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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 (8)]

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 (0)]

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 (2)]

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)]

Round-Up
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.

https://www.icloud.com/photostream/#A6JtdOXmJRUtMY
[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

http://www.englandathletics.org/england-athletics/england-athletics-team/ultra-distance-teams
[flanker, Thu 23/04/15] [comments (6)]

VLM post race get together
After the London Marathon on 26th April, we'll be meeting up at The Porterhouse, 21-22 Maiden Lane,
London WC2E 7NA for post race food drink, chat and post mortem. Runners and spectators all welcome!

No doubt runners will be sorting their own logistics, but it would be fun for the spectators to get together for a fun day out. If you are making your own way there, we'll meet at around mile 13/22. (look out for the C&C banner). Anybody wanting to travel together, let me know here and we'll get organised.

Nev
[Nev, Mon 30/03/15] [comments (1)]

Billy Bland 2nd Recce Weekend
Another great recce weekend for the C&C Billy Bland team! The weather was a bit more of a mixed bag than last time - clear blue skies on Friday and Saturday, but then some more classic Lakeland conditions today with high gusty winds, low cloud, and a bit of rain. A short-ish play around on Loughrigg on Friday evening was followed by a big day yesterday taking in half of BGR leg 3 plus a little warm up and warm down getting to and from the route. Then another great effort today along the whole of leg 2. Total for the weekend was 44.6 miles with 16,700 feet of ascent - a decent bit of hill training by any standards.
[Bernard Shannon, Mon 20/04/15] [comments (0)]

Bosworth Half - 10th May
On the 10th of May there is the Bosworth Half Marathon and a few C&Cers are heading up to edge of Leicestershire and Warwickshire to take a crack at it. Ian Richardson and Karen have a special occasion to celebrate. The ever-speedie Charlie Ritchie is joining us and Kevin is out to prove that he can run faster than me. We will see! It will be especially emotional for me since I will be attempting to break a 31 year old PB (my last half marathon was in Nov 1983: 1:49:11 shortly after which I stopped running for nearly 25 years). If anyone else would like to join us, it should be a great day out. The course has hills but it is the ideal place and time for a historic battle!
[Christof Schwiening, Sat 18/04/15] [comments (0)]

European Long Distance Duathlon Championships, Horst, NL - Bronze for Ben
Benvenuto Baldelli stormed around the c10k run - c60k bike - c10k run course in 2:43 with some mighty fast running and speedy biking to get a bronze medal (3/24) in the 45-49 group and 1st Brit (out of 7). Nick Mansley managed a very respectable 2:59 coming 7th in the 50-54 category (out of 17) and 2nd Brit (out of 6).
[Nutterman, Tue 14/04/15] [comments (2)]

Sandy 10
I haven't done the otherwise-excellent Sandy 10 in years because age hasn't yet dimmed my recollection of the vertical hill after the mile post. Presumably none of our five-strong squad worry about such things, because all ran rather well. Gerald Meah (1:15) and Anne Schumann (1:29) were our quickest male and female, with Glyn Smith and Alex Downie renewing their rivalry (both 1:18) and Andrew Unsworth (1:34) in pursuit. Maybe next year.
Sandy 10:  Results (5)
[Andy I, Tue 14/04/15] [comments (1)]

Five out of Five!
You're such a modest lot - or possibly just too knackered to reach the keyboard.
Anyway, the marathon news from the weekend is just about as epic as it could possibly be without hearing the actual tales of suffering (reports welcome, please!). In summary, all five of our adventurers who set forth on the 26.2 came back with PBs. Firstly, news from Paris, where Kevin O'Holleran cracked the magic three-hour barrier with a superb 2:59:00, and Isabelle Lemasson blasted a fine 3:49:23. Thence back across the channel - just - to Brighton, and the news of another sub-3, from Ian Richardson (2:59:55), Chris Newell's 3:28:16 and Bernie Shannon's 3:40:00. Many of us have been following these guys' huge training efforts, and watching them get faster and faster, and I know we're all delighted. Congratulations to all five.
Paris Marathon:  Results (3)  Report: Kevin-O
Brighton Marathon:  Results (3)
[Andy I, Tue 14/04/15] [comments (3)]

Cambridge Cambourne 10K
No clubs given in the results of this one, so I've gone number-crunching crazy and tried to cross-reference everyone against my list of present and past members. Preliminary results are posted, but before I do anything else I'd appreciate some editing if you see problems, and add yourself if I've missed you.
On to the race itself, and it was a pretty gorgeous day if you had a stout defence against the stiff breeze, and it seems to have been another roaring success organisationally - well done Neil, Lesley and the team. There was unfortunately a medical event near the Harry-Potter-themed lakes on the far side - wishing the runner a full and speedy recovery, and thanks to those who aided. It was pretty successful competitively too, with our squad making up nearly one-in-fifteen of the field and achieving even better than that. As is customary, I'll refer you to the many results linked below, and pick out the particular highlights. No lights were higher than those of Jonathan Escalante-Phillips, who won the race brilliantly in 34:13, ahead of eighth-placed Al Pritchard, who blasted a 36:45 and won the MV40 category. Fine racing both, but especially Jonathan, a magnificent victory just a day after being generally rapid in the national road relays. However, despite missing out on the ultimate prize, our females packed the top places even better than the chaps, with Mary Twitchett outstanding in taking both first Vet 45 and second overall in 41:43. Amy Goymour took third (and second FV35), just seconds (four chip, seven gun, if you get me) behind Mary, and Ellen Leggate was fourth in 42:30 and third FV35. Top ten too for Nicky McBride, 44:04, seventh and second FV45. Awesome.
On to the other categories, and it will come as no surprise to learn that our new European Champ Margaret Phillips made it double gold for the household by taking the FV55s in 46:36, with an 86.24% age grade, and John Ferguson was justified as everyone's pre-race favourite for the MV50s, with 38:23 and 80.63%. Congratulations to both of them. Other podium category places were earned by the excellent Jon Anderson (39:38, second MV50) and Bart Hommels (38:24, third MV40).
Finally, Max Godfrey takes a round of applause for winning the Fun Run, one mile in 5:56. Which is seriously shifting.
Well done everyone who ran, and all of the many organisers and helpers, on the day and before. You can be very proud.
Cambridge Cambourne 10K:  Results (65)
[Andy I, Tue 14/04/15] [comments (0)]

Club Night Special Tuesday 14th April-the XC Awards
Club Night tomorrow features the Cross Country awards for the recently completed season. Bar open from 8 pm, help us celebrate the successes of a really great XC season for the club. A unique opportunity to applaud the runners and coaches who made it all happen, particularly our awesome senior and junior teams. If you make one Club Night this year, make it this one, so see you there after training.
[charlie, Fri 27/03/15] [comments (0)]

National 12 and 6 Stage Relays
Sutton Park. 12 and 6 stage National Road Relays. It doesn’t get much bigger than this. Over 1000 runners, including much of the top talent in the UK, take part, racing round the brutally hilly course for the duration of 4 to 5 hours alternating between short (5.1km) and long (8.9km) legs. C&C did proud, with two of their best performances at the event for a long while. The women, flush with 3rd place from the Southerns, placed a remarkable 11th out of the 40 teams despite there being a misunderstanding at the handover, which is always a bit of a mess, and losing at least 30s. Who knows what they’ll be able to achieve next year. The men did not disappoint either (thanks to epic coordination from team manager Ric Park), finishing 27th out of 60 teams which is a 15 place improvement from last year. Special mention has to go to Kieran Wood, our superstar, who ran the 6th fastest short leg of the day (i.e. out of 378). The team is getting stronger year on year so we expect even bigger and better things for 2016! Make a special date in your diary for next year. The qualifiers will be the Southerns. End of March. Be there, or be……
National Road Relays:  Results (18)
[Jonathan, Sun 12/04/15] [comments (2)]

Isle of Man Running Festival
George and Katy Hedgethorne have been flying the C&C flag on the Isle of Man at the Easter Running Festival. The weekend consisted of three races; a 10K road race in rather blustery conditions, then the following day a Hill Race and then a day after a 5km road race. There is a video showing the Hill Climb rather well - tough stuff.
Isle of Man Easter Festival of Running:  Results (6)
[Christof Schwiening, Mon 06/04/15] [comments (3)]

SEAA Road Relays
For most of the year, road running is a lonely sport, and the bread and butter of our finest athletes is the pursuit of individual glory in races around the region and further afield; the club gains some esteem by association. The Road Relay championships are all about the opportunity to bring the best individuals together as a team and proving the club's credentials on the national stage. Making the team is our greatest honour - if you didn't run at Milton Keynes last weekend, the chances are you aren't as elite as you thought, and you need to work harder. Probably a lot harder. Our coaches are developing a winning formula for blending our established stars with our prodigiously talented youngsters, and both squads turned on the class to take us through to the Nationals at Sutton Park next month (the female team at least, can someone confirm the chaps too?).
The women's team did particularly well, finishing third amongst a stack of nationally-renowned clubs (get the full results off the event website and be amazed). All six recorded stage times in the top sixty-odd overall, with quickest C&C Katy Hedgethorne getting us off to a flyer and Claire Somerton, Natalie Griffiths, Beatrice Fitzsimons, Zoe MacDonald and Carrie Bedingfield finishing the job. And though it's hard to compete with that, the men pulled out something pretty special too, taking fourteenth place and some impressive scalps along the way. Hats off to all twelve, particularly Kieran Wood and Jonathan Escalante-Phillips on the longer legs and Ross Tennant and Tim Cobden on the shorter.
Nationals here we come!
(Hopefully someone not reliant on results spreadsheet, imagination and general idleness will provide a report...?)
South of England AA 12- & 6-Stage Road Relays:  Results (18)
[Andy I, Wed 01/04/15] [comments (2)]

Oakley 20
There's no good reason why Oakley should be cursed; it's challenging, sure, but it's beautiful, varied and well-marshalled, and it should be just the thing for a good marathon tune-up. The event HQ is way too small, and runners circulate round it like blood cells round the chambers of a hypertensive heart - though much slower - but the day has essentially everything we'd need, and Bedford Harriers make sure of that. Unfortunately it IS cursed, and every year, however well or badly you've trained, the wicked Oakley Gremlin will bite you on the legs round about the point where you pass the finish after the first lap, and you end up crying in Pavenham.
Or is that just me?
None of this makes sense when I look at the results; what a belting set of C&C performances on a day of high wind, though the promised heavy rain mostly held off. No fewer than 24 of us there, and at least a 50 percent PB rate. Most awesome gent and lady were Neil White (2:14) and Stacy Wheat (2:29 and ninth female), with top-five category placings for Jon Anderson (2:15), Emma Buckland (2:34) and fellow curse victim Dave Mail (3:03). Have a look at the full set of results - you will be properly impressed.
The famous hoody was black this year, to match my mood.
Oakley 20:  Results (24)
[Andy I, Tue 31/03/15] [comments (2)]

Savona Half Marathon
A flying trip home to Savona for Ben Baldelli to pick up some silverware - first V45 prize (top three overall not counting for that) and a trip to an actual podium, clocking 1:16:37. Congratulazioni, Benvenuto! (hope that's right - sounds right anyway...)
Savona Half Marathon:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Tue 31/03/15] [comments (0)]

European Masters Indoor Athletics Championships
A jam-packed week of races at the European Masters Indoor Championships last week with my mother (Margaret Phillips) running in the 3000m and 1500m. She isn't the one to go round telling anyone about it but I think she deserves a mention. She came away with a PB in the 1500m and a GOLD medal in the 3000m. We have a European champion! The whole experience was incredibly inspiring. I think the highlight (apart from my mother's gold) has to be the V55 lady running 26.13s for 200m for a world record- incredible!

For anyone interested the world outdoor masters championships are in Lyon this year during the first two weeks of August. If you're over 35 check it out!
European Masters Athletics Championships (indoors):  Results (2)  Gallery (2)
[Jonathan, Mon 30/03/15] [comments (7)]

Billy Bland Recce 1 Weekend
While many of you were relaxing over the weekend in prep for Sunday races, there were 7 C&C'ers running around the Western Fells of the Lake District. We followed Scott's carefully laid out plan with a Friday evening 5m run & 1,900ft ascent over Harter Fell in Eskdale. Now we were warmed up, Saturday was a mere 16m with 6,000ft of ascent over Bowfell and Scafell Pike followed on Sunday with another 14 miles with 6,100ft of ascent over Yewbarrow and finishing on Great Gable. The weather and Emma's food were fantastic, the rest of the crew included Katie, Nev, Kris, Lee and Pete(Katie's mountain goat uncle who lives in the Lakes) who joined in the Billy Bland bracken, boulders and boggy fun. There are 2 more Recce weekends coming on 18th/19th April & 9th/10th May followed by the Billy Bland challenge over the bank holiday weekend on 23rd/24th May. If you have read this and seen the pictures on facebook and like a challenge you are welcome to join us by contacting myself or Scott White.
[Bernard Shannon, Mon 23/03/15] [comments (1)]

Swavesey Half and Five-Miler
Up and down the country there are many small, community-flavoured races to sample, and my village lays on a particularly nice one, based at, and run by, the highly-reputed Swavesey Village College. There's a friendly vibe, a pretty rural course which skirts the excellent RSPB nature reserve, and a keen and vocal band of marshals and helpers. Perhaps you won't always be pointed the right way, but you'll head blindly up number 43's driveway with a cheers ringing in your ears and a smile on your face. One of those lovely events. A large C&C squad certainly enjoyed the day, with the north wind abating and the sun trying its hardest, and there were some stunning successes on the two flat but tricky courses. In the half-marathon, Alastair Hodges pulled off a brilliant victory in 1:15, beating past champion Mike Salt by half a minute; congratulations to both. Matt Slater eased off the throttle slightly post-Cambridge but still clocked 1:20 for fifth place, and there was an excellent ninth place for Bart Hommels (1:26). Excellence too in the women's race, where Anna Douglas took second place in a rather fine 1:32; congratulations, Anna. In the five-miler, Ben Baldelli blew everyone away, winning easily in 27:51, and Giulio Cinque finished narrowly off the podium in 33:31. Plenty more fine performances (and some training runs) via the results link - well done all, and well done the SVC staff, kids and helpers. Finally, there was a category second place for the illustrious Alex Downie in what he swears was his final half-marathon. Surely not?
Swavesey Half Marathon & 5 Miler:  Results (24)
[Andy I, Mon 23/03/15] [comments (4)]

Marathons and Halves - Catch-Up
Belated news from the Barcelona Marathon, where Anna Riu blasted a 3:24 PB, and Clare Garvey followed up with a sharp 3:39 - really classy racing by both. And whilst catching up on the news of the Long Stuff, hats off to Dan Hurst for his 16th place (1:22) in the Newton's Fraction Half up in Lincs, to Kieran O'Holleran for PB-ing with 1:24 over the same distance in Alloa, and to Ian Richardson, yet another PB, 2:19 in the Essex 20. Seems like the whole club is in seriously good endurance nick.
Zurich Marató de Barcelona:  Results (2)
Newton’s Fraction Half Marathon:  Results (1)
Alloa Half Marathon:  Results (1)
Essex 20:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Mon 23/03/15] [comments (1)]

Silverstone Half Marathon
A few of us made the journey to the Silverstone Half Marathon on the weekend. Chris Poole, Michael Hartley and myself crossed the line within a few minutes of each other. In addition to this it was a pleasure to meet Will Mycroft who casually informed us he'd won the race sporting the blue and white vest - go Will!

This was a great race which is incredibly well organised for a race consisting of 7000 runners. The course is flat and the atmosphere is fun. If you miss out on a place for Cambridge half I would recommend this as an alternative.
Silverstone Half Marathon:  Results (4)
[StacyW, Mon 16/03/15] [comments (1)]

Cross Country News
A round up of the action over the last two weeks can be found by clicking here. Two of our junior men were representing the South of England in the Home Counties International in Antrim, N. Ireland.

There's one last opportunity to run cross country next Sunday at Ryston Grand Prix. If you have finished the 5K and 9K course then run next weekend to complete the series with a 6.5K. The series prize giving will be held at the village hall after the race. Refreshments available.

Make a note of Tuesday 14th April in your diary - Club Night will be combined with the Cross Country Awards Evening. Cross country is a team sport and C&C have a lot to celebrate this season. (8pm onwards - the bar will be open).
[Helen, Sun 15/03/15] [comments (2)]

Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon. !
. Thank you to everyone who helped make the fourth Cambridge half marathon another great success! Runners , volunteers and spectators...C and C did Cambridge proud.
[Benvenuto Baldelli, Sun 08/03/15] [comments (1)]

Cambridge Half After Party
I have booked a table for 20 at the Old Spring for a lunch/celebration after the Cambridge Half this Sunday. Please list below if you would like to be one of the "elect". It sounded like it was going to be very busy for some reason! The places are booked for 12.30.

Details for pub: http://www.theoldspring.co.uk
[Nev, Wed 04/03/15] [comments (4)]

The Cambridge Boundary Run
On Sunday the 2015 edition of The Cambridge Boundary Run saw some changes whilst keeping-up some favoured old traditions. The changes were a shift in the start to the new University Sports Centre on the West Cambridge Site and a course taking an anti-clockwise route. The tradition of setting a tough course designed to catch-out the under-prepared was, however, splendidly maintained. The day started bright and sunny with the promise of a strong headwind over the finishing 5 miles. The combination of headwind, mud and the only hill in Cambridge all in the last 5 miles was genius and combined with some carefully discrete route markings made the 2015 event a real classic - in a good way. It was all very well judged! The preliminary results have been posted, but still contain some 'issues'. The leading group, not C&Cers, are missing from the top of the list since they decided to make the marathon into an ultra, and as a result C&C did rather well!
The Boundary Run:  Results (17)
[Christof Schwiening, Mon 02/03/15] [comments (6)]
Random photo   [another!]

Rowsley team photo, Monday
(Derbyshire 2004)
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(St Neots Riverside Half Marathon 2008)
(pic: Carmel)
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(Round Norfolk Relay 2010)
(pic: Andy I)
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