Bank Holiday escapade
Got up early on Saturday to make it down to Crawley to try out their Tilgate parkrun as part of a trip down south. I had looked up the course description beforehand and noticed that it mentioned there was a short sharp incline...boy there sure was, and for a Cambridge lad like me the 'hill' (aka mountain) seemed to go on forever. The lashing rain didn't help either so it was no wonder that I wasn't anywhere near PB territory (17:38) but the scenery was fantastic and the volunteers were fantastically friendly, helpful and numerous! Highly recommend if you are in the area on a Saturday.
Site Technical Stuff
Hi all. I've been mucking about with the login scripts to improve security and, for reasons too dull to go into, if you're one of those who stay logged in on this site, you've probably been logged out and you'll need to log in again. Just the once (per machine), I hope. If you forget your details, you can retrieve them by looking a bit further down the login page.
Let me know if it fails for you, please.
And now, at Charlie's request, the Mugshots page.
Sensational Smith steams to victory with cross-country master class in the Race the Train Rotary Challenge
News in from Tywyn, in the beautiful Snowdonia national park where a band of C&C athletes competed on Saturday in the legendary Race the Train event. There were some breathtaking performances by our athletes with first mention surely going to Sullivan Smith for the outright win of the brutal 14 mile cross-country race that is the Rotary Challenge. Sullivan not only beat the train by over 25 minutes, but he fended off stiff competition from athletes from Sale Harriers and ran away a clear winner in the end by nearly a minute in a time of 1:22:19. Next in for C&C was C&C's flying Scotsman, Duncan Coombs who had an utterly brilliant run to claim 7th place overall in a very rapid 1:30:34. Istvan Jacso continued to show his fine pedigree with another stellar performance. Istvan finished very strongly to claim 21st in a time of 1:37:14. I ended up 31st in a time of 1:39:05. Anke Linssen made the trip over all the way from the Netherlands and ran a good race in very tough conditions to finish 217th in 1:56:25. Clare Garvey narrowly missed out on breaking the two-hour mark but finished in a very respectable 289th position in 2:01:27.
Jenny Li competed in fine style in the tough 10k Quarry Challenge finishing 185th in 1:04:59, with Jenny's friend Vicky coming home first lady in 45:56.
A small but perfectly formed team set out to Peterborough for this, the years County Champ 5 miler, flat and rumoured fast, although some may disagree with some 180 degree turns around cones and today, quite hot conditions. It didn't disappoint on the flat front though! First home for C&C was the in-form Istvan, in a stonking 27:56 and 2nd place. We know he was also the county champ, but he didn't tick the box on the form so sadly didn't get the recognition for this. Next in, was the force of nature that is John Oakes, bagging yet another category 1st, although being hunted down by another in his category who finished behind him, well done John. Then we had the returning to form Matt Applegate, who, despite still being on the up following injury managed an excellent run just outside his PB... watch this space for lots more to come! Between them they also managed a 2nd in the Men's team... nice one guys. I had a surprising haul of 1st FV35 (but I was really second, they gave 1-5th open prizes so its turned out I won the FV35) but I will take the 1st FV35 for the County Champs... so all in all, a good day for C&C!
The National Road Relays take place in the autumn, with the South of England heat scheduled on 22/23 September in Aldershot. This is a big event in the endurance calendar and last year our U15 girls came a remarkable third in both the South of England heat and the National final. With so many strong runners in the club now, we could do well in the senior and veteran events as well. Let me (or Al or Carla) know before 1 Sept if you would like to race.
I was fortunate enough to have a ticket for the first day of the Olympics athletics yesterday. Massed friendly crowds, lots of smiling happy faces, tremendous atmosphere, and that was only in the Park even BEFORE I entered the Stadium. Inside was an unbelievable fantastic feeling which became even more intense every time a British athlete was in action. In the Heptathlon 200M, you could feel the crowd's roar lift Jess Ennis and blow her along the home straight to a PB.
And then the women's 10,000M final! The crowd's deafening noise accompanied the runners all the way around, and it was a privilege to be present as Tirunesh Dibaba (pictured centre) floated over the track to victory. How can we fail to be inspired by such movement, even if most of we mere mortals will never achieve it, no matter how much we try?
Better than the TV! If anyone else who is going wants first hand info, feel free to contact me.
Results from C&C 5K
A golden performance by Team C&C in the Kevin Henry 5K yesterday. According to the provisional results, we won both the men's and women's race - well done everyone!
There was also an amzing turn out - the largest for a Kevin Henry race so far this year. It was great to see so many new members in the race.
Full results to follow, but after 4 races C&C are now edging ahead...
Men: C&C 19, NEW 18, CTC 10, SAF 9, HAV 5.
Women: C&C 16, CTC 16, NEW 15, SAF 9, HAV 4.
Combined: C&C 35, NEW 33, CTC 26, SAF 18, HAV 9.
The final race is in Saffron Walden on Thurs 6 Sept, 7pm.