Great results from the Fens, with both the C&C 'Busway Bandits' and 'Women Ain't Tri-ing' taking the men's and women's first prize respectively. But that's not all: Carrie Bedingfield was first senior woman for stage 2; Tom Stevens and Claire Somerton were first senior man and first senior woman respectively for stage 3; and last but by no means least Al Pritchard was first Vet man for stage 4. Trailing behind in the mud were C&C's 4 other teams: 'Men like to Fart' in 10th, 'Never mind the Busway' in 12th, 'Oh Ma Gog' in 73rd and 'Wild Women of Wilberforce' in 85th. Well done all.
Many of us will know what it's like to slog across ten or eleven miles of muddy fen in the Hereward Relay, but only our crack team of super-runners would do the whole thirty-nine themselves. Huge respect to Ultra Katie Samuelson (5:40), Ultra Christof Schwiening (5:47) and Ultra Darren Gillman (6:03) for accomplishing it, particularly Katie, who won the women's race. Congratulations all three. And at least it was flat.
Still waiting for news from the relay...
Frostbite (race 3) Hinchingbrooke Park
The third Frostbite race takes place on Sunday 8th December at Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon. The junior race starts at 10:15am and the senior race starts at 11am. The courses are multi-terain with some paths so aren't suitable for spikes - though trial shoes are possible because some of the course maybe muddy.
For the junior and senior teams we're 2nd overall for both but still have a lot of work to do, if as a team, we want to improve and move up to first.
I hope to see as many runners (both junior and senior) at the event, especially senior ladies because this is where we need more support in order to achieve our goal of beating Nene Valley Harriers. As I mentioned before this is a team effort, where everyone counts!
There is limited parking at the main car park so my advice is to use the car park at the Huntingdon Race Course, just off the A14 and from there is a 15 - 20 minute walk. I will be around to look after bags and any valuables. Full details, including directions can be found on the Frostbite website - http://www.frostbiteleague.org.uk/. It would also be advisable where possible to car share so I suggest meeting at the track at 9:30am for those who need a lift.
I look forward to seeing you a week on Sunday. And please remember to wear your club vest and not use an MP3 player or equilavent because at the last race some unfortunate runners (not from C & C) were disqualified for not following these simple rules.
Along with the many other races last weekend, three C & C runners made the trip to the city of the Medici, Florence, to run the marathon. They were, in order of finishing, Katie Sherwood (3:11:11), Dave Yeneralski (3:26:21) and Ish Badr (3:26:54). Well done to you all and I hope you're legs are getting the well deserved rest.
Ashwell Half Marathon
A hilly Half on the roads (mainly) around Ashwell in North Hertfordshire
Club Night Tuesday
Final club night of the year tomorrow, with the clubhouse open after training for the usual refreshments. And a reminder that the Xmas party tickets are selling fast, get yours now!
City of Norwich Half Marathon
A well organised, if slightly congested half marathon on rural roads near Norwich.
Closing Dates for Cross Country Championships
The links to full details of each Cross Country Championship & the closing dates by which you should enter yourself (for veteran events) or apply for a club paid place can be found here.
British Masters Cross Country Relays
C&C ladies 3rd in the FV45 category. Race report & full results to follow.
Cross Country News
Lots of action last weekend. The race reports for the club's best outing at the Essex League, two of our top veterans in action in Cardiff and others closer to home at the Ryston GP can be found here.
Veterans it's not to late to sign up for the EVAC and SEAA Master's XC Championships. This year both events are close to home.
St Neots Riverside Half Marathon
A really well-organised and well-supported St Neot's Half Marathon on Sunday with a veritable plethora of C&C runners (44 by my count). I'm sure someone more linguistically talented than me can highlight some of the great performances out there- also feel free to enter your own PB, if applicable, on the results page!
Rather a successful Sunday down in Essex for Fliss Tournant and Simon Glover. Fliss's rather quick 1:10 over Stebbing's ten miles gave her a superb sixth place in a sizeable field, and Simon's 1:33 was a cracking PB. Nice running, both.
Ryston Grand Prix Race 2 - Sunday 17th November
For those of you who can't run hills in Basildon on Saturday, there's another opportunity to run 9K of hills the following day in the scenic forest at Shouldham Warren. I suggest you contact Mary Holmes for more details. This series of races is one of her favourites. Tip: it's possibly drier underfoot than Basildon. Good luck to those who attempt the double-bill!
Essex League Race 2 - Saturday 16th November
Full details about this fixture at Basildon Sporting Village can be found here.
Even if you have already taken a look at this webpage I suggest you take another look now as some details have changed. Course maps and pre-registration by Wednesday for the U11 race at 11:30. The link for pre-registration is provided.
If you like hills or need to run hills this is the event for you. Have fun.
Revised Virgin London Marathon Club Ballot Criteria
As written in the comments for the VLM Ballot News item earlier, there wasn't enough notice about the new criteria of competing once and volunteering once during the year so criteria 4 and 5 won't apply. There is no need to have competed or volunteered for the draw for the 2014 race.
The club have been allocated three entries in the Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM), which will be offered to eligible members through a draw at the Xmas Party on 14 Dec.
To be eligible for the club draw, you should have been...
1. rejected from the VMLM ballot for the 2014 race
2. a member of C&C at the time of entry to the VMLM ballot and the race
3. registered with EA
Stowmarket Striders Scenic 7
First result in from Sunday's road programme. Three C&C race addicts journeyed east for the aptly-named and shiningly sunny Scenic 7. After a suitable silence, Ben Chamberlain strove successfully for a scarily sharp 46 and I slogged stubbornly to a satisfying 52, but the speedy star on the scene was Margaret Phillips, 53-and-some to secure silverware in the FV55s, a stunning 3½ minutes clear of her nearest rival.
Hereward Relay - help with transport
Are there any C&Cers involved in the Hereward relay able to help out a couple of ultra runners with transport? We'd like to leave our car at the finish and get a lift to the start if possible. ..
Bushfield Frostbite update
Unfortunately, the overall senior team results have been amended due to an innocent mistake. As soon as I see the new total scores, I will post details in this account. Well, the good news is that we still remain second overall for the seniors, one point ahead of Hunts AC and three behind NVH. There is no change in the junior race, 3 points behind Hunts AC and have the same score as Riverside Juniors. As a team (both junior and senior) we have a lot of work to do so we win both team events, which working together, I am sure we can do.
The race report and results for the junior events at the National XC Relays and Frostbite League can be found here.
Bonfire Burn 10K
Tons of PBs despite the blustery conditions at the Bonfire Burn 10K. I made a start on the Bonfire Burn results so please do add your own results too.
Crewe Déjà Vu All Over Again
Anyone used to being ordered round and round the track an unfeasible number of times by Fergie will have some insight into the sheer horror of this one. I'll resist a gratuitous gag at Crewe's expense here, and point you in the direction of Christof Schwiening's latest marathon - 105½ laps, no less; 211 bends. And a damn quick time. Take a bow, Christof! Full report below.
Club London Marathon entries
If you recently received the magazine with the blue Smurf on the cover from the London Marathon organisers and have been feeling rather blue yourself, don't despair!!
The club have been allocated three entries in the Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM), which we will offer to eligible members through a draw at the Xmas Party on 14 Dec.
ECCA (National) Cross Country Relays
The full results for all age groups and the senior men's race report by Ric Park can be found here.
Frostbite League - Bushfield
Full results are now in from the Bushfield Frostbite. The team results are good despite worries that the extremely-local-to-Cambridge Bonfire Burn would whittle away our squad to one-man-and-his-dog levels. In the end, we were well down numerically and, after a bit of a qualification mishap, just failed to cobble together a quorum of ridiculously-gifted runners, so the final team result is to be confirmed, but will undoubtedly be be third place. Our seven scoring chaps were all in the top 33, and our two ladies (we needed three) did comparably well too - both in the top 26 females. Top hero of the day was Sullivan Smith, who won the race by a good hundred metres. Our other scoring heroes were Oliver Park (fourth), Makka Makowski (ninth), Ben Baldelli (tenth), Craig Dyce, Richard Park, Neil Carrington, Natalie Griffiths (fifth F) and Jane Packman. The rest of us, though scarce, were pretty athletic and heroic too, as I'm sure the results show.
The Junior race was equally brilliant, with our talented lot just edged into second by Hunts AC. The brilliant Diana Chalmers was first girl in and a superb fifth overall, but there were loads of other great runs from our squad of eleven. Well done all. And well done Richard Park and Carmel McEniery for taking on the management roles.
(One last note - there were several disqualifications - not C&C runners - for not wearing club vests or for wearing earphones - do the right thing, please!)
Snowdonia & Frankfurt Marathon Greats
Just noticed some exceptional performances from last weekend which I can't not shout about :) Mel Staley Second Female in not 'only' a marathon but the Snowdonia Marathon with a mesmerising time of 3:12. Richard Staley also achieved a great time of 4:05. Tom Stevens got himself a 2:34 at the Frankfurt Marathon too ... Results which are difficult to get the head around - fantastic stuff all! Would love to know more.