Mont Blanc Marathon
Just myself as the sole C&C representative at the Mont Blanc Marathon last Sunday. My cunning plan of acclimatising to the altitude by spending the week mountaineering backfired somewhat spectacularly when I managed to crampon a sizeable hole in my ankle the wednesday beforehand. Despite this I just about managed to hobble around the course in a reasonably respectable 6:00:27, missing out on my original target of sub 6 hours by a whisker. Still, the clear skies and a temperature in the high twenties might not have been ideal marathon conditions, but they were definitely enjoyed whilst relaxing with a few beers later in the afternoon.
Will try and post some pics when I get chance, hopefully they will entice a few of you to enter next year...
Nice work by our squad of seven at Saffron Walden. Top C&C honours went to Jalanie D'Alessandro (sixth female) and Simon Brightwell (43rd overall), with fine supporting performances from the rest. Frankly, it's impressive that you made it out of the pool at all. Apologies if I missed you out - let me know.
Tony Robinson Memorial Run
Well done Giacomo Capetti for an excellent fourth place on a hot day in the Tony Robinson Memorial Run (formerly the Sutton Feast Beast).
Congratulations again to super-speedy Madeline Boardman for another parkrun win!
Today's scorcher was perfect for punting, strawberries, Pimms, Jesus Green pool -- or alternatively the Stortford 10. This was a multiterrain affair with some road, some mainly dry if knobbly footpaths, but some muddy bits including one cruel slippery climb.
I spied Carla and Vickie afterwards looking cheerful (do chip in, both), with some cake-refuelling going on. I was fine to start with, but the last 4 miles felt appalling, and I was weak and wobbly enough for the Red Cross to call me over at the end -- more heat tolerance training required I think!
Bury Friday 5
Around 500 runners took to the lanes near Bury St Edmunds for the latest in the Friday 5 series. One mile around a large field, 2 miles mostly up and 2 miles down - hardly a fast course - but that didn't deter JohnO, who bagged a new PB of 27:53 and the MV50 prize. Well done John. Good run also from MattA, DaveE, PaulD and DianaB. Few pics in gallery.
Peterborough 5K Grand Prix - Eye
The Peterborough 5K series continued on Wednesday night, and we managed an unusually high C&C turnout - four! Quickest was Giacomo Capetti in 18:16, and well done on a fine C&C debut (I think) for Jen Richardson. Carmel almost avenged her Ferry Meadows defeat, but not quite...
C&C Tees now here...
...get them whilst they are hot!
As modeled by Mr 'Hot Stuff' Neil Carrington.
Drop me an email if you are interested:
We are hoping to produce some hoodies, if your interested let me know.
Larger pic here.
A small band-of-brothers made in down to Epping to the trisportepping.co.uk Jenny Clark try-a-tri. Including everyones favourite coach Alan 'get your head up' Baldock. But not fogetting Deb Carter and Hazel Turton and some bloke called Bob Watson, who i think used to be a very very good runner :-)
Sory if i missed anyone else out, looks like it might be a busy summer of tri's for the C&C faithful.
North Downs 30K
Two C&Cers made the trip down the M11 for the North Downs 30K. This race is consistently voted one of the best in the UK by the readers of Runners World and did not disappoint. Excellent organisation - they seem to have half of Kent marshalling the course and urging the runners on. They even give you a free entry to the swimming pool. What really impressed was the beautiful countryside, mostly through woods and meadows. Quite a few 'downs' and an equal dose of 'ups'!
We had some great results in the second Huntingdon 10k today. Mike Salt defended his place as champion of last year's inaugral race, leading from the start to finish in 35:06, a great time for this race that had some decent surfaces but also lumpy fields and a muddy, windward stretch. Charlie Wartnaby came in 2nd. Carla Brown was first woman in 42:40, though there was some confusion at the prize-giving there (do comment Carla!). Jalanie D'Alessandro bagged 3rd and the F45 category making it quite a haul at the trophy table for C&C. Eight of us ran in total.
Lone photo here -- do add more if you have any! Sorry I didn't recognise more people at the end to snap.
Round Norfolk Relay - 17/18 September
If you fancy something a bit different from your usual racing diet, think about volunteering for a stage in this year's Round Norfolk Relay. It's a 24-hour, 17-stage relay following a route 195 miles long around Norfolk, starting and finishing in King's Lynn. Stages range in length from approximately 5 to 20 miles; some are mainly off-road, others entirely on-road.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the race and nearly 60 teams will be taking up the challenge over the weekend of 17/18 September. C&C has entered a team in the club class (teams are mixed and must include at least 5 women and 6 veterans).
For more information, take a look at the event website (www.roundnorfolkrelay.co.uk). We are also looking for people to help support the runners (typical jobs include providing cycling support or driving the support vehicle).
If you're interested in running or joining the support crew over the weekend, please let Adam Poole (firstname.lastname@example.org ), Tim Long (email@example.com) and Rachel Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org) know by 15 July. We'll need to know roughly how far you'd like to run and what kind of terrain and time of day you'd prefer.
I have also added a few photos, which appear after Carol's.
I've uploaded my Swaledale race pics to the gallery associated with the race.
The Swaledale Marathon is an enduring C&C tradition, taking in the rugged and glorious terrain of the Yorkshire Dales. Well done John Kazer, Dave Yeneralski, Glyn Smith, Mary Holmes and Ginny Costello - hope you missed the rain!
Camping trip Stiffkey
Camping weekend is booked for Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June at Stiffkey Camp site, Norfolk.
It is getting close! I have 9 people so far please can you email Fiona Downie if you would like to come - 5 places left! I will need to know by the end of this week please.
Stowmarket Friday 5
It looks like no one is going to be tempted into doing any of the Friday 5ís, so as usual me, Dave Edwards and Paul Dewison headed to Stowmarket for the latest race of the series, though we were joined by Diana Braverman this time. This is probably the nicest race of the series, 5 miles off road around the forest trails of the very picturesque Haughley Park. A good time was had by all, with Diana finishing second in her category, and with me actually remembering to put my age on the entry form this time, I got a prize for 1st V50.
You really should try one of these races folks, it's like the Kevin Henry series, except you get results! Next one is in Bury on the 24th.
St Albans HM
Just me and Mark Crook from C&C made the trip to St Albans for the HM there on a cold and wet day last Sunday. Quite a big event this one, with 2000 runners and a nice course if you like your HMís to be a bit more challenging, the only flat bit being the park where the start and finish are! So Mark did really well to get a new PB, 1:25:53 and 42nd place. I managed to finish in 13th place and was also, unusually, 1st V50.
Ramsey Abbey 10k
Another outstanding result of the weekend at Ramsey 10k. A stunning run by the unstoppable Katie Sherwood, and another C&C lady 1st place!!! Well done Ms Sherwood!!! Very respectable runs too by Neil and Chris. Well done all.
This was the first running of this event from Bassingbourn Barracks just off the A1198.
And what a great little event it was, a super course taking in a 3 mile lap of the barracks (complete with golf course and fishing pools!) before heading out through some of the smaller villages nearby, plenty of support on the route was a nice surprise unlike the hills and the relentless wind that seem to be head on even when supposidly turning 90 degrees out of it!
Some strong C&C performances. Caz P once again in the medals with a strong 1.30 run for 3rd lady, she was chasing the 1.30 pacer all the way to the finish line, good to see Simon back in action after his recent bike accident, Lisa S knocking something like 6 mins from her PB! Strong runs from Mike DF and Diana B, perhaps a training run for Andy A (?) and another one chasing in the pacer this time was Andrea H. This event is well worth it if you fancy a nice change of scenery. Oh and not a bad result for me too :-)
Two Castles Run
Another storming run for Madeline Boardman at the Two Castles 10K.... Infact, couldnt have asked for more, a 10k PB and 1st Female to boot!!! Awesome running Maddy, well done.
Chalk up another C&C win at parkrun - well done Carla Brown!
Peterborough 5K Grand Prix - NVH
The excellent five-race Peterborough 5K series started on Wednesday at Ferry Meadows, with the NVH-hosted leg. Thoroughly recommended.
Tilty Hilly 5
I'm not sure if any other C&C ran the Tilty Hilly 5, because no results have appeared after warnings that they were having trouble with them. The clue was in the name for this one; a pell-mell descent to start, then some notable 'undulations', before a cruel climb back up to the finish. A cheerful low-key village race and a good morning out, for future reference. I got a nice trophy for 3rd, though I don't think there were a huge number of competitors! If anyone else was there, sorry I missed you, and do chip in with a comment.
13Jun update: official results have now appeared.
We now finally have the junior and senior team trophies from the previous season's Frostbite but unfortunately nowhere to store them or put them on show so in due course I will add in photos of each shield. I would also like to say well done to the following who were the C & C runners of the season - Finn Barnes, Caroline Pritchard, John Uff, and Claire Wilson. So now it's on to the forthcoming season and hope we can retain our titles.
More sheer lunacy from Simon Redfern at the Dartmoor Discovery on Saturday. 52.11km of Devon's most windswept moors in 5 hours 50. Hope they gave you an extra blob of clotted cream on your scones, Simon.
Kevin Henry 5k league
Well done and thank you to everyone who turned up and ran at the second of the 5 races in Saffron Walden last Thursday, especially Alan Pritchard for helping rally people to run. The current team results are as follows - C & C male, first overall, C & C female, first overall, C & C combined teams, first overall. So to sum up - we're first overall! Full individual results now up.
C&C Double at parkrun
We recorded a cracking double this week at parkrun, with Miguel Branco and Hollie Parker taking top honours. Well done both!
Kirton Friday 5
The usual suspects travelled to Kirton for the second of the Friday 5's, that's John Oakes, David Edwards and Paul Dewison. These races are getting more and more popular and the 500 places were filled on the night. Good runs by Dave and Paul, both doing well in their age categories in the series. I ran quite well, but otherwise it was a bit of a disaster as I somehow missed out my age and D.O.B on the entry form, so no category win and no points for me.
There are 3 more of them coming up, give one of them a try!
Bupa London 10,000
Diane Potter and I represented C&C at the Bupa London 10,000 on Monday 30th May. The race is one of the UKís most prestigious 10k events, and attracts some of the top elites in the world. European 10k and 5k champion, and road 10k British record holder, Mo Farah, was in attendance to defend his crown. Stealing the show however was the return to competitive running of marathon and road 10k world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, after giving birth to her second child.