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Cross Country Championships
If you would like to request a club paid entry to National XC Championship please note the DEADLINE:

Friday 19th December


Thank you.
[Helen, Sun 07/12/14]    [comments (0)]

Site Glitches
Just a quick note - there have been some problems with editing/submitting large sets of data to the site (particularly the Jingle Mile recently, and now the Frostbite). This might also affect large race reports, and will definitely prevent photo uploads. For now be very careful and save as you go! The problem has been reported to the hosting company (after extensive proof was needed!), and the ball is in their court.

UPDATE - I think all is working now, hugely thanks to Sameer M at Hostpapa, who continued to resist the temptation to write me off as a loony. If you do experience any problems (beyond the usual!), let me know.
[Andy I, Mon 15/12/14]    [comments (7)]

Cross Country News
This weekend we had athletes representing our club, county & country in Hinchingbrooke, Shouldham Warren, Oxford & Samokav, Bulgaria. Click here to find out who went where & how they did.
[Helen, Sun 14/12/14]    [comments (2)]

Running shoes and apparel

Just to let you know that I have recently started working at Sweatshop Cambridge.

Please let me know what you would like to see Sweatshop provide for your running.

Sweatshop annually gets Runnersworld awards for best retailer nationally.

But are we doing our best for you locally?.

Sweatshop Cambridge is located at the end of Coldhams Lane, by the airfield, and just inside the David Lloyd leisure center.

Tnx, Mary
Mary Jennings
[Mary J, Mon 08/12/14]    [comments (1)]

Essex League Race 3
For a round up of all the action at Great Notley on Saturday, click here. It was fast & furious!!!!!
[Helen, Sun 07/12/14]    [comments (1)]

Cambridge Cambourne 10K 2015 entries open today
Hi All, Cambridge Cambourne 10K 2015 entries open today! Hurrah! 12th April 2015 :-) See you there!
Lovely mixed terrain race and supporting Jimmy's Cambridge who provide emergency accommodation & support all year round and on nights like last night!
[BethJ, Wed 03/12/14]    [comments (0)]

Cross Country Results
A round up of the action by members who took part in the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Liverpool and the EVAC Cross Country Championships in Kettering can be found here. Be inspired to have a go next year.
[Helen, Sun 30/11/14]    [comments (1)]

I've been told race 3 on Saturday 6th December is now at Great Notley Country Park, Braintree.

Click here for details.

Don't go to Epping Forest!!!!!!!!
[Helen, Sun 30/11/14]    [comments (0)]

Pilates sessions - instructor?
We're thinking of organising a weekly pilates session. If you are, or you know of someone who is, a pilates instructor and would like to apply to provide this, please contact me (csomerton@live.co.uk) and I will send over details. Thanks.
[ClaireS, Sun 30/11/14]    [comments (0)]

Rocky Steps marathon
After a year of boring many of you with a multitude of niggly foot and lower leg injuries I finally have a race report to file. My glass legs survived the Philadelphia marathon at the weekend!
Philadelphia Marathon:  Results (1)
[Alastair Hodges, Thu 27/11/14]    [comments (5)]

Last call for the South of England Cross Country Championships
The deadline for club paid entries to this event at Stamner Park, Brighton on Saturday 24th January is tomorrow (28th Nov.). If you like hills off road this is place for you. Senior men 15K & senior women 8K. An opportunity for you to stand on the start line with some of the best in south of England. Click here to request your place.
[Helen, Thu 27/11/14]    [comments (7)]

Hereward Relay
Well, it was wet. Wet and slippy. Very wet and very slippy. Nevertheless it was a very good day out for C&C. A few of us were fortunate enough to have got the first leg - short and tarmac (except for the finishing corner where runners were forced to do an impression of Bambi on ice). Some of us took detours - John 'Can't get' En'Uff - others simply ran Egg'cellently. It was great fun and a splendidly organized event - many thanks March Athletics Club (Stephen) and Claire for putting our teams together. I am so glad they didn't allow the Ultra this year......
Hereward Relay:  Results (31)
[Christof Schwiening, Mon 24/11/14]    [comments (4)]

Eastern Veterans Cross Country Championships
Veterans (that's all those aged 35 and over) - if you have been inspired by the previous news then why not take part in our regional veterans (masters) xc championships. It's next Saturday and on your doorstep in Kettering. Hurry as entries close on Wednesday 26th. Click here for more details and/or contact Emma Buckland who has very kindly being drumming up support for C&C teams.
[Helen, Sun 23/11/14]    [comments (0)]

International Representation
In the last week one of our youngest and probably our eldest senior runner have represented England. Be inspired whether you are just starting out on your athletic career or feeling your days are numbered. Many congratulations to you both. You'll have to click here to find out who they were.
[Helen, Sun 23/11/14]    [comments (2)]

Tom Shines at the Valencia Marathon
Our squad at last Sunday's Valencia Marathon did rather epic things, and as they are too modest to post the news, I'll do the honours. Someone certainly has to because (and this is where you need to imagine a very fancy fanfare) Tom Stevens' 2:26:04 was the fastest marathon time for C&C since this site's records began in 2006, beating Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha's 2:28:43 at Berlin five years ago. That was good enough for fourteenth place in an elite-studded field. Massive congratulations to Tom, now mainly Sweden-based but still wearing the white and blue vest, presumably over heavy-duty thermals at the mo.
Also deserving of headlines, accolades and mass genuflection is Matt Slater, moving to eighth on that same list with an awesome 2:45:10. Phenomenal stuff, Matt.
Neil White had an extremely good one too, pushing towards the three-hour barrier with a 3:03:59, with Simon Brightwell adding to his large collection of quick marathons in 3:17:52 and Darren Clerkin storming his first marathon in C&C colours with a 3:38:04.
I did say it was all rather good.
Valencia Marathon:  Results (5)
[Andy I, Thu 20/11/14]    [comments (7)]

St Neots HM
Perfect conditions for C&C in SN's HM. Our girls led the way with Claire Somerton finishing 1st with Carla Brown finishing 8th and Stacey coming in 14th with a PB. The guys weren't going to be out done with 4 in the top 10 led by Mike Salt in 3rd overall & 1st MV40, Alex Eggeman in 4th with a PB, Charlie Wartnaby in 5th coming 2nd MV40 & John Uff in 8th. After this lots of others came in with PB's including Ian Richardson, Chris Newall, Vic Coe, Dan Kitchie, Chris Hurcomb, Liz O'Donovan, Martyn Brearley & Karen Richardson. Lynn, Bella and I had great fun supporting you all today :)
St Neots Riverside Half Marathon:  Results (58)
[Bernard Shannon, Sun 16/11/14]    [comments (3)]

Cross Country Championships
If you would like to be part of the teams competing in the County, Southern and/or National XC Championships in the New Year don't forget to apply for your club paid entry ASAP. If you miss the deadlines given you'll have to enter and pay for yourself. Please note - first claim members only. Please read the notes before starting your application. Thank you.
[Helen, Sun 16/11/14]    [comments (0)]

Essex League & Ryston GP Results
A round up of this weekend's action on the country can be found here. C&C continue to lead the junior field in Essex.
[Helen, Sun 16/11/14]    [comments (0)]

Christmas party - 6th Dec
Don't forget to get your Christmas party tickets for the event on 6th Dec. Go to the C&C website to buy your ticket and guarantee yourself a place at the social event of the year! Great music, food, dancing, the VLM club ballot, the alternative C&C awards and the wonderful company of your fellow C&Cers. What are you waiting for?! Get your ticket now!
[ClaireS, Thu 13/11/14]    [comments (0)]

Hereward relay
We need one more runner to make up the teams for Hereward relay o 23 Nov. Please let me know asap if you'd like to take part, Thanks. Claire
[ClaireS, Thu 06/11/14]    [comments (0)]

Essex League Race 2 - Saturday 15th November
Click here for details. Races for the U11G & U11B.
[Helen, Sun 02/11/14]    [comments (0)]

English Cross Country Relay Championships
Click here for results.
[Helen, Sat 01/11/14]    [comments (0)]

Frostbite race 2 Bushfield
The second of the 6 Frostbite meetings takes place on Sunday 2nd November at Bushfield, just outside Peterborough (A1 side). I hope to see many C & C juniors and seniors at this event, where I will be scoring. The junior race starts at 10:15am with the senior race at 11am. If you are able to come, I suggest car sharing and leaving from the track at 9:15am.
See you on Sunday and full details can be found on the Frostbite website under Sunday's diary events on the left hand side of this screen.
[Adam Poole, Mon 27/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Friend of C&C Marathon Debut ......
Many of you will remember John Oakes who ran for C&C up to a year or so ago, before he moved away, and also the amount of vet wins he notched for us and still does for his local club Dorset Doddlers. We always wondered how he would fair at the Marathon distance and I thought some of you would be interested to know he made his debut at the ever popular Abington Marathon a couple of weeks ago. He swears it was his "first and last" ..... but we'll see. For various reasons, his training was curtailed and was unable to do the long miles required, with 13 miles being his longest run. But it is the pure tenacity of John to register a fine 2:58:29 in 51st place. Congratulations from us all at C&C!
[Chris Hurcomb, Fri 24/10/14]    [comments (3)]

Club Night Special Tuesday 4th Nov
Our club night a week on Tuesday will be back at the clubhouse where the FAST crew (Fit Again Sports Therapy) will be offering a special introductory Core session for all runners after training. We will 'do the show right here' so bring a towel or mat. Many of you will have benefited from the skills of Richard, Megan and co already, here's a chance for everyone to build an injury-avoiding performance-enhancing set of routines into their repertoire. https://www.facebook.com/fitagainsportstherapy
The bar will not be open, but The Granta will, for those who want a more traditional drink and chat; and may I take this occasion to plug Christmas Party Tickets, going fast...
[charlie, Fri 24/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Thurlow 10
This one is a real favourite of mine, despite (or because of?) the hills and stretches of filth, and it seems word has got around because we sent off a pretty big squad down to Suffolk. What's more, we came away with a couple of category wins. Giulio Cinque was our quickest on a difficult course, taking the V55s in a hugely impressive 1:09. First female Emma Buckland was just as awesome, taking first V40 and third female overall in 1:11. Congratulations to both of them. There were numerous other epic runs too - check out the results for full details. Well done all, and well done Haverhill RC too.
Thurlow 10:  Results (11)
[Andy I, Wed 22/10/14]    [comments (1)]

Amsterdam Marathon
It was unseasonably warm for this year's Amsterdam Marathon, but the sweaty summer training clearly paid off for our gaggle of competitors. I'm hoping for a report or two, but for now it's just congratulation time. Firstly Christof Schwiening, who topped a rather large set of strong marathon results with a shiny new PB, running within three minutes of the fabled three-hour mark (surely due to go soon?). Next came Kevin O'Holleran, who blasted a ten minute chunk off his time from twelve months ago, clocking 3:13. And in the Cooke brothers' C&C-vs-Saffron Striders family shootout Alistair (3:53) just out-stayed Craig (3:54), but both comfortably nailed that elusive sub-4. Rather a nice set of results - well done team.
TCS Amsterdam Marathon:  Results (4)  Report: Christof Schwiening
[Andy I, Wed 22/10/14]    [comments (4)]

Essex League Race1
Full teams in each age group at One Tree Hill, Thurrock yesterday. What's more nothing less than second in all age groups. Click here to see the revival in cross country. Next race, Saturday 15th November at Hylands Park, Chelmsford.
[Helen, Sun 19/10/14]    [comments (0)]

You only get them from your Mum you know...
...your mitochondria that is, those little cellular powerhouses that propel us round races like the Town and Gown 10K. Proving it, young Jonathan E-P won the race in a scorching time, while Mrs P (originator of his organelles) won her V55 category and showed up JEP with a WAVA rating of nearly 89%. Talk about choosing your parents wisely! Well done there, all.
Cambridge Town and Gown 10k:  Results (8)
[CharlieW, Tue 14/10/14]    [comments (8)]

Perkins Great Eastern Run
Peterborough is a running city (for evidence, see the density and popularity of its clubs and races), and the Perkins Great Eastern Run is its principal running feast day. The GER takes in all of the city's sights (well, you can see the cathedral from the start) in a very Peterborough-esque tour of residential suburbs and green spaces; it's pretty flat (bar the obligatory over- and under-pass) and it's pretty fast too. What's more, the support is generous and enthusiatic, and the organisation is good too. No wonder we took a big squad and no wonder most turned in excellent performances. Charlie Wartnaby and Carla Brown were my undisputed runners of the day; Charlie's excellent 1:15:31 put him 36th, in the top 1% overall, but surely Carla takes star billing - a fantastic 1:19:54 PB for fifth place, and first female from neither Kenya nor Aldershot (surely that should be a category?). Alex Eggeman and Michael Moore challenged Charlie hard, both earning 1:16s, with Craig Dyce (1:17), Graeme Kennedy (1:18) and Alastair Hodges (1:20) making it seven top-100 finishers from C&C. Back with the female race, Ellen Leggate (16th in 1:26) and Jo Eggeman (36th in 1:36, PB) provided C&C quality at the quick end. Lots more to read about via the link, but a mention for some eye-catching PBs to go with Carla's and Jo's; Ian Richardson, making big gains this year, clocked 1:26 to pip Nev Hawkins (1:27), Neil Tween (1:28) and Liam O'Grady (1:32). Finally, there was an impressive performance by Alice Rush in the wheelchair race, finishing in 1:37 and missing out on first female by just 38 seconds, with fine support from third-placed Rebecca Gilbertson (1:52). Excellent racing, everyone.
Perkins Great Eastern Run:  Results (33)  Gallery (1)
[Andy I, Mon 13/10/14]    [comments (7)]

Essex League Race 1
First race next Saturday afternoon. Click here. Vets this is your opportunity to pit yourselves against the best in Essex. The more the merrier.
[Helen, Sun 12/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Ryston Grand Prix Race 1
A race report by Charlie & the results can be found here.
[Helen, Sun 12/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Frostbite Update
Looks like I was uncharacteristically a smidge optimistic about the team results for the St Neots Frostbite - it's eighth (of 16) for the senior team and eleventh (of 15) for the juniors. Still all to play for though!
Frostbite League - Riverside Runners:  Results (25)
[Andy I, Wed 08/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Chester Marathon
On Sunday Darren and I headed North to take part in what must surely be one of the best road marathons in the country. Chester Marathon simply cannot be recommended too highly - it's a fast course, with impeccable organisation, closed roads, and fantastic support. There's a quality field at the sharp end, attracted by free places for the super-quick and 'elite' perks for the slightly-less-than-super-quick, and a generous 6 hour cut off that isn't strictly imposed, making it a welcoming event for all abilities.
Neither of us were going for PBs, as we were using the event as part of a bigger phase of training which included a parkrun and a 15km trail race the day before, so we were both pleased to finish only a few minutes outside our Spring 2014 best times, with Darren clocking 3:27 and me crossing the line in 3:07.

It's a great event. Anyone looking for an Autumn marathon in 2015, take a look!
Chester Marathon:  Results (2)
[Ultra Katie, Tue 07/10/14]    [comments (4)]

National XC Relays - 1 November
If you'd like to run in the National XC relays on 1 November, please contact Ric Park by Wed 8 October.
[ClaireS, Tue 07/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Cross Country League News
The cross country season began on October 1st. If you enjoyed the off road course at the Frostbite last weekend then consider trying the first races in the Ryston Grand Prix on Sunday 12th October or the Essex Cross Country League on Saturday 18th October. This year sees the start of a veterans league at Essex. Teams of 3 women aged 35+ and 4 men aged 40+ to score. Even better - if you run fast enough for C&C you can score twice - for the seniors & vets. Now there's a challenge. Full details can be found on the relevant league webpages.
[Helen, Mon 06/10/14]    [comments (1)]

Abington 10k
Glorious weather for the Abington 10k and a particularly glorious result for Carla and ClaireS taking the 1-2 double with scorching PBs (though Claire rued those 5 sec!). Istvan left me for dust at about 4k to secure 4th (behind our friend JohnU in 2nd) while in the V50 stakes Jon only just missed the crown, Neville close behind. Highly recommended (despite the unsettling disconnected legs on our trophies!).
Abington 10k:  Results (18)  Report: Dan
[CharlieW, Mon 06/10/14]    [comments (2)]

Cambridge Half Entries
Apparently Cambridge Half Marathon entries have opened to those who got a "VIP" entry e-mail, and it sells out extremely fast, so get typing NOW. Those of us who didn't get one will have to sweat it out for a couple of days before any remaining places go on sale.
[Andy I, Mon 06/10/14]    [comments (8)]

Grunty Fen
Some good news! The winners of this year’s Turing Centenary Trophy (1st team of 4 men + 1st team of 3 women) were not St Radegund RDC but C&C. There was an error in the results because Matt Slater wasn't included in the C&C team. Our friends at Ely Runners have sent a kind note and apologised. The corrected results are now on the GF website http://www.elyrunners.co.uk/gruntyfen/
[Neil, Mon 06/10/14]    [comments (1)]

Frostbite League - St Neots
A beautiful day for an off-road Frostbite, and despite the draw of a number of other local races, we fielded a respectable nineteen seniors and six juniors at Priory Park. We're still awaiting the match scores, but the individual results are in. The juniors were led home by the Haineses - Frances (excellently third-placed girl) beating Oscar (37th boy). I reckon they can expect a solid mid-pack overall result - well done them. The depleted seniors also battled hard, but missed quite a few of our quicker performers (the National Road Relays being rather a good excuse - provided, of course, that we get a report back!), and I reckon something between fifth and seventh will be our overall rank. Michael Moore (eighth) valiantly scrapped it out at the front of the race, Lee Pretlove supporting with a fine 20th and there was an excellent 58th for Neil Tween. The female team rose to the occasion, and Isabelle Lemasson's 25th place on Frostbite début, a 27th from Avril Monmont and a 32nd from Alex Geoghegan will have helped our placing massively. Congratulations and thanks to all who wore the vest, to Adam, captaining ably, and special cheers for the Frostbite first-timers. Follow the link for the full details and check back for the team standings.
Frostbite League - Riverside Runners:  Results (25)
[Andy I, Mon 06/10/14]    [comments (2)]

Bournemouth Marathon
A beautiful day to run a marathon on a good course. I thought I was the only C&C runner until I saw Mary Jennings running well along the seafront. This was the second year of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival and was all started by Steve Way. I would recommend it if you want a PB but watch for the hill at 18 to 20 miles.
Bournemouth Marathon:  Results (3)
[Bernard Shannon, Sun 05/10/14]    [comments (7)]

Club Night Tuesday 7th @ Granta
Club Night this Tuesday (7th) after training. We shall repair to the Granta by the millpond:
...no obvious parking at the pub itself, the Lammas land car park is open till 10. There is at least one birthday in the air so there may be cake opportunities as well as the pub's own food and drink. Ambience is currently 'interesting', with framed Daily Telegraphs vying with a plasma log fire...and I am confident we will own it in true C&C style. Everybody welcome!
[charlie, Sat 04/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Hereward relay - Sun 23 Nov
The club would like to enter teams into the Hereward relay on Sunday 23rd November. This is a 4 person relay event covering 38 miles along the Hereward Way between Peterborough and Ely. Legs are between 6.5 and 11.3 miles and are a mixture of road, track and field.
[ClaireS, Wed 01/10/14]    [comments (0)]

Frostbite friendly league 2014-15 season
Well, after an eventful Kevin Henry League where C & C did very well (well done to all those who ran at the five events, volunteered at the home event and to Chris for his work in making it a success), it is nearly time for the 2014-15 Frostbite League. The league for those who have never heard of it is another local league with up to 16 other teams. It has a junior and senior league and last season C & C were consistent throughout the season by coming third overall for both the junior and senior events.
The league consists of 6 races. The junior race (1.5 miles approx) always starts at 10:15, whereas the senior race (5 miles approx) always starts at 11am. The venues and dates are as follows -
5/10/14, Priory Park, St Neots
2/11/14, Bushfield Sports Centre, near Peterborough
14/12/14, Hinchingbrooke Park, near Huntingdon
11/1/15, March
1/2/15, Bourne Woods, Bourne, Lincolnshire
1/3/15, Hinchingbrooke School, near Huntingdon
I hope that this season C & C can win both titles by coming first and prove to all the other clubs, just how good and talented we are. Therefore, it would be great to see as many junior and senior C & C runners are possible - though I realise that there will always be clashes with other events, such as local XC leagues. The scoring works as follows - Juniors - 5 runners to score, first male, first female plus the next three
Seniors - 10 runners to score, first 3 males, first 3 females plus the next four
I realise that not everyone may feature in the top 5 or 10 but in reality everyone who runs makes a difference by finishing and pushing back runners from other clubs. So everyone who runs will assist and make their contribution for C& C and our quest to come first overall in both the junior and senior events. The way the scoring works is the lower the score per race, the better our chances are. One other point I would like to raise is that at the end of the season when the awards are announced (the last meeting at Hinchingbrooke School), the junior and senior male and female runners of the season are announced, where they're awarded a small trophy.
The event is free to enter one of the rules stipulates that you must wear your club C & C vest.
More details will follow. I would also like to add that in most cases, parking is limited so where possible, please consider car sharing.
I will be at each event to support and score so look forward to seeing you at the first event at Priory Park, St. Neots. The website for more information is www.frostbiteleague.org.uk
[Adam Poole, Fri 19/09/14]    [comments (0)]

Round Norfolk Relay 2014
This year's Tour De Norfolk was a huge success for C&C with an outright win in the Open Class category, 3rd place in the Mixed category and 10 stage victories along the way. However, the event itself was tinged with sadness due to the death of Darryl Davis, a CONAC runner, who collapsed during the last mile of stage 4. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fellow members of CONAC.
Round Norfolk Relay:  Results (34)  Gallery (0)
[John Ferguson, Tue 23/09/14]    [comments (4)]

Chariots of Fire 2014
Great race yesterday in the 23rd CoF run, on the 1.7m course saw Giulio's team narrowly missing out on 1st place by 5 seconds with a time of 49.23! The 3rd placed team also had C&C runners including Jonathan EP even after completing a leg of the RNR on Saturday. C&C team made up of Avril, Silvia, Lynn, Nev, Harry, Rich L. & Bernie called Old Wimpolians won the Mixed Vets category with a time of 1.04 and finishing 21st out of 361 teams. There were lots of other C&C'ers running including Tim Longs team and many others racing in a variety of work or social teams. Photo's on Facebook.
[Bernard Shannon, Mon 22/09/14]    [comments (1)]

Grunty Fen Half
Good turnout for the GFHM with 12 runners from C&C.
Sullivan was the first C&C'er home in 4th place, followed by Charlie in 6th place who must have found this race v strange as he wasn't running up & down hills. The rest of the C&C runners followed. The only other thing of note, after the race, the organisers were handing out free beetroot flavoured recovery drinks which were an acquired taste. I would advise only drink if you find yourself in an desert doing the marathon des sable & have nothing else to drink.
Grunty Fen Half Marathon:  Results (13)
[Bernard Shannon, Mon 15/09/14]    [comments (6)]

Highland Perthshire Half Marathon
Jack Bowden's trip up north clearly paid off with an astonishing half marathon in 73:34 and a win to boot! Held off the opposition by over 5 and a half minutes too!
[Jonathan, Thu 11/09/14]    [comments (4)]

Free(ish) Place in Lakeland Trails Coniston Trail Race 15k on 4th October
I've won an entry in this but we're both already running. If anyone fancies running the race (C&C are getting quite good at winning prizes in the series) then it's available for a reasonable donation to Coniston Mountain Rescue. (They'll be at the event and there's collecting tins in the local pubs).

First come, first served...

Details on http://www.lakelandtrails.org/coniston/index.php

There's also a second event on the Sunday if you want to make a weekend of it, but you'll have to pay for that one yourself :-)
[flanker, Tue 09/09/14]    [comments (0)]

C&C fight back to retain Kevin Henry title
89 C&C'ers turned out in near perfect conditions on our fast home course for the final race of the series. Coming into the race just one point behind CTC, all knew what needed to be done, a win in both categories would guarantee the title. And what a great sight it was to see so many of the mighty blue and white storming to the finish line. First home was Sullivan, holding off Kieran in a close last kilometre and 6 C&C'ers in the top 8, (Jonathan, 4; Oliver, 5; Rob, 6; Mike, 8). George brought home the ladies, with a 1,2,3,4 including Carla, Claire and Natalie. So, overall C&C won the overall league, the ladies and tied with CTC in the men. I will upload the results early next week, when they are verified. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the marshals who helped on the evening, there were a record 328 runners who were all well looked after .... and the timers even matched! I would also like to thank everyone who turned up to support the series and competed in the the true spirit of the events. Also well done to Claire Somerton and Paul Makowski for taking the C&C runners of the series trophies, awarded for partcipation, times and improvement. Bring on 2015!
Kevin Henry 5k League, Race 5 - C&C:  Results (87)
[Chris Hurcomb, Fri 05/09/14]    [comments (6)]

Women's group doing the Kevin Henry route Monday 7pm
Chris is going to take the Women's group around the Kevin Henry course on Monday evening. Anyone is welcome to join us. Meet at the track at 7pm for a trot up to the start.
[Becky Wilburn, Sun 31/08/14]    [comments (0)]

Race 5 Kevin Henry Series - C&C at home!
The final race of the Kevin Henry Series is our home event on Thursday 4th September 2014. Please bear in mind an earlier start time of 7:00pm. The course has been officially measured (so will appear on your stats) and starts near the University Sports Centre on the West Site. We had to set it up before we were guaranteed the track would be finished, so it is just under a kilometre jog over there - so give yourself time. As we stand, we are 1 point behind Cambridge Triathlon Club, so a win for both the men and ladies will guarantee an overall win. This will also guarantee the ladies trophy and a tie for the men, so it will be worked out on count back - so we need as many as possible to turn out in the blue and white. The awards ceremony is in the club house afterwards and open until 10:30. So please turn out to see who the winners are and also the C&C runners of the series. The bar will be open and light bites available- please bring some cake if you can! Richard Luddington from Fit Again Sports Therapy is also coming along to give advice to any of those who want it. Thank you to all those who offered to volunteer. I have sent out the details to you all by email, so if you volunteered and haven't heard from me, apologies and please email me on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk. I have also attached the course - it's a quick one ..... see you there!
[Chris Hurcomb, Thu 28/08/14]    [comments (1)]

Chariots of Fire
I am hoping to enter a team into Chariots of Fire in Cambridge on September 21st, but I am 2 runners short. Its only 1.7 miles each stage!
Please get in touch if you are interested. It is a relay race in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice. Entry is £22.50 each.
[Tim Long, Fri 22/08/14]    [comments (0)]

C&C keep cool at Kimbolton
A victory for Claire, two team prizes and a smattering of PBs signified a successful Kimbolton half marathon for C&C this weekend.
Kimbolton Half Marathon:  Results (12)  Report: Neil T
[Neil T, Tue 19/08/14]    [comments (6)]

Save the date - Sat 6th Dec - C&C Christmas Party
The C&C Christmas party will be on Sat 6th December at The Hidden Rooms. More details to follow nearer the time but pop the date in your diary and come along.
[ClaireS, Tue 19/08/14]    [comments (0)]

Noel races the tube...
Watch former C&C starlet in action, seeking new thrills racing tubes in London, cracking video well worth a watch...

[Al, Thu 14/08/14]    [comments (1)]

C&C back on form ... KH Haverhill
64 C&C'ers turned up at Kedington for Haverhill's ever popular rolling 5k route. PB's galore and cracking times on a perfect evening. Great scoring by the men with a win by Sullivan (15:46), followed up with high placings from Jonathan (3rd), Makka (6th), great to see John back in the blue and white in 7th. The ladies were magnificent with a clean sweep of the scoring positions, led by George in 17:31, Carla breaking 18 for the first time in 2nd, followed by Claire and Carrie. With such strong scoring we took first in both the men and ladies competitions. Haverhill had 84 runners turn up for their home event, which pushed the CTC ladies to 3rd. So with one race to go - our race! - CTC lead on 42 points and us second on 41. Slamdown at Wilberforce Road! Also great to see so many of you at The Plough afterwards. Full results below
Kevin Henry 5k League, Race 4 - Haverhill Running Club:  Results (64)
[Chris Hurcomb, Mon 11/08/14]    [comments (1)]

PBtastic in Haddington
Nine C&Cs and a Riversider ran the undulating Haddington Half Marathon course on Saturday. It was a day for PBs and near PBs and some spectacular wimping out and moaning about everything. (That bit was for me.) The course is challenging, beautiful and run over quiet back roads. It's like a turbocharged version of St Neots.

It likely that we'll have another trip to Haddington next year. With any luck, it will be a little less wet next time.
Haddington Half Marathon:  Results (7)  Report: RichHL
[RichHL, Mon 11/08/14]    [comments (1)]

Cross Country & Relay Fixtures 2014-15
An amended version of the xc fixture list has been posted on the official club website. The dates of the 5 Essex League races have now been added. Still to be confirmed is the date & venue for the County XC Champs. It's definitely the first weekend of 2015. A printable file will be added asap. Click here.

The SEAA Road Relays on the weekend of 20th/21st September has Women's & Men's Veterans events (40+). Feel to put together a team following the instructions on the event link. The club will pay for teams of first claim C&C members. We have some strong veteran runners. It would be great to see you out there. Click here.
[Helen, Mon 04/08/14]    [comments (2)]

St Neots 10k
It was a great morning for C&C last Sunday as we took several individual and team prizes. Leading the way was Jonathan E-P who not only won the race, broke the course record and also had a PB, WOW! Dan Hurst came in 9th which meant C&C took the Male Team Prize.
The girls weren't going to be outdone with Lynn Roberts coming in 3rd lady overall and 1st FV in her age group, closely followed by Samantha Lewsey which meant we also won the Female Team Prize.
Another great performance by Margaret Phillips saw her also come over 1st FV in her age group.
Overall C&C made up 5% of the field and took 50% of the prizes which shows the strength we have and are developing in the club. All the winners are now equipped for winter training and you'll have no problems spotting them.
Riverside Runners 27th Anniversary 10K:  Results (20)
[Bernard Shannon, Thu 07/08/14]    [comments (3)]

Lakeland 50/100
It was our annual trip up to Coniston for a couple of the hardest ultras in the UK calendar, Katie racing the 50 while I was back for another attempt at the 100. This year the 50 was also acting as the UK Ultra Trail Running Championship so Katie was up against the best of the best (cue Europe and the Top Gun music).

I'm in the middle of a full race blog, but in short I finished it in 37:53:31, in 127/306 place. Not the time I was hoping for but it was a finish - always the real objective - and in the top half too amazingly.

Katie had an amazing run, clocking sub-11 hours, a huge course PB, an overall top-50 finish and 10th lady! Wow!
Ultra Tour of the Lake District:  Results (2)
[flanker, Mon 04/08/14]    [comments (3)]

Borrowdale Fell Race
Having banged on tediously about this at Kevin Henry recently I thought I should let you know how it went: in short, it was an epic experience, but I was utterly and predictably humbled by the local experts! But some useful hard lessons learned for next time...
Borrowdale Fell Race:  Results (1)  Gallery (1)  Report: CharlieW
[CharlieW, Sun 03/08/14]    [comments (7)]

Volunteers to marshal at C&C Kevin Henry 5k please
Hi, it's that time again when we need volunteers to help us put on our run in the Kevin Henry 5k Series. The race is Thursday 4th September 2014 starting at 7pm. Some volunteers will be needed at 5pm for course set-up, others ready for the briefing at 6pm. There are many exciting jobs; timer, back-up timer, lead bike, tail runner, line marshal, course marshals, water station and scorer. We need around 20 helpers to make everything go smoothly. So, if you want to help out or know someone (whether friend or family) or you are injured or giving great support, please email me on: chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk with a time you can get there I will be very grateful. Many thanks
[Chris Hurcomb, Thu 31/07/14]    [comments (1)]

Kevin Henry Race 4 - Haverhill RC
How quickly these come around, Thursday 7th August at 7:30pm. Now, we are 4 points behind, so a clean sweep at Kedington puts us in a very strong position going into our home final event. So a plea for all to turn up for what is a cracking little road course. A climb for the first mile (only gentle honest!), followed by a blissful 2 mile downhill stretch. Road shoes for this one and there have been PB's here (ask Ultra Katie....) I have provisionally warned the Plough in Kedington (listed in Hundon) that we will be partaking of a beer and some food afterwards - it will be great to see you there, as we are using this event as our August social. Remember all you need is to wear your C&C vest. Instructions from Haverhill are as follows:-

"The race details, maps and directions for our KH 5K at Kedington are now available on the HRC club website via the following link. Please note there are toilets but no changing facilities on site, and please encourage your runners to car share where possible.2

[Chris Hurcomb, Mon 21/07/14]    [comments (0)]

St Ives 10k
A podium for Claire and a clean sweep on the team prizes today for C&C at the St Ives 10k, with well-earnt category prizes for Michael, Giacomo (running incognito ;-) and Nicola. Warm and humid, but also flat, cloudy and only a light wind, so several PBs were had (please edit the results to flag them, I can't remember who did now!). Personally still rather embarrassed to have finished dripping blood after falling off a kerb, considering recent "mountain" training...
St Ives 10k:  Results (30)
[CharlieW, Sun 20/07/14]    [comments (2)]

Bushy 10K
What would you call a comfortable victory in a 10K? Well, at the Bushy 10K our Tom Stevens had time to change into dressing gown and slippers, kick back into an armchair and sip a cup of tea before rising to finish the job. He didn't, obviously, preferring to power home to an outrageous 32:34, beating of his nearest rival by four minutes and three seconds. Blimey!
Performing excellently amongst the mortals were Cambridge's Giacomo Capetti (38:07) and Giulio Cinque (40:14), with me (45:56) and the rehabbing Carmel McEniery (50:35) somewhere down the field. Excellent running, and an excellent race again laid on by those lovely folks at Bushfield.
The Bushy 10K:  Results (5)
[Andy I, Mon 14/07/14]    [comments (2)]

Girton 5K
The Girton 5K is one of those lovely mid-summer evening occasions where genteel relaxation in the sunshine, chatting with chums, chomping sausage and guzzling beer is punctuated by a short, sharp burn-up. But this year the weather dampened the spirits a little and the race footpaths a little more; the drizzle relented for the race itself, but the slippery section around 2K presented some problems for those of a less balletic corporation. No concerns at all for our quickest racers though, especially in-form mountain-hopping Carla Brown, taking victory in 18:49 ahead of fourth-to-sixth placed Victoria Coe (21:52), Esme Stewart (21:58) and Sorcha Barnes (22:05), the latter two being the first two juniors. Well done too to Rebecca Anderson for winning the FV45s. In the men's race, Jonathan Escalante-Phillips was in the hunt for a C&C double, but just missed out - a brilliant 16:18 earning him second place. Paul Makowski (17:20) took a fine fourth place, two ahead of Rory Coulter (18:05), with Max Schwiening (18:36) also making the top ten. Check out the full results (we took a lot of people) via the link. Congratulations and an extra hot dog to all, and huge thanks to those Muddy Mucky Munkeys.
Girton 5K:  Results (28)
[Andy I, Mon 14/07/14]    [comments (2)]

Summer Fetch Mile - Cambridge
A beautiful warm sunny afternoon met 35 milers at Wilberforce Road. These warm, still conditions proved excellent for fast times over the metric mile. The main event had 7 of our guys breaking 6 minutes and two 5. But the highlight was Makka and Chris Gay (NJ) battling it out for the honours, with Makka putting in a fantastic 100m sprint to take the title with a roar as he broke 5 for the first time (4:53). Just behind was a super speedy Claire Somerton with a massive PB of 5:10, followed by a quick 2:31 over the 800m. There were loads of great performances over all distances and peruse the results at your leisure. Attached are the full results which also give a breakdown of the shorter sprint times. Then we ate cake. The next event will be the return of the Jingle Mile on 13th December 2014.
Cambridge Summer Fetch Mile:  Results (67)
[Chris Hurcomb, Sun 13/07/14]    [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry 5k Series, race 3 - Saffron Striders
54 C&C'ers travelled over to Newport for the 3rd race of the series, hosted by Saffron Striders. With the desire to close the gap on league leaders there were strong performances by the men, with a speedy 16:00 on a tricky course from Sullivan to take the win, followed by Jonathan in 2nd. Other strong scoring positions from Makka (5th), Charlie (7th), Matt (15th), Rory (17th) and Max (22nd) gave the men first place and maximum points. Claire Somerton led the ladies home with a stunning first place. Emma (9th), Suzy (13th) and Jo (14th) gave the ladies 2nd by only 7 places behind CTC. This left honours even between us and CTC. So with just 2 races of the season to go, we remain 4 points behind. So full points at Kedington in August and at home in September would leave us, at worst, equal first place and some complicated back counting to work out the champions! It's close and the battle is on.
Kevin Henry 5k League, Race 3 - Saffron Striders:  Results (54)
[Chris Hurcomb, Tue 08/07/14]    [comments (3)]

Mont Blanc Marathon, Cross and Triumph!
C&C flew the flag over in Chamonix at the end of June. Read the report to see how we did!
Mont Blanc Marathon:  Results (4)  Report: Carla Brown
[Carla Brown, Tue 08/07/14]    [comments (7)]

Mizuno Endure24
Not a C&C team per se, but a massive Cambridge effort at an ultra event. Sorry that the results are a bit disorganised but there were too many times to fit into the standard results block.
Mizuno Endure24:  Results (0)  Gallery (5)  Report: eggeman
[eggeman, Mon 30/06/14]    [comments (4)]

Good for Age - London Marathon 2015
Just a quick reminder in case anyone doesn't know about the deadline - the Good for Age entries for London marathon 2015 close on Friday 4th July at 17.00. The qualifying times you need and the link to the online application are here.
[ClaireS, Mon 30/06/14]    [comments (0)]

Picnic Marathon
Just to prove that you don't have to leave England to find one of Europe's most brutal marathons, Hamish and I headed down to Box Hill last Saturday to pick up our shiny new PWs.
Picnic Marathon:  Results (2)  Report: Neil W
[Neil W, Fri 27/06/14]    [comments (3)]

Kevin Henry 5k Series - Race 3, Saffron Walden
The next Kevin Henry 5k is at Newport, Saffron Walden, 7:30 Thursday 3rd July. We are 4 points off the lead at the moment, so a cracking turnout will put us back near the top again. With 3 races to go, loads of time to close the gap. Remember everyone scores, just turn up with your club vest. I am away now until the day before, so if you can car share please offer lifts at next Tuesday's session. There are toilets at Newport, but no changing facilities and parking will be in the lower car park. Below are the instructions - they are last years, so don't worry about the dates. Again, spectators and scorers are welcome! See you there.
[Chris Hurcomb, Wed 25/06/14]    [comments (3)]

No Cambridge parkrun on Saturday
Just in case anyone was planning to attend, there is no Cambridge parkrun this Saturday (28th June). Normal service will resume on 5th July.

[PaulB, Tue 24/06/14]    [comments (1)]

Peterborough 5K Grand Prix
C&C's first venture of the season to the high-quality Peterborough series, and rather a nice set of results from the Eye leg - fifth, sixth and seventh for Istvan Jacso (16:18), Michael Moore (16:21) and Alex Eggeman (16:24) respectively, a 20:15 for Jo Eggeman to finish fifth female, a fine sub-19½ for Stewart Bond (19:29), a pleasing 21½ for me and a solid completion for the still-fairly-broken Carmel McEniery. Lovely race, great series, beautiful evening.
Peterborough 5K Grand Prix - Eye:  Results (7)
[Andy I, Fri 20/06/14]    [comments (3)]

5K Charity Fun Run in aid of Cystic Fibrosis
Saturday 12th July, on Midsummer Common. Rebekah, a student at Hills Road Sixth Form College, is organising this event which will start at 13:15. Please come along at 12:50 to pay the £5.00 entry fee & collect your number. The route is entirely on the common on grass & path. A truly grassroots event in aid of a very good cause. Your support will be much appreciated.
[Helen, Fri 13/06/14]    [comments (0)]

Garmin found at the track
Please let me know if you lost your garmin tonight at the track, one has been handed in.
[ClaireS, Tue 10/06/14]    [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry 5k series - Race 2 - C&C slip to second
A trip over to the Rowley Mile in Newmarket for the second race of the KH series. A really tough day at the office as our men finished 3rd and ladies 4th. Overall we are now on 18 points, 4 behind CTC. With still 3 races of the series to go the gap is easily closable with our usual strength in depth performances. Still some very admirable efforts at Newmarket, with Carla coming in first lady and Makka and Alex picking up 4th and 5th. Cambridge Tri will really have the bit between their teeth and Newmarket are not that far behind, but they have both had their home events, so plenty of opportunities for us to take the lead again. Look out for the next event in July in Saffron Walden.
Kevin Henry 5k League, Race 2 - Newmarket Joggers:  Results (47)
[Chris Hurcomb, Mon 09/06/14]    [comments (1)]

Flaming June Half
I recognised a few familiar C&C faces in this inaugural running of a new local off-road half so have added a few names to the results but as clubs aren't listed in the results I have only added a few. The categories are a bit mixed up as well as I gained a few years and was recorded as being over 50.
Flaming June Half Marathon:  Results (11)  Report: Steve Thoday
[Steve Thoday, Thu 05/06/14]    [comments (1)]

St Neots Half Marathon
Entries for St Neots half marathon Sunday 16th November opened today. Entries are going quickly and is likely it will be full by the end of today because at 8:15 this morning there were only 546 places left. Therefore, if you're planning on doing it, I suggest getting your entry in asap.
[Adam Poole, Tue 03/06/14]    [comments (6)]

Lakeland Trails Kentmere Challenge
A few C&Cers braved the hills of the Lake District for the Kentmere 17km Trail Race. See the race report for more.
Lakeland Trails Kentmere Trail Race:  Results (5)  Report: ClaireS
[ClaireS, Mon 02/06/14]    [comments (2)]

The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge
To be able to go up a little higher than Castle Hill can sometimes be a pleasant change. With this in mind I ran the 11km (or 7 mile) trail near Keswick, Lake District.
For more information see report.
The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge :  Results (1)  Report: trula
[trula, Mon 02/06/14]    [comments (1)]

World Duathlon Championships 2014 - Pontevedra
George has just returned from racing in Pontevedra. She put in a 36:13 10km run, followed by 1 hour 12 mins on the bike and a final 18:41 5km run placing her 7th in the Elite Women's Category (and a bronze medal in her first year as U23).
[Christof Schwiening, Mon 02/06/14]    [comments (2)]

Club Night Tuesday
Remember Club Night tomorrow in the clubhouse bar; the post-sesh sesh that eases the parts other methods don't reach. All welcome!
[charlie, Mon 02/06/14]    [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry 5km Series - Race 2
Thursday 5 June 2014 is the second race of five in the Kevin Henry 5km Series. It will hosted by Newmarket Joggers at The Rowley Mile, starting at 7:30pm. Directions are at the bottom of this item. If it is dry, or even slightly damp it is a loose, all weather horse race track type surface, so road shoes are fine; but not your best if it is wet as they will be orange when you have finished! We are currently equal first with CTC, so we need as many of you to turn out as possible. Remember, everyone scores a point for the club. All you need do is bring your club vest (and wear it). When you finish, you will be handed a raffle ticket with your place. Please give this to the scorers to register at the end, it is not a momento to take home! If there is anyone out there on the injury bench and can help score, please drop me an email on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk. See you there ......
[Chris Hurcomb, Fri 30/05/14]    [comments (0)]

Flying Fox Marathon
While Darren was running silly miles in Yorkshire, I opted for a short fun run ;-)

Organised by the Stone Master Marathoners club, the Flying Fox marathon was a one-off event, held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the last regular running of the event back in 1994. Everything about the event, from the marshals to the feed stations, from the goodie bag to the medal, from race HQ to the supporters around the course, was impeccable, and I really hope this event reappears again before another 20 years go by, because it was an absolute gem, one of the best marathons I have ever had the pleasure to take part in (and I've done a fair few...).
The course itself was run through narrow country lanes set in seemingly endless green countryside studded with an occasional pretty village, and a distinct lack of anything that could be called flat! After running the first 9 miles together with a local lady at the front of the ladies race, she pulled away from me for a few miles to gain a lead of 3-4 minutes at 20 miles (I blame all the local support she had!). Fortunately, my ultra legs finally shook off the post-Windermere heaviness and got going towards the end of the race and I retook the lead just before the 25 mile marker to take the victory.
Flying Fox Marathon:  Results (1)
[Ultra Katie, Wed 28/05/14]    [comments (4)]

Hardmoors 110
No, the title isn't a typo, this really is a 110 mile race, held over the Spring Bank Holiday. The clue is in the name. It's across rough open ground and it's HARD. Completing the trek around the North Yorkshire Moors and along the Cleveland Heritage coastline from Helmsley to Filey is an outstanding achievement for even the toughest ultrarunner, and one I simply cannot comprehend. Darren, however, battled it out to get to the finish line in a mere 32:28:55, taking the 'Shire' trophy in the process. I'll let him explain more when he recovers enough to write a proper report of his experiences...
[Ultra Katie, Wed 28/05/14]    [comments (4)]

Belated Marathon News
10 days ago Darren and I headed northwards for our annual pilgrimage to the largest lake in England, which by happy coincidence is just over 26 miles if you run all the way around it...

Despite the undulating course and hot conditions, Darren completed his circumnavigation less than 2 minutes outside his PB, a fantastic run on his favourite road marathon course. I added a more sedate 12 minutes to my London time, but still managed to take home a nice tin of Grasmere gingerbread for first F35. And on the post-injury comeback trail, running incognito rather than in C&C colours at the moment, Melanie Staley ran an amazing 3:20 for a top 10 ladies place despite only 7 weeks of training!
Brathay Windermere Marathon:  Results (3)
[Ultra Katie, Wed 28/05/14]    [comments (0)]

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k - the ladies do it again
A merry band of C&C'ers made their way over to Hatfield Broad Oak for this very popular and buzzing 10k. The standard was high with the winner finishing in a tad over 31 minutes. The weather forecast wasn't great, but we were greeted with sun, a slight breeze and a good temperature. Leading the way for the blue and whites was Graham with a strong sub 36. Alistair, Tim (equal!), Holly, Hazel and Vic all achieved PB's and Richard a "comeback" PB. After a tough battle for third, Claire was first C&C lady home in 4th, backed up by other strong performances from Carrie, Nicola (1st FV45) and Sarah, which gave the C&C ladies the team win - congratulations! Great to see Simon back in the 50's as he is coming back from a few niggles. A great event and supportive local crowds. Lunch was enjoyed by all, then the wind picked up and the rain came, so the cycle back wasn't as much fun!
Hatfield Broad Oak 10K:  Results (15)  Report: Chris Hurcomb
[Chris Hurcomb, Wed 28/05/14]    [comments (1)]

Tour of the Derwent Valley
The Tour of the Derwent Valley, four mainly (very) hilly races in four days in Derbyshire, was a regular C&C trip for several years. Much water has flowed down the Derwent since the last one, so a nostalgic gang of old fogeys hauled themselves out of their bath chairs for another go, defying age, injury and gravity with varying degrees of success. A proper report will follow, and hopefully some pics too, but results are in...
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Duffield:  Results (7)  Gallery (42)
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Wirksworth:  Results (7)  Gallery (42)
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Milford:  Results (8)  Gallery (42)
Tour of the Derwent Valley - Rowsley:  Results (7)  Gallery (42)  Report: Alex Downie
[Andy I, Tue 27/05/14]    [comments (0)]

Liverpool Marathon
There were a couple of cracking performances at the Liverpool Marathon on Sunday - a superb 3:42 PB from Paula Kessler and a rather rapid 3:04 from Neil White. For the full experience, have a read of Neil's excellent report.
Liverpool Marathon:  Results (2)  Report: Neil W
[Andy I, Tue 27/05/14]    [comments (7)]

HaverHalf and Haver10k
Another belated set of congratulations to bestow. This one flew under my radar, despite being put on by our mates down the A1307, but enormous back-slapping to our small squad who took on the two races in Haverhill; Matt Slater won the Half Marathon in 1:21:30 - there was a nice run from Diana Braverman in that one too - and Carrie Bedingfield won the 10k in 42:09. Yay!
HaverHalf and Haver10k:  Results (3)
[Andy I, Fri 23/05/14]    [comments (2)]

Sawston Fun Run
I have just heard that Nicki Savill won the Sawston Fun Run! A few other C&Cers also appear on the category 'results' sheet: Jon Anderson with a first and second places for Paula Kessler and Vicki Green. Well done!
Sawston Fun Run:  Results (5)
[Christof Schwiening, Fri 23/05/14]    [comments (1)]

National 100k race
A few weeks ago Katie (the title will give a clue which one!) and I headed off to the National 100k race, Katie to race it hard while, I was using it as a training event for longer events later in the year. This event combines as one the National 100k open race, the Anglo-Celtic plate (100k competition between English, Welsh, Scottish & Irish teams), UK Ultra 50k championships and the National 50k open race. Oh, and the GB 100k trials. Needless to say there were a lot of very fit looking people there.

The event moves around the home nations and this year was hosted on the Cyclopark in Kent. This is an undulating tarmac bike circuit, a fraction over 2k in length, and has to be circumnavigated 48 times in the 100k.

Katie and I ran pretty much together, along with some other people, through to about 20 miles and then everyone seemed to zone out and do their own thing. We both went through the marathon distance in just over 3:30 at which point I decided that it was taking too much out of my legs given plans later in the month and to pull out at 31 miles and take a 50k medal instead. It also meant I could become Katie's support crew for the second 50k, interpreting her grunts, handing out drinks and food as required, and providing motivational support (varying between positive encouragement and telling her that "of course it hurts, it's 100k, and to 'man up'".)

Katie was still going strong and was soon through 50k in an impressive 4:14. In the early laps she had been passed a few times by other women but as everyone else began to slow and suffer she kept the pace steady and was holding her own, and starting to pull laps back from those ahead of her. With 10 laps to go she was one of the strongest looking runners on the course, and unlike many not needing to take walk breaks. Her pace had only dropped by about a minute a lap over the course of the event.

Suddenly, after a speedy last lap, she was approaching the finish line for the final time. She crossed the line in 8:41:01 having run 4:27 for the second 50k, smashing her 9 hour target, and 5th placed women. Absolutely fantastic result.

Katie's time put her ahead of half the English women's team, as well as beating some of the Welsh girls and all the Scots (the Irish didn't turn up). She also clocked up the 28th all-time fastest time by an English woman on a road 100k, bettered the English 100k team's qualifying standard, and wasn't too far off the GB standard.

From my point of view the event was good training, I ran my 5th fastest marathon on the marathon split, and I was happy to pull out at 50k (and still get some amazing bling for a 50k medal) and help Katie's effort by crewing. Roads ultras really aren't my thing - I'll stick to trail and fell - but the chance to take part, running alongside some amazing runners, and especially watching Steve Way set a men's national record was a great experience. The camaraderie, mutual respect and support for each other in the ultra running scene is always uplifting; I have a feeling we may both be back next year, and with the possibility that one of us will be sporting England vest.

Details of the race are at http://www.national100k.com/ if anyone wants to know more. The 50k is a good step up to ultras for seasoned marathoners...
[flanker, Thu 22/05/14]    [comments (6)]
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Carla finishes second.
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