Lairig Ghru Hill Race
Another epic tale of triumph in the face of geographical challenge; settle down and have a good read about Charlie Ritchie's Cairngorm adventure. Superb stuff.
Kevin Henry 5k - Race 4
Race 4 (already!) of the Kevin Henry 5k Series is on Thursday 2nd July 2015, 7:30pm, hosted by Haverhill Running Club at Kedington. The link to the results are below. This is a great road course, which is basically uphill for the first half, then super speedy downhill for the second half - always enjoyed by all! We are still in third, with a great chance to catch Haverhill, though they will have a huge turnout for their home event. Remember we all score a point, so I look forward to seeing as many blue and whites as possible. There's a great pub (The Plough) where we normally have a bite to eat and a beer. I'll post this on the endurance Facebook page. Could do with a couple of scorers. If you can help please email me on email@example.com
A few updates from HRC 1) Please car share as much as possible as there is limited parking. 2) Due to the hot weather forecast, there will be a self serve drinks station at halfway. 3) The course has been officially measured this year, so a great chance to log an official quick one!
See you there. http://haverhillrunningclub.com/kevin-henry-2015/
The Wall Ultramarathon
There are several club members running their first ultramarathons this year and last Saturday was my attempt.
69 miles, Carlisle to Gateshead. I missed two of my three targets, it was messy, ugly and decidedly unpleasant at times but I finished. My first ultramarathon distance race but it certainly won't be my last.
The event was a lot more on tarmac than I expected meaning trail shoes for the first 45 miles was a mistake and I need to improve my fuelling strategy. But, I did the event to learn and I certainly did that!
I might finally make it back to the club as I should be thinking about training for Snowdonia but there's a demon in my head trying to persuade me to think about a 'short' ultra in September.
London Marathon GFA entries open -- 2 weeks only
Club 3k handicap next Tuesday 23rd June
Lost Sunglasses at Track
After yesterday evening's track training (Tuesday 16th June), I left my sports sunglasses somewhere between changing room 3 and the bike racks. I've been back to the track this morning but they are not there, so I wonder if someone has picked them up.
Since they are prescription sunglasses, they are no use to anyone else.
If anyone knows their whereabouts, please leave a comment here, or contact me via the "people index".
Rocking and rolling in Liverpool
Yesterday, C&C had more than one Ticket to Ride in the Liverpool marathon. On a cool but blustery day Axel, Bart (on his maiden marathon) and myself tackled the uphill start, wriggling midsection and the home straight headwind to bring home some great times in the face of a tough day on a tough course. There were no Yellow Submarines or Strawberry Fields but we did pop into Penny Lane for a brief moment. First off, Bart secured the double of an impressive début whilst ticking off his good for age London time in 3:10:04. I kept Axel on a leash with some conservative pacing to 22 miles before he powered away from me, overtaking many to cross the line in 2:49:22. I ran a best by 6 minutes in 2:53:04 despite being nearly crippled by a pulled muscle with only 1500m to go, I wanted to cry Help!, but With a Little Help From My Friends, the spectators, I got my legs going again and finished the job. Then we were able to Come Together and enjoy our marathon free pint in the sun as the post-race concert got going. There wasn't much twisting and shouting as we had to Get Back to the station to make our way home.
Wimpole Belts 10k
So the inaugral Wimpole Belts 10k is now organised. 6:45pm on Wednesday 15th July 2015 at Wimpole Estate. It is an off-road rolling loop around the magnificent (I'm biased) estate. It is measured and ready to go. We will then all have a picnic in the grounds afterwards, so bring your rugs and sausage rolls. (There is also a wet weather option if required.) There is a small fee on the day to enter of £3, to cover some costs. All I ask is that you email me on firstname.lastname@example.org (it is also posted on FB) to confirm your entry, along with emergency contact details. Then bring your £3 on the day. This event will also double up as our July club social. I only need 8 marshals to cover the course, so if you are injured or not running, or know someone who can help, please also drop me an email - I'd be grateful. It is not just open to C&C runners, please feel free to pass the details on to any friends who you'll think will enjoy it. The course is great and it'll be fun! See you there!
News of an absolutely corking performance (I made a funny joke there) from Jonathan Escalate-Phillips at the Cork Half in the Republic of Ireland - a brilliant 1:11:23 PB to take seventh place overall in a big field. 83% WAVA too - catching up with Mum! Nice one, Jonathan.
Meanwhile, closer to home, Rachael Leah and Chris Hurcomb teamed up at the Run Bedford, earning Rachael a shiny new 48:46 PB. Nice racing, guys.
Kevin Henry 5k series race 3 - Newmarket
The races are coming thick and fast and it is nearly time for race 3 of the Kevin Henry 5k series. The one lap (sometimes a tad blowy) race hosted by Newmarket Joggers is at The Rowley Mile on Thursday 11th June at 7:30pm. I would recommend a light trail shoe for this one, as it is a bit "dusty." We are currently sitting in 3rd place behind Cambridge Tri and only a point behind Haverhill Runners, who have had massive turnouts and I expect the same turnout again to Newmarket as it is relatively local. It really stresses the importance of us getting out as many runners as possible - we all score a point. I have been asked a couple of times how we all contribute and how the scoring works. Basically, the first 6 men and first 4 women from each club score. So if our first 6 men come 1st, 3rd, 10th, 12th, 20th, 21st; we score a point for each place = 67 points. Every man that runs for the club scores a point. So if 40 men run that is 40 points. We then take those 40 points from the 67, leaving a score of 27. The lowest scoring club then wins that round. With 6 points for the first club for the men and women, down to one for 6th. So if a club wins both men and women categories, that is 12 points. Even if you are not in the first 6 as men or 4 as women it is still important to turn up and if possible run well, because you can push other club runners down by finishing in front of them. I hope this all makes sense?!
Be great to see you all there, donned in your club vest. Please find the instructions below.
Edinburgh Marathon Festival
Belated and brief news of another excellent trip to Edinburgh. Eight of us survived the howling headwind in the last eight miles of the marathon (for drama's sake, let's forget the tailwind on the first 18), and some even ran beautifully. None more so than Matt Slater, 2:47 for 28th place, and Andrew Shields, 2:54 and 70th, also third Vet 50. High-class racing, requiring some serious mental and physical strength to finish the job - well done guys. Varying positions on the triumph/disaster spectrum thereafter, but Sam Lewsey's 3:35 on début and Anne Schumann's 4:14 PB left both justifiably delighted. Dan Kitchie slipped off the schedule a touch but still nailed a 3:34 PB, while Ian Richardson (3:28), Bernie Shannon (3:54) and I (3:44) had to call off the hounds. Hopefully no-one will know that I blew before turning into the wind. I think I'd prefer the extra distance to getting up for an 8am start, so double congrats to Isabelle Lemasson for her 1:38 PB in the half marathon. Great racing, great city, and great support from the non-racing sick and wounded - thanks guys. 'Proper' report now up.
Club Night tomorrow June 2
Just a reminder that tomorrow's start-of-the-month club night is off premises at the Granta pub. Refresh and recover from your chosen training sesh with groovy duck pond ambience. Balmy June weather guaranteed.