Ladies Newsletter – March


Really conscious that I have not been around much lately but hopefully will be back at sessions soon. I am writing this from a hotel room up north (I think they describe north of Watford Gap services as being up north!!) having had no internet access since Sunday so apologies if I miss anything out – I am doing a lot of this from memory!! A big welcome to our new Vice Captain, Lesley Fuller. If there is anything that you would like from us over the next year (Summer Ladies do, more team running events etc) then let us know your thoughts. We can morph into what you want as there is no job description as such!! Thanks to Steph who has taken over as Press Secretary and Karen/Claire who are forming part of the new Social Team. Just a little warning, I will be approaching those ladies who helped me organise the Friday 5 Junior Race to beg with you to help me again.

Races picked up this month with big turnouts for the Essex 20 and Colchester Half. The biggest turnout of all was Colchester Half with 24 women running for GBRC. Would have been more if Ruth, Lynsey and Gemma had made it to the start line – hope you are feeling better ladies. Stacks of PBs and standards with many women running the distance for the first time. Anna was the first lady home with a massive chunk off her pb closely followed by Alison who again took a sizeable chunk off her pb. This was despite coming from the back of the field at the start – they obviously did negative splits as they past our group of 5 Bentley babes at mile 2!! Michelle suffered with my nagging as I paced her round to get a pb – she was surprised as she hasn’t been able to fit in as much training in as she would have liked. Rachel and Claire also suffered being paced with great times for their first half marathon. Claire – that standard will come……. Sinead did her first half on her son’s first birthday and I suspect she will dip under 2 hours for the next one along with Lindsey and Claire F. Bee was another that took a massive chunk from her pb – you can see the determination on your face from the facebook photos. Other PBs came from Chusa, Emma Town, Emma Goodman and Natalie. Claudia and our newest lady Anthea also completed their first half marathons. Plenty of you I haven’t mentioned but a big well done to all, a great Bentley day. For some of you, your times have not been posted and I can’t check them so you will have to let me know if I have missed something. Thanks to all the great support on the course – more of the ladies gave us a big cheer with Karen and Barbara giving up their time to marshal. Whilst the weather was foul in Colchester, it appeared that it wasn’t much better in Liverpool where Caroline got another pb and will be another one who will dip under 2 hours soon. Helene appeared to have the worse weather in Dover doing their half marathon.

The day before was the Essex Road Relays and we were represented by Debs, Tricia and Lesley who all got good times in a strong headwind and Tricia got a silver standard as well.

The other big race was Essex 20, the first of the Essex Championship races for this year, where we had another 11 women running. Tough course but at least we had water this year!! Great runs from everyone and tough to single people out for this one as I look down the list of me, Steph, Barbara, Anna L, Chusa, Linzi, Lesley, Laura Emms and Miriam and I think we were all happy with our runs as I managed to speak to you all. Seeing Linzi cross the line did bring a tear to my eye especially as she was starting to go too at this point and I don’t think Steph had stopped crying at this point!! Whilst we were at Langham, Helene was braving Silverstone – as least her goodie bag was more significant than our cup of tea but who can complain for 6 quid. Again fab support from other Bentley babes around the course – Sue T, Sue S, Marion, Caroline, Lorna on her bike, Claire G and more I have probably missed.

The other noticeable half marathon was Brentwood where Debs and Lynsey both got a pb on another tough course and Sophie got a very respectable time.

I have read all of your achievements at Parkruns but I am going to concentrate purely on Ruth and Claire Groves who both got their 5k pb time this month. Well done the 2 of you.

Hope to see lots of you at Easter Bunny doubles on Monday – one of my best events of the year. Bring your families as a great morning out and it wouldn’t be Bentley without plenty of cake to consume afterwards!!

Although the nights are getting lighter, we still need to be in our high vis tops especially as we move to running on rural roads again so please try to remember them to sessions. Keep an eye on the website as the sessions are all changing again soon as we enter the summer season.

So, to my runner of the month….. An interesting one as I don’t suspect she will thank me for awarding this to her as she is not one for the limelight and goes about her business quietly but hey ho. At least I am not in the office tomorrow for her to moan at me!! This person has been dogged by injury over the last few years but has managed to up her running stamina and speed since last summer. She works hard in sessions and what sealed her destiny this month for me was watching her determination to get to the finish line at the Colchester Half in a time of 2:01:37 – her first half marathon as she previously hasn’t been able to take on that length of race. She doesn’t like to race much so I will recognise her whilst I can so well done, CLAIRE FATHERS, you are the runner of the month for March.


Hopefully catch up with you soon – be great to run in day light again. Apologies for the length of this newsletter – was too much in awe of your achievements in March.

Best Wishes

Vicky x