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London Marathon
I'm incubating a proper report, but as it's been the best part of a week, I'll invite you now to study the amazing times and countless PBs from Sunday, via the link. Congratulations to everyone, particularly our fastest male & female athletes, Chris Darling (2:37) and Katie Samuelson (3:09), but above all Mary Twitchett, whose 3:11 earned her a stratospheric third place in her category.
Virgin Money London Marathon:  Results (28)  Gallery (54)
[Andy I, Fri 29/04/16] [comments (1)]

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

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

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

Thursday 28th April 2016 at 7.30pm

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

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

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

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

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

Paris Marathon
There was some very high-quality marathoning from the C&C squad in Paris last weekend. Very high-quality indeed. Four of our team made the top 200 in a race with 41,708 finishers. Yes, that good. Alastair Hodges was the quickest of the lot, running 2:36:50 for 67th place, and Axel Finke's 2:40:13 ranked him exactly 100th. And a mere two seconds apart, and euphorically/agonisingly either side of 2¾ hours were, respectively, Andrew Shields and Matt Slater (179th/181st). Rodrigo Santos was next, with a fine 3:13:49 (on debut, I think?). Of the five, only Matt (fortunately!) had run a quicker marathon before.
I'd love to know where we ranked amongst the French clubs. Our quicks really are doing something special at the moment - congratulations to all of you. We're looking forward to hearing the stories. And anyone else who crossed the Channel, please do add yourself to the results.
Paris Marathon:  Results (5)
[Andy I, Tue 05/04/16] [comments (3)]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[race report]
Cambridge Half Marathon:  Results (124)  Report: Dave Mail
[Dave Mail, Tue 01/03/16] [comments (4)]

Cambridge Half Marathon
Results are now up for Cambridge's big day. 120 of us (and rising - thanks for the data updates everyone) took on the new route, and we were all completely brilliant. An excellent mix of the best of city and country, I thought, covering the city's famous architecture and green spaces and Grantchester's rural gentility. Elizabeth Bridge lost some of its charm the second time round though...
I'll let you browse, but I really must mention our quickest participants first. Chris Darling PB-ed in fourth place with a 1:11:32, and Jack Bowden took eighth in 1:12:53 ahead of the 1:13 triumvirate of Patrick O'Hare, Alastair Hodges and Alex Eggeman (surely all impossibly fast - on the old course I would suspect a lap short), whilst in the women's race, Mary Twitchett clocked an impressive 1:29:37, missing her category win by seconds, just ahead of fellow V50 podium-er Stef Godfrey (1:31:00). In other age categories, Andrew Shields was our only winner this year, with a huge two-minute PB of 1:17:35 in the V50s, and Charlie Ritchie took third place in the V60s with 1:29:10. We had no fewer than seventeen chaps under 1:20 this year. Blimey and well done to all.
Huge thanks to all organisers, marshals and spectators who made the day (I spent the whole race saying hello to chums in yellow jackets and otherwise), and a particular word of gratitude, I suspect from all of us, to the wonderful medical teams whose duties this year included two serious incidents - best wishes to those two runners.
Cambridge Half Marathon:  Results (124)  Report: Dave Mail
[Andy I, Mon 29/02/16] [comments (6)]

Clubnight: Tuesday 1st March
Ultra-Katie Samuelson and Darren Gillman will be giving us some insights into what's involved with running ultra events at the next clubnight on Tuesday 1st March. The bar will be open, so come along and be social and hopefully you'll learn something too!
[Nev, Wed 24/02/16] [comments (0)]

Cambridge Half; After Party
We have a load of tables booked at the Old Spring in Ferry Lane (http://www.theoldspring.co.uk/) for a get together after the Cambridge Half this Sunday. Space is booked from 12, but I expect a lot of us will be there well into the afternoon!
[Nev, Wed 24/02/16] [comments (1)]

Frostbite League - Bourne
It's always a hard job coaxing you lot up to deepest, darkest Lincolnshire for a February Frostbite, especially when there's Essex League, Ryston Series and endless long runs to be done that day, but it actually, genuinely, really is one of the best races of the year. It is.
We were a couple of runners short of the full ten, but I think all relished the undulating woodland trails and frequent filth - probably a seven out of ten on the Bourne mud-o-meter this year - so the points penalties are a mere trifle, and the consequent fifteenth place a gnat's bite on our team pride. Individually, it was a clean sweep of first-C&C honours for the Eggemans; Alex was tenth male and Jo 48th female - well done them. And the, erm, exclusive turnout allows a full roll-call - hurrahs for Michael Moore (26th), Oliver Johnson (64th), Andy Howard (95th), Ben Chamberlain (115th), me (206th after a unique-in-recorded-history sprint finish win) and Neil Costello (279th).
Particular thanks to team manager Adam Poole and assistant Carmel McEniery, as well as the gaggle of family members, for travelling that far to give their support.
The juniors were also two short of a full team, but ran brilliantly. Well done Miles Benyan (7th), Emma Stephens (28th girl) and Ruby Buchan (33rd girl). Again, they deserved better than 13th in the team event.
We go to Hinchingbrooke next month in tenth place in the league, twelfth for the juniors, and we will crush everyone. Probably. I will need someone to scrub my trails first though.
Frostbite League - Bourne:  Results (11)
[Andy I, Mon 08/02/16] [comments (0)]

Billy Bland 2016
Anyone up for a bit of fellrunning this year? We are organising another Billy Bland Challenge - the relay version of the Bob Graham Round, traversing 42 peaks in a circuit around the Lake District, covering around 70 miles and 27,000ft vertical. Honestly, it's a lot more fun than it sounds!

Dates are as follows:
Recce 1: 25-28 March (Easter), based in Keswick, to recce legs 1, 2 and 5.
Recce 2: 22-24 April (unfortunately same weekend as London Marathon), based in Wasdale, to recce legs 3 and 4.
Recce 3: 3-5 June (end of half term), based in Keswick, recces TBD.
Challenge: 25 June (Saturday).

It's not important whether you're a fast runner - the terrain is such that it tends to even out normal differences in speed. However for safety reasons it is important that anyone wanted to join the challenge team attends at least one of the recces (or can otherwise provide proof of competence on the fells) - so please contact me if you're interested (email scott@redcountry.net)
[Scott, Thu 14/01/16] [comments (0)]

Frostbite League - March
With half the country under water, it's not surprising that it was a rather mucky one at March. But the sun shone as always, and a pretty sizeable C&C squad made it out to the Fens. The beauty of the Twenty Foot Drain, decked in rushes and low sunlight, coupled with some hypoxia-induced hallucination, made the heavy going a joy for all twenty-six of us. Probably. Epic-est of the seniors were Alex Eggeman (17th) and particularly the brilliant Claire Somerton (first female), and fifth place in the match was the excellent outcome. Juniors were led in by eighth-placed Miles Benyan, but with no girls, their twelfth-place team result was scant reward. Completely awesome, and a neat summary of why we go running.
Frostbite League - March:  Results (26)
[Andy I, Mon 11/01/16] [comments (2)]

Ryston Grand Prix races are C & C's best kept secret!
I think the Ryston Grand Prix races are C & C's best kept secret. Admittedly who would want to drive an hour to do a 5km race? Well me, David, Michael and Sue did! And well worth it. If only to say I was the first C & C women home. A lovely bright morning for a friendly cross country. An undulating course with a few muddy puddles and a couple of tree roots to jump over. It's an amazingly friendly group of people who turn up and everyone is welcome to run whatever their age and ability. I spend most of my race running from one conversation to another and I did run up the the steep sandy hill. There's another 2 more races 7th February (9km) and 11th March (6.5km).
Ryston Grand Prix Race 4:  Results (4)
[Becky Wilburn, Sun 10/01/16] [comments (1)]

Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships
Apologies for the late news, and thanks to the valiant anonymous results updater (a particularly difficult task for this one).
Priory Park in St Neots is the Wembley of Cambs cross-country, these days at least, and there was the traditional epic set of races and a hatful of wins and podiums for C&C in the county champs. I assume it was good and slippery underfoot, and so on and so forth.
With no further ado - the roll-call of champs and top-threes. First, our new county champions; congratulations Tommy Bridger (U13), Thomas Keen (U15), Belinda Dow (U17), Ashley Brown (U17), Kieran Wood (U20), Claire Wilson (U20), Victoria Knight (Senior and V35), Ian Richardson (V50), Glyn Smith (V70) and Mary Twitchett (V55). You are all legends.
Kieran also finished second in the combined U20/senior/vet men's race, Claire was third in the women's equivalent; other second- and third-placers were George Keen (2nd U11), Hugh Dow (3rd U13), Beth Wilson (3rd U15), David Dow (2nd U15), Alice Newcombe (2nd U17), Rob Huckle (2nd U17), Oliver Sewell (3rd U17 - we took the top four places in that one), Claire Somerton (2nd Senior), Carla Brown (3rd senior), Joan Lasenby (2nd V55) and Helen Grant (2nd V45).
Not bad, eh?
Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships:  Results (79)
[Andy I, Mon 11/01/16] [comments (0)]

Ely New Year's Eve 10k
I know, I know - it's soooo last year. But we need to sing the praises of some quality athletes (that's you, that is) in what may well be the highlight of the road season. We turned out 34 runners (including second-claimers) for the annual Hogmanay thirst-builder, and I urge you to take a look at the full results. But in brief, Chris Darling was completely brilliant, finishing second in 33:27 - congratulations, Chris. Paul Makowski was brilliant too, snaffling seventh place in 35:32, ahead of a pack of sub-40 heroes, Al Pritchard (12th in 36:39), Andrew Shields (24th, 37:55), John Ferguson (32nd, 38:46) and Ian Richardson (38th, 39:30). Katie Samuelson was our best female, an excellent ninth in 42:00, but was pushed hard for the honour by Mary Twitchett, just eight seconds back and Sam Lewsey, five more seconds on.
Thee New Year's cheers for our category winners too - rasie a glass to Makka (V40), Andrew (V50), Mary (V55) and the legendary Glyn Smith, who will be sweeping the silverware as a very new V70.
Have a beautiful and injury-free 2016, all.
Ely New Year's Eve 10k:  Results (34)
[Andy I, Mon 11/01/16] [comments (0)]

Christof talks at Wolfson College, fri 15 Jan, 1800 - 19.00 about the science for running success
All, Christof Schwiening is giving a talk for the Wolfson College Science Society on Fri 15th Jan, 18.00-1900, everyone is welcome and there are generous nibbles provided (olives, crisps, orange juice, wine, and nuts). No need to book - just turn up - preferably at about 17.45. An opportunity to hear Christof's theories and experiments about running. Wolfson is on the Barton Road - cb3 9bb. Any queries please get back to me. Mary
[Mary J, Wed 06/01/16] [comments (0)]

Boxing Day Run Results
Results from Noel attached below. Well done and Merry Christmas!
C&C Boxing Day Run:  Results (46)  Gallery (50)
[Andy I, Sun 27/12/15] [comments (2)]

Pisa Marathon and Half
In case you missed it lurking on the results pages, take a look at Christof's excellent marathon report from Pisa, including a sharp half from Max. Whatever they have for brekkie in the Schwiening household, we need some.
Pisa Marathon:  Results (2)  Report: Christof Schwiening
[Andy I, Fri 25/12/15] [comments (2)]

Frostbite League - Hunts AC
It was a very friendly weekend, really. First there was the excellent C&C Christmas party, a fine opportunity to catch up with old pals, whether you see them every week or just once in a while. The next morning it was off to the Frostbite Friendly League, communing with the wider running community over a part-firm and part-filthy (but entirely friendly) five-miler. A convivial way to blast away the unwanted side-effects of late-night sociability. As the year ends, the shared experiences and the fond memories are felt the most keenly, and at just before eleven on a typically leaden, cold and drizzly Hinchingbrooke December day, the Frostbite family said goodbye to a cherished friend with a half-minute's applause. Adrian's real tribute may have been in the following half hour and more, as 381 comrades gave battle against the elements, from the PACTRAC star round in twenty-eight minutes to the Bushfield ladies together at the back, three-quarters of an hour later. Or maybe it was captured by the juniors, far more smiles than tears, and way, way more mud than both; the next generation of Frostbiters.
The C&C crowd, almost all of whom were plainly pissed just a few hours earlier, did improbably well. My unexpectedly good recovery I put down to massive over-consumption of the finest pizzas - I intend to replicate the circumstances in a controlled experiment, regardless of any spartan fun-free theories Prof Schwiening might have. Fellow party animal Charlie Wartnaby produced our quickest time once again, ending up in 24th place, but Ellie Swire took the C&C headlines by finishing fifth of the females. Please check the full results and wonder at how such drunken people can have performed so ably. To be fair, we only managed eleventh in the team event, and now lie tenth in the table, but for most of us even getting out of bed should be saluted. The juniors, none of whom ever touch alcohol of course, ended up in a very creditable eighth place, and hold the same place overall. Quickest boy and girl were Miles Benyan and Frances Haines.
So, before this window of lucidity closes and my demeanour reverts to Scroogelike, I'll just say this: Friends, value those chances to plough through muck and filthy nature with cold air in your lungs and the rain on your face, and treasure your loved ones this festive season, runners or not. All things must pass. Frostbite Friendly League - we love you.
Frostbite League - Hunts AC:  Results (21)
[Andy I, Mon 14/12/15] [comments (2)]

Abracadabra and hey presto at Malaga
The hot news in from the Maraton Malaga is a collection of PBs big enough to fill a trophy cabinet (if only we had one). First-up Duncan Coombs (now with Hunters) flew in to a sub 2:30 PB and grabbed the fastest marathon of the year on the C&C database. Second in was Matt pushing below 2:44 having forgotten to bonk, and just pipping Kevin who produced his 5th marathon PB this year with a sub-2:45 and a Championship start qualifier. Andrew Shields ran a perfectly paced race to drop sub-2:50 and pick-up 3rd V50. Axel came in last - although nobody had long to wait for him - with a sub-2:55 having had fun running an intended positive split. I wished I could have been there for the fun! Kevin, Matt, Andrew, Axel - a report please!
By the way, I make that 27 sub-3 hour marathons for C&C this year - twice the number we had in 2014 and three times the number in 2013 and 9 times as many as in 2012 and 2011... If this is a trend then 2016 is set to be a spectacular year!
Maraton Cabberty Malaga:  Results (5)
[Christof Schwiening, Sun 06/12/15] [comments (4)]
Random photo   [another!]

Waiting for the start in Wirksworth. Depression reigns.
(Derbyshire 2006)
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Olivier not warming up at all
(Nene Valley 10 miles 2008)
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Nigel B
(Ely New Year's Eve 10K 2006)
(pic: Ian)
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