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TCS Amsterdam Marathon
Sunday 21st October 2012
RichHL

Team C&C interrupted their Jenga tournament just long enough to run in Amsterdam and stormed it. There were six runners in the marathon on Sunday and three in the half.

Sam Barr led the team home in 3:14:16 having gone out in search of 3:20. He said after the race that he was very happy with his result. Sadly, he had no answer for his daughter who when told that Daddy was in Amsterdam to run a marathon asked, “Why?”

Next through the finish in her marathon debut was Clare Garvey. Her time of 3:34:29 wasn't quite enough for her to get the dinner she'd been promised out of Alan Baldock but it was a truly excellent performance, nonetheless. She was 29th in her VF40. There is much, much more to come.

Jon Anderson said he had a bit of shocker in the middle 20k with multiple loo breaks but streaked through the final 10k to record a thoroughly respectable 3:34:28.

C&C's own Three Graces of Stacy Wheat, Julia DeCesare and Liz Summers ran together throughout the race and posted excellent times. Stacy and Julia were both marathon debutantes. They finished a few seconds apart, Stacy in 3:45:02 and Julia in 3:45:14. Liz's 3:45:22 was a huge PB. Grins all round from everyone at the finishing line.

Istvan Jacso and Duncan Coombs also ran together over in the half marathon in the afternoon. They finished in 27th and 28th place in the identical time of 76:43. Istvan confessed himself very pleased with his result. Duncan was using it as a training run for the New York marathon in a couple of weeks. On this evidence, he is in for a very strong showing indeed. Chris Hurcomb had to dig in over the final three miles to record a PB of 1:44:03. He wore his chafed left nipple as a badge of honour.

C&C alumna and favourite living Dutchie, Anke Linssen carried Matt Slater's number round the half marathon course in 1:31:09 having spent the day before showing Team C&C the delights of Amsterdam with the assistance of her partner, Andy.

The injured parties of Matt Slater and Richard Lyle suppressed their disappointment at being unable to run by charging round the course as supporters- and yellers-in-chief to Team C&C. They were able to see our athletes at 5k, 10k and 38k thanks to the compact design of the course. They weren't able to take many photographs because our boys and girls were moving far too quickly... Their voices were almost as wrecked by their shouting and cheering as the athletes' legs were by their running. Julia's husband, Andy O'Dowd, was also out on the course as supporter and team photographer but even he only managed a handful of usable images.

Plans for next year's overseas tour are already being laid with Berlin emerging as an early favourite but Munich or even a return to Amsterdam have not yet been ruled out.

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