On a gorgeous warm and sunny, but very breezy, morning, 11 of us went to Therfield Heath, Royston for the Harvest Trail Half and Quarter races, 5 for the Half and 6 for the Quarter.
These are testing hilly trail races in very scenic Hertfordshire countryside, organised by runners for runners, and they have a deserved good local reputation.
I can't speak for my club mates, but I thoroughly enjoyed my run, and I can highly recommend the event.
Kevin Henry 5km League Race 6
Here are the race details for our Kevin Henry on Thursday 6 September. To recap - it starts at the athletics track at the earlier time of 7:00pm and the route is the same as it was last year. Remember to wear your club vest!
As it's the final Kevin Henry event the awards will be handed out in the pavilion afterwards - so it'd be great to see as many of you there as possible! There will be a light buffet available. Finally - a reminder about car parking...there remains very little available at the athletics ground due to the building work, so I recommend parking along one of the nearby roads, or in town, and making the rest of your way on foot. As the surrounding roads will likely be busy, if you have to drive then car sharing would be a good idea.
News in from Iceland, where Tom Stevens ran a superb sub-2hr30 marathon (despite a blow-up!), to finish in 5th place overall. Congratulations Tom! See results here.
Kevin Henry 5km Road League Race 5 - Kedington, Haverhill
Details of Haverhill RC's Kevin Henry - Thursday 2nd August at 7:30!
See the attached doc for full details of Haverhill RC's forthcoming Kevin Henry at 7:30 next Thursday. As you'll see, they are hosting their usual After Party, with food, drink and a live band.
Remember - every runner who enters scores a point for their club, so please turn up in your club vest. We continue to hold the top spots and it would be great to have another strong turn out.
Haverhill are also holding a junior 2k race at 7pm - so please note how this impacts on car parking!
Kevin Henry 5km Road League Race 4
The 4th race of the Kevin Henry 5k series is on Thursday 12th July (7:30pm) at Carver Barracks Airfield, Wimbish, Saffron Walden. After the first 3 races, C&C still top the men's, ladies and combined tables, and it would be great to see a good turnout for the club again this week. Remember every runner scores a point for the club, so please turn up in your club vest and enjoy running in club colours. The course is fast and flat - road shoes are recommended, but there are some potholes and loose stones in places. Please find other instructions attached. The organisers have asked runners to arrive after 6:30pm as the airfield gates will only be open from then.
Kevin Henry 5km Road League Race 3
The 3rd race of the Kevin Henry 5k series is on Thursday 14th June (7:30pm) at the Rowley Mile in Newmarket. After the first 2 races, C&C are top of the men's, ladies and combined table. So thank you to all those who turned out. Remember every runner scores a point for the club, so please turn up in your club vest and enjoy running in club colours. The course is a mixture of a hard, but sometimes a little loose, sandy trail around part of the race course. Please find other instructions attached.
Kevin Henry 5km Road League Race 2
Race 2 in the Kevin Henry series is nearly upon us. After race 1 we are top in mens, ladies and overall. So another great turnout in Ely will cement our position. Please see details below and attached map from Ely Runners
Kevin Henry 5km Road League Race 2
Thursday 17 May
Hosted by Ely Runners
Race start: 7:30pm
Postcode: CB6 2JN (Witchford Village Hall)
Runners will be guided to the start, which is on private land about 0.25 miles from the parking spot.
Please see the course map and don't forget to wear your club vest!
London Marathon 2018
A week on, what to say about the hottest London on record? Many had bad races. But some had great results. Some had bad races that were, nevertheless, great (relative) results... We had a smattering of happy PBs, but also the odd DNF. Some decided against fully racing it, yet had fine even-paced performances. Christof's heat training showed through for himself and devotees. But it was, as ever, just the best event we have in the calendar IMHO, always a joy and a privilege to run, even if the experience becomes agonising. Top billing to George (11th overall) despite a painful second half; big kudos to Sarah with a PB and 9th FV40. The work by C&C staff was also much appreciated, as was the club support out there on the day. And me? A very satisfactory race... but I DNF'd my pub crawl and missed you guys, dammit! Do chip in with your stories below...
Caldecote School Cross Country
Post London Marathon meet up
The C&C post-VLM meetup for spectators and runners will be:
The Lemon Tree Pub, 4 Bedfordbury, Covent Garden, WC2N 4BP - https://www.lemontreecoventgarden.com/
C&C spectator point: Mile 22, north side of "The Highway". Feel free to exchange telephone numbers so you can get together.
Nearest tube: Shadwell, St George's Swimming Pool is a good meetup point.
Hope to see as many there as possible.
Roman Road Race
Well done the C&C runners in the CUH&H end-of-term and pre-dinner classic. I point you in the direction of Alex’s excellent report. Happy thawing to everyone out in the weather this weekend.
Frostbite Friendly League!
Final race Huntingdon Jubilee Park Sunday 11th March. Details here.
Give your mother something to be proud of and get out for the final run this Sunday!
Juniors 10.15, seniors 11.00.
Race results up for the Cambridge Half - well done everyone, but awe-struck congratulations in particular to C&C's race winner (er, no, not that one - the women's race), George Schwiening (1:15:32) and runner-up Victoria Knight (1:16:30), and to Chris Darling (fourth in 1:09:55) and Tom Stevens (sixth in 1:09:58) in the men. George in particular is in amazing form, winning all sorts of big races, and deserving far more credit than I've had the time to give.
And a special mention to the excellent Will Mycroft, the men's race winner in 1:07:03 - long-time C&C, now second-claim and running for Enfield & Haringey.
Apologies for not having the info for C&C's volunteer pacers in the results, and for the lack of a gun time or category information (we will have done rather well in a number of the age-groups). If you can add detail, please do.
It seemed like every other volunteer helping on the course and behind the scenes was C&C - huge thanks to all of you.
Thanks for all the updates so far, allowing me to present a roll of honour for our category winners Tom Stevens (M35), Sullivan Smith (M40), Victoria Knight (F40), Charlie Wartnaby (M45), Mary Twitchett (F55) and Charlie Ritchie (M60), plus George (F20) of course. Congratulations all.
Given today’s unfortunate national news coverage, it might be a good time to remind users that this site doesn’t tolerate or condone unauthorised number-swapping, and to thank you all for thoughtfully desisting up to now.
Multiple parkrun cancellations
As I'm sure many of you will be aware, most, if not all parkruns in the vicinity of Cambridge have been cancelled tomorrow. Check on the parkrun cancellation page here for details or possibilities.
Thursday night road training session (1st March) cancelled
Message from Glyn: in view of the weather forecast, Thursday's road session is cancelled.
Beginners running group: cancelled tonight.
In view of the University closing the Wilberforce Rd track today, the beginners running group will not operate tonight.
TRACK CLOSURE - Monday 26th February
The university have taken the decision to close the Wilberforce Road centre for safety reasons due to the snow and ice. Please do not attempt to use the facility.
Frostbite this Sunday (18th Feb) at Hinchingbrooke
The next Frostbite is at Hinchingbrooke Park on Sunday 18th Feb. 11.00 am start for seniors and 10.15 for juniors. We had a decent turnout at the last match from seniors and need a few extra points to move up the league. It's a good run out for juniors from U11 to U15. Come along if you can. This is a replacement event for the one cancelled before Christmas. It promises to be a course with everything. Directions and car parking are here.
Huntingdon Parkrun Cancelled this Saturday (03.02.18)
Frostbite #5 Sunday 4th February
Please note change of venue and time
The next Frostbite fixture will be on Sunday 4th February at Nene Park, Peterborough. The junior race starts at 10:15am and the senior race at 10:45am, owing to another event taking place in the park later that day. All welcome, just bring your club vest. Trail shoes probably best but there are some on-tarmac sections of the course. Post for lift requests on the Endurance Runners section on Facebook. After a fantastic turnout at the first 3 races we are still doing well in the league, so will be great if we can get as many out as possible again. The re-scheduled race 3 will take place on Sunday 18th February (Hinchingbrooke Park).
GCAN Talks with Nick Anderson 31st Jan/1st Feb
There are two back-to-back GCAN talks (co-hosted with England Athletics) coming up with GB marathon coach Nick Anderson. These are free to C&C members...
Weds 31st Jan, 7-9pm, at Anglia Ruskin University (main building on East Road, Lab 002)
For coaches and athletes working towards the Performance Marathon Group times.
Ideal for Good For Age (GFA) or faster marathon runners and for coaches looking to develop coaching knowledge in the marathon. The evening will include key speakers and discussion groups talking through practical experiences of marathon preparation.
For more information and to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marathon-preparation-evening-tickets-42169288477
Nutrition & Hydration for Performance & Recovery
Thurs 1st Feb, 7-9pm, at Anglia Ruskin University (YOUNG STREET BUILDING - further up East Road).
Part of a series of England Athletics endurance workshops looking at specific areas for endurance coaches and athletes. This workshop will cover nutrition and hydration - recovery, performance and lifestyle relating to endurance athletes.
For more information and to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/endurance-workshop-nutrition-and-hydration-for-performance-and-recovery-tickets-42170990568
Wimpole Estate parkrun cancelled (again) - 27.01.18
Due to waterlogged ground and carparks
Frostbite League - March
In case you missed the results from the Frostbite at March, they're now up. We didn't field any juniors (an ongoing mystery to me), but had a very healthy senior turnout for what is a fair hike across the fenland. By some freak of nature, the wind didn't blow and the mud was mostly firm (climate change deniers, explain that one!). Matt Fox was a brilliant third, but probably won't mind if I single out George Schwiening's first place in the female race, and an astonishing sixth overall, as the highlight. A so-so eleventh place in the match score for C&C leaves us sixth in the table. February is a big month, with the rescheduled Hunts AC race at Hinchingbrooke on the 18th, but first up is the trip to the superb woodland course at Bourne on the 4th. Mark the dates.
Cambs County XC Champs
Apologies for failing to report on the County Championships. Results are now in, thanks to my mystery correspondent (who may well be Ian R?), and it was a white-and-blue party, with wins everywhere. New County Champions are Isaac Morris (U13), Ellie Loosley (U13), O J Parmenter (U15), Alex Hampson (U20), Glyn Smith (V70), Thomas Keen (U17), Victoria Knight (Senior & V35) and Joan Lasenby (V55). Three clean-sweeps of the podium places this year; in the past, it's been the girls, but this time it's the boys - under 13, 15 and 17. Numerous other podium positions and countless fine performances - see the results listing for the full glory.
Frostbite #4 Sunday 14th January
Just a reminder that it's the fourth Frostbite race (although #3 was postponed) on Sunday 14th January at HMP Whitemoor, March. The junior race starts at 10:15am and the senior 11am, and there will be some people leaving from the track. Probably best to post on the Endurance Runners section on Facebook for lift requests. All welcome, just bring your club vest and wear trail shoes. After a fantastic turnout at the first 2 races we are still doing well in the league (Hinchingbrooke has been rescheduled), so will be great if we can as many out as possible again. It is a great course, with a mixture of farm track and trail. Parking instructions attached. See you there!
More info on next races here:- http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/
Wimpole Estate parkrun cancelled (again) - 13.01.18
The ground is still too waterlogged...
Wimpole Estate parkrun cancelled 06.01.18
Due to waterlogged course and car park.
C&C Boxing Day Run
The results of the C&C Boxing Day Run, over a new course to Coton and back, are now up (thanks Noel for the data). Happy Christmas to all!
Essex League 16th Dec Cancelled
Saturday’s cross-country is off.
(Of course, as dedicated athletes we would never use that as an excuse for an extra drink or three at the party)
C&C Boxing Day Run
Every year we hold the 4 mile C&C Boxing Day Run for Club Members of all ages and abilities. In the past it has been an out and back from Lammas Land to the Trumpington War Memorial. Due to how much busier the roads are getting with traffic, cyclists and walkers, so for your safety, we are moving the race this year. We will start at the University Track on Wilberforce road and do an out and back along the Coton Footpath. We have measured it at 4 miles and should be pretty straightforward and hopefully a bit safer. As usual it will start at 11am. The route is here
Track and Road Session cancelled this evening 12.12.2017
Chris and I have decided to cancel our off-track session tonight. The University have declared the track unsafe and Chris has had a look around the roads near the track. Unfortunately it doesn't look good. All being well there'll be a session next week - and Friday is the awards evening and Christmas party....
Frostbite League CANCELLED
Frostbite #3 Sunday 10th December
Just a reminder that it's the third Frostbite race is on Sunday 10th December at Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon. The junior race starts at 10:15am and the senior 11am, and there will be some people leaving from the track. Probably best to post on the Endurance Runners section on Facebook for lift requests. All welcome, just bring your club vest and wear trail shoes. After a fantastic turnout at the first 2 races we are 4th in the league, so will be great if we can as many out as possible again. It is a great, and sometimes muddy 5 miler around Hinchingbrooke. See you there!
GCAN Talk: Cross Country & Hill Reps
An insight into cross country racing by coach Mark Vile, including how to prepare for cross country, improving your performance, and how cross country can benefit your whole running. This talk will also cover hill training, how to use these sessions for effective improvements to your running, with session ideas.
Weds 22nd November, 7-9pm
Anglia Ruskin University, Young Street Building (just off East Road).
Free to C&C members.
More details can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cross-country-hill-training-tickets-39352193470
The Christmas Party is on the 15th December at the ARU Academy Room. Salsa lessons, food and fun available! Tickets at £20 from the C&C Website. All club members welcome.
Frostbite #2 Sunday 5th November
Just a reminder that it's the second Frostbite race on Sunday 5th November at Nene Park, Peterborough. The junior race starts at 10:15am and the senior 11am, and there will be some people leaving from the track. Probably best to post on the Endurance Runners section on Facebook for lift requests. All welcome, just bring your club vest and wear trail shoes. After a fantastic turnout at the first race we are leading the league, so will be great if we can as many out as possible again. It is a great 5 miler around Nene Park. See you there!
Birmingham International Marathon
Four C&Cers made it to the start line of the Birmingham Marathon – the first time the event had been staged since 1989. Despite being small in number, we made our presence felt. The course was hilly but this didn’t stop some outstanding performances being recorded. Thankfully the predicted unseasonally warm weather failed to materialise until after we’d all finished. The race started in light drizzle with overcast skies – YES.
Huge congratulations to Sophie Kelly who romped it winning the women’s race in a pb time of 2.52.08. Awesome Sophie, just awesome. Next up was Sarah Wightman who claimed a well-deserved age category win in a time of 3.13.22.
Ben Meadows ran a storming race, narrowly missing a sub-3 despite running a 10 minute pb – 3.01.35. That sub-3 will surely come on a flatter course. I had a good run, taking 5 minutes off my pb time finishing second in my age category in a time of 2.54.15.
The race was well organised and the crowd support excellent. It’s a challenging course but certainly a marathon worth considering.
Perkins Great Eastern Run
Late breaking news from the Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough; George Schwiening won the women's race in an outstanding 1:15:26. A spectacular performance against a field of the strongest runners in the region. Huge congratulations, George. Hats off to Matt Slater too, 15th place in 1:13:55.
Lots of other C&Cs too, and some particularly good category performances; Mary Twitchett was notable, winning the F55s, and finishing fourth vet overall. The results system makes it hard to figure category and gender placings out, but have a good browse, and well done all.
(pic stolen from the Peterborough Telegraph race report)
Frostbite Sunday 1st October
Just a reminder that it's the first Frostbite race on Sunday 1st October at Priory Park, St Neots. The junior race starts at 10:15am and the senior 11am, and there will be some people leaving from the track. Probably best to post on the Endurance Runners section on Facebook for lift requests. All welcome, just bring your club vest and wear trail shoes. It is a great 5 miler around Priory Park. See you there!
Round Norfolk Relay
Another impressive RNR for C&C. After 21 hours and nearly 13 minutes' continuous circumnavigating, the 'A'-team took a rather brilliant victory in the Open class (no restriction on team composition; only a phenomenal CoNAC Club class team could make it round quicker). What's more we won the 'Visitor' cup. Congratulations to all seventeen plus support crew. The 'B'-team were pretty excellent too, finishing sixth in the Club class (minimum five female, six 'masters'), and second-quickest proper second team. Check the results for full details, and upload some pics to the gallery while there, but for now it's well worth acclaiming or stage winners Sullivan Smith, Tom Vickery, Axel Finke, Andrew Shields, Sophie Kelly and Maija Kozlova (the B's have signed the latter two to iron-clad long-term contracts); Andrew and A-team supremo John Ferguson nabbed cups for ludicrously good age-graded performances, whilst Sophie's midnight 18-miler was rated second-best female leg of the entire race. Top-threes also to Al Hodges, a drenched Isabelle Lemasson, Graham Anderson, Jo Davies and Matt Slater.
However, the greatest congratulations and thanks go to all who made it possible; many pitched in selflessly, but special mention to Fergie with the A-team aided by the sleep-deprived Graham and Becky Anderson, for the B's, the amazing Kris Semple and Charlie Ritchie as well as overnighters Andrew Parsons, Sarah Williams and Steve Bland, and on the Wissington interchange (which redefines the expressions 'middle of nowhere' and 'stupid o'clock'), wonder-foreman Bernie Shannon and changeover elves (ahem) me, Isabelle and Mike and Sue Brentnall.
Two Counties Half Marathon.
Looking to do an impromptu half marathon? Then look no further than the Two Counties, which still has places available on the day. And the day is Sunday, 10 th September, and the time is 10:00 am.
It all happens at East Carlton, near Market Harborough. There is a relay option too, each participant covering 3.275 miles.
Further details at www.twocountieshalfmarathon.co.uk and Facebook.
From Al Pritchard, info about a new local race:
New for 2017! The Cambourne 5k.
Sunday the 15th October
Start time 10.00am
1 lap multi terrain race
The course passes through wooded areas and alongside lakes. It is almost entirely off road and traffic-free, on proper footpaths
Cambourne's only 5k race of the year.
We did it!
A team from C&C completed the Billy Bland Challenge for the first time this year! Read about their adventures here.
C&C Billy Bland Challenge
A group of us are doing the Billy Bland Challenge this weekend. This is a 5 stage relay of the Bob Graham Round, which is a famous (or maybe infamous) 24 hr 66 mile 42 peak fell run in the Lake District. We'll be setting off at midnight on Friday from Keswick and hopefully finishing about 22 hours later. If you want you can follow our progress using the this GPS tracker link: http://racedrone.net/event/billy-bland-challenge
Wimpole Belts 10k (and picnic) - Wednesday 5th July
The third running of the Wimpole Belts 10k open to all C&C'ers. This is our annual picnic too. So after you have caned the off-road, gently rolling course around Wimpole Estate, you can meet in the park for a picnic. £3 to enter and register on the day ready for a 6:45 start. I could also do with a few helpers to register, marshal and even one to help set course up. Please email me on email@example.com if you can help.
Huntingdon parkrun OFF
Saturday 13th May. Another event in the park.
Wings for Life
This was an epic race once again. For those not in the know, everyone sets off running, then after 30 mins David Coultard sets off in pursuit by car, and speeds up bit by bit. When he catches you, you're out, and your distance is recorded; last one still running wins. And this is done simultaneously in races all over the globe, with collated results. So it's a 10K jog or a full-on ultramarathon, as you please, with splendid support along the way from (patient!) villagers (and a good few of our own), and all the entry fees going to charity courtesy of Red Bull's phenomenal marketing budget. Highly recommended.
Top spot this year was Axel with a devastating 62.25km to claim 3rd place of nearly 3000, but we had a slew of top age category results too. Thanks to Carmel especially for help in collating the results.
Bank Holiday Round-Up
Lots of excellent racing over the bank holiday weekend (despite absolutely everyone warming up with a post-Kevin Henry parkrun, seemingly), so here's a quick update.
First up - Fen Drayton 10K, a brilliant, friendly, village race. C&C took a brilliant double victory - Chris Darling won by over a minute in 33:49, and Nicola McBride completed the sweep with a 42:01. Rachel Pritchard took third (some results issues here), and Ben Meadows tenth (41:07). Click for Al's podium pics.
North to King's Lynn, and the GEAR 10K, which is a big race attracting a high-class field. Top-fifties there for Neil Tween and Lynn Roberts. Category third place for Lynn too, with Mike Brentnall (4th) and Charlie Ritchie (7th) featuring prominently in age-group standings.
Monday now, and The BRJ Huntingdon Lord Mayor's race, a five-miler on the course of the last Frostbite, yielded more silverware thanks to a brilliant second place from Andrew Shields (30:06). Back over in Norfolk, the Breckland 10K saw a couple of PBs - James Whitehorn (37:56 on C&C debut) took seventh, with Tim Phipps (38:55) in tenth (and also first V50). And finally, a solo Simon Warburton nabbed an easy first-C&C at the MK Half.
Loads too many racing to mention them all - browse the results for the rest. Well done all.
Kevin Henry Series, Race 1, 27th April 2017
Kevin Henry round 1 is tomorrow (Thursday 27th April) starting near the Spire Hospital in Impington.
Just wear your club vest, every finisher scores a point!
Arrive in time to start at 7.30, and follow on to the Railway Vue afterwards for drinks.
Post VLM meetup for spectators and runners:
The Porterhouse, 21-22 Maiden Lane, Nr Covent Garden
C&C spectator point: Mile 22, north side of "The Highway". Feel free to exchange telephone numbers so you can get together.
Nearest tube: Shadwell, St George's Swimming Pool is a good meetup point.
2017 Beginners Course
This starts Monday, 8th May and lasts for 10 weeks.
If you have any friends/family who may want to give running a go, please give it a mench.
We meet at Wilberforce Road at 6:30 for a 6:45 start.
Any questions to Fiona and Alex Downie.
Brand new for this year! The Two Counties Half Marathon and Team Relay. Places still available on the day.
This will take place at East Carlton, near Market Harborough at 10:00 am on Sunday, 10 th September.
Teams are to be of 4, running 3.275 miles each. Further details from www.twocountieshalfmarathon.co.uk & Facebook.
Roman Road race - hosted by the Hare and Hounds
If you have never run this race before, you have missed out on a fantastic rolling, muddy local event hosted by our Hare and Hounds friends. Look back at the reports from Alex in the past - it is a great day out. Below is the extract for how to enter (for free) from Paddy
The last race of the CUH&H year will take place on Saturday 18th March. This race is a 9½mile point-to-point along the Roman Road south of Cambridge. It starts at Horseheath and ends at Worst Causeway (map). It is unique in the calendar as it is ran as a handicap, so anyone could win.
There will be a coach leaving from the track at 12:30. Therefore please arrive at 12:15 to make sure that you have time to pick up a number. Otherwise the coach will leave without you. The coach will the leave the finish at approximately 15:20.
Facebook event here. Enter on the website.
Wimpole Estate parkrun cancelled
This Saturday, 25th February. There are trees down on the course, which can't be cleared in time.
Thursday Sesh today (23d Feb)
I am cancelling the Thursday Session i.e. the 'Glyn Sesh' tonight. Too many flying branches (and telephone wires) round my way for comfortable night running. No doubt Mother Nature will laugh in my face come 6.30, but I am going to be Mr Sensible on this occasion.
Stamford St Valentine's 30k
We must really love this race. Punishing distance, endless hills, and this time a foul day of sleet and wind from which many may never fully defrost. Yet C&C come back every year, and every year win something despite (frozen) stiff competition from the region's best. And what a win we had, or two wins, because the phenomenal Sophie Kelly not only won the race outright in 2:03 flat, but helped our women's team (pictured) to victory too. Congratulations Sophie and team-mates Maija Kozlova (ninth in 2:09) and Katie Samuelson (18th in 2:15). Huge respect too for Paul Veitch, 1:59 for 26th place, just ahead of Andrew Henderson (2:08), and to Jess Cocker, 2:25 for 38th female. We had sixteen representatives in all, burning almost 300 miles of shoe rubber - take a look at the full results for all the details. Great work all - keep warm and dry.
Frostbite League - Bourne
I'm happier this month. Not just because splashing through the muddy sections of the Bourne Frostbite delights the three-year-old in brand new wellies in all of us (it sooo does), but because C&C turned out a pretty fine squad this time. In general terms it was not enormous (fifteen plus two juniors), nor elite (just the usual spread from properly rapid downwards), nor even particularly high-achieving (eleventh, though deserving better), but considering that Bourne is far enough away that it'll require a passport in a couple of years' time, it was pretty damn good on all counts. Well done all.
Top billing for Maria Buczak (sixth female) and Istvan Jacso (seventh male), with top-fifties from Paul Veitch (16th male), Ben Jones (25th male) and Anna Duch (31st female), and fine work from the other ten too (see full results for the details). Special thanks to Alan Baldock on management duty. Our juniors were three short, and so drop to 11th in the league, but applause for the excellent Leila Querns and Olive Cooke, 14th and 24th girls respectively. Seniors-wise, we've hauled ourselves up a place to fifteenth, and will have a few clubs in our sights at BRJ Huntingdon (a brand-new course at Jubilee Park) in the final race of the season. Again, diaries out: 12th March.
Wimpole parkrun 4th Feb Cancelled
Help - Missing Hereward Prizes (re Hinchingbrooke Frostbite)
A plea for help.
Were you at the Frostbite in Hinchingbrooke Park in December (Sun 11th)?
A representative from March AC gave two prizes from the Hereward Relay to a C&C person (or persons) after the race to pass on to their intended recipients (Alan and Rachel Pritchard), but the prizes haven't been seen since. I don't have the contact details for every one of our runners that day, but those I have contacted have not yielded any positive answer. Presumably someone has these prizes in their boot (understandably - I've had multiple prizes knocking about in the days before I started refusing to take them!). If so, the Pritchards would be really grateful if you could drop me or them a line if you have any information. Otherwise please spread the word (if you're on Facebook, please put out the plea there). Thank you!
Frostbite League - March, or rather Nene Park
Well, it was a pretty filthy morning, where the rain lightened to drizzle sometimes but the chill never let up. Perhaps the throngs of C&Cs in our flourishing endurance section (fifty-nine at Saturday's parkruns alone) peeked through the curtains and just went back to bed? Maybe that's just the future and we're not bothered about racing for the club any more?* An extra hurrah then for the eleven seniors and a junior who made it to Nene Park for the re-venued Frostbite.
I'll rein in my occasional rant there, because even though the media correctly say that today, "Blue Monday", is officially the most depressing day of the year, and, well, just Donald Trump, frankly, you have to love the Frostbite. I had fondly, fatally, recalled good running conditions from the Bushfield event on the same course, and had put away the trail shoes, but this time it was a five-mile mud-fest. Absolutely filthy, but more fun than anything else you'd be doing on a gloomy mid-January morning. As ever, we turned in a variety of times but a consistent level of excellence. Ellie Swire once again takes top billing as fifth female, but Edd Moffett rivaled that by finishing eleventh chap. Otherwise, I think another roll call is in order, so hats off and soap and scrubbing brush to Oliver Johnson, Ellie Swire, Ben Chamberlain, Mike and Sue Brentnall, Kerion Hunt, Diana Braverman, Jen Richardson and the Mrs and me. Three cheers too for excellent Eve Seyf, who took on the responsibility, on C&C debut no less, of being the entire junior team, with a literally impossible task of keeping us above last place on the day. We hold on to a very solid tenth overall though. Seniors - we did beat Bourne yesterday, but drop to the penultimate place for the season. Last, and the opposite of least, huge thanks for the support of the wonderful Adam Poole and Alan Baldock, who got frozen and drenched for the club yet again.
* - lots of you turn out when you can but couldn't make this one, and no-one can do every one, I know, I know!
Cambs Cross-County Championships
Many thanks to the brave soul who added all of the results for the Cambs Cross-Country Champs - their efforts were worth it! We do pretty well there generally, and it was no exception this year. Check out the full results for all the details, but briefly congratulations to our new County Champions - Isaac Morris (U11), David Dow (U15), Jonathan Escalante-Phillips (Senior), Sullivan Smith (V40), Rob Huckle (U20), John Ferguson (V50), Charlie Ritchie (V60), Julia Paternain (U17), Thomas Keen (U17), Katy Hedgethorne (Senior) and Joan Lasenby (V55). Podium clean-sweeps for our U13 and U15 boys too (it used to be the girls doing that!).
Frostbite League - Sunday 15th January - Change of venue!!
The next Frostbite League fixture will now be held at Nene Park, Peterborough, on Sunday 15th January (thanks to Rich Lyle for highlighting this change). This is the same venue and course as used for the November 2016 fixture. Full details can be found by following the link to the Frostbite League website here.
C&C Boxing Day Run
Full results now up - thanks as ever to Noel.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and generally fabulous wishes for any other festivals you may celebrate around now.
Frostbite League - Hunts AC
It was a much better month for our Frostbite team on the wildly varied Hinchingbrooke course on Sunday. Our seniors almost went sub-1000 in terms of running points, though this was a tad harshly rewarded with ninth place on the day. As ever, check the results section for full details of our muddy sixteen, but principal applause to Graham Anderson (12th), Istvan Jacso (23rd) and Steve Mason (29th) in the men's race and Ellie Swire (4th), Rosa Sampson (11th) and Siobham Skinner (18th) in the women's. And of course the usual thanks to our leader Adam Poole. We're now up to fourteenth overall, and will skyrocket after the March race on 15th Jan. Diaries! Now!
The Juniors just squeaked the full team of five, but five excellent runs earned an excellent sixth on the day. Three... no... five cheers for Joseph Wheeler, Luka Teleki, Emma Stephens, Matthew Pinney and Beth Irving. Now seventh overall.
Hereward results are up, belatedly.
Our elite team finished ninth - a very decent result - and our other five, very well-matched, had an epic battle with each other, finishing in the 35th-to-45th-place window. 110 teams finished overall.
Individually, Rachel Pritchard came in second female overall on leg one - congrats to her - and category wins went to Rachel and Al Pritchard on leg one, Rosa Sampson Geroski and Glyn Smith on leg two, and to Neil White and Sophie Kelly on the glory leg into Ely.
Well done to all 24 runners and to the many who helped make a tricky logistical thing possible.
Early news from the Hereward Relay...husband and wife team Alan and Rachel Pritchard both ran the first leg of the relay, with a new start and a slightly longer distance (6.85m) both came away with 1st vet man and 1st vet woman. With Alan bring the team in 5th overall and Rachel 2nd lady.
C&C had 6 teams competing - official results to follow shortly
More news to follow as it comes in...