Extra pre-Cambourne Drinkie
To warm up for Sunday's race, you are all cordially invited to join Ian and Helen McKay (formerly of this parish, racing slowly for Swaledale Runners) for a quick (soft?) drink and some carbohydrates at the Castle Inn on Castle Hill from 7.30pm on Saturday.
Tour of the Derwent Valley, Derbyshire - 22-25 May
By the end of this week, I need to give the hostel an idea of final numbers for this trip. We currently have 28 places reserved but unless I can be sure by the end of the week that we can fill all these, I will need to reduce that number, or we will end up having to pay for a lot of empty beds! Please let me know by Friday 3 April if you would like to come.
Plenty of excellent racing to report from the weekend's fixtures.
First up, the undulating Joe Cox Half at Stowmarket, part of the EA East Grand Prix, where Ben Baldelli stormed to third place (and first vet) in exactly 1¼ hours. Congratulations, Ben! Simon B, Tim, Brian and Diana lent very able support.
Similarly impressive were our runners at the Sandy 10. Mike Salt blasted a 57:37 to finish in fifth place, John F wasn't far behind in 1:01 and a bit, Glyn showed he's in excellent shape with second place in the Vet 60s in 1:11, and Emma, Martin and Rachel ran well too (see what I meant about the hill, Rachel?).
Moving on to the Thorney 10K, in the Cambs Road League series, and the silverware just keeps coming. Leon took first place in the Vet 50s, and 18th overall and Eunice came in second Vet 45. Coach Alan should be pleased with his race too - will he go easy on us this week?
Finally, while Ultra Katie's speedy 1:34 at the Wilmslow Half wasn't run over a particularly silly distance, it was at least far away.
A really good weekend for the club - well done everyone.
Thursday training moved to Wilberforce Road
Don't forget - now that we have an extra hour of evening daylight, Thursday road training has moved to Wilberforce Road (Tuesdays remain at Wilberforce Road all year round).
The marathon season is upon us!
Next Sunday (5/4) sees a number of C & C members running in two European marathons.
Paris - Sam Barr, Steve Thoday and Philip Allen
Rotterdam - Amy Goymour, Cole, Ish, Mike Smith, and Peter Shenton
Good luck to you all and I am sure that those long weekend runs will finally pay off!
The weekend's domestic racing featured two twenty-milers, a half and a cross-country. Dave M travelled to Wales for Saturday's Rhayader Round the Lakes 20 (his report here) and Craig's London trail continued at the Ashby 20. Since the two were on consecutive days, Ultra Katie obviously ran both (each easily sub-3)! Meanwhile, Adam travelled to Notts for the Retford Half and clocked a superb 1:25.
Off the road, David and Amy P's Ryston Cross-Country campaign concluded with high placings, and David took first place Vet 40 in the series overall. Congratulations, David!
News in of Olivier, who completed the Rome Marathon in 3:15 on his last C&C appearance. Good going Olivier, and enjoy Germany.
Race Day Round-Up
Lots of other events to catch up on. Phil A successfully completed his full training for Paris at the Finchley 20, Andrew S's comeback continued at the Brentwood Half (38th out of nearly 2000) and Meinou clocked a PB at the Bath Half ahead of Rachel and Ian & Helen of the Swaledale C&C. We featured strongly at the Lode Muddy Marvel, with Nick Beer second, Tom V third, Alan ninth, Andrew A 13th and Diana first Vet 50. Finally, a suitably top-class third place for Will Clarke in the Silverstone Half in 1:09:56. Great going, everyone.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Turing Relay, especially as the team results made it so worth while.
C & C came third overall with the fast men's team plus we fielded the first female and male Vets 50+ teams.
I have trophies and T shirts (for those who weren't able to collect them).
A good result all round - so well done everyone.
Results now up, and some photos too.
Turing Relay - Sunday 15th March
Ely – Cambridge – Ely 9am start
Thank you to everyone for agreeing to take part and good luck. Please find your race number below, fellow runners and legs, Glyn and I have entered you for.
Can you let me have your dates of birth by 12pm Thursday so I can enter them with your names on the Turing Relay website, thank you?
If I don't see you at Tuesday and Thursday training sessions can you let me know how I can give you your race number?
I have also included the stages with distances and also a link to the Turing Relay website, where you’ll be able to find additional information. http://www.turingrelay.co.uk/
As this is the first time I have organised this I would guess that on average, the change over should be between 30 – 60 minutes after the previous runner has started their stage, for example, the change over for stage 2 should be between 9.30 – 10am and so on.
As I also mentioned, I will be supporting throughout the race, so can take changes of clothes with me and give lifts back as necessary.
Team 29: 1-Fiona Downie, 2-Emma Kreetzer, 3-Karin Jordansen, 4-Helen Zenner, 5-Kim Masson, 6-Jalanie D'Alessandro
Team 30: 1-Dave Pell, 2-Alessandro Coianiz, 3-Miguel Branco, 4-Ben Baldelli, 5-Giulio Cinque, 6-Adam Poole
Team 31: 1-Tom Johnson, 2-Joad Raymond, 3-Peter Shenton, 4-Dave Mail, 5-John Kazer, 6-Joseph Tucker
Team 32: 1-Alex Downie, 2-Martin Kreetzer, 3-Glyn Smith, 4-Paul Dewison, 5-Simon Bowen, 6-Leon Stone
Stage 1 – Ely to Dimmock’s Cote 5.6 miles
Stage 2 – Dimmock’s Cote to Waterbeach 6.1 miles
Stage 3 – Waterbeach to Cambridge 5.7 miles
Stage 4 – Cambridge to Waterbeach 6.0 miles
Stage 5 – Waterbeach to Upware 4.5 miles
Stage 6 – Upware to Ely 7.6 miles
Deep into the long run season, a select band of C&Cs made the trip to deepest Norfolk yesterday to run the rather beautiful Wymondham 20. Andrew H and Carmel were quickest C&C male and female. Meanwhile, Karin had no clubmate opposition and ran a speedy 1:31 at the Milton Keynes Half (one second quicker than at St Neots!). Finally, a very quick sprint for Ultra Katie at the Banbury 15
CAU Inter-Counties Cross-Country
Congratulations to all who won their county vest at the Inter-Counties in Nottingham on Saturday.
Round Norfolk Relay - Female Team
Message from Fiona:
Rachel and Fiona are presently organising the RNR girls team. Various distances are on offer from 5-19 miles. If anyone is interested in running and/or supporting to drop me an email on email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Message from Rachel:
Turing Relay, Sunday 15th March
The organisers for the Turing Relay (Ely - Cambridge - Ely, completed in 6 legs) on Sunday 15th March are looking for some marshals at the Cambridge end of the relay - I would guess maybe Waterbeach to Jesus Green.
If anyone is interested or willing to help can you contact Rachel Roberts on Rachel.email@example.com
Message from Adam:
Cambridge Cambourne 10k Sunday 5th April
Tim and I are still looking for volunteers to assist at the Cambridge Cambourne 10k. So far we have 5 people who've kindly volunteered (thank you to those who've agreed to help out). Would you be able to let me (Adam) know as soon as possible?
Cambridge Boundary Run
An impressive display from C&C at the Cambridge Boundary Run, CUH&H's loop of the city, covering a range of running conditions. The full marathon option saw Chris Pyle take a superb second place in 3:04, with Johann, Kim, Joad, Andrea and Simon R (again!) all running impressively behind him. Alessandro was our quickest half-marathoner, seventh in 1:19. Well done everyone, and well done to our chums at CUH&H.
C&C Marathon Social
Don't forget - we're planning to mark what will hopefully be a successful marathon season with a drinks night in the Castle Inn on Castle Hill on Friday 1st May, the Friday after the London Marathon. Everyone is welcome, whether you'll be recovering from London, Rotterdam, Bungay or wherever (or even looking forward to Tromsø), or if you just fancy a good social evening.
St. Neots Half Marathon - entries open
Round Norfolk Relay
The bad news is that, due to unprecedented demand, the Round Norfolk Relay entries filled up within eleven minutes of the online entries opening at 7:30 this morning.
The good news is that we have entered two teams, very probably one male and one female. Anyone up for it this year?
First of the long-distance results from the Thanet 20 - well done Katie T on a PB in 2:35. Elsewhere on the planet, Mandy's one-second victory over Tim in the Malta Half sounds like a thriller!
On the Saturday, John F and Brian took on the Belvoir Challenge across the Leicestershire countryside, and John took second place - congratulations!
Folksworth 15 - First Frostbite Team
Good news from the Frostbite presentation - the Folksworth 15 gives a prize for the first club amongst the Frostbite League teams, and our team of Nick Beer, Chris Pyle, Adam Poole and Katie Toynton won it. It's a very nice trophy! Congrats to all.
Frostbite League - BRJ
Well, another very decent performance from the C&C squad at Huntingdon, and despite a frankly not as good as we deserved sixth place on the day, we held on to our respectable seventh place overall (though we'll win next year...). First two in for us were Geoff, returning impressively from injury in sixth place, and Mike Salt in seventh, and a few PBs were recorded too on an undulating but quick course. Junior runner of the season for C&C was won by George Schwiening. Full results are now up (with some error in the times). Many thanks to everyone who supported our league campaign this year.