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

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

http://haverhillrunningclub.com/kevin-henry-5k-kedington-hrc/
[Chris Hurcomb, Mon 21/07/14]    [comments (0)]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ross Peers (Soham) HM
On the hottest day of the year, 7 brave C&C'ers went out in the mid day sun to run around the Cambridgeshire countryside. First back was Jon Anderson with a very respectable 1.30, however the personal performance of the day came from Victoria Coe who smashed her PB with a 1.40 finish and was the 5th lady home. It was a great team effort with help all the way round from Chris Poole (1.41) and for the last couple of miles from Chris Newell (1.40). I struggled in at 1.46, too much time spent in various bars around Europe over the last 4 weeks and not enough time at the club, good fun but not ideal training for a HM in the heat. Next over the line was Mike Defranco finishing exactly on the time he wanted at 1.59. Unfortunately Karin Jordansen pulled out after a couple of miles due to hayfever & understand it's particularly bad at the moment. Huge thanks to Stacy Wheat who had to pull out and still supported us on the day.
PS I wish I had used suncream! A C&C vest is little protection against a beating sun.
Ross Peers East Cambs Half Marathon:  Results (6)
[Bernard Shannon, Tue 20/05/14]    [comments (3)]

Eye 10K
It looks like our squad of eight who went to the ever-excellent Eye 10K are shy of blowing their own trumpets, but I feel an entire brass section should be invoked in respect of Sunday's efforts. The biggest fanfare goes to Claire Somerton, who will need to buy some more polish for her extensive silverware after winning the race in a rather sharp 39:49. Graeme Kennedy was our quickest chap, 38:13 for 23rd place, and Stewart Bond, Giulio Cinque, Iona Graham Hagg, Alan Baldock, Mary Jennings and Dan Bayles all had enough puff for a rousing crescendo... I'm thinking I should have gone with the far easier 'Eye' puns instead.
Well done all.
Eye 10K:  Results (8)
[Andy I, Wed 14/05/14]    [comments (2)]

Kevin Henry 5k series - Race 1
59 C&C'ers turned out for the first Kevin Henry 5k race of the series at Impington. The ladies topped the table with a cracking 1 and 2 from George and Claire, backed up by the other 17 ladies. The men came in second with some strong scoring from the top guys. However, CTC claimed first place and the challenge is looking serious. So, after the first race we are tied in first on 11 points with CTC. It was their home event, so we need to have a great turnout for the rest of the season to step up to the challenge. Look forward to seeing you all again in Newmarket in June.
Kevin Henry 5k League, Race 1 - Cambridge Triathlon Club:  Results (59)
[Chris Hurcomb, Tue 13/05/14]    [comments (0)]

Halstead & Essex Marathon
More marathon tales from the hard-working Christof - see his report for news of a personal worst (with a good excuse!).
Halstead & Essex Marathon:  Results (1)  Report: Christof Schwiening
[Andy I, Mon 12/05/14]    [comments (4)]

ECF Monster Mojo Triathlon
Triathlon excellence from Ben Baldelli at Peterborough Rowing Lake - a big race victory (and corresponding rich prize!) after a four-hours-twelve epic which saw Ben finish five minutes clear of the competition. Impressive!
ECF Monster Mojo Triathlon:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Mon 12/05/14]    [comments (3)]

Kevin Henry 5k series - Race 1
It's that time again and as reigning champions it will be great to see a fantastic turnout for the first 5k race of the Kevin Henry Series, hosted by Cambridge Triathlon Club at Impington on Thursday 8th May. The race starts at 7:30pm and you have to wear your C&C official running vest to enter, just turn up around 7pm. Although our website says minimum age is 16, the league is trialling minimum age of 14 this year. You don't need to be super speedy to get involved as every runner scores a point. Impington is a quick course, so could be a great start to a summer of speed. We had some fantastic turnouts last year, so all welcome! If you are not running at the moment, come along and support. It would also be great to get an extra scorer if possible. Just drop me an email if you can help on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk. We normally have a quick drink after the race too, so join us afterwards. Instructions are attached below. See you there!
[Chris Hurcomb, Sat 26/04/14]    [comments (1)]

Impington 5K
This is a lovely little race, typically villagey in the nicest way, and allows an almost-preview of Thursday's Kevin Henry course. Very nearly a C&C domestic double here - David Barber, second finisher in 18:24 (and first Vet) couldn't quite match Silvia Chiappa, who won the women's race outright. Congratulations you two. Mike Salter and Chris Johnson both top-fived and sub-nineteened, and there was another cracking run from Margaret Phillips. Check the results for all the other general C&C excellence.
Impington 5K:  Results (12)
[Andy I, Thu 08/05/14]    [comments (3)]

Marathon News
Time for a round-up of our latest marathon heroes, I think.
First up, Christof Schwiening's 3:14 at Hannover - for the full experience, have a look at Christof's report. Well done again, Christof - prolific marathoning and quick times are extremely hard to combine.
Next tale of heroism - Kyiv City Marathon. I think I would have watched the news and bottled it, but Steven Broad is made of sterner stuff, so well done Steven on your 4:06 - would love to hear more about it!
There's war-torn Ukraine and then there's Milton Keynes... I shall resist gratuitousness and instead congratulate Neil Tween on his 3:45 on what was a pretty sweltering bank holiday. Impressive!
TUI Marathon Hannover:  Results (1)  Report: Christof Schwiening
Kyiv City Marathon:  Results (1)
Skechers Milton Keynes Marathon:  Results (1)  Report: Neil T
[Andy I, Thu 08/05/14]    [comments (5)]

Weekend 10K Bonanza
There were two highly-rated 10Ks on last weekend; the Grand East Anglian Run (GEAR) up at King's Lynn and the Fen Drayton 10K. We sent enormous squads to both and came away with suitably epic results.
The GEAR is a high-class race on a renowned PB course, and lightning speed was the theme - no fewer than six C&C sub-forties obtained. Ellen Leggate's phenomenal 37:53 perhaps edged it as the most awesome C&C performance (how can six females beat that in one day?), but Jack Bowden's brilliant 33:01 PB for eleventh place has a pretty good shout too. Chasing Jack in, and also smashing 35 minutes, was a pack of three C&C stars - Ben Baldelli (34:25), Istvan Jacso (a 34:24 PB) and Geoff Weller (34:27), with another PB seeing David Barber home in 37:44. The PBs keep coming too - well done Charlie Ritchie (42:36), Silvia Chiappa (45:28) and Margaret Phillips (46:51). Glyn Smith's 44:22 was a recent best by a good margin, and Sarah Boneham (44:51) and Gerald Meah (47:20) did themselves proud too. Impossible not to mention everyone on a day like that!
The Fen Drayton 10K is a far more relaxed affair, a kind of lovely village fête day with beer for the adults and rides and face-painting for the kids, but with multi-terrain racing for all (if you survived Thursday evening). More modest times on a flat-but-tricky course, but fine running throughout nonetheless. First C&C was Jon Anderson in 39:48 for eighth place, but our main glories came in the women's race, where Carrie Bedingfield-Hall took second place with a 42:17, beating Nicola McBride's third-place 42:52 and, just off the podium, Emma Buckland (43:31). In the interests of brevity, you are invited to browse the 28 C&C results at your leisure, but particular congrats to Craig Cooke and Jen Richardson on their brand-new PBs. Much like on Sunday, I am worn out and off for some nosh. Well done everyone who raced.
GEAR 10K:  Results (12)
Fen Drayton 10K:  Results (27)
[Andy I, Thu 08/05/14]    [comments (1)]

Tulip 10K
Some blooming good news from the capital of British tunicate bulbous horticulture, Spalding, where the local perennials were defeated in last Sunday's Tulip 10K by our own Tom Stevens. Tom's winning time was 33:05. Bouquets all round.
Tulip 10K:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Sat 03/05/14]    [comments (2)]

Club Night Social Tuesday 6th May
Do come to Club Night this coming Tuesday in the clubhouse bar after training. As the evenings extend what better way to watch the sun descend than in the company of your C&C club mates; refreshments available for all palates and age groups. And somebody mentioned cake....
[charlie, Thu 01/05/14]    [comments (2)]

Round Norfolk Relay 2014
The Round Norfolk Relay is a 17 stage 24 hour relay race which loosely follows the Norfolk boundary starting and finishing in Kings Lynn, and is one of the highlights of the racing calendar in East Anglia, if not the world. This year's race will be held on 20/21 September, and C&C have secured two entries this year. As well as mustering 34 fit and healthy runners, we'll also need volunteers to help with support throughout the weekend. So if you are keen on participating and/or volunteering please ink the dates in your diary and email John Ferguson with your intent.
[John Ferguson, Tue 29/04/14]    [comments (0)]

Ickworth 10k Hoohaah
I've written a race report for this one. C&C had a Grand Day Out here coming away with the team prizes and with David Barber's hard-worked third overall individual prize. There are trophies and everything.
Ickworth House 10K:  Results (20)  Report: RichHL
[RichHL, Sun 27/04/14]    [comments (2)]

Ickworth House 10k
Double booked myself so one place up for grabs for the 10k at Ickworth House (Bury St Edmunds) this Sunday. http://hoohaah.co.uk/2014-hoohaah-events/ickworth-house-5k-10k-run/ Male winner last year: 38:32 Ladies winner 43:59 so potentially some easy silverware to grab for the club. Any takers?
[John Baslington, Thu 24/04/14]    [comments (0)]

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 (2)]

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 (3)]

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 £15 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 20½, 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 2½ 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 9½-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)]
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Martin Kreetzer followed by Carmel McEniery and finally Bridget Kiely.
(Kevin Henry 5k League - Newmarket 2010)
(pic: Ludmila Klesca)
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Tim, Rich and Paul play cat and mouse
(Folksworth 15 2014)
(pic: Andy I)
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Steve running towards Cambridge, third leg
( 2007)
(pic: Pietro)
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