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October 2012

Dublin Marathon
I'm sure I was the only C&Cer who entered this race. Maybe not though. However, it was a birthday run for me having recently crossed over into the next (big) age category. As I was born in Dublin, this event had to be done being almost on my birthday. And after many years of coming close, I finally have got Good For Age for London, but London 2014 as entries have closed for 2013.
[Mary J, Wed 31/10/12] [comments (4)]

Frostbite - Bushfield - this Sunday!
Hi all, even though this clashes with the local Bonfire Burn we hope some of you will be able to don the vest for the next Frostbite Race hosted by Bushfield Joggers. Racing HQ is at Bushfields Leisure Centre, Orton Centre, Peterborough, PE2 5RQ. Seniors are currently in top spot and it would be such a shame to not continue with this winning streak! Just turn up for an 11am start (or a little earlier to catch the youngsters) with your vest and enough energy for a 5 miler. You know you want too.....
[Carla Brown, Tue 30/10/12] [comments (4)]

C&C ballot for VLM entries
Some of you will have received a rejection letter from the Virgin London Marathon (VLM) 2013 in the past few weeks. But don't despair, there is a second chance to enter! C&C have been allocated five entries by the organisers. As in previous years we would like to offer these to club members by drawing names from a hat.
[Andrew, Mon 29/10/12] [comments (0)]

Preston Guild Marathon
The Preston Guild celebrations take place only once every 20 years, so when I heard they were putting on a marathon as part of the events I knew I had to do it, even though it was the day after (and a very long drive from) the Beachy Head marathon! The organisation was superb, especially for a first-time race, the marshalling and support from both the officials and the public was brilliant, and course was pretty good for a road event, undulating enough to be interesting without being a killer. The weather however was horrendous - windy, wet and freezing cold.
After a slow start to work the Beachy Head stiffness out of my legs I managed to find some kind of rhythm and gradually got faster (it was that or get hypothermia!) to finish in a respectable time of 3:30:58. I just missed out on a top 10 ladies finish, but I bet the top 10 had an easier day on Saturday...
[Ultra Katie, Mon 29/10/12] [comments (11)]

Fenland 10
I said one of them should do the write-up, but clearly modesty held them back: Katie scooped 3rd prize today in the Fenland 10, Caz first FV35, both PB'ing, and though I was a bit disappointed to fade into the wind we all collected Cambs county medals. Meanwhile Graham had a strong yet comfortable run in 60.x mins and wondered if he should have maybe pushed himself (!), and David was close behind. Isabelle, Julie and Silvia all logged good times too.
[CharlieW, Sun 28/10/12] [comments (3)]

Beachy Head Marathon
Brightwell, Ferguson and Shields headed down to Eastbourne for the Beachy Head marathon, a 26 mile off-road race across the South Downs, with the 3500ft of total ascent adding to the usual challenge provided by the marathon distance: the final 6 miles involving a gruesome crawl over the seven sisters and beach head itself. Congratulations to Simon, who absolutely smashed the course, finishing in 19th place in 3 hrs 30, with Andrew and I hobbling across the finish line several minutes later. The stunning scenery, and a very friendly atmosphere make this an event worth considering if you fancy an alternative to the usual urban affair.
[John Ferguson, Sun 28/10/12] [comments (6)]

Monday night runners winter training
Important Message Re Winter Training:

29th Oct Monday night session is at Wilberforce Rd University sports ground as usual.

There will be no training on Monday 5th of November because the Gilbert road area is congested due to Bonfire night celebrations on the common.
Monday adult running groups will move to Chesterton Sports Centre on Gilbert road from Monday 12th November.
We meet as usual at 6.45pm, be prompt as we aim to be running by 7pm. The meeting point is inside - go through the barriers at reception (the gym staff will let you through if you say you are a runner with C&C). We meet down the corridor ahead of the barriers - keep the pool to the right of you. The management do not like us congregating in the reception area so always come down to the C&C meeting point.
[Alex Downie, Sat 27/10/12] [comments (0)]

2013 Marathons
I have added fixtures for the 2013 Cambridge Boundary Run, Prague and Berlin Marathons. Berlin registration opened today at 11am - and by 11.10am the first 10,000 cheap places had gone...Prague is very cheap if you can get hold of a teachers' or students' card. The card cost 9 and the reduced entry to Prague is 30 Euros (one third of the cost of Berlin). I can recommend the Boundary Run - cheap as chips - and so local that the only decent reason not to do it is that it clashes with the Frostbite...Anyway, rack and stack those races for 2013!
[Christof Schwiening, Thu 25/10/12] [comments (5)]

Team C&C Wins Amsterdam Jenga Marathon
Team C&C took part in record-breaking Jenga tournament at the Meininger City Hotel West, Amsterdam on Sunday evening. Matt Slater, Richard Lyle, Duncan Coombs and Stacy Wheat took the tower to an impressive 28 levels and had just started on the 29th when the tower collapsed on Richard's turn. He was really very sorry.

Not as sorry as he was at being unable to run in the TCS Amsterdam Marathon earlier in the day. There were excellent debuts from Clare Garvey, Stacy Wheat and Julia DeCesare in the marathon, a PB for Liz Summers and gutsy performances by Sam Barr and Jon Anderson in the same race.

Istvan Jacso and Duncan Coombs had top 30 finishes and Chris Hurcomb a strong PB in the half marathon.

Full results, times and a race reports are available on the results pages.
[RichHL, Tue 23/10/12] [comments (1)]

Thurlow 10
I'm sure we'll all agree that there's nothing better than a stiff ten-miler up hill and down dale, through farmland and village, tarmac, grass and muck, and so the second running of the Thurlow 10 was (as I told you last year but you didn't listen) a real delight. Just over the border in beautiful Suffolk, our good mates from Haverhill RC put on another perfect race, and it was fitting that John Oakes stormed to a glorious victory on home soil (well, home mud). He broke clear around seven miles to win by half a minute, impressively close to the hour given the tough course. Congratulations John! Also on fire was Dave Yeneralski, somehow running his fastest-ever ten. Glory too for Diana Braverman, thriving as always in tricky conditions, who took the V60 prize. Finally, both Iona Graham Hagg and Mary Jennings made their category podium. Sadly, nothing remarkable can be said about me. Thanks Haverhill - let's all go next year!
[Andy I, Mon 22/10/12] [comments (2)]

Ampthill Trophy...
.. plus some excellent running by our juniors. See here for results and race report.
[Helen, Sun 21/10/12] [comments (0)]

Ampthill Trophy...
No literally the Amptill Trophy! See image...
A selection of the C&C squad decided to take on the hills of Ampthill (clues in the name!) main man once again was Mike Salt, taking almost 90 secs off last years time to finish second in 29.09, with Al P 5th (31.58) and Neil Carrington 11th in 33.04 we managed to scoop the mens team prize away from Bedford which is always pleasant! Backing this up was a sick JEP (as in poorley sick) 33.09 closely followed by Andy Whittle in 34.02. The ladies team were out of the top 3 but Carla Brown, was 6th lady (36th) Helen Grant in 62nd place (38.22) and Jen Richardson194th in 50.18.
[Al, Sun 21/10/12] [comments (3)]

A 1 or two?
Not sure if I am really allowed to put this here but I am running a half marathon in November and hoping to raise money for a great (obviously) charity run by my university for education in Africa. Hoping to raise as much as possible with getting anyone I can just to donate even a 1.... but hopefully more. I hope you will consider sponsoring me for this great cause!

Thank you

Jonathan
[Jonathan, Thu 18/10/12] [comments (0)]

Time for some socialising part 2 - Club Night Tuesday 23d
Make a date for the evening of next Tuesday 23d when the bar will be open for delicious post-training snacks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, hard drinks, and general chat and merriment. This will be the last club night of the year, so do try to look in, even just for a swift one. New members are particularly welcome, find out more about the cornucopia of opportunities your club has to offer. Or just sit and quietly (but elegantly) perspire, like me. Even better, do Tuesday and Friday at the Old Spring (see below) and double the loveliness.
[charlie, Wed 17/10/12] [comments (0)]

Cambridge Half Marathon Open
This opened this morning and looks like it's already filling up incredibly quickly, so get your skates on! :) The website kept crashing while I was trying to register, but I kept refreshing it and it worked ok. Race date is Sunday 10th March 2013.
[SarahW, Wed 17/10/12] [comments (9)]

Masters (Veteran) Cross Country Runners
If you are aged 35 or over and enjoy off road running then consider supporting the Eastern Veteran Athletics Association (EVAC) and British Masters Athletics Federation (BMAF) events being hosted this season. See fixture list here.

The BMAF CC Relays are being held at Moorways Stadium, Derby on Saturday 17th November. It's a two lap course of 3.1K for all age groups. For those of you that run longer distances on the road that may not sound very far. 3K on the country can feel like 3 miles on the road! The club have agreed to pay for teams representing C & C. There are lots of categories so there's plenty of opportunity to make up teams of various age groups. We already plan to enter a FV45 team and we'd like to enter more. BMAF are doing their best to host a full programme of events for masters to match that hosted for seniors (the under 35s). It's a great opportunity to compete against runners of your own age from all over the country.

If you are interested in running and/or have a full or potential team please contact Helen asap. The closing date in 2nd November.
[Helen, Wed 17/10/12] [comments (0)]

Ryston Grand Prix Results
The race report and results can be found here. Well done to the two Becky's, from the Women's Running Group, for having a go at an off road event.
[Helen, Wed 17/10/12] [comments (1)]

Monday night runners winter training
Important Message Re Winter Training:

There will be no training on Monday 5th of November because the Gilbert road area is congested due to Bonfire night celebrations on the common.
Monday adult running groups will move to Chesterton Sports Centre on Gilbert road from Monday 12th November.
We meet as usual at 6.45pm, be prompt as we aim to be running by 7pm. The meeting point is inside - go through the barriers at reception (the gym staff will let you through if you say you are a runner with C&C). We meet down the corridor ahead of the barriers - keep the pool to the right of you. The management do not like us congregating in the reception area so always come down to the C&C meeting point.
[Alex Downie, Tue 16/10/12] [comments (0)]

Perkins Great Eastern Run
A big C&C turn-out for the Great East Run yesterday. The course is flat, the conditions were perfect and many PBs were duly had (do tick the relevant box for yourself in the results). There was a bit of breeze but thankfully it was against us on the way out (with lots of runners to shelter behind) and with us on the way back (when we needed it most).
It was also a good chance for Ben (who got a tremendous time there a couple of years back) to leaflet a lot of cars for the Cambridge HM! Nice to meet a couple of new C&C faces too, though I'm sure you're not all in the results (Dan?)...
[CharlieW, Mon 15/10/12] [comments (4)]

Essex Cross Country League
A good senior turnout today for the first race of the season. Due to other commitments we only had one complete junior team, the U15 boys, who won their first race of their first season in this league. Full team and individual reports can be found here.
[Helen, Sat 13/10/12] [comments (0)]

Frostbite results up
(Not on the official Frostbite site yet, but posted by Riverside Runners, and kindly added here by someone.)
Didn't we do well? Notable highlights are Caz Pritchard and Lucy Parker winning their respective races -- congratulations! -- Mike Salt's splendid 2nd (85% WAGA in a cross-country), and of course we won that senior team spot. Not a bad start to the series...
[CharlieW, Sat 13/10/12] [comments (0)]

Time for some socialising not during drills and skills
A few of us thought a drink in order, catching up during the warm ups is getting me in too much trouble with John.
So, if you fancy joining us at the Old Spring Pub in Chesterton on Friday 26th October then that'd be dandy.
Anytime from 7pm. If you're 'new' to the club please do come along, we're all lovely.
[Katie Sherwood, Fri 12/10/12] [comments (0)]

Cross Country
If you enjoyed running the Frostbite event last weekend then consider joining us for the Essex League on Saturday. A full programme of races including a women's only 6K and a men's only 8K and junior races starting at 12 noon. It's free to run providing you wear your club vests. It's 4 to score in all age groups except 6 for the men. Every finisher counts in the case of a team draw. Last year they averaged 30 women and 50 men finishing in each race. So not so crowded as the mass start at the Frostbite. Full details on the official club website.
[Helen, Tue 09/10/12] [comments (13)]

Last call for Hereward Relay!!
If you did originally give me your name as interested but now can't run please let me know asap. If you verbally mentioned it to me in passing that you are interested, but didn't email me, can you email me to confirm before tomorrow evening - cazwrightuk@yahoo.co.uk I want to make sure I don't miss anyone that has expressed an interest verbally. If you emailed me and are still interested, great, I have your details. Thanks! Caz.
[CazW, Mon 08/10/12] [comments (0)]

Coniston Trail Races
Lovely to catch up with Carla up in Coniston on Saturday. You stormed the 10km well done. Next year maybe I can persuade you to join me in the 15km? You can't beat the views even though it was hard to get up to them.
Becky
[Becky Wilburn, Sun 07/10/12] [comments (0)]

Maybelthorpe marathon news...
More Stirling performances today with Paul 'Maka' Makowski news from the seaside of his first sub 3 marathon, running 2.59.28. Fantastic running!
[Al, Sun 07/10/12] [comments (3)]

SEAA cross country relays.
A good afternoons work for C&C Relay teams, although there were many age groups we only
managed to field both senior men's and women's teams. Although it was the first time this event had been run.

With the local hostel offering full B&B facilities, it was a surprise there wasn't more takers. The Linford Christie stadium could have done with a lick of paint though. Images to follow in the gallery, special mention to JEP rather quick 15.53 over the5k course, good work to all, more next year!

Results
[Al, Sun 07/10/12] [comments (1)]

Frostbite News in Brief
We won! Full results and news to follow at some point, no doubt. Huge performance by the squad today. Juniors could only turn out three, so ninth for them. Well done all.
[Andy I, Sun 07/10/12] [comments (4)]

And more Team GB Duathlon news ...
We should also big it up for Mary Twitchett, as she finished with the silver medal in her age group. Well done Mary.
[John Ferguson, Mon 01/10/12] [comments (1)]
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