Men’s Newsletter – February


A busy and productive month for many of you, which all began with a very muddy XC at Notley park, a tough hill, some dodgy ditches and yet we scored our lowest points tally for some time with 8 finishing inside the top 40 and a score of 223 put us in 3rd position, We had a solid turnout of 26 men and 3 juniors, proving whatever the weather as long as there’s cake then the men will run, although Mark Crittenden went a bit to far and got well and truly caked in mud!

One week on and our showpiece the Bentley half had arrived, the wind swirled around the course, it was cold as always but at least dry, and our Marshalls showed why our half is so popular with runners, the support we received from you all was fantastic in those conditions.

And the results proved what a difference home support can make as despite the strong wind 8 out of the 10 men that ran finished with a new PB, well done to you all.

The final XC race took us to Hadleigh, a hilly 2 lap course, 25 men and 4 juniors ran, with another great score of 237, and 2nd place, overall the club finished in 4th position for the season and Great to see so many of you achieve your best positions for the year in the final race, a terrific effort.

Without doubt the key to our success comes from those that turn out again and again and this year we have 12 men who ran them all, and 1 junior so a huge thanks and well done to Simon Dale, Dave Goldsmith, Ben Ficken, Michael Simmons, Kevin Stevens, Malcolm Jarvis, Jamie Neill, Shawn Leek, Mark Ross, Paul Carlisle, Frank Gardiner, and Mark Crittendon. And our superstar Junior Harrison Leek for running them all in he’s 1st year at XC.

It’s not all about running though, the team spirit, the support and wonderful cake once again shows how much the club means to you all. As one runner said to me at the end it’s just a sea of blue and you’re all smiling at the end.

I would like to thank John and Sue for looking afterwards with hot drinks at the end of each race, and Eric for supporting the team and capturing us all on camera.

So many of you have shown improvements with new PB’s in the half and best ever positions in the XC that picking a runner of the month just gets harder, but I’m going for Jamie Neill, in he’s 1st full season of XC, he’s run them all and gradually improved to he’s highest finish of 84th at Hadleigh, from 117th at Hylands, add to this a PB of 1:38:35 at our half, and I hope you’ll agree its been a great month for Jamie.


Congratulations Jamie, keep it going and I’m sure you’ll have a great London marathon.