Congratulations to Johann on a phenomenal 3:02 in the Vienna Marathon, despite (or because of?) his usual, famous, last-minute crash-training programme. Johann also beat his brothers again.
How better to wind down from a fast London Marathon than by running the Shakespeare Marathon? Silly question if you're Ultra Katie! Well done Katie, and well done too to Jennifer T, who was 19th female in the Shakespeare Half, running 1:39:23.
Derwent Dambuster and Balfron 10K
Carol represented C&C at the Derwent Dambuster on Saturday, clocking 1:22 over 10 miles on an up-and-down but (as compensation) very beautiful Peak District course. Quote: "mainly undulating in an upward direction"!
Also representing C&C in a far-flung place was Ron, up at the Balfron 10K in West Stirlingshire. Also undulating!
Track & Field - Eastern Vets League
I've been asked by Gerald to remind everyone that the Eastern Veterans League is getting under way soon, and those of us over a certain age are needed for the 2008 campaign. You will need to be a member of EVAC, but that's easy to arrange (see the poster at Wilberforce Road or the EVAC site, and try to join in advance if possible to ensure you're allowed to compete). Particularly welcome are those in the men's Vet 40 category, as several of the old class have, erm, 'graduated' this year, but there are gaps to fill in all categories, male and female. Even if you aren't going to challenge for wins, just turning out will gain us points, and you'll get a properly measured time/distance/height for your event. Sounds like a good way to spend a weekday evening or two this summer.
The first match is at Peterborough on Wednesday week, the 7th of May, and I'll be publicising further fixtures here. Please contact Carole Morris at email@example.com if you would like to do any of the events listed below (click 'read more'). If there is more than one person per age group, one will count, the other(s) may have to guest.
Main event of Sunday was the Flitwick 10K, where some quick times were recorded, principally Ben B, James E, Simon B and Mike S, who all broke 40, with Ben finishing 16th. Diana went to March for the Festival Race on the old Frostbite course, and Tim and Phil G gamely took on the Cambridge Duathlon at Bottisham. Well done everyone.
Don't forget your last chance for the London Marathon ballot, online-only tomorrow morning at 9am (Monday 21st). Less pressing is the Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog (yes, I know), for which entries are now open, and it always fills up a long way ahead of time.
I have put a few photos of the Coniston weekend in the Gallery - no doubt others will add their own.
If, like me, you were wondering why Karin didn't appear in the Rotterdam Marathon results last weekend, read her report here. Thanks for the update, Karin, and better luck in Trieste!
Lee Valley Open
There were quite a few C&C junior track & field stars at the Lee Valley Open on Saturday. Follow the link for details.
Flora London Marathon 2009 online entry ballot
"Due to an overwhelming response Phase 1 of the Flora London Marathon 2009 online entry ballot has now closed. 80,000 have applied and we are now dealing with outstanding queries from these applicants.
"Phase 2 (the remaining 35,000 places in the online ballot and 5,000 paper ballot entries for runners who are unable to enter online) will open on Monday 21 April at 9am. Paper ballot entry forms, for those unable to enter online, are available by pre-registering with the London Marathon helpdesk on 020 7902 0200 from Monday."
Someone's head will be on a spike for this, but that won't help. If you haven't entered the ballot yet, be ready by a PC on Monday and expect the system to crash. I'm in already, by the way....
London Marathon Results
Results have been posted from this year's London Marathon. A proper April day with sunshine and heavy showers, and it seemed to suit the C&C contingent who turned in a batch of blinding performances. Pietro was fastest on a welcome return, despite hardly training thanks to injury, but Simon B (with a big PB just outside three hours), Kim (a brave attempt on the magic sub-3), Andrew S (impressive debut, running well all the way) and Ish (running for 'fun' this year) were not far behind. Cole clocked a PB too, and Ultra Katie impressed greatly (does she never tire?). Brian, Simon R, Dave Y and Karen all ran strongly from start to finish. Joad's finish 50 minutes slower than his 2:55 in Milan tells a story, but I'm not sure what it is yet. Finally, the ultimate yardstick of club success; C&C were in residence at the pub while it was still almost empty. Not bad.
I've put my blurry snaps up in the gallery - more, please (better, if possible)! Same goes for anyone who'd like to do a short (or long) report of their day.
Note - ballot entries for the 2009 race are online only, and entry into the ballot is limited to the first 120,000 who register. Whether these places will run out fast I have no idea, but I thought you might like to know...
Nigel's Tuesday Track Sessions
C&C sent a team of hardened drinkers to the Lake District to run the Coniston 14, and the carrier pigeon has just delivered the results (well they're at UKResults anyway). Hopefully a report, and maybe even some photos, will follow....?
First result of April now in; good racing from John K, Carol and Andrew H at Bungay on a very chilly day.
Richmond Castle 10 K Sunday 19th October (plus Real Ale Festival)
Richmond Castle 10 K starts at the market place with an impresive finish in Richmond Castle, the bit in the middle may be up and down, but I am sure that those from CCAC who may venture "op north" will give a good showing. the race limit does get reached so contact www.swaledaleroadrunners.co.uk I will bring some entry forms down with me next week and leave them at the club.
Best regards Ian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ps ran out xc with Swaledale runners last night which was great fun, I think they took me on a flat ish route, it was up and down as far as I was concerned.
London Marathon Post-Race Meet
Unless anyone has a new plan, I suggest that those of us wishing to meet up after the London Marathon should do so in the Chandos Pub on St Martin's Lane, close to the finish and Trafalgar Square. Head for the upstairs bar. We've been there a couple of times previously and it seems just the job.
Click here for a map. The finish and meeting area is off The Mall, which is at lower left - you're pretty much required to disgorge onto Trafalgar Square. St Martin's Place is on the far side of the square - The Chandos is just out of sight down St Martin's Place. Remember - upstairs bar!
p.s. if anyone can offer a lift to/from London for other clubmates, I'd be glad to hear from you.
The final final result of the weekend (unless you know different?) is from rural Warwickshire where Ultra Katie (sorry, I can't help myself) ran the Draycote 5 in an unofficial 35:40 (full results to follow).