Ladies Newsletter – November



A slightly calmer month that the last couple especially with Cross Country cancelled today so hopefully my fingers will not ache as much writing this…..  Really will be gutted if it is not rearranged as definitely the most extreme of the courses.  I was really hoping that this report would be full of the Bentley babes’ success in the Essex Champs series but the results are still not out.  Just had an email conversation with the organiser and apparently they are full of errors so have been sent back to Chelmsford to sort out so I will do a special newsletter when they come out.

We had more new women join us this month so welcome to Sinead, Emma and Lisa who have been running on a Wednesday night.  After the men swelled their numbers earlier in the year, it is all about the women in recent months.  Great to see our new members settling in and trying other sessions and races.  Our existing members have not helped our future growth with Emily and Geraldine giving birth to Alex and Cian.  Many congratulations from us all and you know there will always be plenty of babysitters when you fancy a plod again.  A little piccie of Alex is below for us to coo over.


You still have been regularly turning out for Parkruns and this month you have ventured further afield to Maldon and Harlow.  Claudia showed that she didn’t need one of her brothers to pace her when she got her second PB of the month at a Parkrun at Maldon.  Sandra, Debbie, Pauline and our newest member Lisa also got PBs along with my 10 year old daughter who after not running for a few weeks and not really done anything since managed a PB at Castle Park.  Was hoping for a plod that morning….  Our other new member Sinead still managed just over 32 minutes pushing a buggy all the way round.

The second cross country was at Abbeyfields where I regretted calling it tame.  Who would have thought that it could be quite so hilly…..?!  A really strong field – the juniors had their biggest field ever.  Everyone tried their best but we didn’t quite manage to lift ourselves from the bottom of league 1 – hopefully a smaller field at the next XC at Harwich will help us.  Generally not a popular XC course which may help us out – we can only try our best.  Great great support all the way round and lovely to see Lorna, Karen, both Lynseys, Claire, Sue, Barbara, Eileen and anyone I missed cheering us round.  Looking forward to seeing Karen back running again with us in the New Year.  Linzi, Karen, Sue and Sarah tried it out for the first time and I think they all found it hard but definitely chuffed with themselves when they crossed the line.  In the Junior race, we had Katie, Eliza, Aggie, both Cook sisters – Emily and Eve, Amie and Elisha finishing 8th in the table.  Great running from them all.

Helene ran the Donnington Half – I think she will be ok with me saying she finished it as I am not sure she enjoyed the hill each time she did it on the 5 laps despite all that hill training on a Monday!  Viv and Louise went to the Norwich Half.

Apart from congratulating Sue Thomas on her silver standard at the Billericay 10k, that leaves me with the race of the month, Chelmsford 10k.  Despite the weather being shocking, a fab day for the blue vests – 16 women, 10 pbs, 1 Diamond Standard, 4 Gold Standards, 1 silver and 1 bronze.  Some great runs.  Sam had a fantastic run paced by Clive and thrashed her previous pb set back in September.  Lesley took over 4 minutes of her previous PB to get a time of 51.22.  Theresa ran her first 10k having joined the club in the summer when she couldn’t run more than 5k.  Tonie showed what a class act she is to get another diamond standard to add to her collection.  Alison, Rachel, Claire G and Caroline showed how much they have improved since joining the club with new PBs.  Steph produced yet another pb knowing that we had to score the points to try to hold on to 2nd place in the Essex Champs series.  Chelmsford was also the Club Championships for the 10k and glad to see that you made it competitive in some of the age groups.

So…… (at last I hear you say) to my Runner of the Month.  It was hard this month with some outstanding performances but I choose a person that has had the bit between their teeth in the last couple of months determined to make the most of her new found speed.  With a 5km pb this month (knocking 1 minute 16 seconds off) asking her daughter to pace her round and taking off over 3 minutes off her 10km pb, SANDRA JAMES, you are my Runner of the Month.  A couple of years ago, Sandra and I did the Essex Vets XC event in Chigwell Row – tough 3 lap course and the men tried to persuade Sandra that she didn’t need to do the last lap.  After telling them politely where to go she finished the course – that determination is BACK and she is going from strength to strength.  She has come a long way since her first race at the Colchester 10k in 2011.  Well done you.


Best Wishes


Vicky x