Message from Meinou
I am running the London Marathon for my sister Kiersten's cancer charity: she was diagnosed with a carcinoid tumour at the age of 23, and now almost 2 years later, and despite many health setbacks she continues to run, and is currently attempting to marathon train herself (for Blackpool). She is my inspiration, so I decided to run the London for the Neuroendocrine Tumour foundation, which helps support people with this type of cancer. If anyone would like to make a small donation, this would be most welcome. Please visit my justgiving website at: http://www.justgiving.com/meinousimmons
Frostbite League - BRJ
This Sunday, BRJ Club, Huntingdon, 11:00 seniors, 10:15 juniors.
Race Page, Directions. Meet-up time at Wilberforce Road - no idea but I expect there is one.
Farewell pub night
As most of you must be aware now I will leave Cambridge for Münich by the end of this week.
Therefore I'll be glad to offer you a last drink on Friday (27/02/2009). If you pop up at "The Sir Isaac Newton" pub - 84 Castle Street - CB3 0AJ around 8:00 pm you should find me there on Friday evening.
And for those who can't make it, I wish you all the best in your running career !!!
Thanks to all of you for these fantastic 6 months.
Some attacks/robberies in the area near the track. See below for details.... (update - arrests made and some property recovered)
Draycote Water Marathon
Well done Simon R on yet another speedy marathon, clocking 3:30 at Draycote Water, near Rugby.
Bury 20 and Nearly 10
Full details now in from the Bury 20 and Nearly 10, where no fewer than 23 C&Cs took part. Alessandro took C&C honours in the 20, finishing ninth in 2:07, one place ahead of Giacomo, and the pair were second and third vet 40s. Giulio made it an Italian 1-2-3 (not for the first time!). Our first female was Andrea, making an impressive return as ninth female overall and first female veteran, and our second was Meinou. John K pipped Paul D for the honours in the Nearly 10. A really tough day out for everyone - well done all, especially those who weren't forced to do it for marathon purposes!
James has provided some excellent pics of the 20 - they're in the gallery.
English National Cross-Country Championships
A strong C&C team acquitted itself well at the Nationals on the notoriously tough Parliament Hill course on Saturday, against the best runners in the country. Amongst many good results, 250th-placed Noel Carroll led a group of talented young C&C runners in the senior event (55th-placed team), and George Schwiening recorded our highest placing, 30th in the U15 girls. Well done everyone.
Tour of the Derwent Valley (Friday 23 – Monday 26 May 08)
We already have quite a few people signed up for our annual trip to Derbyshire in May (see below for more details), but there are still plenty of spaces left. If you've told me you'd like to come, I'd be grateful if you could get your payment to me ASAP, please, as I need to send another instalment to Ilam Hall. (Thanks, of course, to those who have already done so.)
If you've got any questions, please email me or catch me at training on a Tuesday evening.
Aston wins National Title
For those who missed the coverage on TV at the weekend, Ed Aston won the 800m at the national indoor senior championships. Running 1m50.65 to win heat 1 to qualify for the final. The top 5 800m runners in the country got through to the Sunday final, joined by the top Irish 800m runner.
Ed was ranked 5th on seasons bests, and 6th on personal bests. Ed positioned himself well throughout the race, and kept out of trouble, to hit the front with 250m to go, which he held until the end of the back straight, and then held Joe Thomas from Wales all the way around the bend, and maintained his form to pass through the line in an indoor personal best of 1m48.82.
Ed has been selected to compete in the UK GP in Birmingham on Saturday, this time he'll be racing Olympic 800m champion Wilfred Bungei from Kenya.
News in of a superb second place for Ben Baldelli at the Elgood's Brewery Great East Run in Bungay. Congratulations Ben and well done all the other C&C runners.
Stamford St Valentine's 30K
Nothing like the Stamford St Valentine's 30K to tell you what kind of marathon shape you're in. And Adam is in very good marathon shape, leading us in on a relentlessly undulating course with 2:07.
An ideal opportunity to meet up with fellow C&C road runners over a drink (or two) to put the world to rights (and discuss running/training too). All members and potential members very welcome.
Friday 20 February - Burleigh Arms, 9 – 11 Newmarket Road (CB5 8EG for google maps) - 8pm onwards.
See you there …………..
CUH&H Relays - update
Message from Adam
Coe Fen Relay - Sunday 15th February
• Men's distance 4 X 3km
• Women's 3 X 3km
Race starts 2.00pm, with the start line at Fen Causeway, just next to the entrance to Leys School.
Hare and Hounds also ask for a token fee of £1.00 per competitor. This is in line with the rates charged to the colleges, and is done to allow us to purchase signposting equipment.
I have so far had interest from two C&C runners so it would be great if we could get enough people to put together a male and female team. We only need 2 more females and 3 more males.
The following Sunday 22nd February is the Selwyn Relay - starting and finishing at the track. I don't have a start time yet.
• Men's distance 4 X 4k
• Women's distance 3 X 4k
One C&C runner has expressed interest in competing in this race.
I do realize that both races conflict with the Stamford 30k and Bury nearly 10 and 20 mile races.
Herts Sunday League XC
The last of the Sunday League Cross-Country races of the season was at Watford, where Diana and Sue completed the full five races out of five, also finishing first and second Vet 55. Fittingly, they finished almost together, Diana edging out Sue on the line. Diana also took second Vet 55 in the series overall, with Sue third. Epic stuff!
Great Bentley Half
Andrew H sets the mark for the rest of us to beat in 2009 (well, "us" meaning "you", really!) - 1:33 at Great Bentley.
CU Hare & Hounds Races
The Cambridge University Hare and Hounds organise a College League over the winter, involving some very competitive inter-College races around Cambridge, and it has been suggested that we might like to get more involved on a guest basis (they allow a few guests already). To gauge interest before approaching CUH&H formally, could you contact Adam if you think you might like to get involved. Next races are two road relays, one on the paths around Coe Fen and Lammas Land (3km legs) on Sunday 15th Feb, and the next around the Wilberforce Road area (5km legs) on Sunday 22nd Feb.
I think our Ultra Katie is racing further than the rest of the club combined!
Latest adventure is the Tring2Town, which involves a 40-mile race route from rural Hertfordshire to West London, with the option of racing back again the next day. Have a guess what Katie chose.
Congrats Katie on finishing second female over the two days. Congrats on finishing, actually!
Frostbite League - Bourne
A really good turnout at Bourne - a real rarity! Thanks to the eighteen plus supporters who made the long trip to run in horrendous conditions - the worst I've seen at Bourne, and that's apart from the horizontal snow. Noel, John M, John F and Kim produced star performances, but everyone was superb. Apologies to the debutants - it's not usually that horrible! The team finished in a much-improved sixth place on the day, and climb to seventh overall. We can still do better though!
On the down side, the junior team totalled zero. A worst ever. Some strategy review necessary? At least PACTRAC's no-show gave us an extra point, and we're now ninth.
Many thanks to everyone who helped out at the Expo. I thought we put on a very professional show. The new, high-couture models looked really good (I was genuinely impressed!) in their new kit – never be short of a job folks. Fiona produced an excellent slide presentation showing the club at its best - we'll try to get some photos of the models to add to it.