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April 2016

London Marathon
I'm incubating a proper report, but as it's been the best part of a week, I'll invite you now to study the amazing times and countless PBs from Sunday, via the link. Congratulations to everyone, particularly our fastest male & female athletes, Chris Darling (2:37) and Katie Samuelson (3:09), but above all Mary Twitchett, whose 3:11 earned her a stratospheric third place in her category.
Virgin Money London Marathon:  Results (30)  Report: Andy I
[Andy I, Fri 29/04/16] [comments (5)]

English National Road Relays
Thanks to our correspondent at the National Road Relays for posting the results. As you hopefully realise, the Nationals are the absolute pinnacle of the club scene, and the opposition is the best of the best. Simple as that.
Our female first team finished third.
Digest that for a minute. Third place. In the whole country. If it were football, they'd be Manchester City. Direct comparison.
Congratulations Charlie Christensen, Katy Hedgethorne, Claire Somerton, Vicky Knight, Claire Wilson and Suzie Reid, and proud coaching staff too, on a spectacular performance.
Just as spectacular was the sixteenth earned by the B-team - Liz Fraser, Gemma Coe, Becca Frake, Natalie Griffiths, Carla Brown and Nicola McBride - our second team beat a host of nationally-renowned A-teams, and are officially the quickest B-team in England.
The chaps couldn't possibly compete with that, but they gave it a damn good try - double the team size, so I'll leave you to check the roll of honour on the results page to see exactly whose shoes we are not fit to lace, but congratulations on 27th and 54th places - again, our teams proved they can cut it at a national level.
Congratulations to all involved, on and off the road.
English National Road Relays:  Results (36)
[Andy I, Thu 21/04/16] [comments (0)]

London Marathon Spectator and Runners Meetup
Post VLM meetup for spectators and runners:
The Porterhouse, 21-22 Maiden Lane, Nr Covent Garden
C&C spectator point: Mile 22, north side of "The Highway". Feel free to exchange telephone numbers so you can get together.
Nearest tube; Shadwell, St Georges Swimming Pool is a good meetup point.
[Nev, Thu 21/04/16] [comments (1)]

Kevin Henry 5k Series 2016, Race 1
5Km Run Race - Seniors

Thursday 28th April 2016 at 7.30pm

Races held under UKA rules, UKA Cross Country Permit number 27.16

Venue
Chivers Farm, Behind Spire Hospital, New Road, Impington.CB24 9EL

There are toilets but no changing facilities.
Do not use the Spire Hospital toilets.
Registration area at the back of the Spire car park.

Parking
Parking is available at Impington Village College sports complex next door.
No parking in the Spire Hospital car park

Race details
Two lap route with makers at the Km points.
Course is mainly concrete tracks but may be muddy in parts if wet.
5Km race at 7.30pm. Please wear your club vest
A horn or whistle will warn you to move to the start.
[RichHL, Wed 13/04/16] [comments (0)]

Paris Marathon
There was some very high-quality marathoning from the C&C squad in Paris last weekend. Very high-quality indeed. Four of our team made the top 200 in a race with 41,708 finishers. Yes, that good. Alastair Hodges was the quickest of the lot, running 2:36:50 for 67th place, and Axel Finke's 2:40:13 ranked him exactly 100th. And a mere two seconds apart, and euphorically/agonisingly either side of 2¾ hours were, respectively, Andrew Shields and Matt Slater (179th/181st). Rodrigo Santos was next, with a fine 3:13:49 (on debut, I think?). Of the five, only Matt (fortunately!) had run a quicker marathon before.
I'd love to know where we ranked amongst the French clubs. Our quicks really are doing something special at the moment - congratulations to all of you. We're looking forward to hearing the stories. And anyone else who crossed the Channel, please do add yourself to the results.
Paris Marathon:  Results (7)
[Andy I, Tue 05/04/16] [comments (3)]

Age Grade Update
You may not want to hear this if you've got a target WAVA, but the data tables used to calculate it on this site have been updated to the 2015 versions. You might be lucky, but there's a fair chance your most prized percentages have degraded a bit because someone your age somewhere in the world ran a bit faster. Life is unfair, I know. I suggest training harder. The raw data come from this website, if you're a bit geeky.
[Andy I, Fri 01/04/16] [comments (5)]
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