Country for Old Men
We staffed the Hatfield Broad Oak 10K entirely with veteran men... good day out though despite the wind!
Kevin Henry League- Newmarket Joggers
Date: Thursday 9th June 2016
Time: 7.30pm start
Location: Rowley Mile Racecourse ( top of the driveway to the Course on right hand side)
Car parking: There is plenty of parking at the Rowley Mile Racecourse car park or there is limited parking at the top of the drive, just off A1304.
Notes: There are no toilet or changing facilities on Site. We do have use of the cemetery toilets; a short distance across the main A1304 road in to Newmarket.
As usual and because we're expecting good weather (!) there will be an ice cream van on site.
Peterborough summer 5k series
Was reminded of this series by BRJ and I know a few C&C'ers have run this in the past. The Peterborough Grand Prix series is fast approaching. This is a series of 5 x 5k races (for seniors) and 3k (for juniors), run over the summer on a Wednesday night. 7pm for juniors, 7.30 for seniors - but you need to register and pay on the night so do allow time to do this. With 400 odd seniors it can get busy! Dates and venues are 8th June, Ferry Meadows, 22 June, Eye; 6th July, Stamford; 20 July, Ferry Meadows; 3 Aug, Werrington. It is a good chance to go hard for a pb.
Kevin Henry 5k Series 2016, Race 2
I know we're not really Leicester City in our context, but we're still top of the league! Hurrah! After the second race on Thursday night we have consolidated our position while CTC has slipped just a little further behind in second place because their women were beaten by Haverhill's women. We need to keep the numbers up both for men and for women in order to maintain our position at the top of the league so get your vest and help create another White and Bluewash at Newmarket on 9th June. #AllTheClub
The league stands as follows:
1st C&C Men (12 points)
1st C&C Women (12 points)
1st C&C Combined (24 points)
2nd CTC Men (10)
2nd CTC Women (9)
2nd CTC Combined (19)
3rd Newmarket Men (8)
4th Newmarket Women (7)
3rd Newmarket Combined 15)
4th Haverhill Men (6)
3rd Haverhill Women (8)
4th Haverhill Combined (14)
5th= Saffron Striders Men (3)
5th Saffron Striders Women (4)
5th Saffron Striders Combined (7)
5th= Ely Men (3)
6th Ely Women (2)
6th Ely Combined (5)
Kevin Henry League: Ely Runners, Witchford, Thursday 19th May 2016
A few lifts available in cars departing the track at 6.30pm. Returning in time for 8.30pm.
Witchford Village Hall,
Bedwell Hay Lane, Witchford
This is a single loop, figure-eight-type course on disused WWII airfield concrete tracks. Mostly the ground is in good condition for fast running, but there are some pot holes and cracks here and there. Please note that the tracks used are on private land through a working farm and are almost entirely not a right of way. Recce running on the day from 6pm onwards is fine, but please do not recce before race day – doing so may jeopardise future use of the venue.
The race HQ, toilets, and parking are at Witchford Village Hall. The village of Witchford is
approximately 1.5 miles west of Ely off the A142. Please park in the recreation ground behind the venue, as directed by marshals on the day.
Wings for Life
It's a cliché, but this really is an event like no other. The race in Cambridge was impressive: 2000 runners, city centre start, entirely closed roads, continuous motorbike and bicycle support later on, TV helicopter and camera bikes, various celebrities, and whole Fenland villages turning out to spectate all along the route. Now multiply that by the 34 locations which run simultaneously around the globe and you have an operation to humble even the big city marathons, requiring NASA-style mission control (and one hell of a marketing budget). In a nutshell the format has a race start but no finish; a gradually-accelerating 'catcher car' pursues the field in each country, and you're out when it gets you. Results are ranked by distance reached not time, last survivor wins, and everything is collated globally.
It has to be said that not many entrants are trained distance athletes. Still fewer with spring marathon campaigns under their belts, some with Christof-style heat acclimatisation training -- especially handy for a race that starts at noon, in 26 degC unbroken sunshine. Small wonder then that we grabbed 3 of the top 10 places, 7 of the top 100, and could field a small party in front of the big screen on Parker's Piece afterwards, not to mention scores of club shout-outs from spectators.
Do chip in with your own stories as comments. If you didn't have the club listed in the results here I probably missed you, so do add yourself (a tricky test but Andy's wizardry does just accommodate it!).
It's VLM + 2 weeks again next year in Cambridge -- heartily recommended.
Kevin Henry League - Cambridge Tri
Very late news from the first of the Kevin Henry 5K series, this one hosted by Cambridge Tri on their Chivers Farm course. Late, but very good news - we won both male and female competitions and, there being no gender-fluid categories yet, inevitably won the overall too. No surprise with individual performances on show - first for Jonathan Escalante-Phillips (in 16:11) and Claire Wilson (18:11), second for Chris Darling (16:24) and Claire Somerton (18:25), third for Carla Brown (also 18:25), fifth for Sullivan Smith (16:49), eighth for Paul Aste (16:56) and ninth for both Alex Eggeman (17:10) and Carrie Bedingfield (20:41). With a massive 92 turning out for us, each scoring a point at least, it's a brilliant start in our hunt to regain our titles which Cambridge Tri took from us last year.
Next up is the Ely race, at Witchford, on Thursday 19th May - come along in your C&C vest; you'll be helping our points tally regardless of speed.
It's not you, it's me
Update on the slow server - the hosts still haven't as much as admitted there's a problem, so it looks like I'll be migrating the site soon. Apologies for the ongoing sub-standard service. Advice (which you are welcome to spread) - do not use HostPapa for hosting!