First Parkrun in Cambridge
Well done to all who turned out (especially the Marshalls and Organisers!!!) at 0900 on a Sat with unexpected Snow on the ground, for the first Parkrun in Cambridge (http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge) in Milton Country Park. I live so near the Country Park - how could I not turn up!? My conscience would not let me. My running is pretty poor at the moment but I was re-invigorated by the event. Katie SD took first place for the women (this is the third time she took 1st in the Parkrun events). C&C were well-represented in all capacities. I definitely recommend this event. Results are online pretty quickly. But you do need to print off a barcode to register and participate.
Don't forget - it's the first-ever Parkrun at Milton Country Park on Saturday morning at 9am and every week thereafter. Check the website for full details, or see the news item below - you'll need to register (free) online before the day. Well done Simon R and chums for setting this up.
Suffolk Winter League
A very handy ninth place, and first in category, for John Oakes at Bury St Eds (not for C&C, sadly!). Nice one, John.
Paul Evans session
This has now been rescheduled for Thursday 11th February, 6.30, at the track. There's a link to a poster giving more details on the main C&C site - if you would like to attend, you need to register with June Swift, the Greater Cambridge Network Activator: firstname.lastname@example.org or 07772 427338
An invitation from CUHH
CUHH is the Cambridge University endurance running club and they have invited us to join their events. Andy has put the events on the fixture list - is anyone able to get teams out? The invitation is from their captain, Robin Brown, and he has asked us to pre-enter at www.cuhh.org.uk/registration.
Sunday 14th February: Coe Fen Relays (Fen Causeway). 2pm start for the first of our relay races - 4 x 3km for the men and 3 x 3km for the ladies. The course goes out to Trumpington Street and back to Fen Causeway across the park.
Sunday 21st February: Selwyn Relays (Wilberforce Rd). 2pm start for the finale of our College league - 4 x 4km for the men and 3 x 4km for the ladies. This course goes out of the track around Wilberforce Rd, Madingley Rd, Physics department and returns along the cycle path before re-entering the sports ground for a lap of the jogging trail.
Pre-entry for both of the relays will be available online and hopefully we can have options for your clubs included in the registration form. We'll welcome any more competitors to these races and they're all usually quite fun, light hearted fixtures. We also organise a marathon and half marathon around Cambridge (the Cambridge Boundary Run) which will be on March 7th this year – details on http://www.cuhh.org.uk/competition/boundaryrun/
Well done to our team at the 21st anniversary of the always-excellent Folksworth 15. Chris Pyle led us in in 1:37 for 24th place, and Caz Pritchard (1:51), Katie Toynton (1:49) and Meinou Simmons (1:51) successfully defended our female team title.
Al's photos are now up in the gallery.
An important message from Alan, James and Adam - click here!
Don't forget - there's an 8.45 meet on Sunday at Wilberforce Road for sharing lifts. Let's see a big C&C turnout.
Congratulations to the unstoppable George Schwiening for taking yet another win, this time over a multi-terrain 5K in the Wellingborough race series.
Ryston Runners XC
'On the country', our team contested the latest in the monthly Ryston Series, just over the Norfolk border. As ever, plenty of good performances were recorded, and particular noteworthy were our top-three finishers James Cochrane (first U15), Mary Holmes (second V55), Alice Newcombe (third U11) and Nathalie Richards (third senior).
Frostbite League - Ramsey
Well, the wind held off this year, but the mud was extra-filthy for this year's Ramsey Frostbite. A brave band of C&C runners kept our title challenge going, and though Nene Valley pipped us by one place, we're just two points behind going into the last two fixtures.
Things started excellently thanks to a fine fourth place by our junior team, which took them to fourth overall, ahead of the strong Bourne squad. Hollie Parker and Claire Wilson starred, finishing second and third girls, with Thomas Heylen in between, eighth boy.
In the senior race, Katie Toynton's glorious form continued, and she finished third female. Alessandro Coianiz is also flying, taking ninth place. Miguel Branco and Alan Pritchard also featured in the top 20, whilst just outside it a trio of Johns finished in sequence; 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Good packing at the sharp end earned us third place on the day, and though we're likely to need to beat Nene Valley twice, we've put a nice gap between us and third-placed Fenland.
Superb. Well done (and thanks) to all.
Photos are up, more to come.
Rollicking Good Fun
Maria and Simon Brightwell ventured to the Southwest to revel in the messiness of the Thornbury Running Club Riverbank Rollick. With an 8.7 mile course alongside the River Severn featuring varying depths of mud broken only by deep pools of cowmuck and the occasional stream Simon finished 36th in 1:06 and Maria a more leisurely 192nd in 1:31 of 258 finishers.
Saturday Morning Hill Sessions
I'm going to continue to run the Saturday morning hill sessions throughout the winter period. The next two will be on 23rd and 30th Jan start at 8.30 am usual meeting place Gogs carpark just up the hill from Stapleford (the free one).
The first week will be 12-15 x 50 secs hills in three sets (or less reps if necessary)
Second week will be two sets of long hills with a tempo run sandwich.
The content is subject to change depending upon weather / participants etc.
PAUL EVANS SESSION THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY IS CANCELLED
Unfortunately Paul Evans has gone down with a very bad cold and is feeling terrible. He won't be able to come to Cambridge tomorrow. June is trying to rearrange the session and will let us know when she has a date
Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships
Another impressive set of results at the County Championships at a snowy Priory Park, and the junior results in particular were stunning. Individually, our new County Champions are Thomas Heylen (U13), George Schwiening (U15), James Cochrane (U15), Kim Masson (V45) and Diana Braverman (V55) - many congratulations to them. We also had no fewer than thirteen top-three finishers - well done to them too. One particularly good race for C&C was the under-15 girls, where we swept the medals and took fifth too. Full team results will follow when published, and Carmel's pics are up in the gallery. Finally, many thanks to all of the C&Cs and others involved in running the event for Cambs AA - hope you've thawed successfully.
Frostbite, Sunday 17th January, Ramsey
The next Frostbite is on Sunday 17th January in Ramsey (details can be found on the following website - www.frostbiteleague.org.uk). The junior race starts at 10:15am and the senior race starts at 11am. Please note the two different courses for the 2 races, which can be found through the above website.
We're meeting at the track at 9am and if anyone can offer lifts, that would be really helpful. I hope we can maintain our previous outstanding performance in December.
Thank you and see you next Sunday. The following race is in Bourne, Lincolnshire on Sunday 7th February.
Cambridgeshire Cross-Country Championships
A reliable source (Noel) tells me that (as of Thursday night) we're still on for Sunday at Priory Park. Keep checking the Cambs AA website. Cross-country runners are hard-core!
Track Closure this weekend (9th/10th Jan)
via Noel Moss:
The University have formally closed the track this weekend for H&S reasons.
Please let your athletes know and in this case please don't use it unofficially as you will have no insurance cover - the closure by the University would invalidate the UKA insurance.
From Simon Redfern:
Cambridge parkrun is a new FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which will take place every Saturday at 9am in Milton Country Park, starting on 30th January.
Details are here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/cambridge/
It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.
It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability - this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!
Taking part is easy - just register in advance by 6pm on the Friday before your first ever parkrun here. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once. Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there.
After the run, if you don't have to get off straight away, there will be the chance to socialise with everyone at the Milton Country Park Café to maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.
So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.
Sunday League - Royston
Quite a few C&Cs took advantage of an unusually amenable fixture list and raced for the club in our cross-country Sunday League fixture at Royston. Noel Carrol and Mike Salt (fourth and fifth) were right up at the sharp end, and John Oakes and Alex Downie took third place in their categories. Diana Braverman led (and in fact was) our female team, again finishing first in her age group. We even beat several other teams - very encouraging! Good going, everyone.
Don't forget to train.
Road sessions are back, at the track on Tuesday (with our monthly pub night at the Red Bull after - all extremely welcome) and at Chesterton on Thursday.
Happy New Year, everyone.