Frostbite, First Race this sunday, anyone mentioned it yet...
If you haven't already done so yet, please consider taking part in the first Frostbite this coming Sunday. Should be great fun for all.....and remember your C&C vest!! First race is at Priory Park, St. Neots, so not far away and the weather looks good for a firm course. Just turn up in your vest before 11am, we should have a central meeting point, just look for the flags. Postcode for the road by the park is PE19 1DZ.
Back to winning ways
Nice to see Mike Salt return from the injury bench to win the ever tougher Saffron Walden 10K! Superb time by Mike on what I'm told was a hiller and more off road course! Blimey.
John Oakes putting in another winning performance for 5th place and 1st M50, with the italians in close pursuit both picking up more pots!
Nice to see Glyn back running strongly too and another prize, good runs too from Tim, Amanda and first F60 for Diana. Not a bad day out then...
Road relay success
Congratulations to the under 15 girls team (Hollie Parker, Charlotte Murphy and Claire Wilson) who ran at the South of England Road Relays at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot on Saturday 24th September. They ran brillliantly and finished 3rd - one of the best results we've had in an event like this for some time. Well done Hollie, Charlotte and Claire!
FROSTBITE THIS SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER, PRIORY PARK, ST NEOTS
The first Frostbite league race will be this Sunday the 2nd of October. Junior start is 10.15am with the seniors kicking off at 11.00am. Race one is held at Priory Park, St Neots. Carla and I have information just grab us at training. Good idea to lift share to these events, if you need a lift put your name down here. Lets aim for a large turn out as big as we can manage, everyone will want to beat us this season.
All runners help no matter what your finish position is...
World Duathlon Championships
Just back from Spain where I was watching the World Duathlon Championships. George was representing GB in the junior elite category (her first year in that age group) and put in a stunning performance taking 4th place. Not bad considering EasyJet delayed delivery of her suitcase until 9pm just 8 hours before she was kitting-up to race - that was stressful. The next day, with no GB Junior team for the relays, she joined the GB adult elites (Mark Buckingham, Katie Hewison (Ingram) and Matt Gunby) to win silver in the relay earning an Internation Triathlon Union podium (second from left on attached photo) and a share of the 4,000 Euro 2nd place prize - not too shabby for less than 24 mins racing!
If you haven't already done so yet, please consider taking part in the first Frostbite this coming Sunday. Should be great fun for all.....and remember your C&C vest!!
Cransley Hospice Half
Late news from Northants, where the prolific Jen Richardson ran the Cransley Hospice Half in 2:13. Nice one, Jen!
The first RNR pics are in the gallery (thanks Noel C and Dave Y - any more to come?), and lovers of fine literature will want to read this piece from C&C's poet-in-residence-on-the-A149, Alex.
Finally, I've moved the 'LIVE!' commentary to the reports section - as Dave Y started it, it's listed as his report. Or click here.
The Grafham Water Marathon
Perfect conditions for this first running of this event, well organised and one that I can recommend to put on your calender for a must do...mainly off road, undulating course, so a good work out for anyone using it as a long run for a future road marathon. not so sure about the referee though, ask Neil... he sent me off on the second lap, thanks to all concerned. now bring on The Barrow Challenge!
Great North Run
Belting C&C performances from the Great North Run. Matthew Applegate blasted a big PB in 1:21 to break the top 200 for the guide dogs, Andy Allsopp got the blue and white on telly (briefly) at the end of his quick 1:29, Jane Packman flew round in 1:39 and new endurance supremo Robert Conquest helped out prostate cancer research with a leisurely (for him!) 1:52. Well done all, and I hope you had a great time in Geordieland.
Harvest Trail 10
The Harvest 10 is an absolute delight of a race, low-key and challenging on the trails of Royston Heath, and a free cuppa and piece of cake at the end, who could ask for more? C&C success maybe? Well, John Kazer took sixth place in a rapid 1:10 and Carmel McEniery and Caroline Archer were third and fourth females. I got round without harming myself or others, and we only got lost once. What's more, we all got a good night's sleep beforehand...
RNR Congratulations and thanks!
Just a quick note to thank Rachel and Tim for all of their organization - and the other supporters and drivers. It was great fun to be running through the fens in the early morning - I had the best spot with the sun rising just as I was finishing. The beet factory and smells were quite something, but I didn't spot the tiger. Definitely one to do again! The photo is of the chase car - sorry about the blurry image, I was running backwards in the dark.....
Predicting race performance from an easy run?
Here is a link to a forum (RunningAHEAD) where you can download a spreadsheet that I have created to predict race performance from training runs. I would be really interested in whether you endurance runners agree with its predictions. I don't know of anything similar out there - but, there may well be.
Round Norfolk Relay - Live Updates
A few of us helping out with the RNR are going to try and add progress updates to the Live section of the website (LIVE tab) - subject to mobile phone reception and trying not to forget!
Anyone who is running or helping out can also add progress updates. It's really easy. You need to be logged into the website and then use the link below to add the update.
Frostbite Race One
Frostbite Race 1, Priory Park, St Neots. Sunday 2nd October 2011
We've put together a PDF with information about the first frostbite event at Priory Park now only 2 weeks away.
It contains details about times, directions and general information about how the frostbite league races are run.
Paper copies will be available from the meeting at the Red Bull pub next Tuesday 20th September.
Lift sharing is great, lets do it as much as possible as it helps build team spirit, as well as being green! If you need a lift or can offer make yourselves known to Carla or me, or stick your name down here like Rich :-)
Regular Pub Night (Red Bull) - Tuesday 20th
Hope many of you can make it down the pub on Tuesday after training to have a good old chat about up and coming 'stuff'. They serve good food (very much needed after the sessions!) and you might even be able to get yourself a beverage whilst you are there.
*Runners wanted* Hereward Relay.....!
I'm sure many of you will be familiar with the Hereward Relay – a 38 mile mult-terrain 4-stage race from Peterborough Cathedral to Ely Cathedral. Some of you, on the other hand may not have heard of it. I personally haven’t had the pleasure of taking part in this event but have heard very good things! Last year there was 103 teams entered and the total finishing time ranged from 3.45hrs to 6.37hrs – a real mix!
To give you a bit of an idea of how it works….4 runners, 4 stages -
1: Peterborough to Whittlesey (6.48 miles); 2: Whittlesey to March (11.35 miles); 3: March to Welney (10.30 miles);4: Welney to Ely (9.60 miles)
We are hoping to enter a couple of teams (depending on interest) and I would like to get commitment secured really soon. We already have one all ladies team sorted, Al is on the lookout to sign up an all male team and we are looking for any other runners who fancy giving this a bash. It’s advisable that you’re able to run the above distance (obviously not 38 miles!) without too much trouble, but you don’t have to be the Paula Radcliffe’s or Mo’s of this world!
NOW OPEN New Years Eve 10k
Just a heads up- Ely 10k entries open today, Monday 12th September. For those who don't know this is a fast, fairly flat 10k and a well organised, lovely race. Entries fill fast so you need to get in there early if you want to run.
Lets get a good C&C squad out there and perhaps go for a NYE celebratary drink afterwards!
Watch his space for more details soon.
Kim completes London to Brighton
A very early 6.00 am on Sunday morning saw the start of the London to Brighton trail run. The runners set off from Blackheath and after a few miles of running on pavements the course hits the trail ending up 56 miles later at Brighton. This years event was characterised by an in your face gale force wind the whole way. For those of you who don't know the course there are some serious climbs to negotiate along the way with the most testing in the last ten miles.
A very weary Kim finished in around 11 hours and 15 minutes (offical times still to be ratified) and was awarded the first lady trophy.
Kim was running to raise money for Rethink a mental heath charity. You can still make donations by logging on to www.justgiving.com/kim-masson
Adam Poole is made of Iron
An amazing performance yesterday from Mr Poole who completed Ironman Wales (http://ironmanwales.com/) in a time of 14.18.23. Yes, 14 hours of racing!! No doubt mother nature contributed to this being described as the toughest ironman ever with some battering winds and plenty of hills. Really well done Adam, all that training paid off. You are an Ironman!
A stirring tale of endurance in the wilds of the Grampians - Helen Buxton covered 60 miles of highland trails in the 12-hour race at the Glenmore 24 to take third place overall. Helen highly recommends the event, but I'm not convinced... Congratulations Helen!
Great North Run 2011
Just wanted to let all members of C&C know that I am running in the Great North Run next Sunday 18th September 2011. I will be running on behalf of Prostate Cancer, so if anyone wishes to make any donations please go to the virgingivingmoney website and then type my name and fingers crossed you should find my fundraising page.
Are there any other members of C&C running in the event apart from Andy Allsop?
Many thanks for your help and support
Last few remaining C&C tee's
Just a quick note to say I have but a few C&C tee's left. Be good to get these sold and order in the hoddies we've been talking about at the club, in time for Frostbite :-)
I have 3 x girls small
3 large mens
2 small mens.
So if your interested in a hoodie drop me a line and I'll get an order placed.
Frostbite Friendly League. RACE ONE.
The first Frostbite league race will be on Sunday the 2nd of October. Junior start is 10.15am with the seniors kicking off at 11.00am. Race one is held at Priory Park, St Neots. Carla and I will be gathering information and we will get this out to you as soon as we can. But for now anyone intrested in knowing more can just grab us at training, or any race/event or just send us an email for further information.
There is also a website: http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/
Knowledge is power :-)
New team captains...
The Endurance Committee have decided to make us the Male and Female Captains for the endurance runners. We want to drive a sense of excitement, buzz and team spirit at a variety of the team events in the region. The first being....The Frostbite League!
We want to ensure that all team competitions are fun, light-hearted and that details are easy to come by, making things less hassle and more enjoyable. We want ALL runners to have a clear point of contact in us for up and coming events to encourage and improve participation – from beginners to long standing members of the club. As well as pounding the pavement (or track...grass...crawling through mud! Etc)) and winning prizes we all want to enjoy ourselves and get to know fellow runners so expect details of a few low key social events too.
Really exciting times, Go C&C!
Al & Carla
The new endurance committee has now been set up. Robert Conquest has volunteered to be Chair and Helen Grant has agreed to be the contact for cross country. Lots of things will start to happen fairly soon. Adam - who's chaired the endurance group for the last couple of years is now based in London. He'll still be competing for C&C but won't be around so much - many thanks, Adam, for your hard work on behalf of the club over the last two years. The full membership of the new committee is at http://www.cambridgeandcoleridge.org.uk/road-running
Ely NYE 10K
Just a heads up- Ely 10k entries open on Monday 12th September. For those who don't know this is a fast, fairly flat 10k and a well organised, lovely race. Entries fill fast so you need to get in there early if you want to run. Lets get a good C&C squad out there and perhaps go for a NYE celebratary drink afterwards! Visit www.newyearseve10k.co.uk
Congrats to Richard Lyle on making his marathon debut - 4:21 at the Moray Marathon. Looking forward to hearing the story.
SEAA Cross Country Relays - Saturday 1st October 2011 - Venue: Biggleswade
Are the Club entering teams in for the above event?
Team make up and distances as follows:
3 x 2.5lm (U20 Women and U17 Women) 2 separate races
3 x 3km (U20 men, U17 men and Sen Women) 3 races
3 x 2km (U13 girls, U13 boys, U15 girls and U15 boys) 4 races
4 x 5km (Sen Men)
First race 11am (U20 women) last race 2.40pm (Sen Men)
5 C&C'ers made their way to Stetchworth for the Newmarket Duathlon. With a mixed surface 2.6 mile run , a 3 lap undulating 23k bike and finally another mixed surface run in warm and breezy conditions. The rivalry between John Oakes and Bob Watson was rekindled, with John leading Bob on the run, Bob fighting back and passing John at halfway on the bike. A great 3rd fastest second run of the day, meant John overhauled Bob with 1 1/2 miles to go and bagged a strong 14th place in 1.14.22 and another age group win! Bob was a very respectable 20th in 1.15.58. Other C&C performances were John Morley in 41st (1.22.52), Chris Hurcomb 68th (1.29.33) and Garry Hill 82nd (1.32.33). A great local event that should be a must on anyone's calendar, if you fancy something a bit different.
Issey Wissey, C&C gets busy...
Some cracking results from the Wissey Half Marathon organised by Ryston Runners based out in Downham Market. 1st lady and long distance super star was our very own Tracey Patmore, slowly returning from a long standing injury (for those that don't know Tracey has a marathon PB of 2.58.10!) adding to a now very strong C&C ladies team, closely followed by Caz Pritchard, who by her very own high standards ran a 'poorish' race but still good training for the next marathon! Tim long and Rachel Roberts geared up for the RNR with a couple of decent times to boot. The conditions were windy and the course presented a couple of nice hills just to add to the pain of the half marathon!
Bedford Harriers 10k
A strong squad of C&C athletes made the trip over to Bedford this morning for the annual running of the Bedford Harriers 10k.
Leading the C&C field home was Alan Pritchard who ran a storming race to finish 7th overall in a time of 35:58, just missing out on 1st place in his category by a mere 3 seconds. Paul Makowski continued his run of fine form with a rapid PB of 38:04 which took him to 28th place. I followed a little further behind coming home in 33rd position in a time of 38:37, with Neil Carrington not far behind in 41st position in a time of 39:23. It is great to see Tom Johnson's return to competitive running after a long stint on the injury bench; Tom finished 83rd overall in a time of 43:33.
First C&C lady home was the super-quick Katie Sherwood in a time of 40:35, which was good enough for 51st position. Carla Brown ran yet another PB and continued her rich vein of form to finish in a time of 41:34, in 63rd position. Jen Richardson also completed the event coming home in 292nd position in a time of 1:03:26.
Latest C&C Cambridge parkrun winner is the phenomenal Jonathan Escalate-Phillips. Nice one, Jonathan! And a fine second place for star youngster Charlotte Murphy.
Kevin Henry provisional times
I've put some provisional times up for last night's Kevin Henry, appears some corrections need to be made, 2 Tim Longs for instance!
Kevin Henry League - Haverhill
If you're thinking about this one tonight, don't think - just go! Anyone of any standard can help the club to league victory (I'll get my point for just turning up!). There's rumours of a depleted female team, and we can't have that. Thanks! Kedington, 7pm start (earlier than usual!).