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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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...