5K Race at the Track on Thursday
The next Kevin Henry 5K League race is on Thursday. This is our home fixture and will start and finish at the Track. The course is slightly altered this year (see attached file) to avoid the section around the local residential streets which was deemed unsafe. It might look complicated, but don't worry as there will be signs and marshals to direct you. If you haven't tried club races before this is a good place to start - you won't be left behind.
The bar in the Pavilion Clubhouse will be open after the race so please join us for a drink.
Liddle leads C&C team to glory at the Doug Anderson Memorial 5k
The annual running of the Doug Anderson Memorial 5k took place on a sultry evening in Bedford Park on Wednesday. As ever the event was well organised and well attended, and a team of C&C runners made the trip over and turned out some brilliant runs. First home for C&C was the super-quick Kye Liddle, who raced to 4th place overall in a blistering time of 16:25, narrowly missing out on a podium position. Hot on the heels of Kye, and next in for C&C was Jonathan Escalante-Phillips who finished 5th in 16:32. Closely following Jonathan in was a man who is discovering some of the old magic, Istvan Jacso who finished very strongly in the last 2 km to finish 6th in 16:43. Kye, Jonathan and Istvan won the team prize for their fine runs. Brilliant work guys! Narrowly missing out on the team prize was Oliver Park, who finished a few seconds behind Istvan in 16:46 for 7th meaning C&C bagged 4 out of the top 10 positions. Also a notable mention should be made of Graham Rush, who didn't hang about and finished a superb 2nd, in 16:16.
Just spotted a nice result from the Harlow 10 last Sunday - congratulations to Stacy Wheat and Liz Summers on a couple of 10-mile PBs and second and third place in their category.
Want to Try a Tri .....
but not confident about the swim. FREE swim advice / stroke analysis at Parkside Pool on Mondays 7-9am and Thursdays 12-2pm. If you're an absolute beginner you'd be better coming along on Monday 7-8am when the dive/family pool (12.5m) is set up for adult swimming. Also recommended for teenagers who may feel they're too old to join the regular swim scheme. Look out for Helen (in a red Everyone Active Shirt).
Very Sad News
There is terribly sad news today about our fellow runner, James Kew, who died in a tragic accident last night. Many of you will have known James as a very active and friendly member of Saffron Striders. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends at this very difficult time.
Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon
This year the start of this lovely point to point race along the Thames towpath had to be moved because it lay in the exclusion zone around the Olympic Rowing venue at Dorney. So things kicked off in Slough and we ran along a hitherto obscure waterway called the Jubilee River. It was hot but my split times were good, until at just beyond five miles I took a tumble, tripping over a low-lying bollard. I pressed on with blood streaming from four different cuts but after the initial adrenalin surge, the legs went. I dripped over the finish, glad to have got round, but with a disappointing time. A worried organiser ushered me to the St Johns Ambulance folk who patched me up. But it had been worth it.
Marshals for the C&C 5K 2 August
We need some more marshals for the Kevin Henry race on 2 Aug. If you are planning to run, perhaps you could ask a friend/relative to help out? Don't worry if you have no experience, we will explain what to do and it will take only a couple of hours. Please contact Andrew if you are able to help.
I thought I'd mention a rather momentous event approaching for our very own Simon Redfern - this Wednesday, the 25th July, Simon will (fingers crossed) run his 100th marathon. The event is the Enigma Night Fever Marathon at Bletchley (I know, nothing like doing it in style!). It's the end of a long quest which has taken Simon across the planet to road and trail marathons and ultras, spending between three hours 28 and eight hours 12 at a time, the latter a week ago in the particularly unappealing-sounding Grim Reaper 40-miler in the driving rain.
Good luck, Simon, and enjoy the Olympics on telly when you're done!
New day and time for Social Run
Up and Running are changing their Social Run date and time to the first Wednesday of every month with a 6:15 start. It will be a 10km run. The first one will be on the 1st August. Starts from the shop on Trinity Street. Nobody gets left behind and there is 30% off all autumn/winter gear afterwards for all who take part in the run.
I think almost everyone raced in the Girton 5K last night, but in case you didn't, it was a pleasing evening for the blue and white. Organised admirably by our good chums at Muddy Mucky Munkeys, this beautiful summer weather meant that the race was both Mucky and Muddy (I may also have spotted a drenched Munkey in the woods), but that somehow added to the fun of the occasion. The beer at the end may have helped too. At the sharp end, the flying Jonathan Escalante-Phillips somehow cruised across the filth for a 16:52 and third place, just six seconds back from the winner, and there was a huge performance from David Harrison to take eighth, 22 seconds behind JEP and seven ahead of Champion Girtonite Diarmuid Ó Séaghdha. Ben Baldelli, Istvan Jacso, John Uff, Ben Jones and Iain Wood gave us eight elites in the top 20. The excellent Katie Sherwood was again our top female performer, running 19:44 for second place, holding off fifth-placed Carla Brown's challenge. No fewer than 29 C&Cs finished - check the full results for more.
Kevin Henry - Wilberforce Road
The next Kevin Henry is fast approaching on Thursday 2nd August, being held on our turf and we are in need of a MASSIVE turnout. I am calling all runners! The club house will be open afterwards so come along for some refreshments and a bit of banter. We are also low on marshals so if you could let us know of anyone that can spare a bit of their time on the night it would be very much appreciated. Get in touch with Andrew Shields, myself, Al P or Caz. Please support your club and lets show everyone that C&C are the best in this league! Same applies as always - don the vest and run. Thanks!
Dairy Crest St Ives 10K
Results are in for the St Ives 10K (with chip times now available), and it's a cracking win for Kye Liddle, who made his move in the second half, finishing 38 seconds clear of his nearest rival. Leading early on into a stiff wind, Ben Baldelli couldn't hang on, but still claimed V40 honours and fifth place overall. Sarah Wightman was our first female, in ninth place, and more top category honours were won by Glyn Smith in the V65s and Diana Braverman in the V60s. What's more, our chaps (Kye, Ben, Dan Hurst and Jon Anderson) were second in the team event and our girls (Sarah, Sian Wicklow and Alex Geoghegan) third. Congratulations to all of them, and well done the rest of the 13-strong squad.
Coombs streaks to cheeky victory in a sodden Crystal Palace as Escalante-Phillips flashes to the finish as a solid number two
Undeterred by the inclement weather, the tough couse, and the early start, C&C's flying Scotsman, Duncan Coombs cruised to victory in Crystal Palace parkrun yesterday morning in a time of 17:02. The ever-improving Jonathan Escalante-Phillips finished a strong 2nd in 17:09. I had a successful return to running after a couple of months layoff due to injury, and finished 6th in 18:37.
Frostbite League Schedule 2012/3
The dates and venues for this year's Frostbite Friendly League are now posted on the main website.
Good For Age
Friday is the deadline for requesting a GFA application form for the London Marathon. Actually they have to receive the request by Fri so it has to be posted by Thurs at the latest.
Felsted 10K and Lord Mayor's 5K
A brief mention of the Felsted 10K so as not to shunt the RNR item down too much -- the rain held off, the wind was kind, and the cup-cakes were spectacular. What more could we ask?
Also just spotted JEP's spectacular result in the wonderful Norwich Lord Mayor's 5K, in which a small group of runners get to race on closed city streets before a huge crowd (drawn there under false pretences :-). Well done, Jonathan!
Round Norfolk Relay
This year's 17 stage 24 hour Round Norfolk Relay (RNR) is on the 15th/16th September and C&C have secured an entry in the Club category (the team must include 5 women and 6 masters of either gender). Distances are from 5 miles to 20 miles, on and off road, during dusk, moonlight, dawn or standard daylight hours.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with arguably the best running event of the year, the race starts and finishes in Kings Lynn following the Norfolk boundary in a clockwise direction (http://www.roundnorfolkrelay.com/route_maps_os_2011/course_map.pdf): each member of the team carries a baton from stage to stage: at first the handovers are in coastal villages in daylight hours: then as the sun sets, the course ventures inland, and the handovers are accompanied by flashing yellow lights and flasks of black coffee: at daybreak the dawn patrol heads North towards the wash and the mass 9:30am finish at Kings Lynn. As well as the obligatory team and individual stage prizes, there are medals for all competitors which are handed out in the pub on the Sunday night.
More details can be found here http://www.roundnorfolkrelay.com/.
As well as RUNNERS we also need VOLUNTEERS to provide vehicle support on the road sections (bike during daylight hours, car during the night) so if you're interested in getting involved please contact John Ferguson (email@example.com) ASAP.
GCAN Junior Fun Run
GCAN are holding their first junior fun run on 18th July at Milton Country Park at 6pm. All entrants must enter before the race but can pick up their number on race day from 5:30pm. Race entry form can be found on the website http://www.gcan.org.uk/. Entry fee is £1 and there is a parking fee to park in the park of £2. Gates will be closed at 7pm. Prizes will be given to first female U11, U13, U15, U17 and first male, U11, U13, U15, U17.
Results from Haverhill (Take 2)
It has been confirmed that Newmarket undercounted the score for their ladies by 100 points. This means C&C women were 2nd and Newmarket 3rd, rather than the other way around as the provisional results suggested.
Thus after three races both the men's and women's competitions are very tight.
Men: C&C 14, NEW 14, SAF 8, CTC 7, HAV 3.
Women: CTC 12, NEW 12, C&C 11, SAF 7, HAV 3.
Combined: NEW 26, C&C 25, CTC 19, SAF 15, HAV 6.
We need a good turnout and result from the final two races to win the league.
Cambridge Half Marathon 2013
You can now register your interest for the Cambridge Half Marathon on March 10th 2013. This means you will get notified as soon as entries open later this year. Remember last year entries sold out very quickly.
Follow this link.
Peterborough Grand Prix 5K
Late results in from Wednesday's Thorney leg of the high-quality and somehow always-sunny Peterborough Grand Prix - a flying 16:33 for Ben Baldelli to earn ninth place, and a gentler 138th for me.
Results from Haverhill
The provisional team results show that the men were second and the women third. Both contests were very close with the men pipped by just 7 points by Newmarket and the women narrowly behind CTC and Newmarket. Overall we remain second with two races left.
There were many brilliant individual performances. We had 7 men in the top 20: BenB (4th), Istvan (5th), David (9th), JohnO (11th), AlP (14th), BenJ (19th) and ChrisP (20th). Leading the women home were Carla, the two Katies (who ran strong races despite their ultra-marathon and biking exertions of recent weekends), HelenG, StacyW, JaneP and JuliaD. Many superb efforts further down the field also and a great turnout - many thanks to all that ran. Thanks also to Christine and Rich for recording and entering the scores.
It is our home fixture next and with a strong performance can close the gap to 1st.
Feedback from Kevin Henry 5k at Kedington
Thank you to everyone who turned up and made tonight's race such a success. Trevor Bunch has asked for feedback on the amended course. He wants to know whether you thought it was good or bad overall. Was it too crowded at the start? He has suggested that they could start on the sports field which would allow more room. Would that improve things markedly in your opinion?
Post here and we'll pass your feedback to Trevor.
March Spud Run
Only one C&C at the multi-terrain March Spud Run, but we still won it! Ben Baldelli blew the field away in this five-miler, winning by well over a minute - well done Ben!
Alex & Fiona ventured north to Hull this Saturday, and ran Hull parkrun in the rain! Friendly marshalls and great course. Alex had a parkrun PB at 21:28. Fiona did 24:06.
For me, this meant the course was about 40 sec faster than at Milton Country Park. I reckon there are maybe about 15 'obstacles' at Milton in the form of bends and humps and bumps, which would mean that on average each would lose me nearly 3 seconds each. Not much per obstacle, but when you add them all up........
Monday night group - night out!
To alll Monday night runners and coaches (or anyone else who wants to join us):- we are having a night out on Monday 16th July, following training. 8.15 onwards in The Red Bull, Newnham. Food available for those that want it. We will finish training slightly earlier so people can shower if they wish. See you there.....
Kevin Henry 5k League - Haverhill (Kedington Village Hall)
Hi all, it's that time again when we need you all to turn out for a speedy 5K! Sitting in 2nd place currently we need everyone out from our most experienced speed demons to our least experienced runners. Its a great run (with a particulary challenging first 1k!) that shouldn't be missed! This one is on road over in Haverhill and will start at the usual time of 7.30. Please arrive in plenty of time. Stick any offers of car share on here so we can save the planet at the same time as well and truly putting Newmarket back in their place :-) Look forward to seeing you all there!