Ely New Year's Eve 10K
The New Year was seen out in traditional style at Ely, where C&Cs turned out in huge numbers. Despite some forecasts, it was a pretty good day for running, and it certainly suited Will Clarke (unfortunately representing the Tri Club, but we know he's C&C!), who won in 30:05 to break the course record. We had first-claim glory too, in the form of Bob Watson (17th in 35:48) and John Oakes (22nd in 36:25), who rounded off their outstanding racing year by respectively winning the Vet 45 and 50 categories. Congratulations to both. First C&C female was Katie Toynton, a superb eighth place in 41:49. Also top-3 in their categories were Alessandro Coianiz (second MV40 and 12th overall), Simon Brightwell (third MV45) and Alex Downie (third MV60). Alan Pritchard (16th), Katie Samuelson-Dean (12th) and Alejandra Pascual Garrido (17th) also managed top-twenty finishes. All in all, the Christmas pud wreaked very little devastation on our form, and all kinds of good times were recorded. Full results now up, Madhuri's photos are also up in the gallery.
To update Meinou's report, the results are up and in addition to Steve Watterson's second place, Victoria Knight was first female. Magnificent!
Will's Boxing Day Record
Will Clarke took six seconds off the course record for the C&C Boxing Day 4-mile race, winning spectacularly in 18:32, beating Greville Tuck's record from the 1970s. Congratulations, Will. Congratulations too to Nathalie Richards for taking the women's race in 27:14. Both Will and Nathalie were defending their titles from last year. Full results now up, and Madhuri's photos are now online too in the Gallery.
This was a fine 'undulating' race (in Amy's words) on a very cold day. Most of it is on country roads through scenic villages, with signposts to other curious village names (including 'Nasty'). There are a few higgledy piggledy bits around a housing estate at the start and end. It was well marshalled. It may even be worth doing for the race momento: which was a silver/golden mini engraved trainer! Stephen Watterson came 2nd which was great. It seems Victoria Knight, Simon Bowen and Meinou Simmons were the only other C and C runners. I recommend it as a good way to burn off the excess Christmas calories!
C&C Boxing Day Race
In between bouts of over-consumption this Christmas, don't forget the time-honoured (and free) C&C Boxing Day Race, which leaves Fen Causeway for a four-mile round trip to Trumpington at 11 a.m. sharp. Bring your family and friends.
We had another excellent Christmas party at Jesus College last night - thanks once again to Chris Brown for his sterling efforts in organising it. Well worth battling through snow and ice for. The, er, 'lucky', um, 'winners' of a London Marathon club place were Hazel Turton, Carmel McEniery, Alan Pritchard and Andrew Marshall. Well done to them.
London Marathon Draw
Reminder - if you want to go into the ballot for one of our four club places (and were rejected in the ballot having entered as C&C), let Adam know before (or at) Sunday night's party.
Sunday League - Trent Park
The C&C flag was ably flown by Diana, Sue and Peter in our cross-country fixture at Trent Park on Sunday, Diana finishing second Vet 55.
Endurance running session at the track on 14th January
The new Greater Cambridge Athletics Network (of which we are founder members) has arranged an endurance running event on Thursday 14th January as below. Paul Evans has visited us before and delivered a really enjoyable session.
ENDURANCE DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
The Greater Cambridge Athletics Network are delighted to announce a 'flying coach visit' by Chicago Marathon Winner Paul Evans.
Date: Thursday 14th January 2010
Venue: Cambridge University Athletic Track, Wilberforce Road.
Paul will share his knowledge and experience of how to successfully organise your training programme towards spring half/marathons. The session will include a mixture of discussion and practical training (track-based).
For more information and to confirm your attendance please contact June Swift on either firstname.lastname@example.org or 07772427338.
Cambridge Cambourne 10K
Entries are now open for our race, via the big, shiny link on the left. If you're not going to be on duty on the day, remember this filled up in three weeks last year...
Impressive news from far-flung shores. Dave Pell ran 2:45 in the Calvia Marathon, Mallorca, taking third place. Phenomenal, Dave, congratulations!
Training in the week before Christmas
Please note the track and Chesterton are both closed during the week before Christmas. Training will have to be self-help in that week but don't forget the Boxing Day run - 11.00 from Lammas Land (Newnham end of Fen Causeway). We start again on 5th January at the track and the 7th January at Chesterton.
We now have a new 'main' web site (same URL: www.cambridgeandcoleridge.org.uk). Please check it for dates of closures etc. just to make sure you don't get caught out.
Ryston XC Series
Just over the Norfolk border, a small but select band of hardened C&C cross-country runners took on the third in the Ryston Runners series. All did well, with probably the best result going to David Pettitt, third in the competitive Vet 40 race.
Bedford Half Marathon
On a busy racing day, the Bedford Half drew the biggest field in the region with over a thousand finishers. Nick Beer turned in another high-class performance to finish fifth in 1:12:56, and not too far behind was Alessandro Coianiz, 1:16:51 and 18th place, third Vet 40. Congratulations to them, and well done too to Katie and Kris.
Frostbite League - Hunts AC
Just to update Adam's post, the official results are now up from Hinchingbrooke. We had 26 seniors and a brilliant ten juniors, and in the senior race Mike Salt took third place, Will Mycroft fifth and Noel Carroll seventh, Helen Zenner was fourth female with Jemma Clarry twelfth. Miguel Branco, Alan Pritchard, Dave Johnson, John Oakes and John Ferguson all finished top-25. Our juniors were led in by Claire Wilson (14th) and Mark Mitchell (15th). As Adam said, congratulations everyone on a brilliant team performance.
Frostbite League - Hunts AC
Thank you and well done once again to all the runners, both juniors and seniors who turned out today for the third Frostbite. We did exceedingly well and the results are as follows -
Juniors (our best turn out yet), 115 points, 3rd position today, which has taken us to 5th overall position.
Seniors (another excellent turn out with 6 runners in the top 20), 501 points, we came first today, we are still in second place overall but now only one point behind NVH.
I hope we can maintain this momentum in the next three races, with the next being Sunday 17th January in Ramsey.
Once again thank you and congratulations to all.
Eastern Counties Cross-Country Championships
First major championship of the mucky season was the Easterns, at Colchester. Huge congratulations to our new champions Claire Wilson (U13) and George Schwiening (U15), as well as runner-up Nathalie Richards (U20) and third-placed Thomas Heylen (U13), Joan Lasenby (Vet 45) and Nick Beer in the Seniors. Check the results for more outstanding runs - a day for much C&C pride.
Nene Valley 10
The Nene Valley 10 is a high-quality race on a flat, fast course, but somehow doesn't attract many C&Cs. Make a note for next year! Alessandro Coianiz ran 59½ to finish 12th and Kim Masson was sixth female in 1:07.
Frostbite - Sunday 13th December
The third Frostbite is soon approaching, Sunday 13th December, to be exact. This time the race is in Hinchingbrooke Park, near Huntingdon and as per every Frostbite the junior race is at 10:15 and the seniors is at 11am. Further details, including directions, can be found on the following weblink -
I suggest meeting at the track at 9.30am for lifts and if anyone has space in their car, would you be able to offer lifts to others? I hope we can maintain the great performances from the previous two races.
A quick reminder - if you want to go to the excellent Road Runners' Christmas Party at Jesus College on Sunday 20th December (details below), please get your payment to Chris Brown NOW (last date Monday 14th), as he needs to give and approximate number to the college kitchens soon. Thanks!
(if it helps, here's Chris's payment slip in Word .doc and Adobe .pdf formats)