Men’s Newsletter – August

You’ll be delighted to know that as August has been a quiet month insofar as races are concerned, my newsletter is very much abridged. However, be warned, September is very busy so all you insomniacs hang in there.

Firstly thanks to Chris for a great report in July and great choice for Runner of the Month.

As I mentioned, races were very few and far between in August although the Club found a new sweary man at the Clacton (not) half in the early part of the month. Darren Horner gets a special mention for just managing to show enough restraint not to be charged with a public order offence. Mark Crittendon was a very close second. It’s easy to criticise events but this one appeared to have been very poorly organised and shows what a great job GBRC does with the 5 mile and half marathon. As a Club we should be proud of our races which is reflected in the numbers who run them and the post-race feedback. Well done to anyone that finished, I’m sure some people are still MIA. Darren also gets a special mention this month for his amazing post-Friday run flexibility. I won’t go into detail but it made my eyes water.

The weather was slightly kinder at the annual Mersea 5 and 10 with none of the 4 seasons in one day or blistering heat of many previous years. At the 5 miles Graham Clarke was just outside a Diamond standard but well inside the Gold for his group, brilliant effort and very well done Graham. It was good to see Russ make a return to the road in the 10 mile after a long absence. Those weeks of trying to kill Michael in Friday Woods seem to be paying off.

The third of Rodger’s trails took place in the lovely countryside around Hadleigh in Suffolk on the last Sunday of August. Thanks to Rodger for the huge amount of effort that must have gone into the preparation and for the hard work on the day. Thanks too to Steph and bendy Darren for timing and recording the results. Thanks to Paul for getting us lost and wrecking my ankle in the process. Many of you know how much I love off-roads running.

Joe Alexander won another Park Run in Castle Park (to save time, that bit’s now part of the template I use to create these documents). But I never lose sight of what an achievement this is, particularly when one considers it’s just part of his Saturday morning Triathlon training routine. Don’t you just hate some people!!!

As I said, a very sort newsletter this time around but just time to announce runner of the month for August. This person has made a quantum leap forward in the last year; some people take seconds off their pbs. However, this person just bites off massive chunks and spits them out. Amongst his performances are his run at the Mersea 10 when he ran 21 minutes faster than last year and took 4 minutes off his pb on what is not the easiest course. At this rate, Rio is on the cards. Well done Martin Owen, here’s to more great performances in the future.


Just a non-running related personal thank you to all of you who supported the WillowManjaro event over the Bank Holiday. It raised over £800 towards Willow Carlisle’s charity climb of Kilomanjaro in September. Oh and special thanks for the kind applause rather than any heckling or fruit throwing.

And finally, tip time…..

First tip is if you turn up at a Sunday Club run and Michael and I are leading it, do not follow us. Unless you want a steeplechase, run through horse paddocks (with skittish horses) and get told off for tresspassing.

The temptation, certainly when you first experience the joy (yep joy!!) of running, is to run everything everywhere and train in the exactly the same way for each race. The exception to this is probably the marathon where, for obvious reasons, people tend to stick to a more structured plan which may incorporate a couple of other races.

I know many people who train exactly the same all year round then turn up at a 5K or a half marathon for example expecting to perform at the same level for both distances. Whilst some distances can be bracketed together e.g. 5m & 10K, 10m and the Half, each group requires different preparation (including nutrition) in addition to different requirements during the race itself such as the need to drink or take gels for instance. By being more selective in your races and preparing specifically for them you will get better results – fact. And one of my bugbears is the long slow run. A long run does not have to be slow but has limited use in that state. If you are just going for a social run on that occasion or need some extended recovery then it has a place, but do not make every long run slow. It will simply teach your body to run slow. I’m now off to my anger management class, have a great September!!!!