This Sunday is the first of this winter's Frostbite League fixtures, at Priory Park, St Neots. Please note that the Rugby Club will NOT be in use for the race - we will have access to the pavilion thing at Priory Park itself, and will park a short walk away at Almond Road College. See this document for directions. It's a 10:15 start for juniors (under 16), 11:00 for seniors - let's have hundreds of C&C vests there, please, so we can challenge for the titles this season.
NOTE: it has been suggested that those who want to share lifts should meet at the track at 9am. If anyone is definitely going to be there, could you let me know and I'll publicise it.
Saffron Walden 10K
Plenty of C&C in evidence at the Saffron Walden 10K yesterday, taking 11 of the top 100 places. Giacomo was quickest, in 16th place with 37:32, but principal honours went to Karin, fourth female and first Vet 40. Leon and Simon 'podiumed' in the Vet 50 category too. Congratulations to all.
This was the fifth C&C Grand Prix race, and Karin reached the maximum 80 points with her fourth C&C overall win, and will be hard to beat now, while Steve's points put him third behind Noel on countback. Giacomo is closing in, with a race in hand.
The Jordansen family photos of the race are going up in the gallery as I write - thanks Mr J!
Impressive results from the Berlin Marathon. Well done Simon and John F for both placing highly in a touch over three hours.
Well, my pics are up. Anyone else got any? Update: Steve has posted his collection too. Room for more...
For those not yet relay-ed out and in possession of a viable kit-washing strategy, Glyn has requested six team places (that's 24 runners) for this year's Hereward Relay, on Sunday 23rd November. It's a brilliant event, involves absolutely no running in the dark, and we need to get names as soon as possible. If you're interested, log in and click on the Sign-Up Sheet link on the left.
EA East Awards
Posted by Neil on the C&C Yahoo mailing list (please join, by the way), and well worth repeating - congratulations, everyone:
At the England Athletics East Awards Dinner on Saturday, C&C won Junior Club of the Year (this refers to work with junior athletes not the status of the club), Volunteer of the Year for contribution to Coaching Development (James Brennand), Volunteer of the Year for contribution to Club Development (Neil Costello) and Development Coach of the Year (Femi Akinsanya). Lauren Sammout was a runner up in the Young Volunteer of the Year category. This is a brilliant outcome for the club. The East winners now go forward as nominees from the region for national awards. Congratulations to all. Unfortunately there is a tinge of regret in this success. Femi is leaving to go to a new job at the Athletics High Performance Centre in Birmingham. It is an outstanding opportunity for Femi and much deserved. I would like to wish him well, on behalf of us all, and thank him for all his efforts for the club. We are going to miss him.
(NOT including Thursday 2nd October - our booking has been cancelled)
Please note that Thursday training is back at Chesterton Sports Centre this Thursday until the spring. As Neil has previously requested...
"For road runners, Thursday night training will be from Chesterton as in previous years but we cannot meet in the foyer. Please respect this. Chesterton have been very helpful with bookings and we must do as they ask. We can meet outside or at the end of the Sportshall. If we use the Sportshall which is probably the better option, we must not wear dirty shoes. If your trainers are dirty, please take them off before going into the hall."
Round Norfolk Relay
Well, we did it. C&C Open-class team round in 23 hours 38 minutes and 28 seconds, and the joint C&C/Ely women's team in 28:30:17. The Open team (no restrictions on age/gender or club, hence a speedy category) were eighth in class and 13th quickest overall of the 48 teams, whilst the women had the honour of winning the inaugural Ladies Casual class. Outstanding individual performance was by Kim, who was first female in the eleventh stage from Geldeston to Scole. Full results are now up - in full at the RNR website - and some photos will follow eventually (anyone else take any?). One quick(ish) word to finish (for now) - I was absolutely overwhelmed by the willingness of everyone to help out, even at the darkest hour (in both senses!), whether by supporting the whole 193 miles, by sorting out their own logistics to/from their stages, by driving/cycling runner backup, but ferrying bits and bobs (and people) to various lay-bys and fields around Norfolk, or just by being there in case of disaster. Thanks all, but a special mention to Glyn, Carmel, Fiona and the amazing women's team organiser, Rachel, who is probably going to sleep for a week now.
Post RNR Drinks/Debrief
Sunday evening - nothing organised yet, but a pub in Cambridge. All welcome, wherever/whenever it is!
Update - The Boathouse, 8pm-ish. We did good at the RNR, but I need to go to bed now.
Grunty Fen Half Marathon
Results are in from the Grunty Fen Half. A good set of results from C&C, with Joad leading us home in 35th place, and Karin 11th female and third Vet 40. Well done everyone. It was the fourth race in our Grand Prix series, and Karin's performance puts her in first place ahead of former leader Noel.
Round Norfolk Relay - C&C Team
The Round Norfolk Relay C&C team (not the joint C&C/Ely women's team - see earlier) has now been declared, and will start at 10:30am (not as stated previously) on the Saturday. I'm trying to keep the details up to date at the RNR Page, but hopefully not much will change. Now, how do we all get there....?
Grunty Fen Half Marathon - last chance
Entries for Grunty Fen, the next in the C&C Grand Prix Series, are online only and there's NO entry on the day, but the good news is that you now have until 10pm tonight (Friday 12th) to get your entries in. We currently have 13 representatives entered (outdone only by BRJ and, massively so, by the Hashers of the St Radegund pub!) - good luck to everyone.
Summer 5K League - Saffron Walden
Following the earlier item, we now have the full results from the last race in the 5K league season, at Saffron Walden. Superb finishes from Tom V, first place overall, and Karin, second female, but there were numerous other great runs from our lot on a scenic but tough course (I always budget for an extra minute on Windmill Hill alone!). Really good to see so many names turning out for the club; thanks everyone. We won the championships in all three categories, and I think everyone who ran in the series can be extremely proud. Well done all.
Round Norfolk Relay - Women's Team
Rachel has made the preliminary team declaration for the C&C/Ely Women's team, and the schedule as it stands is available in the following files. Team members will be e-mailed individually with instructions.
Excel XLS format
Dovedale Dash - update
Places for the weekend away for the Dovedale Dash at the beginning of November (see News items below for further details) are going very quickly. Out of our current booking for 26 beds, there are only 2 spaces left, both in a men's dorm. If there is sufficient interest, I will try to book an extra room or two. So, if you think you would like to come (females and males welcome!), please let me know as soon as possible. Either send me an email (email@example.com) or see me at training next Tuesday.
Alex's Birthday Do - FINAL REMINDER!
Alex turns sixty this year (yes, very hard to believe!), and will be celebrating the fact with a birthday bash at Next Generation on Coldham's Lane on Saturday 8th November, from eight 'til one, and would like his C&C chums to celebrate with him. Nibbles, birthday cake and 'groovy sounds' will be laid on. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer 5K League - Saffron Walden
The next race is this Thursday (4th Sept) at Saffron Walden, so please do your very best to be there. The overall and especially the women's competitions are up for grabs, and Newmarket can still catch us in the men's competition, so we need lots of you turning out. The race is at 7-00pm (note the earlier time than usual), starting at the Swan Meadow car park, which is at the bottom of the hill (Windmill Hill) as you enter Saffron Walden on the B184. Trophies will be presented afterwards, so please stay on if you can.