Frankfurt and Venice Marathons
High-quality marathoning from Dave Pell and Jimi Lee Truelsen in Frankfurt, finishing in 2:52 and 3:04 respectively. High-quality and a win too for Kim in Venice - 3:13 and first V45, 24th overall. Congratulations to all three.
DO YOU RUN BY THE RIVER?
We see so many people running our regular loop over the Green Dragon Bridge and Bait's Bite lock , we thought it might be fun to start a little informal league! For details go to welcomewords.blog.com and click on River Cam Run League.
In August I went on a natural (barefoot) running course. There happened to be a journalist from Ultrafit magazine there and this month's issue (November) there is an interesting and thought provoking article in the magazine, which might make you rethink expensive trainers.
P.s. There is a photo of me there too!
C&C Road Runners' Christmas Party
This year's Christmas party will again be in Jesus College Bar, on Sunday 20th December, and the excellent buffet is priced at £15.00 per head. It would be greatly appreciated if you could get the money for yourself and any guests (cash or cheque) to Chris Brown as soon as possible, or at the very latest by Monday 14th December. All cheques payable to 'Jesus College'. If you don't run into Chris, you can send the payment to him at 25 New Square, Cambridge CB1 1EX, 07824835380.
Simon R suggests.... if you would like to build up an appetite for the evening's offerings why not try out an 'interesting' local challenge - the Stansted Stagger (an off-road route-finding 26 mile run that takes place earlier in the day).
The Fenland 10 produced some minor adjustments in the Grand Prix Table. Mike Salt is already confirmed champion, but Katie and Bob are having a fine battle for second. Iona climbs to fourth place. In the age/gender-adjusted standings, barring some almost-world-age-group records by Mike and Simon Bowen, Bob will take the crown, averaging over 84%. Last Grand Prix event of the 2009 season will be at the Riverside Half at St Neots on 15th November, but be warned - the first of 2010 is likely to be at Ely on New Year's Eve 2009(!). That one is full, but 46 of us made it in!
Sailors and kite enthusiasts know that if it's Fenland 10 day, the wind's going to blow. I can only imagine how much fun the seventh mile was this year. Great running as ever from our squad up at Wisbech, with Bob Watson eleventh overall in 59:10, once again taking his age category. Alessandro Coianiz was close behind in 59:35, and so too was John Oakes (running for first-claim Haverhill), claiming the Vet 50 crown for the second weekend in a row. First C&C female was Katie Samuelson-Dean, whilst Alex Downie again "podiumed" in the V60s.
Frostbite, Sunday 8th November
The next Frostbite is Sunday 8th November at Bushfield - directions can be found through this website http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/
The junior race starts at 10:15am followed by the seniors at 11am.
It would be great to see as many runners there as were at the previous one in St. Neots so we can maintain the same momentum and beat Nene Valley Harriers! I would like to suggest that meeting at Wilberforce Road (the track) at 09:15 for anyone needing lifts.
I hope to see you there.
A few photos from Richmond are now in the Gallery, together with proof that Dave did manage to finish RNR.
A BIG thank-you
Many thanks to all of you who contributed to my birthday present & who signed my card. The tokens were an excellent choice. All your good wishes made the whole occasion much more bearable!
Pure class down in Essex, where Bob Watson and John Oakes took on the Wix 5. They each registered astonishing 86-percent age-graded times (in 28:08 and 28:41 respectively), and each won his category. Definitely one of the classiest sets of results we've had. Congratulations to both.
Cambridge Cancer Research 10K
For many, completing the admirable Cancer Research 10K was the ambition. But there's no holding back when C&C pride is at stake, dammit! Karin Jordansen and Meinou Simmons flew round the greens and colleges to finish in second and third place respectively, both under 40 minutes.
Richmond Castle 10K
A band of C&C runners made the annual trip to Helen and Ian's B&B in Richmond at the weekend for the decidedly hilly Richmond Castle 10K, and not the beer festival at all. Of those in a physical state to compete, Alex Downie starred, taking the second Vet 60 prize, whilst Carmel McEniery was first C&C female. Some excellent photos were taken and are appearing in the Gallery (anyone else?).
We sent the Ultra squad to the Abingdon Marathon at the weekend, and they ran admirably as ever. Simon Redfern's fine 3:48 was beaten by Katie Samuelson-Dean's excellent 3:24, making it precisely umpteen-and-a-bit marathons/ultras run by each of them this year. Quality and quantity!
RNR photo competition - congratulations to Andy I!
The results of this year's Round Norfolk Relay photo competition were announced this week. There were 2 themes - "Start and Finish of the RNR" and "Team Spirit of the RNR".
Andy I's evocative shot of Jalanie taking the tape at King's Lynn for the C&C ladies' team was commended by the judges and earned him a £10 prize. (Drinks on you, then, Andy?!)
Great Eastern Run
A big race in every sense at the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough, where our squad performed admirably. Ben Baldelli was first C&C home in an excellent 14th place, running 1:15 for the half-marathon distance. John Ferguson and Jimi Lee Truelsen (first race for C&C, well done Jimi) were also both well under the hour-and-a-half. Alejandra Pascual Garrido was the first C&C female (the only C&C female, but would surely still have been first had there been others!) in a speedy 1:33. Some excellent photos from Madhuri and Alejandra are now up in the Gallery.
Ryston Runners XC
It must be winter. First cross-country results of the season in from the Ryston series. Top-3 places for Holly Parker (2nd U13) and Rebecca Carter (1st U17), and lots of other good performances across the age groups. Well done all.
News in of a belting sub-3 from Dave Pell at the Leicester Marathon, worth 22nd place in a big field. Congratulations, Dave!
After the St Neots Frostbite, things are getting sorted out in the C&C Grand Prix. If I've done my maths right, Mike Salt's 19 points yesterday mean that he will definitely be this year's Grand Prix champion. Congratulations, Mike! Highest placed female is still Ultra Katie, but Jemma is well-placed to overtake her with a good result in one of the last two races, which are the Fenland 10 on the 25th, and the St Neots Half next month.
In the age and gender-adjusted standings, Bob Watson is still in command, but Simon Bowen and Mike Salt have closed the gap.
Catching up with some other results from around the area, starting with the 10K distance:
Simon Redfern clocked a 45 at the Help for Heroes Honington 10K in midweek, Phil Allen ran 50 in Letchworth at the Standalone and Andrew Herne finished in 47 at Abington, but star billing goes to new second-claimer John Oakes for 36:51, also at Abington, for fifth place and first Vet 50. Well done all.
Moving on to Half Marathoning, Chris Brown and Diana Braverman were in fine form at Felixstowe, Diana finishing second V55+.
Frostbite - Juniors
A quick request: with our new-look junior team performing so brilliantly, it would be great to put some names to the results as a deserved reward. If anyone can change one or more of the '????'s to an actual name (look here for the results), I'd be very grateful. Contact me here, and I'll see what I can do to fix it. Update: Making good progress - any more info would be great.
Frostbite League - St Neots
An outstanding C&C team at the first Frostbite of the season, possibly the best ever, was just edged out by Nene Valley Harriers' finest. The talented young junior squad finished sixth. A huge well done to everyone - you can all be very proud.
In the senior race, we took all of the first five even-numbered places. Steve Watterson was second on his debut, senior pro Mike Salt was fourth, rising star Will Mycroft followed in sixth, the prolific Ben Baldelli took eighth. Newly-wed Miguel Branco was tenth, but was perhaps out-shone by his new bride Helen Zenner, who was third female finisher. Also going top ten in the female competition were another rising star, Jemma Clarry, and the always-excellent Kim Masson. For reasons of brevity, I'll let you look up the numerous other classy performances yourselves.
In the juniors, George Schwiening picked up where she left off last season, winning the girls' race brilliantly, but perhaps the best news was the all-round performance of our young squad - very promising for the future.
Thanks to Alan, Adam, James and everyone who 'encouraged' such a brilliant turnout. It's early days, but it really does look like we can mount a realistic challenge for our first ever title.
Sam's Great Gorilla Run