Boxing Day Run Results
Results from Noel attached below. Well done and Merry Christmas!
Pisa Marathon and Half
In case you missed it lurking on the results pages, take a look at Christof's excellent marathon report from Pisa, including a sharp half from Max. Whatever they have for brekkie in the Schwiening household, we need some.
Frostbite League - Hunts AC
It was a very friendly weekend, really. First there was the excellent C&C Christmas party, a fine opportunity to catch up with old pals, whether you see them every week or just once in a while. The next morning it was off to the Frostbite Friendly League, communing with the wider running community over a part-firm and part-filthy (but entirely friendly) five-miler. A convivial way to blast away the unwanted side-effects of late-night sociability. As the year ends, the shared experiences and the fond memories are felt the most keenly, and at just before eleven on a typically leaden, cold and drizzly Hinchingbrooke December day, the Frostbite family said goodbye to a cherished friend with a half-minute's applause. Adrian's real tribute may have been in the following half hour and more, as 381 comrades gave battle against the elements, from the PACTRAC star round in twenty-eight minutes to the Bushfield ladies together at the back, three-quarters of an hour later. Or maybe it was captured by the juniors, far more smiles than tears, and way, way more mud than both; the next generation of Frostbiters.
The C&C crowd, almost all of whom were plainly pissed just a few hours earlier, did improbably well. My unexpectedly good recovery I put down to massive over-consumption of the finest pizzas - I intend to replicate the circumstances in a controlled experiment, regardless of any spartan fun-free theories Prof Schwiening might have. Fellow party animal Charlie Wartnaby produced our quickest time once again, ending up in 24th place, but Ellie Swire took the C&C headlines by finishing fifth of the females. Please check the full results and wonder at how such drunken people can have performed so ably. To be fair, we only managed eleventh in the team event, and now lie tenth in the table, but for most of us even getting out of bed should be saluted. The juniors, none of whom ever touch alcohol of course, ended up in a very creditable eighth place, and hold the same place overall. Quickest boy and girl were Miles Benyan and Frances Haines.
So, before this window of lucidity closes and my demeanour reverts to Scroogelike, I'll just say this: Friends, value those chances to plough through muck and filthy nature with cold air in your lungs and the rain on your face, and treasure your loved ones this festive season, runners or not. All things must pass. Frostbite Friendly League - we love you.
Abracadabra and hey presto at Malaga
The hot news in from the Maraton Malaga is a collection of PBs big enough to fill a trophy cabinet (if only we had one). First-up Duncan Coombs (now with Hunters) flew in to a sub 2:30 PB and grabbed the fastest marathon of the year on the C&C database. Second in was Matt pushing below 2:44 having forgotten to bonk, and just pipping Kevin who produced his 5th marathon PB this year with a sub-2:45 and a Championship start qualifier. Andrew Shields ran a perfectly paced race to drop sub-2:50 and pick-up 3rd V50. Axel came in last - although nobody had long to wait for him - with a sub-2:55 having had fun running an intended positive split. I wished I could have been there for the fun! Kevin, Matt, Andrew, Axel - a report please!
By the way, I make that 27 sub-3 hour marathons for C&C this year - twice the number we had in 2014 and three times the number in 2013 and 9 times as many as in 2012 and 2011... If this is a trend then 2016 is set to be a spectacular year!