Old School Ln, Upware, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 5ZR
Kevin Henry Race 5 - Ely RC:  Results (53)
[Nev, Wed 05/08/15] [comments (0)]

Enduing Times - August
Here's the latest edition of Enduring Times with a great interview with Katie Samuelson aka ‘Ultra Katie’ plus lots more!
[Bernard Shannon, Tue 04/08/15] [comments (0)]

Borrowdale Fell Race
Yet another flatlander fell adventure, with a cheesy video... see race report.
Borrowdale Fell Race:  Results (1)  Report: CharlieW
[CharlieW, Tue 04/08/15] [comments (5)]

Call for help for our home Kevin Henry event
We will be hosting the Kevin Henry 5k Series event at Wilberforce Road on Thursday 10th September 2015. To lay this event on efficiently we need about 24 helpers. This will include lead bike, tail runner, timer, scorer, funnel manager, tokens, car parkers and marshals. I would be grateful if you could FB message me or email me on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk if you or any of your friends or family could help. Everyone will get full instructions on the day. Could you also state what time you could get there, as I could do with a few pairs of hands as early as 5pm. I look forward to hearing from you.
[Chris Hurcomb, Thu 30/07/15] [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry 5k - Race 5 - Ely
The fifth race in the Kevin Henry 5k Series is nearly upon us. This will be our first trip to Ely for their inaugural event, at 7:30 on Thursday 6th August 2015. It will be great to get a strong turnout as we are sitting in 3rd only a point behind Haverhill. The run is at Witchford (instructions below) and is promised to be fast, on a flat, concrete surface. All you need is your C&C vest. Share lifts wherever possible. If any of you are going from the centre of Cambridge, perhaps post on FB if you can offer lifts. See you all there!
[Chris Hurcomb, Thu 30/07/15] [comments (0)]

Bassingbourn Belle 10 Miler - C&C DISCOUNT
Ashley Hawkins, organiser of Bass Belle 10 Miler, is offering C&C runners a discounted rate of £13 if 10 or more runners enter before the end of August. This price is not on the website so if you would like to get this price please e-mail Ashley on info@fit4thechallenge.co.uk before end of August with your e-mail address, postal address and DOB to book. Ashley will contact you for payment at the start of October.

There are category prizes and a cash prize if you break the course record (male = 1 hour 19 seconds & female = 1 hour 5 minutes). The event is raising money for Toms Trust. Go on! You know you want too!

For more information on the event please visit http://www.fit4thechallenge.co.uk/bass-belle-10-miler/4585986133
[StacyW, Wed 29/07/15] [comments (0)]

St Ives 10k
St Ives is a happy hunting ground for those of a white-and-blue persuasion, and this year's 10k yielded a fair amount of silverware, or, more accurately, glassware. There were three category wins, for Charlie Wartnaby (V40), Jon Anderson (V50) and Sarah Wightman (V35), with good podium support from Ian Richardson (third V50), Dave Mail (third V60) and Glyn Smith (third V65) - congratulations to all of you. Check out Alejandra's pics of the prizegiving.
By all accounts, the winds blew on that terrible trial of an airfield, but the C&Cs stayed strong. Charlie's 36:07 took sixth place overall, with Dan Hurst (37:12) fourteenth and Jon (39:16) 23rd. Next was ecstasy and agony for Neil Tween, a cracking PB but a tenth of a second outside 40 minutes. In the women's race, Sarah's 40:36 placed her fourth overall, and Alejandra Pascual Garrido ran 45:16 for fourteenth place on her sabbatical return to C&C. Many more fine runs to be viewed on the results page, and hopefully more pictures to come...? Well done, team.
p.s. check out this set of photos too.
St Ives 10k:  Results (17)  Gallery (4)
[Andy I, Mon 20/07/15] [comments (1)]

Running in the Yorkshire Dales
A lot of us flatlanders have taken to the hills this summer. I had another modest attempt last weekend when I raced in the Yorkshire Dales. Here is my report.
DT30:  Results (1)  Gallery (7)  Report: Emma Buckland
[Emma Buckland, Sun 19/07/15] [comments (2)]

Bob Graham Round - 42 peaks in a day!
On Saturday 11th July 2015, I finally fulfilled a long-standing ambition to complete the Bob Graham Round, the classic 24 hour Lakeland round taking in 42 peaks over approximately 66 miles and 27,000 feet of ascent (and of course the same descent) on very technical terrain. The route is a circuit of the Lake District starting and finishing at the Moot Hall in Keswick, almost entirely off-road (apart from the last 5 miles) and much of it not even on trails. First completed by Bob Graham in 1932, less than 2000 people have repeated the achievement - including our very own Charlie Wartnaby! While Charlie managed an amazing unsupported round, I was aiming for an "official" completion which meant having witnesses present for the entire round (quite a logistical challenge in itself). Report is attached, and I'll try to upload some photos - although there weren't many due to the very poor weather!
Bob Graham Round:  Results (1)  Gallery (7)  Report: Scott
[Scott, Mon 13/07/15] [comments (6)]

The Mont Blanc Marathon – more than just a marathon
Literally so - over the course of the 24-26th June weekend, there were races for everyone in Chamonix; Simon and me in the 80km, Alastair in the 23km, Claire in the 10km and Mark in the marathon, with guest support appearances from Graeme and Carla. Better late than never, I have put up a brief report from the 80km (brief relative to race duration that is) and some pics, other team members please add yours to show I’m not (still) hallucinating.
Mont Blanc Marathon:  Results (5)  Gallery (13)  Report: Neil W
[Neil W, Fri 10/07/15] [comments (7)]

Ultimate Trails 110/55k Trail Ultra
At the weekend Emma, Bernie, Katie & I made the long trip up to the Lakes for the UT ultras. I think it's safe to say we all loved it(!), and it would be good to see some more C&Cers there next year. In case you were wondering what you missed, I thought it'd be worth sharing a video made by one of the 110 guys.

Ultimate Trails Ultra:  Results (5)  Report: Emma Buckland
[flanker, Fri 03/07/15] [comments (8)]

Lairig Ghru Hill Race
Another epic tale of triumph in the face of geographical challenge; settle down and have a good read about Charlie Ritchie's Cairngorm adventure. Superb stuff.
Lairig Ghru Hill Race:  Results (1)  Report: charlie
[Andy I, Tue 30/06/15] [comments (6)]

Kevin Henry 5k - Race 4
Race 4 (already!) of the Kevin Henry 5k Series is on Thursday 2nd July 2015, 7:30pm, hosted by Haverhill Running Club at Kedington. The link to the results are below. This is a great road course, which is basically uphill for the first half, then super speedy downhill for the second half - always enjoyed by all! We are still in third, with a great chance to catch Haverhill, though they will have a huge turnout for their home event. Remember we all score a point, so I look forward to seeing as many blue and whites as possible. There's a great pub (The Plough) where we normally have a bite to eat and a beer. I'll post this on the endurance Facebook page. Could do with a couple of scorers. If you can help please email me on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk

A few updates from HRC 1) Please car share as much as possible as there is limited parking. 2) Due to the hot weather forecast, there will be a self serve drinks station at halfway. 3) The course has been officially measured this year, so a great chance to log an official quick one!

See you there. http://haverhillrunningclub.com/kevin-henry-2015/
[Chris Hurcomb, Sat 27/06/15] [comments (0)]

The Wall Ultramarathon
There are several club members running their first ultramarathons this year and last Saturday was my attempt.
69 miles, Carlisle to Gateshead. I missed two of my three targets, it was messy, ugly and decidedly unpleasant at times but I finished. My first ultramarathon distance race but it certainly won't be my last.
The event was a lot more on tarmac than I expected meaning trail shoes for the first 45 miles was a mistake and I need to improve my fuelling strategy. But, I did the event to learn and I certainly did that!
I might finally make it back to the club as I should be thinking about training for Snowdonia but there's a demon in my head trying to persuade me to think about a 'short' ultra in September.
The Wall Ultramarathon:  Results (1)  Report: PaulB
[PaulB, Thu 25/06/15] [comments (9)]

London Marathon GFA entries open -- 2 weeks only
See https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/good-age-entry/ -- not a generous time window so don't miss it if you're after a good for age place! Championship places are supposed to open in November.
[CharlieW, Tue 23/06/15] [comments (1)]

Club 3k handicap next Tuesday 23rd June
One of the training options next Tuesday is a 3k handicap. Start times and instructions are here http://www.cambridgeandcoleridge.org.uk/index.php/road-running/club-handicap. These events are great fun. Anyone can win! Big thanks to Emma for setting it up.
[Neil, Thu 18/06/15] [comments (0)]

Lost Sunglasses at Track
After yesterday evening's track training (Tuesday 16th June), I left my sports sunglasses somewhere between changing room 3 and the bike racks. I've been back to the track this morning but they are not there, so I wonder if someone has picked them up.
Since they are prescription sunglasses, they are no use to anyone else.
If anyone knows their whereabouts, please leave a comment here, or contact me via the "people index".
Thank you.
[Dave Mail, Wed 17/06/15] [comments (3)]

Rocking and rolling in Liverpool
Yesterday, C&C had more than one Ticket to Ride in the Liverpool marathon. On a cool but blustery day Axel, Bart (on his maiden marathon) and myself tackled the uphill start, wriggling midsection and the home straight headwind to bring home some great times in the face of a tough day on a tough course. There were no Yellow Submarines or Strawberry Fields but we did pop into Penny Lane for a brief moment. First off, Bart secured the double of an impressive début whilst ticking off his good for age London time in 3:10:04. I kept Axel on a leash with some conservative pacing to 22 miles before he powered away from me, overtaking many to cross the line in 2:49:22. I ran a best by 6 minutes in 2:53:04 despite being nearly crippled by a pulled muscle with only 1500m to go, I wanted to cry Help!, but With a Little Help From My Friends, the spectators, I got my legs going again and finished the job. Then we were able to Come Together and enjoy our marathon free pint in the sun as the post-race concert got going. There wasn't much twisting and shouting as we had to Get Back to the station to make our way home.
Rock 'N' Roll Liverpool Marathon:  Results (4)
[Kevin-O, Mon 15/06/15] [comments (3)]

Wimpole Belts 10k
So the inaugral Wimpole Belts 10k is now organised. 6:45pm on Wednesday 15th July 2015 at Wimpole Estate. It is an off-road rolling loop around the magnificent (I'm biased) estate. It is measured and ready to go. We will then all have a picnic in the grounds afterwards, so bring your rugs and sausage rolls. (There is also a wet weather option if required.) There is a small fee on the day to enter of £3, to cover some costs. All I ask is that you email me on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk (it is also posted on FB) to confirm your entry, along with emergency contact details. Then bring your £3 on the day. This event will also double up as our July club social. I only need 8 marshals to cover the course, so if you are injured or not running, or know someone who can help, please also drop me an email - I'd be grateful. It is not just open to C&C runners, please feel free to pass the details on to any friends who you'll think will enjoy it. The course is great and it'll be fun! See you there!
[Chris Hurcomb, Tue 09/06/15] [comments (0)]

News of an absolutely corking performance (I made a funny joke there) from Jonathan Escalate-Phillips at the Cork Half in the Republic of Ireland - a brilliant 1:11:23 PB to take seventh place overall in a big field. 83% WAVA too - catching up with Mum! Nice one, Jonathan.
Meanwhile, closer to home, Rachael Leah and Chris Hurcomb teamed up at the Run Bedford, earning Rachael a shiny new 48:46 PB. Nice racing, guys.
Cork Half Marathon:  Results (1)
Run Bedford 10k:  Results (2)
[Andy I, Tue 09/06/15] [comments (3)]

Kevin Henry 5k series race 3 - Newmarket
The races are coming thick and fast and it is nearly time for race 3 of the Kevin Henry 5k series. The one lap (sometimes a tad blowy) race hosted by Newmarket Joggers is at The Rowley Mile on Thursday 11th June at 7:30pm. I would recommend a light trail shoe for this one, as it is a bit "dusty." We are currently sitting in 3rd place behind Cambridge Tri and only a point behind Haverhill Runners, who have had massive turnouts and I expect the same turnout again to Newmarket as it is relatively local. It really stresses the importance of us getting out as many runners as possible - we all score a point. I have been asked a couple of times how we all contribute and how the scoring works. Basically, the first 6 men and first 4 women from each club score. So if our first 6 men come 1st, 3rd, 10th, 12th, 20th, 21st; we score a point for each place = 67 points. Every man that runs for the club scores a point. So if 40 men run that is 40 points. We then take those 40 points from the 67, leaving a score of 27. The lowest scoring club then wins that round. With 6 points for the first club for the men and women, down to one for 6th. So if a club wins both men and women categories, that is 12 points. Even if you are not in the first 6 as men or 4 as women it is still important to turn up and if possible run well, because you can push other club runners down by finishing in front of them. I hope this all makes sense?!

Be great to see you all there, donned in your club vest. Please find the instructions below.
[Chris Hurcomb, Thu 04/06/15] [comments (1)]

Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Belated and brief news of another excellent trip to Edinburgh. Eight of us survived the howling headwind in the last eight miles of the marathon (for drama's sake, let's forget the tailwind on the first 18), and some even ran beautifully. None more so than Matt Slater, 2:47 for 28th place, and Andrew Shields, 2:54 and 70th, also third Vet 50. High-class racing, requiring some serious mental and physical strength to finish the job - well done guys. Varying positions on the triumph/disaster spectrum thereafter, but Sam Lewsey's 3:35 on début and Anne Schumann's 4:14 PB left both justifiably delighted. Dan Kitchie slipped off the schedule a touch but still nailed a 3:34 PB, while Ian Richardson (3:28), Bernie Shannon (3:54) and I (3:44) had to call off the hounds. Hopefully no-one will know that I blew before turning into the wind. I think I'd prefer the extra distance to getting up for an 8am start, so double congrats to Isabelle Lemasson for her 1:38 PB in the half marathon. Great racing, great city, and great support from the non-racing sick and wounded - thanks guys. 'Proper' report now up.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival:  Results (9)  Report: Andy I
[Andy I, Wed 03/06/15] [comments (1)]

Club Night tomorrow June 2
Just a reminder that tomorrow's start-of-the-month club night is off premises at the Granta pub. Refresh and recover from your chosen training sesh with groovy duck pond ambience. Balmy June weather guaranteed.
[charlie, Mon 01/06/15] [comments (0)]

C&C Billy Bland Challenge relay - 24 May 2015
On 24 May 2015, an almost exclusively C&C team ran the Billy Bland Challenge relay which “is based on the five legs of the 24 Hour Bob Graham round, starting and finishing at the Moot Hall in Keswick (…) and covers about 66 miles, 28,000 feet of climbing and 42 peaks.” (http://www.billyblandchallenge.org.uk/). To reflect the event which was a team effort, each pair has submitted a summary of the leg they ran and the 5 write-ups from the basis of the race report below. We hope that you will enjoy reading it and may it inspire some of you to join us next year when we are hoping to run the challenge again. Photos also uploaded to the gallery
Start of leg 1 (Scott & Bernie): Keswick Moot Hall 00:03
After a hot and sunny Saturday, the forecast for Sunday wasn’t great – a heavy band of rain was due to pass over the Lakes between midnight and early morning. Sure enough, it was grey and foggy as we left the Moot Hall. As we ascended the steep slope of Skiddaw, the rain arrived, and by the time we reach the 3000ft summit plateau visibility was down to less than 2 metres! The next several hours brought a succession of rocky scree, knee-deep heather, and thigh-deep bogs, eventually descending off Blencathra via the insanely steep “parachute drop”. Having lost about half an hour on our target schedule, we could only hope that the weather would improve and allow our teammates to recover some time.
Handover to leg 2 (Emma & Lee): Threlkeld 04:36
Waiting for a handover in an off-road relay is always a mixed affair of excitement and worrying about your team mates and so it was for Lee and me. But when we were off shortly after 430AM the anxious wait in the Threlkeld car park was soon forgotten. Our leg is a seemingly simple business of twelve peaks on an almost straight north to south line. Yet nothing is simple in poor weather when only one of you can navigate! The climb to Clough Head sets your calves on fire but rewards you with a magnificent view over the valley (or not, if no visibility). You then run/trot/walk (fell “running” means many things) along nine peaks, including Helvellyn, before going down towards Grisedale Tarn. Swallow your last gel for the cruel climb up Fairfield, then come Seat Sandal and the bumpy descent to Dunmail Raise where your team mates look as if they have had a long and cold wait. Squeeze of hands and the next team is off.
Handover to leg 3 (Scott & Kris): Dunmail Raise 09:26
With our spirits lifted by seeing our team mates safely off the hill and the gradually improving weather, we climbed strongly up Steel Fell, hitting the top several minutes ahead of schedule… and then on the open fells across to High Raise lost all the time we’d gained struggling into a very strong headwind! Pushing hard, we held to schedule right through to the highest point in England on Scafell Pike, fighting our way through the tourists to reach the cairn. The tricky up-and-down scramble of Lords Rake was then followed by the leg-numbing descent off Scafell – 3000ft in under 3km!
Handover to leg 4 (Katie, Pete Nelson, John Slater): Wasdale 15:31
Following earlier outstanding efforts against the weather the Lakeland skies had cleared by 3.20pm and there would be no excuses for a slow leg, particularly as I was lucky enough to run it with two Bob Graham Club members – John Slater and my uncle, Pete Nelson. It went like a dream (albeit a rocky, steep and windy one!) with satisfying climbs up Yewbarrow and Red Pike and some fun stuff underfoot on the dog’s leg to Steeple – just don’t look down. Stubbornness overcame stomach issues going up Great Gable (‘Just be sick and get on with it, then!’ – Pete) and by Green Gable we were going well with a few minutes to spare to stay inside the 20-hour schedule for this leg. We settled in to enjoy a classic descent to the team at Honister, finishing with an attempted sprint finish which was thwarted by my battered and wobbly quads.
Handover to leg 5 (Harry, Bernie, Kate Charles): Honister 19:55
After spending all day hearing how the others had done on legs 1 to 4, initial concerns about being up against the clock disappeared after great efforts on legs 2, 3 &4! We set off from Honister just before 8pm, Harry was like a coiled spring and soon reached the first top. Kate’s expert knowledge of this leg, better weather & daylight meant we shot over Hindsgarth and Robinson and were back in Little Town just before 9.30pm. Harry and I changed into road shoes for the 10k sprint back into Keswick, Lee took over the guide’s role from Kate’s excellent job. I tried to keep up with Lee and Harry! Nev made the right decision not to run and gave his full support to the team. We regrouped as we entered Keswick and ran the last 150m up to Moot Hall with the rest of the team cheering us on. We finished at 10.08pm with sheer relief and elation!
Finish: Keswick Moot Hall 22:08
A great effort by the entire team, completing the challenge in 22 hours 5 minutes. (Last year this would have placed us 2nd in the mixed team category.) Many thanks to Pete, John and Kate for contributing their local knowledge, and huge thanks for the support from Debs & Elizabeth, Chris & Rachel, Wendy & Dave, Barbara, and of course Nev!
We’re already planning for another attempt next year, so anyone interested please contact Scott White.
[Emma Buckland, Sat 30/05/15] [comments (8)]

BUPA Westminster Mile - National Champions!
We had a dazzlingly fast squad of seven at the BUPA Westminster Mile, and our awesome Under-20s did something rather special in the National Junior Championships. Congratulations to Kieran Wood and Hollie Parker, British Athletics One Mile Road Champions. Amazing to have both champs in the C&C colours. Congratulations too to Tim Cobden (fourth), Curtis Wood (fifth) and Beatrice Fitzsimons (sixth). Hard to beat that, but the Richardsons, Ian and Karen, gave it a good go in the seniors, Ian coming back with a new PB.
BUPA Westminster Mile:  Results (8)
[Andy I, Wed 27/05/15] [comments (2)]

Ultras and Multiples
Catching up on some of the other results, and hoping for some Billy Bland news.....
Neil White took in the Ox Ultra down in Wiltshire, covering 35 miles (and the rest), and took a rather impressive fourth place (out of 158) in 5:16. Blimey! And though we didn't send a full squad to the wonderful Tour of the Derwent Valley this year, Gerald Meah flew the flag in all four races, finishing 28th across the series despite being pipped by Paul Jones at the new Bluebell Inn leg. I love those races. Sigh....
The Ox Ultra Marathon:  Results (1)
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Duffield:  Results (1)
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Malt Shovel:  Results (1)
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Bluebell Inn:  Results (2)
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Rowsley:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Wed 27/05/15] [comments (3)]

Hatfield Broad Oak 10K
Some excellent running and some shiny PBs gained at the Hatfield Broad Oak 10K, down Stansted way - a rather popular one for C&Cs. I refer you to Christof's excellent report for the full goss.
Hatfield Broad Oak 10k:  Results (10)  Report: Christof Schwiening
[Andy I, Tue 26/05/15] [comments (3)]

Kevin Henry 5k Series, Race 2 - Saffron Striders
Race 2 of the Kevin Henry Series is almost upon us. It is 7:30pm on Thursday 21st May 2015, at Saffron Striders home event in Newport. All the directions are attached at the bottom of this news item. CTC took a clean sweep at their home event picking up 12 points, Haverhill are second with 9 and we are third with 8. We are hoping it is a long way for the triathletes to cycle to Saffron, so a chance for us to pull back some ground! Also a superb turnout by Haverhill in race 1, shows how many points can be had when over 60% of their club members show up - remember everyone scores a point for the club. All you need to run is your club vest. As always any volunteers to score will be great - just drop me an email on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk. There is limited parking at Newport, so Saffron Striders request as much lift sharing as possible. See you there!
[Chris Hurcomb, Thu 14/05/15] [comments (0)]

Club night - T&F special
Attached is a copy of the powerpoint that was up during the T&F club night special in case anyone would like a copy. It's got a few useful contacts and links. Any questions, please let me know.
[ClaireS, Wed 13/05/15] [comments (0)]

Battles at Bosworth
A band of merry men made their way to Bosworth to engage in battle with 'northern-folk' and demonstrate that hills are just fictional constructs to keep flat-landers away. The band included the noble Knights of high mileage - St Ian Rich-hard-son and Sir Kevin O'Hell-I-can-run and the ever speedy Count Charles Ritchie escorting the delightful Maid Karen. The knights had engaged in fierce battle the week before on the Stravarian MTS having taken-down most of the rest of the plebian runners with a ton of miles. Despite the exhaustion from their efforts they lined-up with the mortals to engage in earnest battle. Count Charles led the charge with St Ian in pursuit. Sir Kevin and I tucked in safely, hiding from the faster Northern-folk who, fearlessly, headed out into positive-split hills. It was Sir Kevin who first discovered that the fair-Cambridge thigh is no match for the northern hills when carrying a kitchen sink. Just after halfway he carefully laid the sink down and merrily danced his way towards the finish collecting another negative split on route and a PB. I picked-up the sink and staggered in behind him, grateful that he had left an old PB in the sink for me to keep. The ever graceful St Ian appeared shortly afterwards claiming not to have seen any hills but also having happened upon a most unlikely PB and some silver too. He was followed by Count Charles, who had resisted the witchly 'come-hither and rest' spells, to also collect a handful of silver. After a brief rest the knights gathered their now destroyed legs to welcome the radiant Maid Karen of Orange. After much discussion the Knights claimed a great victory had been won and vowed to return for northern gold in the future.
Bosworth Half Marathon:  Results (5)
[Christof Schwiening, Sun 10/05/15] [comments (6)]

Kevin Henry photographs
I've uploaded the photos I took last Thursday. I've not had chance to edit or crop them, so there's 250 for you to plough through! Help yourself to any you fancy.

[flanker, Tue 05/05/15] [comments (0)]

Katie S first lady at Anglo Celtic Plate 100k and the new National Champion
On Saturday Katie competed against and beat the national teams from the other home nations to be first lady and win the National Championships. The shield is full of illustrious names of previous winners, but is so big we may need to move house!
Anglo Celtic Plate 100k and National Championship:  Results (1)
[flanker, Tue 05/05/15] [comments (8)]

Milton Keynes Marathon
4 C&C'ers went to Milton Keynes to run the marathon, 3 of them making marathon debuts. Conditions were favourable, around 15 degrees, a little wind and a bit of cloud to keep the sun at bay. MK is a tricky course with relentless underpasses, meaning a pretty rolling course, with a nasty bite at 22-23 miles. As usual the marathon is a cruel mistress. But there were still 3 stunning debuts. Nick Osborn had really pushed the boundaries by going for the mythical sub 3. A perfectly paced first half, was followed by Nick hanging on to the 3 hour pacer, only losing him near the end, but still achieved a magnificent 3:01! Neville Hawkins also strived for a quick first attempt with a strong first half and a second half that pulled on all his mental and physical reserves to finish in a very credible 3:41. The Steve Redgrave comment of never again will quickly subside, I am sure! A great PB from the ever smiling Liz O'Donovan in 3:52 and another brilliant first time performance from Rebecca Anderson in 4:24 - well done all - a clean sweep of PB's.

Also Caroline Archer achieved a PB of 1:44 in the HM - great work.
Milton Keynes Marathon and Half:  Results (6)
[Chris Hurcomb, Tue 05/05/15] [comments (3)]

Fen Drayton 10K
The RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes reserve is a rapidly-changing bounty of animal life at this time of year. Wandering out there on Sunday we chalked up our first cuckoo call and spotted an early clutch of swifts, for example. It's also a pretty nice place to go for a run, so all the critters and migratory birdlife were scattered for an hour or so by arrival of the gaudily-plumaged, wheezily-chirping flocks of competitors in the Fen Drayton 10K. And with the heavy rain before the race, breeding conditions were perfect for undercracker bacteria too, particularly as the watery sunlight started to up the humidity on the busway. Nature's wonders in all their many forms.
Most naturally wonderful C&C on the flat but often rough course was Ian Richardson, yet another PB, and a sub-40 at that, earning him sixth place (39:41), a couple of minutes ahead of Rob Moir (42:09) and Steve Cresswell (42:30), and first C&C female was Joanne Pyle, an excellent seventh place in 49:49. Many excellent performances elsewhere amongst the squad, so follow the link to the full results. Well done all.
Fen Drayton 10K:  Results (19)
[Andy I, Tue 05/05/15] [comments (0)]

Club Night Tuesday 5th May
Club Night comes round quicker than you might think, and as we shift our focus from XC & marathons to KH – type short distance speed work, this Tuesday (5th of May) Club Night is appropriately a short event special. In the relaxed surroundings of the summer evening clubhouse bar we have a discussion of Track & Field events with Ric, Carrie, and others, and an opportunity for Q&A and general reflection on the benefits and impact of speed work. Bernie ‘it’s all about the finish’ Shannon will be in the chair, so it will be (appropriately) short, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the bar and one another’s company. Come and find out more about what your amazing club can offer you. Newcomers are particularly welcome, bar open from 8pm this Tuesday.
[charlie, Thu 30/04/15] [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry after race get together
I have warned the Red Lion in Histon to expect a load of sweaty C&Cers to descend upon them this Thursday evening after the race.
[Nev, Wed 29/04/15] [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry Race 1 ........ it's nearly here!
Now the sun has come out (at last!) it is that time of year, the time of year for us to defend our title at the Kevin Henry 5k Series. Those of you new to the club, it is a 6 club team series of 6 races this year, as Ely are layng on a race. The courses vary in terrain, but are all 5k. The races are on the fixtures page and are all on a Thursday evening, starting at 7:30. (except the last one which is 7:00) The first 6 men and 4 ladies score for us and then every other club runner scores a point. So all of you are important scorers for the team. All you need is your club vest and turn up and run.

The first event is laid on by Cambridge Triathlon Club in Impington at 7:30 on Thursday 30th April - a great day for London Marathon runners to get the lactic out their legs! If anyone can help with scoring, drop me an email on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk I have attached the details to this news item. See you there......
[Chris Hurcomb, Fri 10/04/15] [comments (5)]

European Standard Distance Duathlon Champs
Multi-sport news; a superb result from Nick Mansley at the Europeans in Spain at the weekend - fifth in category! Nice one Nick. See Nick's report below - sounds like an eventful day.
European Standard Distance Duathlon Champs:  Results (1)  Report: Nutterman
[Andy I, Tue 28/04/15] [comments (0)]

Boston Marathon 2016
Anybody interested? I've got qualifying time this year (and last year) and, as I'm older than many of you, my window of time for participating in Boston is narrower than yours.... So maybe 2016 is the year??
[Mary J, Mon 27/04/15] [comments (1)]

London Marathon
Probably the rarest thing in marathon running is perfection. You keep trying, and something always takes the shine off your day, whether it's a niggle, an inconveniently-timed bug or just a misjudged mile. So you come back again and again, unable to incinerate the battered, stinky trainers until you get it just exactly right. It never happens.
Still, there was something about the 2015 London Marathon, just a suggestion that everything may, for one moment in our otherwise cosmically-unblessed lifetimes, come together. The planets were perceptibly aligning. For us at C&C, it was the summit of a training season which seemed to marry club spirit with a foolproof scientific master-plan. It was the year that road running's returning heroine would sweep aside the injuries for a last farewell among the rest of us. And, joy of joys, it was the year that a cold, grey blanket of cloud would slip in off the sea to chill the spectators for a few hours. Ten degrees at the start, ten degrees at the finish. There would never be a better opportunity for forty-three thousand runs of a lifetime. Everything was right. Perfection.
Well, that was the idea.
Of course, the universe hates perfection. Ask our first finisher, Stacy Wheat; a fine start, but day over at sixteen miles with an angry ITB. You may even ask this year's C&C superstar Victoria Knight, who ran what is quite simply the finest marathon performance by a female from our club that I can recall; she shadowed Paula most of the way until the pain got too much and the seconds started wriggling away on the Embankment. An imperfect but utterly magnificent 2:45:06 (2:44:58 chip), 15th female mass-starter. No better illustration that a painful positive split usually follows a brave commitment, and there's no question that Matt Slater's 2:48 fits that description, as does Dan Hurst's agonising 3:00:47, while Mike Salt (3:16) paid again for refusing, ever, to play safe. But others amongst the quicks almost nailed it: Charlie Wartnaby gave a master-class in marathoning once again; a few stray seconds cost him a sub-2:40, but he still earned the coveted first-C&C crown by a comfortable margin. Of the usual sub-3 gang, Al Pritchard (2:53), Neil White (2:58) and Andrew Shields (2:59) are good enough to be able to spare the odd minute and still stroll under the mark, though John Ferguson (3:06) couldn't quite make it this time. Agonisingly close was Jon Anderson, just 31 seconds the wrong side of a first two-something. England's Katie Samuelson flirted with sub-3 as well, and pulled off an ourtstanding 3:02 to finish second C&C female, 107th overall. The margin was just too tight for Mike Salter, but 3:04 was a fine reward.
There were other superb performances with the tiniest of gnats in the ointment, and smiles should still be on faces for Mark Williams (3:27), Ben Chamberlain (3:27 PB), Chris Hurcomb (3:32 PB), Chris Poole (3:36) and Julian Hardyman (3:39 PB). Clare Garvey had a tough one, but fought through it for 3:48. Mary Jennings, in her element, impressed again with a 4:09, as did Iona Graham Hagg with 4:13. Julia Decesare's race-day perfection was ruined by injury a while back, so a 4:10 in the circumstances was a joy. Ed Hall (4:26) and Graham Handley (4:56) ran fine races, Becky Wilburn's even-paced 4:45 PB was super-strong, and the splits show Dan Bayles (5:58) caned it round St James's Park for a deserved sub-6.
To end appropriately, we need to keep in mind that perfection is not an impossible dream, not even in the uncontrolled chaos of the London marathon, because I think two of our band can claim to have achieved it, so they get to star in the report finale. Score one for the scientists; Christof Schwiening ran a race so perfect, and so fast, that it needs to be analysed, and perhaps written up as a paper by someone. 2:51, a small negative split and a big PB. And Neil Tween ran a 3:13, also a PB and also quicker coming home than going out. Neither will be forced to run the distance ever again. You are both immaculate.
But in the end, the astral conjunctions diverged. Radcliffe signed off with a personal worst on a dodgy achilles and a crumbly foot, and Victoria's spectacular run, to be treasured and remembered, will be tinged with the tiniest hint of 'what if?'. Perfection was not obtained. But I think we're getting there, and I feel in my waters that the omens are good for next year. We just need to stick to Christof's plan.
Virgin Money London Marathon:  Results (29)  Gallery (32)
[Andy I, Mon 27/04/15] [comments (18)]

Katie gets England call up
Katie Samuelson has been selected to represent England in the Anglo Celtic Plate 100k on May 2nd

[flanker, Thu 23/04/15] [comments (6)]
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(Frostbite League - Hunts AC 2011)
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(Virgin Money London Marathon 2015)
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