The next social get-together will be on Friday, February 11 from 7.30pm.
Venue is the Tivoli on Mitchams Corner. Food is available.
A good chance to meet other runners & catch up on race news.
A small but perfectly formed group of C&C runners made their way over to the little village of Reedham near Great Yarmouth for the annual running of the Reedham 10 race today. Excellent performances all round saw the C&C team bag a veritable bounty of trophies. Katie Samuelson ran a storming PB finishing in 83rd position, in a time of 1:10:19 and bagged the 1st Senior Female trophy. Charlie Wartnaby continued his excellent form, following up his recent Frostbite placing of 2nd, with 3rd in the race, and a PB time of 55:57. And finally not forgetting the illustrious John Oakes, who ran a phenomenal race, just missing his PB by a whisker, finishing 7th in a time of 57:33 and claiming the 1st MV50 trophy in the process. Photos and results are now up on the site.
Bourne Frostbite - Sunday 5th February
The penultimate Frostbite is on Sunday 5th February in Bourne, Lincolnshire. The junior race (1.5 miles starts at 10:15am) and the senior race (5 miles approx) starts at 11am. It is probably the best of all the Frostbite courses. I hope many C & C runners will turn out for both the junior and senior races so we can continue with our fine performances. Unfortunately, I am unable to make it so Dave Barnes and Alan Pritchard have kindly offered to score for the junior and senior races. For those who need or can offer a lift, I suggest meeting at the track at 8:45am. As usual full details, including the main car parking request can be found on www.frostbiteleague.org.uk Good luck to everyone who runs for C & C.
South of England Cross Country Championship
I have just about recovered enough to enter the results for the South of England Cross Country Championships which were held at Parliament Hill in London. For those of you who haven't done it, I recommend it! Parliament Hill mud is much cheaper and more effective than anything sold at any Beauty Salon. Again we had some fine performances most notably the unstoppable Thomas Heylen who came in 13th place and George Schwiening in 15th. But, this race was serious with some of the best runners in England - so, any positions in the top 200 is pretty amazing. I have, perhaps, only one criticism; could you young fast guys and girls try and not make such a mess of the course? I am still picking bits of mud out of my ears......
Unfortunately the Cambridge Festival of Running Expo (due to be held on the 13th Feb) has been cancelled due to a limited take-up this year. Apologies to all who are disappointed. I've just processed the refunds for those who have paid, and e-mails should have been received - let me know if not.
Cambridge parkrun's 1st Birthday
Hi all, it's Cambridge parkrun's 1st birthday party tomorrow so please come down and make it an extra large turn out! If you have thought about coming but haven't yet then tomorrow will be a good day! Cakes and coffee afterwards in the cafe are excellent, please though remember to pay your 2 quid at the parking meter (or the cafe) as this helps keep the park up and running! Partly organised by our very own John Uff :-) Nice one Uffster's! Photos are now up in the gallery, and results on the results page.
South of England XC
I shall be at Parliament Hill on Saturday from 10am to organise all the race numbers and support. If you are running, then you'll be able to find me near the C & C flag, which I will erect or somewhere on the course. The first race, under 15 boys starts at 11am (click 'read more' for full timings).
OK, an experiment. Now that quite a few of you are posting news & results here, I think I can safely step back from doing that myself and concentrate on more important things. So let's start now. All technical issues or queries to me still, and I'll keep a check on how/whether it's working. Good luck!
Training tonight, Tuesday 25th
Apologies for my absence from the track tonight. I had a puncture on the way to the track and by the time I'd pushed the bike home and come down in the car I was far too late. A sign of a good coach (so the manuals say) is that his/her group have the confidence and maturity to sort out their own sessions - I take that as a compliment to us all!
Folksworth 15 & Benfleet 15
The traditional opener to the long-distance season is the always-excellent Folksworth 15. C&C turned out in force with ten runners, led home by Adam Poole in 1:49. Dave Yeneralski was next, holding off first C&C female Caz Pritchard in 1:53. Plenty of good, hard running all round on the three hills twice - well done everyone.
Down in deepest Essex, Kim Masson starred at the Benfleet 15, taking first place in her category and ninth in all. Congratulations, Kim.
Cambridgeshire Schools Cross Country (St Neots)
Just back from the Schools Cross Country at St Neots. Yet again we had some stunning performances despite the race being run the opposite way round the course from normal. Thomas Heylen won the boys 8/9 race comfortably as did George Schwiening in the girls 10/11. Also in the girls 10/11 race Sophie Jones and Hattie Algar qualified for the next round in 3rd and 4th place. Alice Sharpe came second in the girls 12/13 race and Jonathan Escalante-Phillips came 4th in the boys 12/13 race. There were other great performances too - I will add them here if you post a comment or email me.
It's a shame that the excellent Ryston Cross-Country series clashed with the Frostbite this month, but both events showed how good our juniors are. Charlotte Murphy added another win in the under-13s, with good runs from Ella Bliss and Alice Newcombe in the same race and from Lauren Murphy at under-11.
Individual results are up from the Ramsey Frostbite. Our star performer on a tough course on a windy day was Charlie Wartnaby in second place, just nine seconds from victory. Jonathan Escalante-Phillips's final kick was enough to take ninth place from John Uff, and John Oakes was sixteenth. Best female was Joan Lasenby in fifth. Again, our squad was small but we scraped a full team; we may not be so lucky at Bourne, so let's all make a resolution to race in Feb. Hats off to the team for some superb racing.
Once again we featured at the top of the junior race, Daniel Cades matching Charlie with a close-run second place. Claire Wilson was moments behind Daniel, talking first girl honours and third place overall. Joe Willmott and Jack Heylen were high-placed too. Unfortunate not to have a full team, but we're still in the hunt - well done the juniors.
Pics from the race are in the Gallery.
Twin Piers 10k
John Oakes and I travelled all the way up to sunny North Wales for the Twin Piers 10k on Saturday. With us being right in the heart of winter, it was anything but sunny, but it was great fun nonetheless. John Oakes continued his fine form and ran a stormer, coming 4th overall (1st MV50) in a time of 35:30 which given the conditions and the course was a truly fantastic performance. I also had a great race coming 12th overall in a PB time of 37:46. I have written a report of the race, and uploaded a few photos to the gallery. I hope you find them interesting.
Cambridge Festival of Running
For those who haven't noticed, the 2011 Cambridge Festival of Running gets under way on Sunday Feb 13th with the Expo at Wilberforce Road, featuring lots of talks, practical running sessions, advice and free one-to-one sessions with experts (limited availability first-come, first-served). £15 for the day including a light meal and your two personal sessions. Click the graphic on the left-hand side for more info, or if that's too far to scroll, click here.
Our very own Cambridge Cambourne 10K follows, on Sunday 3rd April.
More excellent running from the C&C junior squad - well done to them:
Thomas Heylen won year 8/9 race at yesterday’s interschool XC at Royston with James Tapley second, Finn Barnes won the year 7 race and David October did the same in the year 10/11s. What's more, Jonathan Escalante-Phillips was third in the Year 12/13 race. For the girls, George Schwiening and Hattie Algar produced a C&C one-two in the year 10/11 race.
Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championships
We were blessed with, perhaps, the best weather ever for the Cambridgeshire Cross Country Championships at St Neots. Despite heavy rain over the past few days the cold snap last night and sunny start to Sunday produced great running conditions. We had some stunningly good performances from both the youngsters and the adults too. I will add pictures and more details shortly. In the meantime the attached picture is of Diana, Mary and Joan who did rather well!
OK, Andy has the results up and they are amazing! It is definitely a case of the women leading the way! Lucy Parker and Charlotte Murphy took first and second in the U13 girls as did Claire Wilson and Charlotte Gilliard in the U15 girls. George Schwiening took 1st in the U17 girls and Helen Branco 2nd in the Women's race. For the boys, Thomas Heylan, Oliver Cantrill and Finn Barnes took the top three places in the U13 boys and Will Taylor took 3rd in the U15 boys.
In team prizes Cambridge and Coleridge led the way by a mile. We took 1st in the: U13, U15 and U17 girls and the U13 and U15 boys. That is a stunning 5 first team prizes - easily beating the next best performing club - Cambridge Triathlon Club - who got two 1st team prizes.
Ramsey Frostbite - 16/1/11
Thank you so much to everyone who ran today and well done. Once again it was a good day for C & C. Here is a quick note on today's results, which will be updated when the full results are available. The junior team, unfortunately came 7th today because of a depleted squad (but well done anyway!) and are now in third place overall with 44 points. Whereas the seniors came 3rd. So we still maintain our overall 1st position with 64 points, 5 points ahead of the second and third teams.
Cambridgeshire XC championships
For those who have entered the Cambs XC Championship on Sunday 9th at Priory Park, St. Neots, in my absence, Christof Schwiening (07857 605979), has kindly agreed to take charge of the race numbers. He will be there 30 minutes before the start of the first race. Full race distances and start times can be found on the weblink in the diary section (on the left) of this website. I have also been informed by one of the organisers that the course, which may involve laps, is suitable for spikes. Finally, I would like to wish everyone who is running good luck.
As a way to blow off the Christmas cobwebs and to combat the cold weather, my suggestion for tonight's session is a handicap 5k followed by an easy warm down run. The handicap will be slowest first with the intention that everyone should finish at the same time. We'll use the 5k course so that you can check how much Christmas has (or hasn't!) slowed you down. Happy New Year
Wymondham New Year's Day 10K
Results hot off the press from Wymondham, and the big news is that John Oakes has finally done it - his 34:56 (for another V50 win) was worth a 90.04% age-corrected (WAVA) rating. If you're not familiar with the concept, a 90% rating means running at 90% of the pace of the best runner in the world at the same age. Absolutely awesome.
Check out Luda & Matthew's pics in the gallery.
Grand Prix - Final Standings 2010
Huge congratulations to Caz Pritchard on winning the C&C Grand Prix 2010 with a perfect points score of 80, one clear of Katie Sherwood. John Oakes was best male with 76, pipping Bob Watson on count-back.
In the age- and sex-corrected table, no-one will be surprised that John Oakes takes the title, with Bob Watson and past champ Simon Bowen in second and third.
Congratulations to them, and to everyone on a season of quality racing.
Ely New Year's Eve 10K
The road racing year always ends on a high with the Ely New Year's Eve 10K, and again we had plenty to celebrate. Katie Sherwood's magnificent season ended with a superb second place (and a PB of 39:29) behind international star Felicity Milton, whilst Andrew Shields ran a belting 37:38 to win the V45 category. Caz Pritchard took a fine fifth place in just outside 40. Quickest C&C of all, however, was John Uff, 19th overall in 36:29. Category third places went to Simon Brightwell (V45, in 38:25) and Alex Downie (V60, 45:49), and there were other sub-40s from Andy Whittle, Neil Carrington and Matthew Applegate. Far too many great performances to mention, so check out the full results for details. Finally, welcome back Karin!
Pictures now up from Helen & Ian - anyone have any more?