News of the Norwich Half. It's one of the premier races in the East of England, and Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha's fourth place, in 1:12:42, is a spectacular achievement. John Oakes's last pre-C&C race earned him 26th, and 2nd Vet 50, whilst David Johnson was 42nd.
A high attrition rate thinned out our field for the Firenze marathon (Florence, if you like), but three C&Cs made it to finishing line glory. Ish Badr threatened to repeat his sub-3 from Berlin, running 3:02, and Helen Parfrey (3:49) and Fiona Downie (3:59) impressed too. Serpie Steve Watterson (2:39) needs to be poached as soon as poss!
Cambridge 10K Series
Watch out for the 10K series which periodically goes from Sweatshop on Coldhams lane. This time Maria Brightwell edged Mike DiFranco for top C&C.
Results now posted for a wet and windy (well at least for the last two stages) Hereward Relay. A scaled down C&C entry saw The Italians finish 9th (Giulio Cinque, Alessandro Coianiz, Giacomo Capetti and Ben Baldelli) and a mixed team finish 39th (Joseph Tucker, Kim Masson, Tim Long and Steve Thoday). Well done all!
Bob Watson's 28:18 at the Wolverton 5 was good enough for second vet 45 and a dizzying 85½ percent WAVA rating. Crikey!
Sunday League - Chicksands
Our league fixtures in the Herts Sunday League are well worth a thought if you like a spot of cross-country - check the fixture list. The race at Chicksands (no, me neither) attracted a decent C&C turnout. Michael Salt added another top-three result to his lengthy racing CV - well done Mike - with Stephen Penny an excellent 54th. Diana Braverman has got the upper hand in her epic battle with Sue Barnett at the moment, and they were first and second Vet 55s. Good to see Peter Howard back in C&C colours too.
Newcastle Town Moor Marathon
St Neots Riverside Half Marathon
This is probably our biggest race of the season, and as ever, there were C&C vests all over the pace. Results are now up. Huge congratulations to Steve Watterson on his win in 1:10:57 - Steve's a Serpentine runner, but we borrow him second claim, so let's bask in the glory! The excellent Bob Watson was first proper C&C home in tenth, under 1:20, and was third Vet 40 - congratulations to Bob too. John Oakes's 16th place (in his last race before becoming first claim) gained him a superb victory in the Vet 50s, running 1:21. Kim Masson starred too, taking fourth place with a quick 1:28.
TJ took some brilliant photos - they're in the gallery.
Parkrun in Cambridge?
Some of you may have heard of Parkrun: they facilitate free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. These runs are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in (see http://parkrun.com/). There seems to be local interest in setting up a weekly Parkrun in Cambridge (it would happen every Saturday at 9am). It all depends on having volunteers to help, a course decided upon, and people who want to run. If you are interested, there will be a meeting to discuss the idea at The Boathouse on Friday 27th at 8pm.
C&C Grand Prix - Final Standings
The Riverside Half was the last in this year's Grand Prix series, and the results are now up.
In the overall table, Mike Salt is our champion with a full house - four wins and eighty points. Many congratulations to him. In second place was Bob Watson, in his first season with C&C, just one point (or 66 seconds at Saffron Walden!) behind Mike. First female was Katie Samuelson-Dean, a further point behind Bob, and also with three wins.
In the age- and sex-adjusted table, Bob was the clear winner - again, congratulations on a great season. Former champ Simon Bowen just held off Mike's challenge for second place. Katie was top female.
In all we had 84 competitors across the series - well done to all of you, and thanks for supporting the club.
Ryston Runners XC
The popular Ryston cross-country series continued at Shouldham Warren with a heap of good C&C performances. Congratulations to our race winners Lucy and Holly Parker (U11 and U13 respectively) and James Cochrane (U15), and well done too to Emily Dickson for third U15. Follow the link for more.
FVS Midweek 5K
High-class, short-distance racing from Mike Salt and Bob Watson in the FVS midweek series at Stevenage. Mike was eighth in 17:08, with Bob 21st, just 27 seconds behind.
Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes
Congratulations to Syndiah Culit for her impressive 3:40 on what I imagine was a scenic but undulating course from Nice to Cannes in the Alpes-Maritimes.
A couple of race items not yet covered - well done Diana Braverman on her 1:47 at the Stevenage Half (and third V55), and to Katie Samuelson-Dean for seventh place in 1:08 at the confusingly-15km Rugby 10.
New York City Marathon
Belated congratulations to Giulio Cinque on his 3:03 marathon PB on the tough streets of New York.
Cross Country Championships - Get your entries in!
Hopefully everybody has received an email from Noel with the C&C entry request form for up coming cross country championships (Cambs, Eastern, South of England and the Nationals). It would be great to see a good turn out for C&C at these championships and of course its great fun!
Please note entry deadlines for the Eastern and Southerns are fast approaching, if you wish to enter the Eastern you will need to get the form to me by Monday 16th November at the latest.
Please send completed forms to me via the email or postal address given on the form. If you have any problems downloading the form from the website please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you one.
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It may have been the smallest C&C showing at a recent Dash, but we, er, made up for it in foolish drinking the night before. It was, as last year, appallingly filthy and therefore completely fantastic (if you like that kind of thing). Dave Y's photos capture the horror beautifully.