London to Brighton race
Good to see so many people in the club doing so much and so intersting. I have been injured but back on track and running the London to Brighton off road Race on Set 11th. I am doing it for charity, rethink, it is a challenging race and navigation essential (Urgh!) mainly off road/footpaths/mud/hills. I welcome any sponser money, thanks to everyone in the past who have sponsered me. see you soon. http://www.justgiving.com/kim-masson
Nene Valley 5K
Big problems with the results at the Nene Valley 5K, but Carmel, Jen and I had a thoroughly satisfying evening anyhow.
Great to see the very talented young Jonathan Escalante-Phillips back in top form. Going from a 54.8 400m PB on Sunday to the Broadland 5k last night, he ran an excellent new PB of 16:53 for 7th place! What distance to specialise in Jonathan?
ASICS Haddington Half Marathon, 20 August 2011
I was the first C&C runner home at Saturday's Haddington Half. Okay, I was the only C&C runner present but that's neither here nor there. I had a PB of 1:52:01 on a challenging but quick course on some of the quiet back roads round what was my home town when I was growing up. It was a little warm and the race didn't start until 2:00pm but it was still huge fun.
I just don't remember some of the hills being quite as steep when I was cycling them thirty years ago...
I'll certainly be doing this race again next year. There may be accommodation available with HELP members for any C&C runners who want to join me. I can't recommend it highly enough.
More triathlon news with Chris Hurcomb (the iron man) and Al Pritchard (the beginner) racing the sprint distance at the NiceTri event in St Neots, a nice 750m river swim in the Ouse followed by a 25k bike ride and a 5k run to finish off, a great little event with 3 sprint races (and others) organized each year. Chris took 6 mins off his PB to finish 54th in 1.21.10, I managed to do better than I thought and did 1.13.13 for 18th place. Worth a go if you fancy something a little different from just running :-)
M&M et al Race the Train
Whay I hear you say? M&M racing a train through a welsh valley, my that lad's changed since he sang about Stan and the Slim Shady...
Nope, Mark and Matt, Crook and Applegate produced fantastic runs in poor conditions to beat the train in one of the toughest races on the calendar, the 14 mile cross country race that is the Race the Train Rotary Challenge in Tywyn, mid-Wales. I'm sure one of them will be along to write a report and maybe a photo or two... Matt's 1:40:15 was good enough for 88th place, Mark's shoe choice didn't help him but he still ran a very strong 1:44:37. Other fine fine runs from Theo Goguely 1:48:22 and Lisa Stango in 1:54:39. Morag Macniven competed in the shorter 10k cross country race that is the Race the Train Quarry Challenge and came home 2nd lady in a time of 47:46.
A slideshow of photographs can be viewed via this link, or take a look at a video compiled by a fellow runner about this year's event, which captures the essence of the race.
Consecutive weekends of marathoning for Simon Redfern - this time it's the Grenaa Marathon in Denmark - nice one, Simon. Can anyone predict which country it'll be next week?
Free VO2max testing suitable for almost all!
I have just started a new research project looking into VO2max testing and I am looking for more volunteers to take part in the study.
For those of you who don't know anything about VO2max, it is the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can take up per minute and it is one of the major determinants of the capacity to do aerobic (sustainable) work.
Excellent news from Cristina and Cole: announcing the birth of Clara on Sunday 14th, weighing 2.7kg. Clara and Cristina are both doing well, and Cole is too. Cute Clara pic here. Congratulations to the whole family!
A decent return by Noel Carroll to racing in the tough Cambridge Triathlon. Noel finished the olympic distance in 2.23.38, Noel's 37.05 was 2nd fastest run of the day. Good work fella :-)
Gdansk Marathon Solidarności
I had wondered whether the low Thorney turnout owed anything to the imminent Gdansk Marathon Solidarności, but only the intrepid Simon Redfern made the trip to Poland. Gratulacje, Simon!
5K League - Newmarket
Tidying up some late business, C&C were second overall at Newmarket, and remain first in the series with just the Haverhill race to come. However, the Tri Club are a single point behind...
Our boys were joint-second on the night, with Kye Liddle and John Baslington starring, sixth and seventh respectively, and the two-point overall deficit behind the Tri Club means the series win relies on a slip from them. Our slightly-depleted girls for once were edged into second place on the night, but have a very defendable three-point series lead. Top performer once again was Vicky Knight, winning in 18:03. Full C&C individual results are in the results section.
Belated news from the up-and-down off-road Wandlebury 5, where Graham Anderson led the half-dozen C&C-ers in for seventh place, and Carla Brown earned another excellent podium finish and seventeenth overall. Quality performances from Tracey Patmore, Phil Scofield, Caroline Archer and Dan Bayles too.
We were reduced in numbers at the Thorney 5 this year, but well done Istvan Jacso and Rachel Roberts - Istvan's 29:30 earned him eleventh place, Rachel's 39:05 24th female.
Peterborough 5K Grand Prix - Werrington
Ben Baldelli's speedy 16:47 was only good enough for seventh place in the last of the low-key but high-quality Peterborough 5K Series at Werrington, but earned him first V40 honours - well done Ben. There were solid performances too from Jen Richardson, me and from hill specialist Carmel McEniery, edged out of her usual category podium place on a mirror-flat course.
KH 5k League, Newmarket
More fun in gently undulating Switzerland - driving rain on the ascent of the Sertig Pass being a particular highlight - as Carmel once again led me round the K42 at the SwissAlpine in Davos. Only about a four on the level-of-Hell-ometer this year. Pics.
Fine racing from our squad at the Harlow 10 - second-claimer Paul Makowski edged out John Kazer for 21st place around the 1:04 mark, with Sam Barr not far behind in 1:11.
Chris Hurcomb recently competed in the Ironman, not Hawaii but Bolton, and lets face it Bolton has a lot more going for it like famous celeb's, the tall guy from Channel 4, Vernon Kay...anyway...
Chris finished in a rather amazing 14h 3m! 1 hour and 41 secs for the swim, 6h 56m for the bike ride and to finish 5h 39m for the marathon! Brutal!!
Awesome work Chris, look forward to seeing the tee shirt :-)
There are 12 places and 12 volunteers for the new endurance committee so no election required. We'll meet in the next few weeks and report back here giving names of committee members and any new developments.