I think I'll book a nice break in the sun next time the Norwich Half comes along - it attracts shocking weather every time. Olivier and Meinou weren't deterred though, and ran admirably. Elsewhere, Ben B clocked a very quick time (even for him) at the Wolverton 5 on Saturday, finishing third Vet and going to the top of the C&C 5-mile rankings. Well done everyone who ventured outside.
Cambridgeshire Road Race League
Congratulations to the C&C men who took 2nd team place in the Cambs Road league
C&C men were 2nd mens team in the Cambridgeshire road league this year. The leading C&C runners were S Thoday with 182 pts from 5 races, S Redfern with 275 pts from 5 races, M Smith with 84pts from 4 races, N Carroll with 11 pts from 3 races and B Baldelli with 13pts from 3 races. ( These are scored 1 point for first, 2 for second etc).
This is a first time for C&C in the Road Race League awards.
AGM - brief notes
Some main points related to the endurance aspect from last night's AGM - please let me know if I've got anything wrong or left stuff out (I'm almost certain I've got something wrong in the awards!).
We have a new Endurance portfolio holder: Adam Poole, who takes over duties from Glyn Smith, who has done the job ably for a fair few years now. Thanks for all the hard work Glyn, and best of luck Adam.
The Road Race awards (if my memory serves) were given out as follow:
Peter Howard Marathon trophy: Dave Yeneralski
10 miles (male): Ben Baldelli
10 miles (female): Rachel Roberts
10 miles vet (male): Alex Downie
10 miles vet (female): Fiona Murphy
10K (male): Will Clarke
10K (female): Jalanie D'Alessandro
Half Marathon (male): Giacomo Capetti
Half Marathon (female): Kim Masson
Marathon (male): Ben Baldelli
Marathon (female): Kim Masson
Most improved (male): Andrew Herne
Most improved (female): Amanda Lasseter
Congratulations to all award winners. Full details of awards including track & field will appear in your next newsletter.
Now that the Hereward Relay people have re-constituted their results from papier-mβchι form, full results have been posted. Congratulations to The Italian Job team for their excellent seventh place, which surely confirms Cambridge's reputation as capital of Italian distance running. Well done everyone who made it through the snow, ice, hail, rain, wind, mud and slush (supporters and runners).
AGM tonight - last reminder
AGM, tonight, Wilberforce Road 7:30 junior awards, AGM from 8 (or so), senior awards after. Please make an effort to attend!
Christmas Do - please get your payments in!
The Christmas Party will be at Jesus College on Saturday 13th December, £11 per head with buffet. Please could everyone get their payments to Chris as soon as possible as he has had very few actual payments despite many promises, and it's a very big outlay for him. Please, please put a cheque (made out to Jesus College) in the post right now, if you can, and send it to...
25 New Square
One more point - there are three club places for the London Marathon, and the recipients will be drawn out of the hat at the party. We've had significantly fewer applicants than usual so far, so if you were rejected in the ballot and still want to give it a go, please let Glyn know, or tell me and I'll pass it on.
Reminder: Drinks & Curry Night - Friday 28 Nov
Drinks at the Salisbury Arms from 7pm then a curry buffet at the Curry Queen, Mill Road, at 8pm. Please see earlier news item. If you would like to go, please email me before Nov 23.
St Neots Pics
Pics of the St Neots Half are now in the Gallery. Thanks Caz, TJ and Carmel.
Community Club of the Year & AGM Reminder
Great news and a real accolade for the club: in the recent 'Living Sport' awards C&C won 'Community Club of the Year'. This is an award given by the County Sports Partnership and the BBC to the best sports men and women, coaches and clubs in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. It covers all sports so individuals and clubs can be nominated from professional sports clubs and those with full time administrators as well as wholly amateur clubs like us. Community Club of the Year is the only club award. We were nominated by South Cambs District Council for our work with community athletics clubs, disabled athletics and the new mass participation 10k road race we are planning next year. The award reflects the work of the great team of volunteers, who work selflessly on behalf of the club, whether or not they specifically contributed to these things because it is their efforts which set the tone for the things we do. Massive thanks to them all.
Reminder: the club Awards evening and AGM is on Monday 24th November at Wilberforce Road beginning at 7.30. Please get along if you possibly can to congratulate the club's top performers and to have your say in the way the club is run. This year we have changed the format. Young athlete presentations will begin at 7.30. The AGM will run for twenty minutes or so once those presentations finish at about 8.00 and senior athletes presentation, including road running awards, will begin after the AGM. The bar will be open and we hope the evening will be an opportunity for us to have more of a social, to chat with each other and hear of each other's successes. The agenda for the AGM and team reports are in the last newsletter (please note, the time of the AGM given in the newsletter relates to the meeting itself, the awards start at 7.30).
Hope to see you on the 24th November
St Neots Half Marathon
Full results are now in from the ever-excellent St Neots Half. Plenty of excellent performances were turned in, but the top results for C&C were Alessandro's 1:18 (worth 15th place overall) and Karin's 1:31 (10th female). Lots of scores were settled elsewhere too (see pic)! Well done everyone. Lots of pictures to follow at some point this week.
If my maths can be relied on, Karin's performance means she can't be caught in the C&C Grand Prix, even on countback. Congratulations, Karin! Ultra Katie is up into second ahead of the first chap, Giacomo. Gains for Giulio (now just behind Giacomo, in third) and Alex in the WAVA-graded table, but Simon Bowen stays on top.
Stevenage 5K Series - Race 1
Blimey, a midweek result in November!
Well done Ben and Sue at Stevenage. Ben was third Vet 40 in 16:51 and Sue was second Vet 55 in 23:53.
Message from Alex: I would like to say a big thank you to anyone who contributed to the extremely generous wedding and party gifts. Plus I hope everyone at the party had a good time and went away feeling happy and satisfied.
Final result of the weekend (possibly) - good runs by Giacomo and Giulio in Essex.
There were six C&C mud lovers at the Ryston Runners cross-country series on Sunday, every one of them finishing in the top five of their category, and Anthony M even winning on C&C debut (Junior Men were scarce, but his time was quick!). Well done all.
Frostbite League - Bushfield
A good result from the Bushfield Frostbite. The seniors were third on the day, and move up to fifth in the league after the poor start at St Neots. Mike Salt, Ben B and Will M led us in, and again we "packed well", with our seven male scorers all in the top 54. Kim was the first C&C female, in 121st. On the other hand, this is traditionally a race for a high turnout, and we need more depth in the squad, especially on the female side, though the quality throughout is excellent.
The junior race was a mixture of very good and very bad news. George S was again superb, in 7th place and again first girl, but in the absence of some squad regulars, she was the only C&C representative. 10th out of 12 on the day drops the juniors to eighth overall.
Drinks and Curry Night - Nov 28
I have booked a table for 20 at the Curry Queen, 106 Mill Road, for 8pm on Nov 28. This will be a buffet at £10 per head. Drinks beforehand at the Salisbury Arms (& maybe afterwards as well!). Please let me know if you would like to come, by Nov 15. No deposit required it seems.
Dovedale Dash pics
Carmel's excellent, often hilarious and occasionally incriminating photos from the Dash are now up in the Gallery.
Frostbite League - Bushfield
Yes, it's that time again. The Frostbite League moves on to Bushfield Sports Centre in Peterborough on Sunday, and your club needs you!
It's an accurately-measured, fast, five-mile course on road and firm footpaths and, what's more, it's easy to find, on this side of Peterborough - see this link for a map (or, if you're a SatNav-er, key in PE2 5RQ).
We need to bounce back from a disappointing seventh place last month (a slightly better fifth for the juniors), and it's vital that we don't fail to make a full team like we did at St Neots. Performances were superb, attendance let us down (there's a big points penalty). We're capable of winning this one!
The start is 10:15 for the juniors (under 16) and 11:00 for the seniors - just come along in your C&C vest and run, no entry fee.
Those wishing to share transport can meet at Wilberforce Road, leaving 9-15.
Stevenage Half Marathon
Three C&C results now in from the Stevenage Half, with Olivier taking top billing. Well done all.
A seriously filthy Dovedale Dash this year, with many of us needing Land Rover extraction from the bog that was the Thorpe Pasture car park. Still, no-one was sucked under the mud permanently, and the River Dove failed to drown anyone to my knowledge, so we had a magnificent race. First C&C to conquer the mud, rock and steep climbs was Mike, but only by a second from Steve. As results aren't published, I'd like to hear any times and places I haven't got yet (which is most of them!), or add them yourself. Many thanks (again!) to Rachel for organising our YHA so ably. Pictures to follow...
More team news - our sources tell us that Alessandro, Giacomo and Alan brought home the men's team prize at the Fenland 10. Yay! Congrats all.