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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 (2)]

Frostbite League - BRJ
Frostbite League - BRJ:  Results (6)
[Andy I, Tue 03/03/15]    [comments (0)]

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)]

Frostbite Friendly League
The last race in this 5mile multi-terrain league is Sunday at Hinchingbrooke Park. Flat and fast in comparison to the recent cross country fixtures. Juniors run 1.5miles. Click here for more details.
[Helen, Thu 26/02/15]    [comments (0)]

English National Cross Country Championships
The results from today's race at Parliament Hill can be found here.
[Helen, Sat 21/02/15]    [comments (0)]

Debunking the physiological myths of endurance running - Wednesday 25th February 7:30-9:30pm
The talk will be given by Dr Dan Gordon from Anglia Ruskin University’s Human Energetics and Performance Centre in Cambridge. Dan is currently Principal Lecturer of Exercise Physiology and Course Leader for Sports Science, but has also acted as a consultant to the UK: Athletics Paralympic team.

The talk is being organised by the GCAN (the Greater Cambridge Athletics Network) and is open to all members of GCAN clubs – both coaches and runners.

To book onto the course please email Julie Pashley julie.pashley@gcan.org.uk

The venue is LAB 109, The Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, East Street, Cambridge.
[Bernard Shannon, Thu 19/02/15]    [comments (0)]

Barcelona Half Marathon
A fantastic day for C&C when 13 lucky athletes ran in the Barcelona HM. The race lived up to its fast reputation as Florence Kiplagat broke the world half-marathon record with a 1.05.09, 3 seconds faster than last year in the same event. Tom assured us he tried to keep up with Florence and still managed to finish with an awesome 1.09 PB in 26th. Tom there's always next year! John Uff was the next in for C&C with 1.18 after suffering from a dicky stomach for several days, Neil Tween smashed his PB with a 1.26 :), Nev & Rob followed, then 4 PB's from Chris N, Dan K, Bernie & Chris H. After that Paula, Rich L and Vic Coe while Rachael L finished off the PB tally. I would also like to thank our support team of Jen, Katie and Anne :). It was a great weekend all round as everyone enjoyed one of Europe's best cities whilst competing in a world record breaking race.
Barcelona Half Marathon:  Results (13)
[Bernard Shannon, Wed 18/02/15]    [comments (3)]

Baldock Beast Half Marathon
Who hath slain the mighty Beast of Baldock? Ben Baldelli and Ellen Leggate, that's who. Third and fourth places in their respective races for two of our best athletes, with second and first category places respectively. Ben ran 1:17 and Ellen 1:32, and I am highly impressed. No clubs listed in the results, so add yourself if I've missed you.
Baldock Beast Half Marathon:  Results (2)
[Andy I, Mon 16/02/15]    [comments (2)]

Stamford St Valentine's 30K
Having partly recovered from the post-Valentine's ménage à cinq-cent quatre-vingt-sept for road runners at Stamford yesterday (though retaining some residual chafing and soreness), I'm now able to report briefly on the goings-on. As you no doubt know (or should find out), this is a beautiful race on a rural course in South Lincs and Rutland - skylarks, red kites and all - but it rolls, and keeps on rolling, ready to trap the unknowing who push a little too hard early on. A fine gauge of marathon fitness and ability to sustain personal suffering. That said, we all survived, and some survived magnificently, most notably Ian Richardson, whose 2:06 is beyond my imagining (second V50 too), and Ultra Katie Samuelson, with a 2:12 for twelfth place. What's more, everyone except me (2:35), Carmel McEniery (2:36), Paul Jones (2:30) and Ultra Darren Gillman (2:19) picked up PBs - well done Stacy Wheat (2:29), Stuart Matthews (2:31), Chris Poole (2:31), Sam Lewsey (2:37), Iona Graham Hagg (2:50) and Dan Bayles (3:51). Red roses all round.
Stamford Striders St Valentine's 30k:  Results (12)
[Andy I, Mon 16/02/15]    [comments (1)]

Ryston Grand Prix Race 5
Just three regulars this month. All vet men. Well done for continuing to fly the C&C flag. Click here for results.
[Helen, Sun 15/02/15]    [comments (0)]

St Neot's Half Marathon Entries Open Saturday 14th February
Entries open at 6am tomorrow Saturday 14th February for the HM which takes place on Sunday 15th November 2015. In 2014, the race was full up within a few hours.

Entry is at http://nicetrievents.com/events/st-neots-half-marathon/

An explanation from a Riverside runner is that its been run by Riverside Runners with the same race director Helen for years and she has decided to hand it over. Nicetri events is run by Keith who is a lifelong riverside member who has vast experience in organising tri events and running events and has offered to take over the organisation.

To cope with the increased number of entrants (1,500) there will be some road closures, and there will be a transfer system in place until 6 weeks prior to the event.
[Dave Mail, Fri 13/02/15]    [comments (1)]

Brighton Marathon Places - any takers?!
Hi all, looking for a marathon place?! The fantastic charity I work for Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT) has a limited amount of places for The Brighton Marathon on 12th April. If you have been training and haven't managed to bag yourself an entry into a mara then this is the one for you! Having ran it previously I know that it is an awesome race! respond on here if you would like to run for ACT and I will put you in touch with my colleague. p.s. £300 minimum sponsorship. Thanks Carla x
[Carla Brown, Thu 12/02/15]    [comments (0)]

club night tonight (10th)
Our delayed club night gathering will now be in the Granta pub tonight after training. Get the mist out of your bones in relaxed surroundings. All welcome.
[charlie, Tue 10/02/15]    [comments (0)]

Track closed tonight, Tuesday 3rd February
Just heard from the University that the track will be closed tonight. The snow isn't expected to melt except to get a watery sheen and then it's predicted to freeze again later. The paths around the West site and track are likely to be much the same. The city centre is usually better in times like this.
[Neil, Tue 03/02/15]    [comments (0)]

Frostbite Requiem
Sad news of an all-time worst performance in the Frostbite League, on the muddy trails of Bourne Woods. Not to say the nine of us didn't do the vest credit; on a freezing, swamplike, windblown course the performances were epic, but the bare facts are that we were second-last yesterday, with just PACTRAC behind us (oddly, they provided the race winner) and a yawning gap to our next rivals. Nine not being a team, we gained some penalty points, but the problem was the epic scale of the C&C no-show. On the plus side, we all scored, so hats doffed sombrely and an alphabetic roll of honour to Russell Atkinson (quickest C&C in 53rd), Diana Braverman, Michael Brentnall, Ben Chamberlain (twice representing the club in two days), Clare Hall, Barbara Hughes, Andy Irvine, Carmel McEniery (first C&C female) and Mick Ward. The memorial will be carved accordingly. Fortunately no children were there to witness it.
Frostbite League - Bourne:  Results (9)
[Andy I, Mon 02/02/15]    [comments (11)]

Watford Half Marathon
I completely failed to clock that our Victoria Knight won this big event today until I saw the results -- I trailed in a little later, somewhat the worse for wear after the repeated sharp hills and hideous headwind in the first half... all good marathon training though!
Watford Half Marathon:  Results (2)
[CharlieW, Sun 01/02/15]    [comments (2)]

Essex League Team Results
C&C take 6 of the 10 team titles. 34 individuals completed the league i.e. finished 4 of 5 races. We've come a long way in three seasons. In 2012-13, 8 individuals completed the league. Click here to read more.
[Helen, Sun 01/02/15]    [comments (0)]

Help for club's 10k and Cambridge half marathon
We have two local road races coming up which need the club’s help. Please look at the requests below and help if you can, particularly for the club's 10k which is an important event for us.
[Neil, Sun 01/02/15]    [comments (0)]

Essex League Race 5 - Saturday 31st January
A report by Ric Park can be found here. The individual results will be posted as soon as practicable. Very well done to all those who turned out in the snowy conditions. Lots of individual and overall team victories. Come back next year to retain your title and/or secure more.
[Helen, Sat 31/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Frostbite - Sunday 1st February
The fifth of the Frostbite league races takes place on Sunday 1st February in Bourne, Lincolnshire, which is approximately an hour's drive from Cambridge. It would be great to see as many C & C runners (junior and senior) at this event. As usual, juniors start at 10:15 with the seniors at 11am. If you can offer a lift or need a lift, then I suggest meeting at the track at 9am.
Unfortunately, I am unable to make it to this event so as Andy recently mentioned, if anyone would be willing to score for both races, please let me know as soon as possible so I can advise you on the process.
Full details, including directions can be found on the Frostbite website.
[Adam Poole, Tue 27/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Enduring times
The February edition of Enduring Times, the C&C newsletter for road runners, is now online.
[ClaireS, Tue 27/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Essex league Race 5 - Saturday 31st January
The fifth and final event of the season will be at Abbey Fields (not Hilly Fields) Colchester. If you have run three already then consider running this one to be ranked in the individual league tables. It's the best of 4. Click here for more details.
[Helen, Sun 25/01/15]    [comments (0)]

South of England XC Championships 2015
The results from this event at Stanmer Park, Brighton can be found here. Very well done to all those who made it this year - especially the senior men who ran 15K!!!! The longest event on the XC calendar.
[Helen, Sun 25/01/15]    [comments (1)]

Preview run for Cambridge Cambourne 10k
This is the club's main public race offering and we're having a preview run for interested people on Sunday at 11.00 from Cambourne Business Park. It's likely to be a relatively slow run round the course, after which we hope lots of people will enter the race. Please come along if you'd like to join us. Ollie, Beth and Neil will be leading.
[Neil, Wed 21/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Brass Monkey Half
News from Oop North of an excellent 1:38 PB for Sam Lewsey at the Brass Monkey Half in York - nice one Sam!
Brass Monkey Half Marathon:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Wed 21/01/15]    [comments (1)]

Ryston Grand Prix Race 4
The results from last Sunday and a race report by Charlie Ritchie can be found here.
[Helen, Tue 20/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Folksworth 15
It's an eternal mystery why we rarely get more than a handful of C&Cs at the Folksworth 15, a beautiful, rural race hosted by our Yaxley pals and just 40 minutes up the road, but perhaps it's true what they say about Cambridge folk and hill-aversion. Anyway, five of us strode forth on a perfect race day with the usual mixed bag of intentions, from marathon long run training to chasing a quick time, or perhaps chasing an optimistic time then blowing up. Most speedful was the most-improving (is it possible to win that prize two years in a row?) Ian Richardson, 52nd in 1:43, with Neil Tween (1:52) not far down the road and holding back. Hill Six killed me off (2:00+), though I was a brave boy and didn't cry, but Carmel McEniery (2:08) and Iona Graham Hagg (2:14) finished strongly to suggest all's well on the London trail. Do this race next year, seriously!
Folksworth 15:  Results (5)
[Andy I, Mon 19/01/15]    [comments (8)]

South of England XC Championships 2015
An email has been sent out to all those who requested a club paid entry for this event at Stamner Park, Brighton on Saturday 24th January. If you did not received this email or the details from Ric Park, please contact Helen Grant asap.
If you cannot run remember it is club policy to send an apology by email to Helen before the start time of your race. If not you will be asked to repay the fee of £7.00 to the club.
Thank you
[Helen, Sat 17/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Christof's Marathon Algorithm
Inspired by a fascinating theory session with our excellent marathon experts at the club night on Tuesday, I've knocked up a marathon calculator based on the paper which Christof brought to our attention, in which marathon performance could be accurately predicted from just two pieces of information; training mileage and average training pace (both over the final eight weeks before the race). Just follow the "Performance Calculator" link on the left, or, if you're lazy, click here. Thanks to Christof, Beth, Charlie and Neil for a very stimulating evening.
[Andy I, Sat 17/01/15]    [comments (9)]

Nick Anderson GB Coach - Marathon Talk
Following on from this weeks Club Night where Beth, Charlie & Christof shared their insights to training & running a marathon . Here's another event which will build on what you heard or if you missed this week.
Nick Anderson is a GB Coach and 'official' advisor for the Brighton Marathon this year.
If you want to attend drop Julie an email.
Wednesday 21st January 2015 7-9pm
Nick Anderson Marathon workshop
The Meadows Community Centre, St Catherine’s Road, Cambridge CB4 3XJ
Julie Pashley - Network Activator
Email: julie.pashley@gcan.org.uk
[Bernard Shannon, Thu 15/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Club Night Tonight (Tuesday 13th)
In case you haven't heard, Club Night tonight in the clubhouse after training is a Marathon Special, with three of our marathon runners sharing their perspectives on this unique experience. Bar open for drinks and light refreshments as usual, all welcome, please look in.
[charlie, Tue 13/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Essex League Race 4
The results from Saturday's race and a report with the overall team positions in the league can be found here.
[Helen, Mon 12/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Frostbite League - March
Individual results are in from the March Frostbite (no, that's March the place, I'm not clairvoyant). And good things happened, though not perhaps in great numbers, so overall we didn't place too highly (final scores to be confirmed when published). Report below.
Heroic team manager Adam can't be results collator next month (and, having again driven a huge distance without even getting to run, he probably deserves a break anyway), so if you or a relative/friend/acquaintance is prepared to take the numbers at the finish up at Bourne, please get in touch.
Frostbite League - March AC:  Results (19)  Report: Andy I
[Andy I, Mon 12/01/15]    [comments (6)]

Essex League Race 4 - Saturday 10th January

Epping Plain for Juniors & Epping Forest for Seniors.

The Dec. & Jan. venues were swopped after I made the fixture list. Please see the Essex League Facebook page for more details as I haven't been sent any yet. I will post them on the Essex League webpage as soon as I get any.
[Helen, Sun 04/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Cambridgeshire County XC Championships 2015
The full results can be found by clicking here once they have been posted.
[Helen, Sun 04/01/15]    [comments (0)]

New Year's Day
All was definitely not quiet on New Year's Day. After the mass assault on Ely to see out the old year, twenty-odd (extremely odd, in fact) C&Cs took on two parkruns in one morning, at Huntingdon and Peterborough (specifically staggered by 90 minutes or so to attract the crazies). And the Ely/Wymondham New Year's double was duly completed by the usual suspects too. I hope everyone has now caught up on any alcohol they may have missed. Happy New Year to all!
Huntingdon parkrun:  Results (20)
Peterborough parkrun:  Results (23)
Wymondham New Year's Day 10K:  Results (3)
[Andy I, Fri 02/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Late 2014 Roundup
Catching up on the last hurrahs of the 2014 competitive scene, we had some fine racing at the Buntingford 10 and the Waterside 5. The former saw some exceptional feats at the sharp end, with our Victoria Knight taking a superb victory in 59:37. Particularly praiseworthy amongst the chaps, both with sub-60s, were Duncan Coombs, fourth in 58:13, and Matt Slater, sixth in 59:17. For the epic exploits of the rest of our squad of 16, check the full results. Our smaller four-man team at St Neots ran wonderfully too, and it's particularly good to see Tom Johnson take quickest C&C honours after his long injury struggle. Great running everyone.
Buntingford 10:  Results (16)
Waterside 5:  Results (4)
[Andy I, Fri 02/01/15]    [comments (0)]

Ely New Year's Eve 10K
The C&C army fielded a battalion of no less than 50 for this sunny if chilly club favourite. Stand-out result was 3rd place for Zoe MacDonald, with category prizes for Katie, Mary and Alex too.
Ely New Years Eve 10k:  Results (51)
[CharlieW, Fri 02/01/15]    [comments (1)]

Cambridgeshire County XC Championships 2015
An email has been sent out to all those who requested a club paid entry to this event on Sunday 4th January. If you didn't receive this email & it's not in your SPAM box please contact Helen (XC Rep.) asap.

All apologies should be sent by email to Helen prior to the start time of your race. Failure to do so will mean repayment of your entry fee to the club. That's club policy for all xc championship events.

Thank you & good luck on Sunday.
[Helen, Tue 30/12/14]    [comments (0)]

C&C Boxing Day Run - Results
Results are in - full results below (thanks, Noel).
Happy Christmas!
C&C Boxing Day Race:  Results (75)
[Andy I, Fri 26/12/14]    [comments (3)]

Pre- and post- Pisa pizza
I have eaten rather a lot of Pisa pizza - I hope that Richard Staley, Chris Hurcomb, Chris Poole, George Schwiening and Kevin O'Holleran have too. Splendid performances from the C&C International Endurance Team - and some decent running too - at the Pizza City marathon.
Pisa City Marathon:  Results (6)  Report: Christof Schwiening
[Christof Schwiening, Sun 21/12/14]    [comments (7)]

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 (12)
[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)]
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Will G, fourth overall.
(Ely New Year's Eve 10K 2004)
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(Cambridge Fetch Summer Mile 2013)
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(5K League Haverhill 2009)
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