C&C Grand Prix
The first C&C Grand Prix Series is now complete, pending some possible adjustments from today's race at Ely. The overall table was won by Karin, followed by first male Noel. The age/gender adjusted standings were topped by Simon B followed by John F; first female was Karin. Well done everyone who took part; the fixtures for 2009 will be posted when they're decided upon.
Alan's *Friday* Training
Alan has a hill session planned for Friday afternoon (2nd Jan). See the Training section.
Frostbite League - Ramsey
The first Frostbite of 2009 is almost upon us already - this Sunday (4th) at Ramsey. We really need plenty of C&C runners there - things looked up at Huntingdon in December, but given the time of year and the prevalence of the Lurgy, absolutely everyone can make a big difference to the team. And it's great fun too. Just turn up in your C&C vest, no registering or entry fee. 11:00 seniors, 10:15 juniors. Travel directions and race information are at the Frostbite League website. If anyone wants to organise a meet (at, er, let's take a random example, maybe Wilberforce Road at 9am?), please let me know and I can put the word out.
Ely New Year's Eve 10K
As usual, there was a huge C&C turnout at the excellent Ely New Year's Eve 10K at Little Downham. On an absolutely freezing day, Alessandro starred for us, running 35:25 and finishing first Vet. There were plenty of other good individual performances too - have a browse.
Boxing Day Race 2008
Results are up from the C&C Boxing Day race (thanks, Noel). Congratulations to Will and Nathalie. Olympian Will pipped his winning time of 2007 by one second to record the quickest time for a quarter of a century with 19:31. Only Ian W was able to live with the pace, but finished half a minute back. Emerging talent Nathalie won the women's race in 27:16. Some impressive times show us all that it is possible to survive Christmas in decent shape.
More Birthday Drinks
Dave Y and I (Phil G) share the same birthday (just a couple of years apart - ish!!) on Xmas Eve. All welcome to help us celebrate in The Old Spring from about 8.30pm onwards. Hope to see you there, but if you can't make it hope you have a Merry Xmas!
The Old Spring (it's just off Chesterton Road, near Mitcham's Corner!)
Message from Adam:
A few of us will be meeting on Tuesday to do a slowish run of about an hour leaving from Wilberforce Road at 6.45pm. Please feel free to join us but this isn't a training run as such rather just a pre-Christmas run for those around.
Sunday XC League
A late result from the Herts Sunday League cross-country at Southgate: well done Sue and Diana, third and fourth in category.
A small group of us is thinking about entering this race, which is on 8 March 2009. We will travel by Eurostar. Probably travel out on either Friday or Saturday morning, returning Monday evening. Please let either Phil or I know if you are interested. Race website is: www.semideparis.com/2009/index_us.html
C&C Boxing Day Race
Don't forget to work off the excesses of Christmas Day in the traditional way. The annual C&C Boxing Day Race starts at 11am at the Newnham Green end of Fen Causeway. It's free, four miles to Trumpington War Memorial and back, and you can bully your non-C&C Christmas guests into taking part too.
Or lack of... This Thursday (18th) is the last road training session of the year, going from Chesterton Sports Centre at 6:30 as usual. Training resumes on Tuesday 6th (Wilberforce Road... then the Red Bull) and Thursday 8th (Chesterton). Feel free to go running anyway...
Glyn's Birthday Drinks
Come and help Glyn celebrate - eight-ish onwards this Friday (19th) in the Free Press.
Elsewhere on a busy Sunday for racing, a gaggle of C&C cross-country specialists took on the monthly Ryston XC event, all of them with excellent placings, and Mike D raced on his own at the Bedford Half.
Hastings Centenary Marathon
Well done Kim and Phil A for pleasing results at the one-off Centenary Marathon in Hastings, a town notorious for its hills. Kim's run placed her third in the V45s.
Frostbite League - Hunts AC
News in from the third Frostbite League race in Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, on an excellent, testing and often horrendously muddy course. The juniors were again one short of a full team, but managed seventh place thanks to some excellent runs. George S was again first girl, finishing fourth in all, just behind the boys' winner. The team remains in eighth place overall. The seniors were next up; particularly noteworthy were Noel, Mike Salt, the long-lost John Bowstead (all placing top 20) and Carol, first C&C female. A creditable fifth place on the day kept us in fifth overall.
This was the eighth and last-but-one event on the C&C Grand Prix 2008 - tables are now up. The final event is the Ely New Year's Eve 10K.
There's a superb set of photos at this link, one of them stolen for the pic on the right.
C&C Christmas Do and London Marathon Places
An excellent time was had by all at Jesus College last night - many thanks to Chris B for making it possible.
The draw for the club's London Marathon places was held, and the 'lucky' winners were Phil G, Caroline P and Mary J. Congrats to them.
Eastern Counties AA Cross Country OFF
Was provisional for the 4th Jan, now definitely off.
A reminder from Ian:
For those of you at CCAC, who are interested in the Swaledale Marathon, you need to be on the ball for getting your entry in on the day the entries open and most importantly post it the same day as the places go very quickly.
See the Swaledale Outdoor Club website for full details (or click 'read more') - you will need to act on or before the 3rd of January. The slightest delay means missing out.
Frostbite League - Hunts AC
What better way to recover from the C&C Christmas do than to don the famous vest and compete for C&C in the Frostbite? The next race is at Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, and full details and directions are given on the Frostbite League website - please take a quick look as there's some important info there. Should be a lovely run, about five miles, mostly off-road.
We really need lots of C&C runners there, whether fast, slow or virtually static. It's free, and you don't need to register. Just turn up in your C&C vest and run. The club needs you! (and it's fun too....)
GRIM and not-so-Grim?
Last weekend's racing results are in, from the dry, civilised and fast Nene Valley 10 in Peterborough and the wet, filthy, slow and well-named GRIM 8 near Aldershot. Alessandro topped the C&C standings up the A1, with an awesome 58:47 ten-mile time, beating Olivier, Tim and Craig. Steve T, Dave Y and Phil G avoided drowning on the GRIM's assault course-stroke-tank-testing track to finish 17th team.
Cambs Road Race League
There are four team prizes for the Cambridgeshire Road League and after wide discussion we've decided to award the prizes firstly to those who turned out most frequently for the team and then to the best performance for those who competed the same number of times. This means the winners of the prizes are Steve Thoday, Simon Redfern, Mike Smith and Noel Carroll. Prizes will be given out at the road runners party at Jesus College on 13th December.