Call for help for our home Kevin Henry event
We will be hosting the Kevin Henry 5k Series event at Wilberforce Road on Thursday 10th September 2015. To lay this event on efficiently we need about 24 helpers. This will include lead bike, tail runner, timer, scorer, funnel manager, tokens, car parkers and marshals. I would be grateful if you could FB message me or email me on email@example.com if you or any of your friends or family could help. Everyone will get full instructions on the day. Could you also state what time you could get there, as I could do with a few pairs of hands as early as 5pm. I look forward to hearing from you.
Kevin Henry 5k - Race 5 - Ely
The fifth race in the Kevin Henry 5k Series is nearly upon us. This will be our first trip to Ely for their inaugural event, at 7:30 on Thursday 6th August 2015. It will be great to get a strong turnout as we are sitting in 3rd only a point behind Haverhill. The run is at Witchford (instructions below) and is promised to be fast, on a flat, concrete surface. All you need is your C&C vest. Share lifts wherever possible. If any of you are going from the centre of Cambridge, perhaps post on FB if you can offer lifts. See you all there!
Bassingbourn Belle 10 Miler - C&C DISCOUNT
Ashley Hawkins, organiser of Bass Belle 10 Miler, is offering C&C runners a discounted rate of £13 if 10 or more runners enter before the end of August. This price is not on the website so if you would like to get this price please e-mail Ashley on firstname.lastname@example.org before end of August with your e-mail address, postal address and DOB to book. Ashley will contact you for payment at the start of October.
There are category prizes and a cash prize if you break the course record (male = 1 hour 19 seconds & female = 1 hour 5 minutes). The event is raising money for Toms Trust. Go on! You know you want too!
For more information on the event please visit http://www.fit4thechallenge.co.uk/bass-belle-10-miler/4585986133
St Ives 10k
St Ives is a happy hunting ground for those of a white-and-blue persuasion, and this year's 10k yielded a fair amount of silverware, or, more accurately, glassware. There were three category wins, for Charlie Wartnaby (V40), Jon Anderson (V50) and Sarah Wightman (V35), with good podium support from Ian Richardson (third V50), Dave Mail (third V60) and Glyn Smith (third V65) - congratulations to all of you. Check out Alejandra's pics of the prizegiving.
By all accounts, the winds blew on that terrible trial of an airfield, but the C&Cs stayed strong. Charlie's 36:07 took sixth place overall, with Dan Hurst (37:12) fourteenth and Jon (39:16) 23rd. Next was ecstasy and agony for Neil Tween, a cracking PB but a tenth of a second outside 40 minutes. In the women's race, Sarah's 40:36 placed her fourth overall, and Alejandra Pascual Garrido ran 45:16 for fourteenth place on her sabbatical return to C&C. Many more fine runs to be viewed on the results page, and hopefully more pictures to come...? Well done, team.
p.s. check out this set of photos too.
Running in the Yorkshire Dales
A lot of us flatlanders have taken to the hills this summer. I had another modest attempt last weekend when I raced in the Yorkshire Dales. Here is my report.
Bob Graham Round - 42 peaks in a day!
On Saturday 11th July 2015, I finally fulfilled a long-standing ambition to complete the Bob Graham Round, the classic 24 hour Lakeland round taking in 42 peaks over approximately 66 miles and 27,000 feet of ascent (and of course the same descent) on very technical terrain. The route is a circuit of the Lake District starting and finishing at the Moot Hall in Keswick, almost entirely off-road (apart from the last 5 miles) and much of it not even on trails. First completed by Bob Graham in 1932, less than 2000 people have repeated the achievement - including our very own Charlie Wartnaby! While Charlie managed an amazing unsupported round, I was aiming for an "official" completion which meant having witnesses present for the entire round (quite a logistical challenge in itself). Report is attached, and I'll try to upload some photos - although there weren't many due to the very poor weather!
The Mont Blanc Marathon – more than just a marathon
Literally so - over the course of the 24-26th June weekend, there were races for everyone in Chamonix; Simon and me in the 80km, Alastair in the 23km, Claire in the 10km and Mark in the marathon, with guest support appearances from Graeme and Carla. Better late than never, I have put up a brief report from the 80km (brief relative to race duration that is) and some pics, other team members please add yours to show I’m not (still) hallucinating.
Ultimate Trails 110/55k Trail Ultra
At the weekend Emma, Bernie, Katie & I made the long trip up to the Lakes for the UT ultras. I think it's safe to say we all loved it(!), and it would be good to see some more C&Cers there next year. In case you were wondering what you missed, I thought it'd be worth sharing a video made by one of the 110 guys.