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August 2013

Kevin Henry C&C - Thursday 5 September 2013
The final Kevin Henry Race is on Thursday 5 September 2013. Please note this race starts at 7:00pm. We are top of the league, so it will be fantastic to finish on a real high. Some of the juniors may even join us, but be aware that the minimum age is 16 and a club vest is to be worn by all runners. The impressive thing is 22 of you have run all the races in the series, so a lot in contention for the C&C runners of the series. The awards ceremony is in the clubhouse after the event and the bar is open until 10pm, with food laid on, all marshals and runners welcome. Although it would be really helpful if some of you could bring cake! Thank you to all those who have stepped forward to be marshals, I have sent the information to all of you, so if you do not receive it, please email me on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk. A couple have said you would marshal if really required, so I am grateful and may grab you if we are a tad short on the night. We have had fantastic turnouts so far. Ours is truly a quick course, so get your PB shoes on, run fast and enjoy a drink and sandwich with your club mates afterwards. The course is attached, so please be aware of the 2 laps over at the new sports centre end.
[Chris Hurcomb, Fri 30/08/13] [comments (0)]

C&C conquer Iceland!
Nine C&C'ers ventured to cooler climes in Reykjavik, Iceland. Windswept and raining, with a cool 11 degrees, which confused many locals to see our athletes donning the mighty blue and white vests, without the need for gloves, long sleeves and hats. The rest is history as they say, as Mel Staley stormed to an emphatic ladies victory in the marathon smashing the C&C record with a magnificent 2:55:06! Six of us ran the half marathon with 4 PB's. First C&C home was Claire Somerton in a big PB at 1:27:45 and 5th lady and a qualifying time for London. Chris Poole 1:28:26(PB) then Ben Chamberlain 1:31:47, Stacy Wheat 1:34:11 (PB), Richard Staley 1:39:13 (PB), then me 1:45:46. In the 10k Glyn picked up an outstanding age category win in 46:36 and Liz, coming back from injury, ran a strong 49:51. The courses were great ones for strong times, mostly flat with very few twisty bits and the cooler weather a welcome relief after the hot summer running. Having said that there was huge pride amongst us all to see so many great performances in C&C vests. Glyn even highlighted it as one of his most emotional days as a C&C member, to see so many great achievements. Well done to all, but a fantastic well done to Mel she was just awesome . Here are some piccies. New update, the C&C Half Marathon team claimed 4th place.
Reykjavik Marathon:  Results (9)
[Chris Hurcomb, Sat 24/08/13] [comments (8)]

Club Night Tuesday 27th
This month's Club Night rushes upon us with all the inevitability of a KH 'white-and-blue-wash'. Relax upstairs in the clubhouse after training this Tuesday with a light refreshment, catch up on the summer of speed, and plan your KH tactics with your running buddies. Do look in, especially if you are new-ish. Possible guest appearances from the Returning Reykjavic Raiders!
[charlie, Thu 22/08/13] [comments (0)]

Kevin Henry home fixture
Thank you to everyone who has come forward to help with our home event on Thursday 5th September. We are nearly there, but do need 2 more marshals to make it all run smoothly. If you can help, please email me on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk. Once I have a full roster, I will then send a group email with positions and timings for the evening. Thank you.
[Chris Hurcomb, Mon 19/08/13] [comments (1)]

Bob Graham Round
Not a race as such but I know several people are interested in doing this, so read my tips and watch the video here for how to do it if you live in Cambridge. (That's why I was looking a bit feeble this morning chaps!)
[CharlieW, Sun 18/08/13] [comments (13)]

Barney Memorial 5K
We had a pretty tasty squad at the Barney Memorial 5K (formerly the Nene Valley Harriers 5K) at Ferry Meadows in midweek. Awaiting online results, but I can spill the beans about superb podium finishes for Sullivan Smith (second), James Chettle (third) and Natalie Griffiths (third), as well as a V35 win for Sarah Wightman. We also took first male team, despite some pretty strong competition. Fantastic running, all. And congrats to Carmel McEniery for an overall third place V35 in the five-race Peterborough 5K.
Barney Memorial 5K:  Results (10)
[Andy I, Thu 15/08/13] [comments (3)]

Great Yarmouth Half
A belated well done to Beth Jones, who seems to be quicker each week - a 1:36 at Great Yarmouth Half to take fourth place. Nice one, Beth!
Great Yarmouth Half Marathon:  Results (1)
[Andy I, Thu 15/08/13] [comments (3)]

Relay Season
If you are inspired by the relays at the World Championships why not try taking part in one yourself. Reserves are always welcomed for the Round Norfolk Relay (contact Fergie).
Those of you who have enjoyed the short, fast Kevin Henry races should consider putting their name forward for the Southern Road Relay Championships (4 x 3.851K for women, 6 x 6K for men, 4 x 6K for vet (40+) men). Women contact Helen, men contact Istvan.
If you are considering the Essex Cross Country league I suggest you try the Southern Cross Country Relay as a good introduction to off road running (3 x 3K for women, 4 x 5K for men). The distances don't sound far but off road one K can feel like one mile. Contact Helen.
You can run a Parkrun any weekend but these relays only come round once a year.
Check out the links on the fixtures for more details.
[Helen, Tue 13/08/13] [comments (0)]

World Duathlon Championships - Ottawa
A couple of our duathletes were in out in Ottawa competing in the World Duathlon Championships this weekend. Kye Liddle was in the 25-29 age group and finished 4th just 1 minute off a podium place and well clear of 5th place. A 16:51 5K put him in 2nd place at T1 which he got through in just 38s (the fastest T1 in his heat). After 32:09 out on the bike Kye came in for his final 2.5K run (9:27). Anyone who has tried running-off the bike will know just how tough that is. George Schwiening was representing GB in the Junior Women's race - which is a drafting event and held together with the U23s. It was a small field, but included the Slovakian Junior who beat her earlier this year at the Europeans. Her race was split at the end of the 5K run with 4 competitors posting 17:30. On the bike George broke away from the two other Juniors and with a Slovakian U23 on her wheel she created nearly a 5 minute cushion over her main Junior rival before crusing home to first place after the 2.5K run (9:25).
[Christof Schwiening, Mon 12/08/13] [comments (9)]

Thorney 5 mile
Brilliant day out in Thorney for a small band of C&C that came back with armfuls of trophies (including 1st male and 1st female team). So many that I lost count I'm afraid, so please correct the report if you see an error.
Thorney 5:  Results (9)  Report: David Barber
[David Barber, Sun 11/08/13] [comments (1)]

Cross Country News
The dates of the Essex, Ryston and Frostbite XC leagues are now posted on the Official C & C website. A full and printable fixture list including the relays and championships will be posted as soon as practicable. More details about each event will be posted closer to the date. Hope to see you out there. Cross country running is a team sport. If you are enjoying the Kevin Henry, come back for more with hills and mud!
[Helen, Tue 06/08/13] [comments (1)]

The Thunder Run 2013
Despite an ominous forecast and its fulfilment with thunder and lightening, the full contingent of our team took part in this most incredible of events. Teams of varying sizes (solo to 8 in a team) run around a 10 km trail loop from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. Everyone was heroic but special mention has to go to Chris Hurcomb, Richard Lyle, Clare Garvey, Julia DeCesare, Dan Bayles and Lee Radley (Riverside) who ran in the middle of the absolute deluge in the middle of the night (Saturday). My mother was also very magnanimous stepping in at the last moment and did two laps, one of which was the third fastest out of all of us! Also, I don't know what we would have done had Chris not had the bright idea to bring 2 gazebos! We clocked 25 laps in total (250km) and felt deservedly chuffed by the end. Highly recommended.
[Jonathan, Fri 02/08/13] [comments (2)]

Heroes in the heat of the Heath
Race 3 of the Kevin Henry 5k league was met with high humidity and temperatures of around 30 degrees at the Rowley Mile in Newmarket. Those who raced last year will remember going home with stained kit and trainers - not this time in the bone dry. Although pancake flat, the heat, a little loss of traction and a breeze did make it a tad challenging. Another fantastic turnout for C&C and a total field of 200 underlines the growing popularity of this series. More records with both men and ladies scoring minus points, -13 and -10 respectively. A third win on the spin for Sullivan was followed by fellow scorers, Tom (2nd), Jonathan (4th), Geoff (5th), Alastair (6th), Iain (10th) and Alex E (11th). The ladies were led by Mel (2nd), Katie (3rd), Carla (4th) and Claire (5th). A competition best turnout of 65 runners really contributed to the fantastic team score - so many great performances throughout the field. A special mention to 3 C&C'ers who showed fantastic commitment by turning out for the team after massive weekends: Jonathan E-P ran 55km in a 24 hour relay race over the weekend, then a fast 5k on Wednesday; Carmel ran the Swissalpine Marathon in under 6 hours and Darren Gillman ran 90 miles of a 100 mile race before being forced to stop due to the onset of hypothermia - I hope you 3 don't mind me mentioning this, but you are heroes one and all! So with only our home event to go we have maximum points. A quick plea - we need to have 14 marshals to run our home event - without your help we cannot fulfil our KH commitment. If you or family can help please email me on chris@hirky.wanadoo.co.uk - and for the sake of my stress levels please let me know soon - these events don't run themselves, it is only through the help of volunteers that we can keep this and, infact, all club activities going. The next race is at our track 7pm on Thursday 5th September. The results of Newmarket and the points table are on the link below.
Kevin Henry League (Newmarket):  Results (64)
[Chris Hurcomb, Fri 02/08/13] [comments (1)]

Swiss Alpine Marathon
A quick word of awe for Carmel McEniery, who completed the Swiss Alpine Marathon at the weekend, between BergŁn and Davos, and taking in two huge alpine passes in awful, sweltering temperatures. She even managed to break the six-hour barrier somehow. I don't do thirty-odd-degrees - ever - so had a nice day taking pics instead.
Swissalpine Marathon:  Results (1)  Gallery (20)
[Andy I, Thu 01/08/13] [comments (10)]

Doug Anderson 5k
A number of us made the short journey over to Bedford for the Doug Anderson 5k. A well organised race on a fast course. There were some great performances from Jonathan Escalante Phillips (5th) and Istvan Jacso (6th). I have entered the provisional results (full results here : http://www.bedfordharrier.me.uk/DA5k2013/results/da5kresults.htm). David Barber was there as well, but i can't see him in the results. Please feel free to add to or update the results.
Doug Anderson 5K:  Results (6)
[AndyU, Thu 01/08/13] [comments (3)]
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