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Kevin Henry 5K League
Notice of a change in the 5K league fixtures - the Tri Club fixture swaps with the Saffron Walden one. Click 'read more' for the updated fixture list.
National Elite Duathlon Championship
George put in a tremendous performance at the British Elite Duathlon Championships on Sunday at Prestwold, Loughborough. The Junior Girls (age 16-19) raced with the Elite Women, so it was a very fast field. It was her first year in that age group, but she came in as 2nd Junior (being beaten by a 19 year old) and 7th fastest woman overall. It was a fascinating race as all of the Juniors formed aliances with the seniors on the drafting bike stage. George was exceptionally lucky to have our local Ironman Lucy Gossage (who finished in 6th place) as a drafting partner.
Another high-quality performance from John Oakes, at the Colchester Half. Eighth place in 1:18:16 and yet another V50 category win. Congratulations, John! Unstoppable!
Joe Cox Half
There's some excellent racing to be had in Stowmarket, as our trio of competitors in the Joe Cox Half Marathon would agree. A couple of trophies to report too - Giacomo Capetti's 1:22 earned him ninth place overall and won the V40 category, whilst Giulio Cinque's excellent 1:27 won the V50s - many congratulations to them. Hopefully trophy-less Tim Long (a handy 1:51) didn't feel left out! Well run, all.
Dave Edwards's assault on the UK's most scenic marathons (toughness no object) continued on Sunday with a 4:14 in the Daffodil Dawdle at Kirtling, down Newmarket way. Nice one, Dave.
A nine-strong almost-all-female C&C long-distance squad went to the Oakley 20, and survived the undulations impressively. Carla Brown led us home with a 2:35, ahead of Ultra Katie Samuelson, 2:39. Strong runs too from Carmel McEniery, Andrea Martinelli, Maria Brightwell, Jalanie D'Alessandro, Diana Braverman, Iona Graham Hagg and me (first C&C male!) nearing the end of pre-marathon seasons of massively varying fortune. The Kermit-green hoodie divided the critics, but expect to see them wherever you race.
There were some outstanding performances at the Thorney 10k yesterday. Glyn Smith ran a stormer, and won the MV65 category in a time of 44:06! Inspirational stuff Glyn. Madeline Boardman has had a true return to form and ran an amazing 39:11, which won her 2nd place in the SL category. Elsewhere, John Uff continued his relentless assault on the sharp end of the leader-board, with another top ten finish (9th) in a PB time of 36:05. Great running all, and I even ran a PB too! Full results are now on-line.
Newham London Run
Ever wanted to run alongside Sonia O'Sullivan? Or race round the Olympic park? Andy Allsopp did both at the 10K Newham London Run. Sonia got away, but Andy recorded a very useful 77th place out of 2300, in 40:40.
New C&C Technical Tee
Well at last I hear you say!
Follow this link to download and view the design ideas for the tech tees
Then let me know which ideas you like, how many you want and what sizes.
Tee shirt material will be like coolmax or similar.
Thursday Training at Wilberforce Road
There is some confusion about it, but it seems that Thursdays at Chesterton have finished for the winter and we're back at the track. Keep checking.
Lode Muddy Marvel
Late results from the Muddy Marvel - good runs by Mike Difranco (22nd) and Gerald Meah (26th) in the senior event, but particular congratulations to Robert Brightwell for his fourth place in the junior race.
Final call for place in oakley 20
Hi. I put a posting on the Forum on Tues, but just in case there is anyone who really fancied doing it and didn't notice, there's still a place going for this Sunday 27th. You can take my number and transfer it on the day if you turn up before 09:30 (there is a system for doing this). Have had lovely hoody race momentos in last 2 years from it! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want it and will try to get it to you.
One more race to report on a busy weekend; well done Ish Badr (1:26) and Adam Poole (1:31) at the Brentwood Half.
C. U. Hare and Hounds Roman Road Race
5 C+Cers ventured forth on this voyage of discovery and conquest. Helen Grant starred as first C+C home. Race really recommended.
See the results here and the report here.
Run for Japan
Run for Japan is bringing together the global running community and
showing solidarity and support through dedicating runs around the
world to the people of Japan. For more details of Run for Japan and
to make a donation, go to www.runforjapan.com
Rhayader Round the Lakes 20
Four members of C & C travelled south to Epping Forest to take part in the classic cross country race, the 57th Orion 15. For those unfamiliar with the event, it’s a gruelling 15 mile course with hills, more hills, plenty of mud and lots of history, all set in the magnificent ancient woodland of Epping Forest.
Camping weekend is booked for Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June at Stiffkey Camp site, Norfolk.
Please can you email Fiona Downie if you would like to come. We have enough plots for up to 14 people. First come first served!
Latest C&C parkrun winner - congratulations Gemma Coe!
A belated well done to Garry Hill at the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon, running 1:51. You can read Garry's report here. News pic shamelessly stolen from Marathonfoto .
Visiting family down in Dorset, and the Salisbury 10 just happened to fit in the schedule (What a coincidence!). Didn't exactly go to plan race wise, but a very picturesque course and a nice event if anyone is ever down that way.
Some great distance running by Cazzy is the undulating Ashby 20. Finishing 16th lady in a quality field.
There never appears to be a flat part to this course its either up or down! Although I found it easier running the other way round and only running 11 or so miles rather than 20!
Caz is looking good for a fast time at Brighton.
Images to follow.
Hats off to Simon Redfern and Katie Samuelson, completing another gruelling off-road marathon at the Bedford Clanger. Katie taking time to admire the scenery, I see - nothing wrong hopefully..?
Good C&C Halfing to report; 1:24 by Matthew Applegate (just missing that PB for once!) and 1:40 by Jalanie D'Alessandro at Milton Keynes Half, and a 1:57 from Chris Hurcomb at the rescheduled Norwich Half. Well done, team!
Social event - meal & drinks
The next social get-together will be on Friday, April 1st from 7pm.
Venue is the Castle pub on Castle Hill, followed by a short stagger down the hill to the Maharajah Indian restaurant. Parking is available at Shire Hall car park, just next to the pub.
Please let me know by March 25 if you are coming to the meal.
A good chance to meet other runners & catch up on race news.
There was a five-strong C&C squad at the Barcelona Marathon at the weekend. Andy Allsopp led us home in a PB of 3:24, Jo Jones was first C&C female shortly after with a 3:26, and Andrea Hill, Mike Difranco and Deb Carter followed in 3:49, 3:57 and 4:39 respectively. Good running, all.
20 miles on marathon jelly-legs? No problem for Carmel at Wymondham, but I cried a bit.
A sterling effort by Dave Edwards at the off-road Steyning Stinger marathon, run over the beautiful but not-overly-horizontal South Downs in Sussex (witness the 3:21 winning time): 4:05 for 44th.
Hinchingbrooke Frostbite results are up
I've added the results as best I can (first time of trying!!!) but feel free to tweak/add if I've done anything wrong! Well done everyone, some top performances, with particularly awesome running from Mr Uff! A great team performance where every person counted and worked really hard in some glorious mud and an unexpected .4 of a mile! Some inter-club battles too by the look of some of the results! Bring on the Kevin Henry.
South of England women's and men's road relays - Sunday 27th March
If anyone is interested in entering for C & C these road relays, then please get in touch by 6pm, Thursday 10th March because the closing date is Monday 14th. The men's event is 12 stages (6 of 5.2km and 6 of 7.7km) starting at 12pm and the women's event starting at 1pm is 6 stages of 5.2km. Both events at in Milton Keynes at The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes. As this is a relay event, then C & C will cover the entry costs but I will need your UKA registration number as part of the entry requirement.
CAU Intercounties Cross Country - Birmingham
With only the Schools' Cross Country Final to go, Saturday saw the last National Cross Country race for the adults of the season. The Intercounties requires qualificaton from the County Championships so the standards are very high. To make it to the race you have to be fast - very fast. We had a good turn-out of C&C runners with some pretty impressive placings. The Cofton Park course was mostly firm and fast without the dramatic hills of either Alton Towers or Parliament Hill or the extensive mud. The weather conditions were also great with relatively low winds so there were some pretty fast times. Our best performances came from Helen Branco finishing in a blistering 58th place. Thomas Heylen continued his spectacular performance with a 41st place again less than a minute behind the winner. Hot on his heels was Oliver Cantrill (only 15s behind). The other finishers in the top 100 were Alice Sharpe and Holly Archer in 83rd and 87th place. The photo is of George who was briefly in her element when she found the only mud on the course! She maintained her form to finish in 28th place after following the advice of a passer-by who was talking to his son; "Go as fast as you can for as long as you can!". [photo taken by calvin sambrook].
Final Frostbite results
Well, after many years of trying we have now finally achieved the overall trophies that have been long deserved! The juniors came first today with 39 points (the lowest scoring team today as well!), which pushed us into third overall and the two junior runners of the season went to Claire Wilson and Finn Barnes so congratulations to them. The seniors, managed to come first today with a total of 430 points so (no surprise here!) that helped us maintain our overall position of first. I would therefore like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to absolutely everyone who has run for C & C (both juniors and seniors) this season and helped to achieve such an outstanding season and results. Full results to follow.
Roman Road race
The annual Roman Road race is on Saturday 19th March. Coaches leave the Wilberforce Road track at 12.30 for a start at approx 1.15. Presentations and refreshments will be held at the track at 3.30. The race is free but there'll be a small charge for the bus.
All C&C athletes are warmly welcomed, along with the CUHH runners and runners from various other clubs with connections to the University. Well worth having a go.
Cambridge Boundary Run
Not many people can say they have actually won a marathon, but Kim Masson did exactly that in the Cambridge Boundary Run, closely followed by Caz Pritchard PBing in 2nd, and Charlie Wartnaby also claimed 2nd. Overall 22 C&C competitors ran, 17 going on to do the full distance, with Graham Anderson and Madeline Boardman claiming top spots in the half marathon. Fielding this army we claimed the men's team prize and first two women's team prizes.
The course had a fair bit of tarmac in the first half, which the lead group enjoyed so much they did a little extra near Addenbrookes! But things got muddier before the half way point, and there was more bog in the second half, with stiles, gates, and road crossings all adding "interest" to a tremendous day.
What happened to Al Pritchard though, running strongly but not in the results? Hope you were OK!