Honours even in the Pritchard household at the Stansted 10K, with Al and Caz both finishing fourth.
C&C Hat-Trick at Bury
All footy-related disappointed will be dispelled by the news from the Bury Friday 5, where we scored a hat-trick of category wins. Bob Watson's excellent form took him to first place V45 in 28:12, with arch-rival John Oakes just behind, clocking 28:31 for the V50 honours. Diana Braverman rounded off a glorious evening by winning the V55s in 38:21. Cracking runs by Dave Edwards and Paul Dewison too. Well done the Suffolk Friday squad.
Kevin Henry 5K Race
The next 5K race is Thursday 1st July in Saffron Walden, starting at 19:30. The start is in the car park as you come in from Cambridge and the bottom of the hill. It's free to enter and all that's required is to wear your club vest and run. If I haven't added you to one of the teams and you'd like to run, please let me know your average 5k time so I can include you. I hope we can maintain the great start we had in June.
Fine triathloning by our squad at the (Saffron) Walden Tri - Mike & Glyn Smith and the third-placed relay dream team of Cristina Martins and Adam Poole. Good stuff.
West Highland Way Race
You can breathe now. News in from the West Highland Way Race - Kim Masson completed the 95 miles of mountainous wilderness in a stunning 23 hours, 58 minutes and 18 seconds. I hope never to be an expert on such terrifying things, but I know that's a genuinely classy performance. Many congratulations, Kim, and I hope you've got the week off!
Victory for Mike Salt in the first running of the Huntingdon 10K at the race course - congratulations, Mike. High finishes for Steve Thoday and Jane Schultz too. Apologies if I've missed anyone.
North Downs Run
First results of the weekend are from the hills, woods and disappointingly poppy-deficient fields of Kent and the North Downs Run. The absence of the usual blazing sun may have been a help in nudging me below three hours at the third attempt, while first-timer Martin Strain was a fraction over. Wonderful race.
Colworth Marathon Challenge
The Colworth Marathon challenge takes place in Bedfordshire this weekend (Friday 18-20 June). Three seperate races over the weekend to make up the marathon distance (5 mile race on Friday night, 8 mile trail race on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday). There is free camping available for the weekend. There is entry available on the day for Saturday and Sundays race but not Friday's which may be full already.
Click here for details
Kevin Henry 5K League - Cambridge Results
I've stitched something resembling proper results together from the circumstantial evidence, but I still need with your help. If you know your race times from the Wilberforce Road fixture and were outside 23 min 18 sec, please contact me with any info you have (e.g. "I finished behind Fred and just in front of Wilma in about 20 mins"). I now have overall times and we already had male/female placings (and finish-line photos), but not overall placings which, if you think about it, is a bit of a problem!
I also have a lot of confusion around 18½ minutes, so if you finished around then, I'd love to hear who you finished with/near, and your watch time if poss.
Sorry, but absolutely everyone who provided a time has lost a second (or several). That's life, I suppose!
Results now in from Swaledale, 23 miles of extreme hilliness. Impressive times from runners Dave Yeneralski, John Kazer and Carol Stanier, and impressive endurance from hikers Ginny Costello and Mary Holmes.
The Abbey 10K at Ramsey was the main event of the day for C&C, and taking the honours were Mike Salt, with a superb second place in 33:53, and Bob Watson, first V45 and sixth overall in 35:32. Emma Kreetzer starred for our ladies, in ninth place. Well done to them and to Chris, Matt, Mark, Julie and Iona, who all performed admirably.
If you haven't tried the parkruns in Milton Country Park, they're recommended - 9am Saturdays, 5km, free, (but register at the parkrun website in advance).
As it's so regular, it gets missed off the news here, but congratulations to all runners and organisers, with specific mentions for the following top-three finishers since April:
Bob Watson (one win, one 2nd and one 3rd), Katie Samuelson (one win, three 2nds and one 3rd), Chris Pyle (one 2nd), Caz Pritchard (one 2nd), Dave Johnson (one 3rd), Mike Salt (two wins), Ben Baldelli (a win and a 3rd), Rachel Haworth (one 2nd), Alessandro Coianiz (one win) and John Oakes (one 3rd).
St Albans Half
News trickling in from around the region - first is the St Albans Half, where John Oakes took 13th place out of 1976 runners, yet again topping his category. Dave Johnson's 36th and Andy Allsopp's 119th were also way up at the sharp end of the field - well done, guys.
On to Stowmarket for the next in the Suffolk-based five-mile series. No day off for John Oakes - again first MV50, and eleventh overall, and a second V55 placing for Diana Braverman. Good runs from Dave Edwards and Paul Dewison too.
BBQ and Footy!
(from Steve Nicholson)
I'm sorry I couldn't think of a better way of doing this but (if you can work out who I am) you'd be welcome to come round for a BBQ and to watch the football on Friday 18th June (58 Longworth Avenue, Cambridge CB4 1GU). Feel free to bring meat or something to drink. If you can RSVP (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're planning on coming, I'll try and get the right quantities in. Kick off is 7.30, I'll have the BBQ hot from 6pm (if it's stopped raining by then) so we have time to eat before running indoors to the TV.
Brill. It would be good to see you.
Tri Club 5K Series
It was the third and final race in the Tri Club 5K Series last night, and once again C&C featured strongly - well done to all the squad. First C&C was David Johnson in third place in 16:49, with Bob Watson first Vet, and fifth overall, in 17:12. Some particularly good times recorded. Well done too to James Tapley, who again won the 2K event.
Katie's Series Win
Congratulations to Katie Samuelson, who confirmed her overall victory in the Senior category of the Harlow Ladies 5K series races, finishing fourth on the night.
Tilty Hilly Thrills
John Oakes's sequence of category wins finally came to an end in the Tilty Hilly 5 at Dunmow. Perhaps not surprising after such a tough racing week! Still, second V50 and seventh overall is nothing to sneeze at - well done John. Same to Glyn Smith, third V60 and coming back into very good nick.
Kirton Friday Five
Out to deepest East Suffolk for the Kirton Friday Five, and John Oakes's monopoly of the V50 category continued with a sub-28 PB and another just-under-90% WAVA rating. More congrats, John! Good run by Paul Dewison too, finishing in 35½.
Kevin Henry 5K League - Cambridge
Last night was the first of the four 5K league races for this season, and it was our home fixture. Great to see so many turning out. I counted six teams, of which two were ours (C&C Blue and C&C White) and one was the new boys/girls from Cambridge Tri. White took first place female team and fourth male, Blue were second and third respectively, with overall standings second for White and third for Blue. This is all subject to correction, I should point out!
Many thanks to all who joined Adam's team and helped put the event on - you were all superb.
Individual placings now up, times to follow when available.
Matt's other half's excellent pics are going up in the gallery as I type.
St Neots Half Marathon
This is always a popular race. Entries opened yesterday and in just one day a third of the available places have been taken. This year it is on 21st November, and you can enter online here.
Update: Too late, it's full!
Bupa London 10000
You know it's a classy race when the winner (Mo Farah) breaks the UK best in outsprinting the world record holder (Micah Kogo), so Noel Carroll's 26th place out of 8000-plus in the London 10000 was pretty special. Noel clocked 34:48 - congratulations to him.
Kevin Henry 5K League - THIS THURSDAY
7:30 start from the track, Wilberforce Road. Please do your best to turn out for this vital match (no fee, no registration, just wear your C&C vest). It's the first fixture of the summer season, and we're hosting, so if you can't run, get in touch with Adam about how to help out with marshalling.
Hatfield Broad Oak 10K
The Hatfield Broad Oak 10K is a big race with a quality field, and appropriately we sent John Oakes and Bob Watson to renew their rivalry at the fast end. John pipped Bob this time, by seven seconds in 35:02 (35:01 chip) and took second in his category. Despite missing a PB by two seconds, this was another club best WAVA age grading (since 2006), 89.83% (birthdays have their uses!). Bob's 35:09 (35:07 chip) was worth an excellent fourth in category and nearly 87%. Phenomenal running by both - will we see a 90% soon?
Off-Road Bank Holiday Halfs
It's the time of year for a bit of off-road, and there was a squad of C&Cs in Brandon Forest for the Half Marathon on Monday. Star performance came from David Johnson, with an outstanding second place, whilst also in the prize list was Diana Braverman, second V55. Congratulations to both of them. Good running by Dave Mail, Dave Edwards, Katie Samuelson and Simon Redfern. On similar lines, John Kazer and Carol Stanier successfully conquered Sunday's Woodland Half in Bourne Woods, familiar to many as the Bourne Frostbite venue. John's run was good enough for third place overall - congrats, John.