Madhuri's Party - Saturday 14th April
Message from Madhuri:
Dear C+C runners,
Come and celebrate the first big C+C birthday party of 2007!
I'm 40 (believe it or not!) on 5th April, and I am holding a party to celebrate this momentous occasion, and my imminent departure to live and work San Francisco.
Paul Evans coaching session
Message from Neil:
The Paul Evans road running coaching evening is on Tuesday 15th May from 6.30-8.30 at the track.
Paul is an Olympic athlete for 10K and won the Chicago marathon in 1996. He was 3rd in the London marathon in the same year and holds a number of British records as a vet 40. He works in sport development in Norfolk and is an experienced coach. England Athletics East is supporting these sessions so that road running is able to improve in the east of England.
The session will begin with a practical pace-judgement activity. This is a form of interval training and is highly suitable for a mixed ability group. We'll then have a question and answer/discussion session for about an hour. If you've got any questions you'd like to ask Paul, please let me have them. You can ask on the day, of course, but it's useful to have some areas to begin with. Thanks to those who've already suggested areas they're interested in. Paul is very easy-going and keen to help us to learn new tricks. It should be a valuable evening - please come if you can.
Please pass on this message to anyone from the club who might be interested and might not have received it.
REMINDER - Thursday training
The road runners' Thursday training session will head out from Wilberforce Road from now until the Autumn, ~6:45pm departure as usual.
Racing round-up - Sunday 25th March
C&C runners were scattered around the country on Sunday, some racing, some training - results now up from the Sandy 10 (Mike, Joad, Alex and Fiona), the Thorney 10K (Glyn, Eunice, Rachel and Alan), the Joe Cox 10 at Stowmarket (Pietro, Andy and Carmel), the Brentwood Half (Alison), the Lincoln 10K (Kim and Bob) and Ron's annual pilgrimage to the Liverpool Half. Also up, Dave M at the Rhayader Round the Lakes 20 mile from the previous weekend. As ever, let me know if there are any C&C results I've missed - lots of input coming in now - thanks all.
Rome Marathon and the rest of the weekend's news
Congratulations to Syndia and Ish for their efforts in the Rome Marathon. Syndia put those 14 pesky Budapest seconds behind her by running 3:54, while Ish's 3:05 makes for a good warm-up for London. Excellent stuff, both.
Whilst various C&C travellers basked in the Continental sunshine, back in the UK, Siobhan and Shelley braved hideous weather in the London Half at a dreadfully exposed Silverstone, and Joad travelled to Leicestershire for some pre-London training at the Ashby 20. Adam was our sole representative at the Hare & Hounds' Roman Road Run on the Saturday.
Lisbon Half Marathon
C&C's international stars hit Lisbon at the weekend for the Half Marathon. Despite the farcical start organisation and hot weather, John K elbowed his way past 30,000 walkers to lead a team of ten C&C runners home in 1:26.
Hunts AC Club Championship and Open Meets 2007
Invitation to clubs: Join us as competing guests at our club championships at these two meets at the St Ives track. Entry on the day. £1 per event. Officials always welcome. All age groups except where noted. Events will be held in order as listed.
The Turing Trail Relay
Three C&C teams entered Ely Runners' Inaugural Turing Trail Relay on Sunday, covering 34.6 miles in six stages along the Cam from Ely to Cambridge and back. The C&C Fast Girls won the women's category, to add to the Hereward Relay success in November, and can reasonably claim to be the quickest team in the region. Kim and Jen made the top ten overall on their stages. Not to be outdone (by much), the Cambridge Flyers hit silverware too, finishing third overall, with Chris F, Ben Baldelli and Pietro in third, second and first respectively, to the delight of the tifosi. The Coleridge Flagers ran superbly as well, taking eleventh overall in a field of 71.
Tuesday Night Track Sessions
Yesterday was the first day of spring, Saturday night the clocks go forward giving us an extra hour of evening daylight which means on Tuesday our weekly track sessions commence for the summer. A programme of the sessions planned for the first half of the summer can be found in the Training Schedule. If you want to know more about these sessions please contact Nigel.
Road Runners Night out 23rd March Free Press 19.30 to.............
Coaching session from Paul Evans
Message from Neil:
As announced a couple of Tuesdays ago, England Athletics East has offered road running coaching to interested clubs. Paul Evans, winner of the Chicago Marathon a year or two ago and the UK's top marathon runner for a few years, has agreed to come along to C&C and I'm currently discussing dates and the programme with him. I think a Tuesday evening in May (after the London and other Spring marathons are over) is probably best. The session will need to be about 2 hours and I suggest we start at the usual time but extend it until 8.45. We could start earlier but that might be difficult for some of us.
The session will cover road running more generally - not just marathons.
Could you please let me know:
1. If you're likely to come
2. If there are dates in May which are particularly difficult
3. Whether a start time at 6.30 would be a problem
4. Any particular issues you would like to be covered
I'll do my best to meet everyone's preferences but it's likely someone might be inconvenienced.
Please pass this information on to any road runners in the club. Thanks
Preview - 17th/18th March
There's plenty of road and trail running action this weekend. On Saturday lunchtime, The University Hare and Hounds are holding their end-of-XC-season Roman Road run, along the eponymous ancient trackway from Horseheath to Cambridge, with a shuttle bus to the start from Wilberforce Road. Full details at the race page. Sunday sees two big and very contrasting events; the away trip to the Lisbon Half Marathon, which, contrary to widespread opinion, is not just an excuse to get drunk and sunbathe, and the first ever Turing Trail Relay, from Ely to Cambridge and back along the Cam in six stages, and C&C will be hoping to emulate the glory of the Hereward Relay. Should be a good one - supporters welcome. If you're running and aren't sure what the arrangements are, contact Glyn pronto. Finally, Syndia and Ish are off to Rome for the Marathon. Best of luck to them, and to everyone running this weekend.
English Cross Country, Sunderland
9 of our hardy athletes, plus one chauffeur, endured the 200+ mile trek up the A1 on Friday evening to represent C&C in this country's premier cross country event on the Saturday, 2 of our more astute members opted to go by train and missed all the traffic problems! The course in Herrington Country Park on the outskirts of Sunderland was testing with numerous climbs and tight turns and was made all the more difficult by the strong wind that funnelled around the hills. Our mens teams of Pietro (255), Chris (267), Noel (320), John K (335), John M (440) and Mark (611) secured a creditable 35th place for C&C in the team competition, the first time we have managed to record a team result in 10 years. Mark also pointed out that we were the 3rd placed team from the Eastern Region. The men all ran well and found by the third lap that the narrowness of the course brought another challenge with the number of back markers to be overtaken. Becks and Mary both had good races in the Senior Womens event with them both surpassing their expectations on the day. Will Mycroft finished 109th in the under 17 mens race, this was an exceptionally good result for him as he is in the younger half of the age group. Both Nathalie and Nick had good runs in their races especially as Nathalie has only been running 18 months & has only just come back from injury and Nick had been ill with a virus all week.
We are all already planning our trip to next years event which will be held at Alton Towers.
English XC, MK ½ and Mondi 15, 10th-11th March
All of the weekend's results are now in. More news to follow from a grand day out at the English National XC in Sunderland, but you can see Pietro's photos of the day right now. At the Milton Keynes Half, Kim took third place overall and Karin was also well-placed in a big field ahead of Craig and Mark B, while at the Mondi 15, Meinou was all alone in her quest for C&C glory.
Roman Road run - Sat 17th March
England Athletics training days
England Athletics are organising three road running athlete training days during the next few months. According to the info, "these days are aimed at runners of all abilities who wish to develop their knowledge and performance levels". They involve practical sessions (that's running!), and each covers a broad range, with particular areas of emphasis as detailed below:
1. Watford 31st March - Marathon training, with Paul Evans and Liam Cain.
2. Harlow 28th April - 5K and 10K, with John Anderson, Paul Evans and Liam Cain.
3. Peterborough 26th May - 5K and 10K, with John Anderson, Paul Evans and Liam Cain.
Each day costs £5-00. A more detailed overview, along with registration details, is available in this document.
C&C Runners Frostbite League Round Up
Our congratulations go to Andrew Howard who finished top of the C&C runners league table (see links: PDF or Excel) for this season, congratulations also go to Kim Masson who, in finishing 7th in the C&C league table, was our top female runner. Andrew will be presented with the Frostbite trophy at the C&C Winter Season Presentations Evening on 23rd April. In the C&C league we award our athletes a point for finishing, a point for every C&C athlete they beat and a point for every C&C athlete who finishes, our aim being not only to reward those who finish in the top places but to reward those athletes who enjoy the taking part and racing for the club.
For those who like statics you may be interested to know 51 different athletes competed for C&C in the Frostbite league series, only 2, Andrew & Glyn, managed to complete all 6 rounds, 9 more did 5 rounds, 5 did 4, 3 did 3, 11 did 2 and 21 did 1 round.
Well done to all those who took part in this seasons Frostbite series and lets hope next season we can improve on this seasons 4th place finish in the series.
BRJ Frostbite, and the rest of Sunday's racing.
Excellent performance at the BRJ Frostbite, the last of the season, where the Seniors managed to hold off the Hunts challenge to secure fourth place overall thanks to an impressive third place on the day. The juniors couldn't quite overcome Ramsey, but with fourth place overall (and on the day), the younger runners did themselves proud again. Despite rival attractions, C&C turned out in force - many thanks to everyone who made it.
The University Hare and Hounds' 25.6-mile Cambridge Boundary Run, along with a less insane Half Marathon option, attracted a fair few long-distance C&C fools. Giacomo took second place in the long(er) event in a breath over three hours. Also deserving of awe (or sectioning) for doing the full whack were Joad, Simon, Jalanie and Cole.
Other C&C representatives flew the flag at the Woburn 10K and the Wymondham 20.