Frostbite League this Sunday - Bourne
The fifth Frostbite League race takes place this Sunday at Bourne, and we need to build on the big improvement from last month's fourth place at Ramsey, so please do your best to turn out. As ever, it's open to all members (senior race at 11.00, juniors at 10.15) and all you need is a C&C vest - no entry fee. Traditionally we struggle to get a strong side out for this one (it's Bourne the other side of Stamford, not Bourn just up the road), so your help will be particularly appreciated. Juniors are particularly valuable after two months' failure to get a full team. It's probably the nicest run of the whole series, in Bourne Woods, mainly on compacted gravel/dirt and partly on softer grass paths, and a shade over five miles.
For those wishing to share lifts, it's a 9.00 departure from Wilberforce Road.
SEAA Cross-Country Championships
Well done to all the C&C representatives at the SEAA Cross-Country Championships on Parliament Hill in London on Saturday. Results are now up.
Disappointingly, of 25 runners originally entered, the majority didn't start, and many of those didn't give any notice of withdrawing. In particular, of the eight scheduled to turn out for the senior men's team (six plus two reserves), only one made it to the start line (having only agreed to do so to make up a full team) and five (all road runners) simply didn't show up, no reason given. Without wishing to judge in the absence of all the facts, this seems pretty shameful.
Well done Kim, first FV35 and fourth female overall at Benfleet. The marathon preparations seem to be going well!
London Marathon Coach
To update the earlier announcement, Katie Toynton is organising coach travel to and from the London Marathon on April 13th. Times of travel and return details to be confirmed.
If you're interested, there will be a notice at Wilberforce Road where you can register your interest. It'll cost you £10 (whether you travel both ways or not). Alternatively, contact Katie directly on 07771-540310 or 01223-470398, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also tell me and I'll pass your details on. Please try not to delay too long so the coach can be booked, and please mention it to others who may be interested.
Ramsey Frostbite times
It looks like Adrian has given up on getting the Ramsey Frostbite times to make sense after their technical trouble, so if you want your own time recorded, drop me a line or (if you're brave and logged in), put it in yourself at the race page. Thanks!
SEAA Indoor Championships
Plenty of success for C&C at the South of England Indoor Championships at the weekend, including two victories. Ed Aston took the Senior 800m title, running 1:54.8 in the final to win by four seconds, while Richard Oppong-Konadu is the new U20 400m champion, clocking 50.44. Too many good performances to mention them all individually, so have a look at the full results for more.
Winter Ale Festival
Swapping the usual Thursday night running training for a spot of drinking training a few of us are planning a visit to the Winter Ale Festival on Thursday 24 January meeting at 6pm. The festival is held at The University social club in Mill Lane (entrance is opposite the Mill pub).
Look forward to seeing you there!
Phil moves to a new Age Category!!
Many thanks to those of you who helped me celebrate a ‘big’ birthday on Saturday evening – it was lovely to see so many of you there. Thanks also for the great present – haven’t chosen which ‘Adventure’ to go for yet, but will let you know all about it (with photos or course) in time. Phil G
London Marathon - Coach Travel
Message from Katie T - sounds like a good plan!
I am thinking of organising a coach from Cambridge to take people to the start of the marathon at Blackheath. We did this in Brighton and it worked really well.
It'll be less than £10 per head for one way, leaving at 6.15am to get there before 8.30am.
I'm currently looking at 49 seaters so friends/family can come too.
It's easier to organise one way as people all tend to finish at different times and have other commitments. If I hear otherwise could look into both ways.
Let me know if you would be interested and please mention to anyone else who may not pick this email up.
It's the time of year when you find out how your marathon training's survived the festive season - yesterday's windy but dry Folksworth 15 saw eight C&C finishers get safely up those three hills twice (and down that fantastic downwind sixth/fourteenth mile twice too), led home by Chris P (17th overall) and Kim (second FV40). Carmel's photos are now online.
Thames Path Ultra 50
Katie S-D competed in the Thames Path fifty-mile trail race on Saturday, finishing in the top third of the field in 8 hours 56 minutes. Apparently (and unsurprisingly) a fair bit of wading was involved! Rather than spend the next fortnight in bed, Katie ran the first (distinctly undulating) lap at Folksworth the next day... we are in awe.
East Road Race Grand Prix Series 2008
England Athletics are promoting a new road running Grand Prix series for the Eastern region. Running over seven races, there are competitions for male and female individual runners (best four results out of seven, points scored for a top-ten finish) and for clubs. The club scoring is based on the positions of each club's top five men and top five women, with the best ten clubs in each race scoring points. For a better explanation, follow the link above; for a list of the races, see below. I can certainly think of some C&C runners capable of challenging for individual glory, and we should be able to feature in the team rankings too.
Sunday League XC - Royston
Just to add to the weekend's fixture clashes, results are now in from the Sunday League Cross-Country at Royston, where we managed another decent showing. We'd be world-beaters if the fixture list would let us...
Welcoming our Newest Member
Brilliant news from Jo and Mike - Amalia was born on the 4th of January, weighing 7lb 11oz, and all the family are doing well. Congratulations and best wishes to all three of you from everyone.
Plenty of juniors at the latest race in the Ryston Runners Cross-Country Series, and some very good performances too, especially Holly P, Gemma and Nick, all finishing top-three. A shame that this series clashes with the Frostbite League so often, as it seems to provide some excellent racing.
News from the Ramsey Frostbite - a much improved performance, with the seniors finishing fourth on the day to move up two places to seventh overall. The team consisted mainly of Johns and Andrews, most of whom placed in the thirties, led in by 31st-placed John M, but star performer again was Kim, second female overall (we turned out the bare minimum three female runners - thanks and well done to Kim, Carol and Mandy). The excellent news from the juniors was that John B won the race, kicking clear of his rival with a quarter of a mile to go; the bad news was that we again had only two (fortunately very good) runners, and quality loses out to quantity in the Frostbite format if you don't get the full team out. Even so, we finished seventh in the junior race, dropping just one place to eighth overall. Anyway, we're moving in the right direction - well done everyone. Partial results up now, full results to follow.
Track athletics meeting
I wondered if anyone would be interested in going to the Norwich Grand Prix event on 16 Feb? It is in Birmingham. See link below. Should be a good event with lots of athletes preparing for the season ahead. Let me know if you are interested in going.
Would anyone be interested in going up to the beautiful Lake District to run the Coniston 14? This is a 14 mile road race around Lake Coniston on Saturday 5 April. Not done it before, but it looks like a fairly tough, undulating course. Great scenery & beer! A few of us have already signed up. See website link in 'Fixtures'. Let me know if you intend to go & we can maybe sort out accommodation & transport. Will probably take a day or two off work to make it a long weekend. Tim.
(n.b. I've added this to the sign-up sheet feature - look left! - but keep Tim informed anyway - Andy)
Frostbite and XC league this weekend
The next in the Frostbite League series is this Sunday at Ramsey, a part-off-road, part-on-road event (spikes/studs NOT recommended!), and is (honestly!) plenty of fun. As ever, we desperately need as many runners as we can get, fast or not, so please turn out if you can and do your bit for C&C. There's a wide range of standards; just turn up in your C&C vest and run, no fee. 11:00am start seniors, 10:15 juniors. It looks like there will be a 9:30 departure from the track for those wanting to share lifts.
Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships
Results are now in from a very successful day at the Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships (thanks again, Noel). Pick your own highlights from the many good performances, but particular congratulations to those finishing to three in their category - Seniors Hannah Edwards and Will Clarke, and Juniors Lucy Dowsett, Gemma Coe, Rebecca Carter, James Cochrane and James Tapley. Team glory also for the victorious U13 Boys and the second-placed Senior Women. Good to see what kind of talent we have right across the age categories.
Boxing Day Race Pictures
Wymondham New Year's Day 10K
Well done Mary J, recording the fastest C&C 10K time of the year at Wymondham. Only 365 days left to beat it...