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July 2010

Culford Triathlon
Well done Adam Poole on a very good triathlon debut, in the Culford Tri at Bury St Eds.
[Andy I, Thu 29/07/10] [comments (0)]

London 2012 Olympics Volunteering
As I am sure you are no doubt aware, the Olympics are being held in London in 2012. Having the Olympics held in our home nation is not an opportunity I personally want to squander (I squander enough opportunitites thank you!) so I am hoping to volunteer my services to be what the London 2012 team call a Games Maker - and am quite excited at this prospect!

Recently I have received an email from the London 2012 team responding to my intitial query regarding how I could get involved. I thought I would share this with the club as I am sure that others will be interested to be involved too. Here are some links to whet your appetite (the last link is the most pertinent):

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/8859274.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympic_games/london_2012/8859642.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympic_games/london_2012/8857625.stm
http://www.london2012.com/get-involved/volunteer/volunteering-landing.php

There is already quite a buzz surrounding the games and I am pretty sure the volunteering spots will be snapped up sharpish, so good luck!

-Matt
[Matthew Applegate, Wed 28/07/10] [comments (0)]

London Triathlon
More quality multi-eventing from Noel Carroll (pictured) at the London Triathon. His 2:12:24 for 74th place out of almost 1000 at the Olympic distance finished with a blistering 34:47 10K run, tenth quickest of the day.
[Andy I, Tue 27/07/10] [comments (0)]

Camping at Stiffkey, Norfolk, 2nd - 4th July 2010
With apologies (again) to the Great McGonagall

'Twas in the year of two thousand and ten
That C&C sent 3 women and 5 men
To be happy campers in NorfolK, in Stiffkey.
Amongst the group were Glyn, Matthew, Luda, Fiona and me,
Not forgetting those redoubtable rovers, Mandy and Tim,
Yes, better not forget Tim, for it was organised by him;
And then there was Dave, complete with plate.
So all in all, we added up to eight.

The site there is very scenic and pretty
The conversation, needless to say, was extremely witty.
The staff and fellow-campers were friendly, the whole lot.
The showers were clean and the water was hot.
The weather was perfect, not a drop of rain,
Though the cold at night caused some of us pain.

On the Saturday, for 9 miles we strode and strolled.
It was a varied route, but if truth must be told,
It did include, ahem, a 'naturist' bit of the coast.
Glyn swam nearby, but kept his trunks on, we were pleased to note!

On the next day, rising with the sun,
Matthew and Luda drove over to the March Spud Run.
The rest of us ran the coastal path to Blakeney and beyond.
It was about 10 miles, and we were long gone.
It rounded off a great 2 days and 2 nights.
If it happens again, watch for it on this website.
[Alex Downie, Mon 26/07/10] [comments (0)]

Girton 5K
The field for the Girton 5K was full of C&Cs - nothing to do with the beer at the finish, I'm sure. We turned in a good set of performances too. Best of all was victory in the women's race by George Schwiening, who held off her Tri Club rival by six seconds, runnng 18:37. In-form Caz Pritchard was next in. In the men's race, Alan Pritchard matched Caz by finishing third with 17:27. Also well up there were Jonathan Escalante-Phillips, David Harrison and Alessandro Coianiz, sixth to eighth. Well done the C&C squad.
Read Alex's critique of the north-by-northwest Cambridge village 5K scene here.
[Andy I, Sat 24/07/10] [comments (0)]

Housewarming in Royston
We are having a housewarming do on 7th August which we would like to invite all the runners to. If you would like to come but don't know where to please email me (Carol) to get the address. Come any time from 2pm to evening, depending if tea and cakes or BBQ and beer is your thing.
Runs on the heath optional.......
[Carol S, Thu 22/07/10] [comments (0)]

Midlands News
A brilliant weekend's racing for Caz Pritchard. A first-ever sub-20 5K (and a win) at the Coventry parkrun (after last week's agonising 20:00 in Cambridge) was followed up by a big 10K PB (and fifth place) at the Worcester Pitchcroft 10K. Al's 36:38 for 23rd was pretty sharp too. Congrats to the Pritchards.
[Andy I, Tue 20/07/10] [comments (0)]

Fairlands Valley Challenge
Here's one that nearly escaped me. Huge congratulations to Dave Pell on winning the off-road, marathon-distance Fairlands Valley Challenge near Stevenage. Well done Simon Redfern too, completing his fiftieth marathon. Phew!
[Andy I, Tue 20/07/10] [comments (0)]

England Athletics Championships
Track news: congratulations and commiserations to our only representative at the National Championships - Ed Aston missed out on the 800m title by eleven hundredths of a second to Enfield's Darren St Clair, clocking 1:49:69.
[Andy I, Mon 19/07/10] [comments (0)]

St Ives 10K
The C&C squad at the rather windy St Ives 10K was smaller than in the past, but yet again the quality was there - six of our eight finished top-four in their category. Star performances came from Charlie Wartnaby (second overall and first Vet) and Bob Watson (seventh and first V45) - many congratulations to them. The rarity of John Oakes being pipped in the V50s was still worth a good second place, whilst thirds went to Alex Downie and Carmel McEniery. Well done all.
The icing on the cake was winning the men's team prize. Congratulations to Charlie, Bob, John and Chris Brown.
In the C&C Grand Prix, Bob leads John by a daunting 23 points, but John has a race in hand. In the age-graded standings, it'll be really close between the two when John runs his fourth counting race.
[Andy I, Mon 19/07/10] [comments (0)]

Milton Keynes Half
More silverware! Another classy run by Ben Baldelli, finishing sixth, and first Vet, at the Milton Keynes Half in 1:15:09.
[Andy I, Mon 19/07/10] [comments (0)]

Pen y Fan Fell Race
All those Tuesday sessions on Madingley Hill paid off for Dave Mail on Saturday, keeping up with the mountain people at the Pen y Fan Fell Race. Read Dave's excellent report here, and view the photographic evidence that Fenlanders can do hills here.
[Andy I, Mon 19/07/10] [comments (0)]

Box End Sprint Triathlon
A belting result for Noel Carroll at the Box End Sprint Tri near Bedford. Sixth place overall, and, gratifyingly, the quickest run leg of the day. Great stuff, Noel!
[Andy I, Wed 14/07/10] [comments (0)]

Histon Feast Fun Run
Very tricky to make sense out of the Histon Feast Fun Run results, but it looks like we managed some good placings...!
[Andy I, Tue 13/07/10] [comments (0)]

RAF Marham 10K
King of the C&C overall wins in recent years is unquestionably Ben Baldelli, and he was back on pot-collecting form on Sunday at the RAF Marham ten-miler. 56:29 in the July sun - magnificent!
[Andy I, Tue 13/07/10] [comments (0)]

Felsted 10K
You can't stop Dave Edwards - more excellent running and another PB over the Essex border.
[Andy I, Tue 13/07/10] [comments (0)]

Bushy 10K
Possibly a smaller C&C turnout than expected at the Bushy 10K, hosted by our chums from Bushfield, but certainly no lack of quality. Will Mycroft took fifth place in a shade over 35, whilst Bob Watson's 36 and a bit placed him ninth, and second in his class. And Andrew Shields wasn't far behind Bob. Cracking runs on a sweltering day.
[Andy I, Tue 13/07/10] [comments (0)]

Lord Mayor's 5K
The Lord Mayor's 5K in Norwich is undoubtedly the most prestigious 5K in the region, and attracts the best runners around - I wouldn't even be allowed to enter. So hats off to C&C new boy Charlie Wartnaby for his 13th place (and third Vet), running a very sharp 16:26.
[Andy I, Tue 13/07/10] [comments (0)]

Great Bentley Friday Five
John Oakes and Dave Edwards made the trip to Essex for the last in the Friday Five Series, at Great Bentley. John maintained his 100% record in the V50 category, and was, as you might expect, crowned V50 winner of the series overall. Congratulations John! Great going Dave too, recording a superb PB.
[Andy I, Tue 13/07/10] [comments (0)]

Saffron Walden 5K News, Part 2
Individual results have been posted for Saffron Walden. If took your watch time and didn't give it to Adam on the night (and therefore don't have a time in the results), please get in touch. It looks like there are no official individual placings or times being published this season (don't ask me why!), so please try to give your times to Adam (or whoever has the magic clipboard) at the end of each race.
Particular congratulations to George Schwiening (first place), Helen Zenner Branco (second) and Miguel Branco (third place).

Match results also in....
C&C Blue: 2nd Male, equal 3rd Female, overall 2nd.
C&C White: 4th Male, 1st Female, overall 4th.
After 2 races: C&C Blue 2nd, C&C White 4th.

The Grand Prix standings have been updated accordingly, despite the odd anomaly in these latest results, and Bob Watson continues to lead the way.
[Andy I, Wed 07/07/10] [comments (0)]

Not-So-Local Racing
We're in the prizes again! Congratulations to Katie Samuelson, running a rapid 41:34 to take third place at the Stratford Summer 6. And a Vet 50 win to report too (not from John O!) - Dave Edwards at the Milton Keynes parkrun. Nice one, Dave.
[Andy I, Tue 06/07/10] [comments (0)]

Saffron Walden 5K
The results for the Kevin Henry 5K league haven't yet been posted. But, Andy, it did definitely take place. The route was - again - hilly with lots of single-file sections with only nettles to run next to. I arrived just as exhausted as last year to find that 40 other males had beaten me to the line. It was a friendly race, although I missed the amusing sight of an abundance of smudged war paint that we saw in Cambridge! No doubt someone with a clipboard will be able to give us some detail on the placings?
[Christof Schwiening, Mon 05/07/10] [comments (0)]

Saffron Walden 5K News
Did nobody go? What happened? Post away, or let me know. Ta!
UPDATE: Individual times and placings now in, but no time to post them yet...
[Andy I, Mon 05/07/10] [comments (0)]

Local Racing
A couple of good local races for you, with good C&C performances too.
A bag of finest Fenland spuds was on offer to anyone completing the 5-mile March Spud Run on Sunday, and it's chips all round for Ben Baldelli, Caz Pritchard and Matt Applegate. Ben and Caz had their eyes on the podium and both mashed the opposition to finish third, with Matt not far behind, yet just missing out on the potato puns.
Over in Stetchworth, another classy C&C trio took on the Newmarket 10K, and pretty well monopolised the V50 category - well done John Oakes (another win, and seventh overall), Dave Edwards (third) and Paul Dewison (eighth).
[Andy I, Mon 05/07/10] [comments (0)]
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