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London Easter 10k
On a beautiful Easter Monday three C&C runners went down to London to run a 10k in Regents Park. Three laps on a relatively flat course had to be run. With around 400 finishers especially the last lap got tough. All of us finished in the top 20, Tillmann Ruland 38:49 min (13th), Mark Williams 39:59 min (18th) and our "guest runner" Alessandro Porcelli 40:38 min (20th) http://niceworkevents.blogspot.co.uk
Even so none of us has been running with the club for more than a year, we all agreed that practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays has helped us to improve substantially.
London Easter 10k:  Results (3)
[trula, Tue 22/04/14]    [comments (1)]

What better way...
...to recover from the London marathon than to run another one!

On Good Friday Darren and I headed over to Caldecotte Lake for the low-key, friendly, traffic-free, 7 and a bit lap Bletchley Enigma marathon. Despite the dull ache of London still in our legs we both had stonking runs, with Darren completing the event only a minute outside his PB from the weekend before, having indulged in some experimental tactics such as wearing mostly new kit and setting off at sub 3:15 pace just to see how long he could hang on for... I added 10 minutes to my London time to finish less than a minute outside the magic 3:15 barrier, good enough to take the ladies title.

And since there is no better to way to recover from a marathon than to do another, we completed the triple and earnt our chocolate eggs and hot cross buns on Easter Sunday by completing another multi-lapper, this time 12 circuits of an offroad twisty turny bumpy course at Delapre Abbey's Northampton Festival of Running. Darren just missed out on sub 3:30 and silverware after taking a nasty tumble to finish 4th (white club vest now ruined!), and I scraped under 3:30 to take 2nd in the ladies race.
Tackling the half marathon was Jen Richardson, who completed the tough course just outside 2 hours.
Bletchley Enigma Good Friday Marathon:  Results (2)
Northampton Festival of Running:  Results (3)
[Ultra Katie, Mon 21/04/14]    [comments (2)]

Victoria Park 5
A quieter weekend in East London, but there was a handy 27:25 (and 86.19% WAVA rating) for Ben Baldelli in a quality field at the Victoria Park five-miler - good enough for 20th place and second Vet.
Victoria Park 5:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Sun 20/04/14]    [comments (1)]

C&C On Tour in Scotland
There is a nice half marathon in Haddington which co-incides with the start of the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. The race is on Saturday afternoon, 9 August. The early plan is to go up on Friday, the day after the Kedington round of the Kevin Henry 5k series, do the race on Saturday, have a night of silliness on Saturday and then travel home again on Sunday.

The race itself is great. It's very scenic, undulating with a couple of soddish but blessedly brief climbs and is overall quite quick. The weather can be warm. The course is a slightly more extreme version of the St Neots HM one.

The race is inexpensive at Ł15 and we can share transport to Scotland to keep costs down. Edinburgh during Festival time is not cheap but staying in East Lothian ought to be more affordable.

I've been checking the interest on Facebook and I thought I'd mention it here and at training on the next couple of Tuesdays. Please email me or post if you are interested or find me at training. I did the race back in 2011 and loved it. I can recommend it.
[RichHL, Sat 19/04/14]    [comments (0)]

Vienna Marathon
Cool tour of Vienna. A lot of people on the course (42,000), though the majority were doing a four-part relay or half marathon. After an unusual waltz music warm-up and a mildly confusing start (they stagger starting blocks by 10 min intervals), it was a great run in cool conditions with a handy bit of drizzle to make it feel like home. The course was fairly flat, there was plenty of space and mercifully few cobblestones along the way. I managed to pace the gf to a finish under 4 hours with a bit to spare (second attempt after a messy last 10k in the Budapest marathon last year). Schnitzel and beer recovery diet went down a treat. Overall a great day out - highly recommended.
Vienna City Marathon:  Results (1)
[SteveB, Tue 15/04/14]    [comments (4)]

London Marathon
Over a brief, shining hour in Limehouse yesterday, I watched two of the greatest track champions of my lifetime, my heroes, bidding to seal immortality over the most famous of distances. In the end, Mo and Tirunesh fell short of the world's unrealistic expectations, so what chance for the plucky amateurs from the famous Wilberforce Road? Not much if we're talking superstardom (though almost all did beat Haile), but all kinds of local heroism was there for the taking, and the achievers, the nearlys and the blown-apart shufflers did their bit in humbling style again. We were posted at 20˝, always a good place to pick out those going strongly from the thousand-yard-starers and the sweaty grimacers in mid blow-up, and universally all would be pinned up on my bedroom wall if there were posters of them in print and I were eleven. Full results are in (thanks Charlie; any others may add themselves or ask me), so I won't read the full roll of honour, but the best always deserve an extra mention. First of us down The Mall was Tom Stevens, lent to his first-claim club for the day, breaking the legendary 2˝ hours by over a minute for a new PB. Wonderful. Charlie Wartnaby's 2:39 was another in a series of magical marathons for him, and Matt Slater showed steely determination to claim a 2:51 PB. Matt led in a talented bunch of sub-three chaps; kudos to Graeme Kennedy (2:53), Dan Hurst (2:54), Neil White (2:56), Paul Makowski (2:56 PB) and John Ferguson (2:59).
In the women's race, there was a proper epic involving Katie Samuelson and Claire Somerton; in-form and super-fast Claire went out at a killer sub-3 pace, having to stand tall through all kinds of torture late-on for her 3:10 PB; Ultra Katie, as hard as nails and strong as an ox, possibly an ox made of nails, fought out a textbook evenly-high-paced 3:05 for another PB, hauling in Claire in the letter stages and claiming C&C honours. Exciting just watching the 5K splits come in - we're looking forward to seeing who breaks three first. Izzie Pettit's excellent 3:36 PB rounded out the girls' top 3.
As I say, more heroism than I have room to mention - simply congratulations to everyone, and I hope you achieved your goals.
Photos starting to come in - do please add your own.
Virgin Money London Marathon:  Results (26)  Gallery (66)
[Andy I, Mon 14/04/14]    [comments (12)]

Post London Marathon social
After the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April, there will be a C&C social at The Porterhouse pub in Covent Garden. This is the same venue as last year and is approx. half a mile from the finish.

Hope to see all the runners and lots and lots spectators there for a well deserved post-race drink.
[Claire, Fri 04/04/14]    [comments (6)]

Parkrun news
Parkrunning rarely makes the headlines here, which means some proper heroics get missed. However, Mary Holmes' sheer brilliance needs to be recognised. Mary ran today's event at Milton in 26:15, giving her a WAVA rating of 95.81 percent. Not just national class - proper world class. Congratulations Mary.
And while we're running park, well done Nicky McBride for becoming our second winner of an Aussie one (emulating Jonathan E-P last year).
Cambridge parkrun:  Results (28)
Claisebrook Cove parkrun:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Sat 12/04/14]    [comments (4)]

Track and field taster evening - 1st May
On Thursday 1st May, the club committee would like to invite you to a “Track & Field taster evening” for endurance runners who would like to try out some track and field events.
[Claire, Fri 11/04/14]    [comments (0)]

Marathon Round-Up
A couple of marathons to update you on from last weekend, either side of the English Channel. Steve Cresswell and Katie Sherwood travelled to Paris; Katie continued her excellent form with a rapid 3:11 and a rather stunning fiftieth place overall, and Steve nailed a sub-4, 3:57 in fact. Back in Blightly, Ian Richardson and Katie Tween earned themselves sparkling new PBs at Brighton - Ian in 3:29 and Katie 4:23. Hard work and sheer determination pays off - congratulations all four.
Marathon de Paris:  Results (3)
Brighton Marathon:  Results (2)
[Andy I, Wed 09/04/14]    [comments (2)]

National Road Relays
The National Road Relays are, as you might expect, the absolute pinnacle of club achievement on the road; the event that all of us tarmac-pounders should aspire to. The anointed eighteen C&Cs made the pilgrimage to Sutton Park in Birmingham, and frankly flew round the twelve/six legs (men/women respectively) agains the best clubs in the country. Quickest of all was Kieran Wood - 36th of the 359 to do the shorter leg for the chaps; absolutely magnificent. Oliver Park shone over the longer distance, and Natalie Griffiths warmed up for her Cambourne win by clocking the 78th-best female time. The bottom line is that we measured up as 43rd club in the men's event and 34th in the women's - pretty impressive stuff, and well done everyone including coaches. I'd love a first-hand report, please, but we do have a set of cracking (though anonymous) pics in the gallery - follow the link.
ERRA 12 & 6 Stage Road Relay Championships:  Results (18)  Gallery (19)  Report: David Barber
[Andy I, Wed 09/04/14]    [comments (1)]

Cambridge Cambourne 10K
There's a rather massive pile of results from our own race over at Cambourne, and I suggest you have a good old browse if you haven't already. All kinds of excellent performances achieved, but I'll pick out a few for special praise and, frankly, worship. Highlight of the day has to be the awesome Natalie Griffiths' victory in the women's race, with a 40:11, but Helen Grant's V45 win, and eighth overall, was just as impressive. Congratulations both. In the male race, stars of the day were the Park brothers, with Oliver's 35:14 for third place edging out Ric's fifth-placed 36:30, drawing nostalgic comparisons with C&C's legendary Tuck brothers of yore. High-five to other high-placers Ashley Brown (14th), David Barber (15th), Durward Whitehead (17th) and Avril Monmont (12th). Finally, huge thanks to all who helped put on the occasion - it can't be done without volunteers, and Neil's team are heroes to a man and woman.
Cambridge Cambourne 10K:  Results (42)
[Andy I, Wed 09/04/14]    [comments (1)]

Greater Manchester Marathon
A handful of C&Cers headed up north for the Greater Manchester Marathon, which at the sharp end saw Andi Jones finally triumph over Dave Norman in the famous local head-to-head. It was a good day out for us, despite the wind. Mike Salt came home in a fantastic time of 2:45, coming 2nd in the V40 age cat. Stewart Bond and I ran together at the same pace for most of the race, then both suffered from wheels coming off later, but both ended happy with a 3:12 PB for Stewart, 3:09 and 21st female for me. Bernie Shannon knocked a stonking 30 minutes off his PB for a 4:09 despite cramping up in the 2nd half. The switch-back sections of the course allowed for us all to shout encouragement as we went past each other! I'd definitely recommend this race - very well organised, plenty of pre-race toilets (get the priorities right!), and a large dose of northern friendliness from big crowds. Special mention to Rich Lyle who missed out on the race, being laid up with a virus - best wishes for a speedy recovery Rich.
Greater Manchester Marathon:  Results (4)
[SarahW, Mon 07/04/14]    [comments (5)]

Camb AA Road League 2014
The Cambs AA Road League has started. It consists of 8 road races around the county in 2014. Your five best performances count for the individual competition. The team prize is decided by the top seven team results. Next race Eye 10k on 11 May. First race was a disaster so let's see if we can do better in Eye. Andrew
[Andrew, Wed 02/04/14]    [comments (0)]

World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships Budapest
A brief mention here because I know this section is reserved for road and XC running generally. Just to say that my mother competed in the 3000m and the 1500m coming 4th and 5th respectively in the finals. PBs totalling over 35 seconds! Great event that Masters (remember that means 35+) looking for some fun but stiff competitoin should consider entering into. Five thrilling days.
[Jonathan, Mon 31/03/14]    [comments (10)]

Sandy 10
A crowd from C&C ventured to Sandy this Sunday for a 10 miler. I think the clocks moving forward did us all a favor (despite losing an hour of sleep) as the conditions were cool, the sun didn't break through and the air was still. The course is undulating but definitely felt more down hill than up and the huge decline at mile 8 provided a strong finish. First C&C man home was Paul Makowski finishing 11th and just under the hour, followed closely by 18th man Graeme Kennedy. A special congratulations to Claire Somerton who finished as 2nd lady with a PB - even with tired legs from all of her marathon training!
Sandy 10:  Results (11)
[StacyW, Mon 31/03/14]    [comments (2)]

Oakley 20
A good turnout from the club on a brisk Sunday morning. Many used it as training run for impending marathons. Highlights included a PB & 1st FV35 for Katie and PB's for Darren & Ian. Well done to all.
Oakley 20:  Results (19)
[Bernard Shannon, Mon 24/03/14]    [comments (3)]

Ryston Grand Prix Race 6
The individual results for the final race of the season can be found here. The race report, by Charlie Ritchie, has now been added. Read this to find out which of our veteran xc runners picked up medals in the overall season competition.
[Helen, Sun 23/03/14]    [comments (0)]

Cross Country News
Date for the your diary - the C &C Cross Country Awards evening on Tuesday 1st April. A round up of the action during the 2013-14 season in the clubhouse asap after training.
[Helen, Tue 18/03/14]    [comments (0)]

Weekend Round-Up - Double Victory!
A few bits and pieces to tidy up from C&C athletes on a gorgeous weekend. Saturday saw a smaller-than-usual C&C turnout for the 9˝-mile CUH&H Roman Road Run, but Rich Lyle and Alex Downie taught the students some respect, leaving many of them trailing in their muddy wake - well done guys. Sunday was no less arduous, with a trip to the Offords for our long-distance squad, and there was the magnificent sight of a race win for Kye Liddle in the Hurden 9 - congratulations Kye! Also nining it, not quite as fast, were Paul Beastall and Tim Long, whilst the epic two-lap option - the Hurden 18 - saw feats of endurance from Ian Richardson, Mandy Lasseter and Mary Jennings, all in excellent nick. I went down to Dunsfold aerodrome for the Surrey Spitfire 20, which was ... ace (geddit?).
Finally, in the world of multi-sports, Ben Baldelli proved he'd been diligently grinding the gears over the rainy winter by winning the Stathern Duathlon, in the Vale of Belvoir. Cracking victory, Ben!
CUH&H Roman Road Run :  Results (2)
Hurden 9 and 18:  Results (6)
Surrey Spitfire 20:  Results (1)
The Stathern Duathlon:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Mon 17/03/14]    [comments (0)]

SEAA Road Relays
The SEAA Road Relays is a venerable institution, and really is a high-quality event - one of the big showcases for club running in the south of England. Well done the C&C boys and girls for putting in some great performances - the chaps finished in a useful 27th over twelve legs in 4:33; the females missed their sixth team-mate, but all performed excellently. Honourable mentions to fastest performers Oliver Park (longer leg), Kieran Wood (shorter leg) and Natalie Griffiths - looking forward to details from someone who was there.
SEAA 6 and 12 Stage Road Relays:  Results (17)
[Andy I, Mon 17/03/14]    [comments (0)]

Cambridge Half Marathon
Apologies for the very belated report on last week's racing through the streets of our city - Ben has summed up what we all feel about those who helped put on such an incredible Cambridge day; many thanks to them.
I had the privilege of racing, along with an almost unbelievable 121 other C&Cs. It seemed like almost as many were cheering us on and/or helping out in some form, including the excellent pacers (sorry not to stick with it, Carrie!). After 2013's sleet and hypothermia, it was a perfect day for the spectators, a glorious spring stunner; a bit warm for some racers, but no problem really, and some cracking performances were registered. I won't try to credit all of the 122, but it would be wrong not to acknowledge our brilliant elites; Vicky Knight won the women's race for us in 1:17:41 - many congratulations, Vicky - with Carla Brown seventh in 1:26:22; on the men's side, Sullivan Smith and Tom Stevens shone once again - Sullivan's third place in 1:10:21 came the day after an epic inter-counties run (the same goes for Carla), whilst Tom's fifth-placing 1:11:44 was a PB. Also making the top ten was Mike Salt (1:15:18), with Alex Eggeman, Charlie Wartnaby and Liz Fraser all a smidge outside. In the age-groupers, there was a magnificent win in the "super-vets" for the super John Ferguson (1:20:43), and top-fours in the ordinary vets for athletes Knight, Fraser, Salt, Wartnaby and Makowski. A genuinely magical Cambridge day.
Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon:  Results (122)
[Andy I, Mon 17/03/14]    [comments (1)]

Cambridge Half Marathon
Congratulations and thanks to all the Cambridge and Coleridge members who helped make the event go so well , both as athletes and volunteers. This is a Cambridge race and Neil Costello and others were with me from the start as we got it off the ground. It's important to me that it retains its Cambridge identity and never feels like an outside event being hosted in our city. Adam , the race director from Onestepbeyond is also local and we both value the club's contribution immensely.
[Benvenuto Baldelli, Mon 10/03/14]    [comments (8)]

CAU Inter-counties XC Championships 2014
The individual results and race report by Ric Park can be found here. Many thanks go to Ric Park for managing the Cambridgeshire County XC Team. Not an easy task.
[Helen, Sun 09/03/14]    [comments (0)]

Cambridge Boundary Run
After a whole season of non-stop rain, I can't imagine the horrors of the muckier stretches of this year's Boundary Run, so I can only pay tribute to all who took part, and above all raise a glass to overall victor and mucky super-human, Tom Stevens. As ever, there was the option of the Half, taking in the southern arc around Cambridge - Cherry Hinton to Addenbrooke's to Trumpington to Coton - or the full marathon, with rural stretches to Madingley Road, Girton and Milton. Thirteen heroic C&Cs targeted 13.1 to Coton, and principal honours went to Carrie Bedingfield-Hall, for a battling third place, with Rory Coulter (7th), Andrew Shields (12th) and Alastair Hodges (14th) our quickest chaps. After the second half, the marathoners were led in by Tom's almost unbelievable sub-3 (2:58:13 to be precise), and a quite stunning second place for Graham Anderson in 3:08. Alongside those filthy heroes we inscribe with pride the names of Neil White (3:19), John Ferguson (3:32), Christof Schwiening (3:44), Mary Jennings (5:15) and Gianluca Savini (5:29), and wish them all the best in scrubbing the vest clean.
The Cambridge Boundary Run:  Results (20)
[Andy I, Mon 17/03/14]    [comments (0)]

Wymondham 20
The Wymondham 20 is a joy of a race (at least, until the latter stages), and we sent three of our hardiest to Norfolk for this year's version. Rich Lyle (2:42), Ian Richardson (2:44, PB) and Neil Tween (2:54) all conquered it in style. Nicely done.
Wymondham 20:  Results (3)
[Andy I, Mon 17/03/14]    [comments (0)]

A Tale of Three Halves
It was a weekend for halves, scattered around the country, and we were probably represented at all of them. At Bath, George Schwiening's 1:20 was a run of pure class and sent her way up the national rankings, leaving even John Oakes (1:21) trailing. Congratulations George! And Richard Staley knocked out a PB too, in 1:36. Not quite so far west, Matt Slater ran a speedy 1:24 at Reading, and Stuart Clarke a 1:50 at Silverstone. Well done all.
Bath Half Marathon:  Results (3)
[Andy I, Mon 17/03/14]    [comments (0)]

Swavesey Village College Half and Five-Miler
It's a wonderful place to run, is my home village of Swavesey, if the flood waters subside, and it was with some relief that we watched the standing water ebb away just in time for the Half and Five-Miler. This is a beautifully-organised local event, and attracted twenty C&Cs this time. Once round the village, and twice round the nature reserve, wind blowing a hoolie all the time. Marvellous. And marvellouser still, we earned a brilliant double victory, thanks to the class of Jack Bowden (1:16) and Ellen Leggate (1:27). What's more, Katie Samuelson added another podium place, third in 1:31, and a PB too. PAul Makowski took fourth, and Bart Hommels 16th. In the five-miler, Charlotte Tame, Sorrel Wood and Jen Richardson wrapped up places three to five. Plenty more good results to browse through - follow the link.
Swavesey Village College Half Marathon and Five Miles:  Results (20)
[Andy I, Mon 17/03/14]    [comments (0)]

Final Frostbite race results
I would like to say a huge thank you and well done to all the C & C runners who ran this morning, 12 juniors and 12 seniors. It was great to see so many runners, not only today but throughout the season because this helped us maintain good overall results. We came third overall for both the junior and senior team events, which given the other fixtures, has been a great achievement. So well done and thank you to everyone who ran at any of the 6 events. It is also important to mention the runners of the season - Diana Chalmers (winning each of the 6 events), Max Godfrey for running most of them, Alex Geoghegan for running all 6, and Sullivan Smith for not only running 5 of the events but winning each one! Well done to you all. The season resumes in October, when I hope we can use this year as a base and win both the forthcoming junior and senior team events. Good luck to you all in all of your future events.
Frostbite League - BRJ:  Results (25)
[Adam Poole, Sun 23/02/14]    [comments (1)]

We need some more Ladies
We need some more ladies! An excellent opportunity to represent C&C at the South of England AA 6-Stage Road Relays: Sunday 16th March, Just over 5 km each, all paces welcome … and it’s in Milton Keynes! Good stuff. The autumn relays were really good events (Info) Please contact Richard Park if you’d like to go along.
[BethJ, Mon 24/02/14]    [comments (0)]

Action Heart 5
A Black-Country five-miler not on many C&C runners' radar, but a cracking run and report by Charlie W!
Action Heart 5:  Results (1)  Report: CharlieW
[Andy I, Mon 24/02/14]    [comments (3)]

Tarpley 10 and 20
We're pretty lucky that there are lots of beautiful rural races in East Anglia, and the Tarpley 10 and 20 are two of the finest. Run by our mates at St Edmund's Pacers, it's a perfect little event with something for everyone, though masochists are catered for best of all; a good old dose of pain with winding ups and downs around pretty country lanes for variety. Having seen the twenty-milers on their way, Our four speed merchants took on the ten-mile option with some panache, and Mark Crook's 1:04 for 17th was rather handy, but star performer was definitely Carla Brown, storming into second place in the female event with a 1:06. Jo Eggeman's 1:13 was impressive too, and Tim Long's 1:22 belied his professed lack of trying. Quite a while later, the wind-blown twenty-milers made it home in varying states of harm and hurt - Jon Anderson and Mike Salter either side of an excellent 2:20 mark clearly had no problems, and impatient Ian Richardson's acceleration past me to a 2:45 proved he's in excellent nick; I shuffled in for a painful 2:53, which was fine, and Carmel McEniery went through some dark places to wrestle out a 2:57. Andrew Unsworth coped beautifully, clocking 3:10 on the London trail, and Mary Jennings and Mandy Lasseter cruised in around 3:15, looking entirely untroubled. Great day, nasty wind, but if it's going to blow, best that it blows you home.
Tarpley 10 and 20:  Results (12)
[Andy I, Mon 24/02/14]    [comments (6)]

English National Cross-Country Championships
Very possibly the peak of club and individual endurance competition in England, the Nationals are a bit special and allow us to show the rest of the country what we can do. Have a look at the individual and team results from Nottingham to pick out your highlights (and go to the ECCA website to browse the star names), but some serious congratulations are due to our competitors and organisers who have made us into a nationally-competitive force (note the team results - all top 30). Much pride all round, I think.
English National Cross-Country Championships:  Results (36)
[Andy I, Mon 24/02/14]    [comments (2)]

English Cross Country Championships - Saturday 22nd February
The team and individual results for this event can be found here. Some of our best team results to date.
[Helen, Sat 22/02/14]    [comments (0)]

Baldock Beast Half
(Baldock Beast Ladies, did you win a team prize …?) A hashtag-awkward report for me but the beauty of last weekend’s Baldock Beastie Half must be reported. A gallant band of C&Cers gave those sparkly hills no mercy on Sunday, all achieving very strong times: Julia Decesare was 12th F with her tidy 1:46, followed by Martyn Brearley at 1:53. Alex Geoghegan was hot on Martyn’s heels coming in at 1:54 and Jennifer Smith got a cool 2:02:35. Nice work everyone. Stiiiiiiiill rehabilitating, I ran the strongest not quite 5K of my life until I blew my calf but as Andy said below it really was just great to be a runner again on such a beautiful day. I loved every second of it – hopefully the others did too.
Baldock Beast Half Marathon:  Results (4)
[BethJ, Fri 21/02/14]    [comments (2)]

Barcelona ...... such a beautiful horizon
Now it's not everyday you get to run a half marathon on such a beautiful spring-like morning in February and it's not everyday you run a race where a world record is set. But 8 of us C&C'ers were on tour in Barcelona, where Florence Kiplagat broke the Ladies Half Marathon world record in 1:05:12. Yet only 11 places behind her was our very own Claire Somerton smashing her PB in 1:22:55. Graeme Kennedy had a metronomically speedy run in 143rd with a new best of 1:17:48. Well deserved PB's and a welcome return to form for Coach Rich and the ever improving Silvia Chiappa. Great to see Chris Poole back running the 21k after such a long lay off. Whilst David, Ben and I all did our best on a day of near perfect conditions, albeit early, and a flat fast course. A fun day had by all and maybe one or two small Mojitos to celebrate. A definite for anyone's race calendar
Mitja Marato de Barcelona:  Results (8)
[Chris Hurcomb, Tue 18/02/14]    [comments (5)]

English Cross Country Championships - Saturday 22nd February
All those who requested a club paid entry to this event should have received an email with the details. If not contact Helen Grant, XC Rep. asap. Thank you.
[Helen, Mon 17/02/14]    [comments (0)]

Ryston Grand Prix Race 5
The race report & results can be found here, plus details of the final event in the series.
[Helen, Mon 17/02/14]    [comments (0)]

Nofolk Gazelles Valentine 10K
News in of more classy racing from the prolific Ben Baldelli - 35:02 for fourth place at the Valentine 10K near Norwich. Nice one, Ben.
Norfolk Gazelles Valentine 10K:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Mon 17/02/14]    [comments (2)]

Stamford St Valentine's 30K
Rolling through the picturesque countryside of about eleven counties, this one is a real favourite for many of us. Amazing how the mind blocks out bad memories of endless hills, often tiddly but always troublesome, just coming and coming and coming like buckets of water from a Guantanamo interrogator. Brilliant, energetic management and all the planning in the world can't always prevent stuff like the portaloo lorry blowing a rather major gasket at the bottom of the hill and never making it up, or the plumbed-in facilities bursting their banks and flooding the corridor, Somerset Levels style. But somehow they did manage to lay on the perfect day; gorgeous sunshine to help us round the ups and downs. It's often a training run for marathoners, but if Tom Stevens was easing off, it didn't show in the results - a brilliant 1:44 for third place. Magnificent. Dan Hurst's 2:07 was rather super too. In the ladies' event, Sarah Wightman and Katie Samuelson showed what classy performers they are by finishing neck-and-neck in 2:14, both making the top 10. Other performances can be seen in all their g(l)ory by following the link, including a niggle-defying 2:19 PB from Darren Gillman. Well done everyone. What a nice race that was - though I seem to be unable to walk this morning for some reason.
Stamford St Valentine's 30K:  Results (13)
[Andy I, Mon 17/02/14]    [comments (5)]

Cambridge half marshals
Adam, the organiser of the CHM, has asked if anyone else can help with marshalling. They have been pushing for volunteers but are struggling to hit their numbers and would really appreciate our help. He's confirmed that marshals will receive an exclusive 2014 Half Marathon jacket, Buff headwear and refreshments.

If you were planning to run but have had to drop out for some reason, it's a good way of being part of the race and the atmosphere. If you can help please sign up directly with Steve - stevep@onestepbeyond.org.uk.
[Neil, Mon 17/02/14]    [comments (0)]

Essex League Results
There was an excellent turn out by the seniors & juniors for the last race of the season. The race report, team & individual results can be found here. A big thank you to all those that represented the club and Ric Park & Jo Newcombe for managing and scoring the teams throughout the season. Hope to see even more of you out there next year.
[Helen, Sun 09/02/14]    [comments (5)]

Essex League Race 5 - Epping Plain, Chingford (8/2/14)
For details of the last race of the season click here. Refreshments will be on sale during the prize-giving.
[Helen, Tue 28/01/14]    [comments (2)]

British Blind Sport
Many of you will have seen Rojimon Cherian and Joe Tucker diligently training at the track - but, what you might not have been aware of is that they are training for the London Marathon. Rojimon is raising money for British Blind Sport and has a JustGiving page. Blind Sport supports a wide range of partially sighted athletes and is well worth a donation. Training, or road running, whilst partially sighted requires real courage - and trust in your guide (no pressure Joe!). Next time you are out training with a friend, get them to act as a guide and shut your eyes - now try doing that at threshold pace......If you, like me, love taking normal vision for granted then drop in a donation and both your vision and conscience will remain clear!
[Christof Schwiening, Tue 04/02/14]    [comments (0)]

Frostbite Update
Team results - second place on the day, which is a pretty good effort, I reckon - well done everyone. I know there were numerous C&Cs who went to some proper inconvenience to make it. Keeps us in a fairly safe third place (if we can finish eighth or better at the BRJ leg at Hinchingbrooke anyway - second-placed Hunts are almost at home that day, but you never know). Juniors too - a creditable fifth on the day, and now edged into third overall by Riverside.
Finally, if I'm not mistaken, Sullivan's win is his fourth in four Frostbite appearances this season, but Diana has gone one better and can complete a clean sweep next month. Blimey!
[Andy I, Mon 03/02/14]    [comments (4)]

Frostbite - Bourne Results
In summary, utter, utter filth. But a much better team showing this week to raise the spirits of the muck-encrusted C&C squad, and star performances from Sullivan Smith and Carla Brown, who won us both male and female races - something I can't recall happening in about a thousand seasons of the Frosty. A belting third for Jack Bowden too, and another junior gold for the excellent Diana Chalmers. Individual results now up, and maybe the full details to come from whoever posts the goss first. Not me, I need to get back to the Vim and nail brush.
Frostbite League - Bourne:  Results (26)
[Andy I, Sun 02/02/14]    [comments (0)]

Watford Half
It was a beautiful morning to run around the countryside north of Watford on a course Glynn would have loved as it had over 300ft of climbs. Add lots of rainfall which brought shades of Wimpole Park Run & Somerset levels to the roads, so not a PB course but lots of fun and a good training run with a 1.51 finish.
Watford Half Marathon :  Results (1)
[Bernard Shannon, Sun 02/02/14]    [comments (1)]

Frostbite – the penultimate race (2/2/14)
Well, today we had amazing turn outs for both the junior and senior races. What is most interesting is only having 5 junior runners (3 females and 2 males or in other words a complete team!). They scored a total of 166 points, putting us in 5th place today but remaining second overall. Diana, as usual, helped by being the first girl. The seniors also turned up the heat with a total of 21 runners (6 females and 15 males) scoring a total of 525 points and coming second today behind NVH. It was great to see a total of 4 C & C runners in the top 20, 1st, 3rd, 9th, and 11th respectively, along with Carla Brown in 40th place and I believe first lady. We're still in third overall position with one race left on Sunday 2nd March at Hinchingbrook Park. I would like to say a huge thank you to all C & C runners who ran to today, you should be proud of yourselves because without you, we wouldn't hold the current overall positions. I have to nominate the junior and senior male and female runners of the season, which will be announced at the final 2013 - 14 meeting. See you on Sunday 2nd March and once again, well done!
[Adam Poole, Thu 23/01/14]    [comments (2)]

South of England Cross Country Championships (Southerns)
The race report and results can be found here.
[Helen, Sun 26/01/14]    [comments (0)]

Break ins at the track
A number of cars have been broken into at the track in the last couple of weeks. The University is aware of it and we'll be discussing options to try to counteract it. Please avoid leaving any valuables in view and keep an eye out for any suspicious circumstances. Please report anything suspicious to the University staff member on duty at the track.
[Neil, Sun 26/01/14]    [comments (2)]

Club Nights 2014
This year our Tuesday club nights will be on the first Tuesday of the month. So make a date for next Club Night, Tuesday 4th February, when Club Chair Neil Costello will be giving us an overview of the club as a whole. Come and find out more about the many-splendored thing which is C&C. Clubhouse open for hot & cold drinks, newbies particularly welcome.
Check on 'Social' bar below left for future events.
[charlie, Fri 24/01/14]    [comments (0)]

GOOD GYM - we need runners like you
Hello everyone,

***UPDATE -we're doing really well for runners. We need more Founder Members (runners and non-runners) - people who are keen to get this project off the ground. If you know anyone who would be interested please let them know. Our proposal page is here: goodgym.org/proposals/cambridge

Good Gym is looking to set up a new group in Cambridge, but we need runners like you to register to get it off the ground.

If you haven't heard of Good Gym before, this is the description off the website:

"GoodGym helps you get fit by doing good: we'll connect you with physical tasks that benefit your community and keep you fit. Run in a pack to work on a community project, do one off missions to help vulnerable people or commit to visiting an isolated older person. You'll get the help of a qualified trainer and support to achieve your goals."

There is more information on the website www.goodgym.org where you can register your interest. Once we have enough people registered to set up as a new Cambridge group, we can start running to do good! A nice way of fitting in an extra run into your weekly training.

There have been a few issues with the website so if you get an error message, please keep trying. Hopefully we'll be able to get a group together quite quickly.

If you have any other questions please email me tibahooz@yahoo.co.uk.

[Katie, Thu 23/01/14]    [comments (0)]

Fred Hughes 10
News of the Fred Hughes 10 in St Albans, and it's a mightily speedy 10-mile PB for Alex Eggeman in 58:06. Crikey!
Fred Hughes 10:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Tue 21/01/14]    [comments (2)]

Folksworth 15
Often a stiff post-Christmas tester of marathon shape, the Folksworth 15 has three sharp hills, multiplied by two laps, each of which tries to draw the last of your stamina and leave you in a crying, broken heap below its summit. No such problems for our sixsome, whether Londoning or just masochistic, and a half-dozen handy times were gained. Special mentions to Dave Yeneralski (1:47) and Rich Lyle (1:58) for brand-new PBs, hard luck Tim Long on just missing the bacon-butty cut-off (2:03), and well done Paul Jones (2:00), Andrew Unsworth (2:17) and Mandy Lasseter (2:23). You were awesomely strong and will reap the rewards this spring.
Folksworth 15:  Results (6)  Gallery (12)
[Andy I, Mon 20/01/14]    [comments (5)]

SEAA 12 / 6 Stage Relays‏
The SEAA 12 Stage Relays have finally been arranged and confirmed on Sunday 16th March, 12 noon at Stantonbury Track Milton Keynes.
[Claire, Fri 17/01/14]    [comments (0)]

Club ballot for 2015 London Marathon
As many of you are aware, the club receives some entries to the London Marathon, based on the number of club members registered with England Athletics. These entries are then distributed to club members via a ballot.
[Claire, Fri 17/01/14]    [comments (0)]
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(Ish & Nancy's Wedding 2009)
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(Round Norfolk Relay 2009)
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All over, and it's beer and medal time
(Swiss Alpine Marathon 2013)
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