Anyone fancy playing cricket?
Just a quickie to see if anyone would be interested in playing in a cricket 8-a-side league happening across the summer in Newmarket? Informal, weeknights and fun! Visit Last Man Stands website or contact Alex Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org to register a team or for further details.
St Neots Riverside Half Marathon
Just a quick reminder to all that are interested, the St Neots Half Marathon entries opens on Friday 1st June, this fills up within a week so if you need to be pretty quick to enter.
A rather belated report for the Wimpole 10k, saw 6 intrepid C&C'ers run in this inaugural event. Well done to all as they felt it was a toughie, with a pretty muddy course and hard early climbs to soften them up. Hopefully this event will become a regular on the Cambridge race calendar and I am meeting the organisers this week to see if we can set it up for future years. There were also some good prizes available (£100 for the winners!) and with a winning time of 38 minutes for the men and 42 for the ladies, will there be some more C&C'ers vying for the top spot next time?!
Congratulations to our hardy, and now very sun-tanned, C&C runners who braved the Scottish heat at the weekend for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival. One might argue that Paul Rudin hasn't had much luck with the weather lately, backing up a solid 'training' run in torrential wind and rain at the Milton Keynes Marathon last month, with a superb 3:22 in Edinburgh. See Paulís report here. Andrea Martinelli followed on from her great performance in the London Marathon, finishing in 3:44, with Maria Brightwell not too far behind in 3:47. Dan Bayles proved that you can combine the Edinburgh party scene with a marathon relay, with his team 'Mixed Ability' coming home in the wee small hours of 3:57. Well done all!
Ipswich Jaffa Friday 5
Me and Dave Edwards made the trip to Ipswich yesterday evening to run in the first of the Friday 5 series of races. I had not done this one before, and despite Dave's warnings about how hilly it was, it was still a bit of a shock! A tough race indeed. Dave was happy with his run after being ill most of this week, running 35:16 for 4th MV50 and some good points for the series. I ran pretty well myself in my first race as a 55 year old, running 28:53 for 10th place and my first 1st MV55 trophy.
C&C athletes got a GREAT mention in Cambs News tonight for an excellent performance in the Southern Athletics League, division 2NE. If anyone has any stories then please share,or if you want to see the article then let me know. Well done all!
Kevin Henry 5K Race 1 Results
The official results of the Impington 5K are now on the GCAN and Saffron Striders websites. They are also posted here.
And after race 1 C&C are officially joint second: NEW 9, C&C 8, CTC 8, SAF 4, HAV 2. As you can see it is very close, so there is everything to play for at race 2 at the Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket on 7 June.
Kevin Henry 5K League Race 2 (Newmarket Joggers) WE NEED YOU!
Second race of the series is hosted by Newmarket Joggers and is happening TOMORROW NIGHT! You do not need to register for the race and there is no entry fee. Simply turn up before 7pm with your club vest (thatís important!). C&C are joint 2nd after the first race, so let's try to do even better this time.
Race Venue: Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. CB8 0TF.
Date: Thursday 7 June 2012
Start Time: 7.30pm
Categories: The race is for seniors only this year (16 and over).
DONT FORGET ITS CLUB NIGHT THIS TUESDAY AT THE CLUBHOUSE
Come along for a natter after training (8:30pm) if you can, it promises to be a lovely summer evening (although its hard to believe right now!)
Great Baddow 10 mile
After the disappointment of not securing a Wimpole place in time, I spent Friday night scouring the internet for a Sunday race and came across this little beauty near Chelmsford. A well organised race with plenty to do for the kids at the start, making Alans life a little easier while waiting for me! The course itself was undulating to say the least, but for all the nasty inclines you did get a good pay off with the down hill sections. Managed to come in a little under 70 minutes which was the plan, but I had to work for it, hills are not my strong point (duely noted). I'd recommend this as a hilly alternative to the pancake Fenland 10, with about the same journey time.
White Peak Half Marathon
A C&C trio (well, quartet if we count Emily who I believe has only recently moved to Cambs Tri??) made the journey up to Derbyshire this weekend to the White Peak Half Marathon. Some great performances, with Neil taking top spot in 1:33 but the girls clipping at his heels with Tracey in a little over 1:34 and Lisa closely following in 1:35. Well done all! I have it on good authority that they spent their 'recovery' day on Sunday cycling around 50 miles of the beautiful Derby countryside! Bet you're tired today!
Tuesdays the new Friday night...
...and why I hear you ask?
Well of course its Club Night from 8.30 on tuesday night upstairs at Wilberforce Road.
Les-be-avin you (in a Delia Smith Stylie)...
Nice Tri Sprint Triathlon 1
The first sprint triathlon of the year for the ever popular Nice Tri Sprint series was met with a water temperatures of 12 degrees and a breezy air temperature of 9 degrees. This did not stop superb performances from both men's and women's winners. A fantastic 2nd place and category win from Benvenuto for C&C and a PB of 29th for me in "cool" conditions. Also a great triathlon debut for Alex Geoghegan in 1:49. This event seems to be gaining strength, with super sprints also available; well worth looking out for if you want to dip your toes in triathlons. Apologies if I have missed anyone, the results do not have the club highlighted.
The Wimpole hoohah 10k (20 May) is full, which is great news for a brand new event. Good luck to all C&C'ers running. I mountain biked the course today to check it was clear of obstructions and check out the conditions. Those of you who enjoy a good old fashioned mudfest of a cross country run will really enjoy this, because boy it is soggy. So don your wellies and waders and have a great time.
Ross Peers Half Marathon (Soham HM)
I was expecting to see a few C&C vests at Soham HM today, but it was just me and one other young lady who's name I am afraid I don't know. A nice flat course, though maybe a bit long? Coped better than usual with the breezy conditions and managed 13 consecutive sub sixes :-) Came home 3rd overall in a time of 77:49.
Another fairly low-key race for me today, the Dereham 10, which John O. has done before. Very well organised and pretty much flat. I was fine in the first half but the breeze helped; things slipped a bit heading back into the wind, though after I lost two places in the last mile I did at least reclaim one in the last 20m or so! Well down on my PB but I'm still using London 3 weeks ago as an excuse :-)
After the disappointing performance I had in London, Prague worked out much better. It was near perfect conditions for running and a nice fast course. I am now looking forward to getting out of hermit training and doing some more club events.....after all its not long until the cross country season starts!
Kevin Henry 5K - Camb Tri - Provisional team results
A big thanks to all those that took part in the first KH race last night. We had 50 (fifty!) runners - a really superb turn out. The provisional team scores show that C&C were joint winners of the men's event and placed third for the women's. Newmarket men had the fastest mens team, but thanks to our fantastic turn out (every runner scores a point) we came joint top. The women's race was very close between CTC, Newmarket and C&C and we were maybe a little unlucky. Good result nevertheless.
Both races were very close and so the result may well change in the coming days.
We will post the individual times as soon as we have them.
1st Kevin Henry of the season!
Well done to everyone that turned out for the 5k last night - absolutely cracking performance! I will publish the results over the weekend when they have been processed. Thanks to those that assisted me with the scoring and that turned out to holler some support. Look out for the results....
Bank holiday Monday saw me doing my second 10k of the long weekend at Ashdon. It was a fabulous trail run with plenty of hills and mud Ė so grateful for what little hill training I have done so far! Due to the challenging course and conditions, PBs would be hard here, I think, but it was great fun and I was pleased with my time of 49.50. Iona Graham-Hagg came in on 54.42. Not sure we spotted any other C+C runners Ė results are listed here http://www.ashdon.ik.org/p_Entry_Form_2012.ikml. I did the Ashdon 10 mile a month or two ago Ė there was little overlap in the courses, as far as I could see. Both highly recommended though.
It seems like every village in Cambridgeshire has gone run-crazy this long weekend, and Impington is no exception. There was a fine win in 16½ minutes for Kye Liddle - congratulations Kye. First female C&C home was Caz Pritchard in fifth, just outside 19 mins, and Carmel McEniery claimed the second Vet prize. Lots of C&Cs doing fine things in the main event and juniors in the shorter races. A fun day.
Lode 10k (bit less really)
In marked contrast to the high-class Kings Lynn 10k below (well done folks!), I pedalled out to the very low-key village race, the Lode 10k (approx). Our Cambridge Tri Club arch-rivals had a group including former parkrun course record holder Tom Vickery, who duly disappeared into the distance, leaving me a distant second. I didn't recognise any other C&C runners and their results didn't list clubs, but do add yourself to our results & comment if you were there. For future reference it was small, friendly, handy for Cambridge, and the multiterrain course was mainly tarmac.
Smith races to podium finish and Salt places in category at Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10k
News in from King's Lynn, where the Grand East Anglia Run 10k was held this morning. Sullivan Smith mixed it up with the Kenyans and Ethiopians and, in a very tough field, raced to 3rd place in a lightning-quick time of 31:15. Michael Salt was next in for C&C and had a brilliant run breaking into the top 10, to finish 9th overall in a blistering time of 33:05. Mike finished 2nd MV40-49, just losing out on 1st in his category by a mere 2 seconds. Fantastic running chaps, in cold and breezy conditions! A couple of photos of the podium finishers are in the gallery.
Fen Drayton 10K
Any C&Cs not at Cottenham or parkrunning were at the thoroughly enjoyable Fen Drayton 10K, where flooding on the busway cycle path caused a late change of course. Unfortunately the waters rose in the hour before the race, and, to cut a long story short, the running shoes will take a few days to dry out. Anyway, the very good news is that it was a C&C one-two, with John Uff beating Matt Slater into second. Congratulations to both of them.
Cottenham Fun Run
News in from the Cottenham Fun Run - a big C&C turnout, and a win for Ben Baldelli - 22:08 for the 4Ĺ-mile route. Results will follow if anyone tracks them down - help appreciated! Any stories? Well done everyone, and Ben in particular.
Kevin Henry 5k league- we need you.... YES, YOU!!'
Kevin Henry 5K League Race 1 (Cambridge Triathlon Club)
The Kevin Henry 5K League kicks off on Thursday 10 May.† The first race hosted by Camb Tri Club is run on a fast course along mainly concrete paths, with plenty of potential for a PB.† You do not need to register for the race and there is no entry fee.† Simply turn up before 7pm with your club vest (thatís important!).† Everyone is very welcome in the KH League.†† All competing runners score a point for the team, so come along and make a difference!† You donít have to be super quick, it's a really friendly, fun event and you will be made to feel very much part of the team when you rock up in the blue and white!! After the race we will be meeting up for a drink at the Boot PH, High Street, Histon.†
Venue:† †††††††† Chivers Farm (Behind Spire Hospital), New Rd, Impington CB24 9EL.
Date:† †††††††††††† Thursday 10 May 2012
Start Time:† †† 7.30pm
Distance:† †††† 5K (accurate)
Categories:† The race is for seniors only this year (16 and over).†
Other: There are toilets but no changing facilities.† Limited parking is available at the back of the Spire car park and at Impington Village College sports complex next door.† Allow 10 mins to walk from the assembly area behind the Spire hospital to the race start.†If you have any questions, need a lift or just a bit of reassurance about the event, please feel free to contact us:
Contact:†††††††† Caz Pritchard (email@example.com)
Carla Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Al Pritchard (email@example.com)
The weather made this marathon a little tricky, a bit wet under foot, with a few small puddles the size of grafham water, oh why did they introduce a hose pipe ban, it has'nt stopped raining since...and the gale force wind added a little excitement, it became a course in which it was survival, not times... that was the order of the day, and two CandC members survived I think, all in all an enjoyable event even though the weather tried it's best to ruin it for us...results to follow when they dry out!..