Men’s Newsletter – March

March Newsletter



Colchester Park run celebrated its 100th event this month with many of you continuing to support this with us as a club in 2nd place for the amount of runs and runners overall, the Essex 20 gave all 10 of you competing a real test of body and mind and perfect marathon training, and in near perfect running conditions pb’s were achieved by Paul Carlisle, Luke Groves, and Jamie Neil in back to back 20 milers, add to this a Bronze standard by Paul Hollidge, some well paced runs from Michael Simmons, and John Booty, and the return of David Wright to competitive racing.

I would also like to congratulate Vicky on achieving her diamond standard, ok I know its the men’s newsletter but credit where its due a great performance. Ben Ficken ran the Wymondham 20 and continued he’s excellent form with another pb.

Rodgers excellent trail runs returned this month, and we had 2 teams entered in the Harwich 5k relay race with one coming very close to finishing 3rd overall. Andy Horlock along with the ‘ever-young’ Michael Sommerland ran the Braintree 5 with Michael shaving 3 minutes off he’s last outing at Wix.

The rest has been about half marathon’s since and with so many of you running and not wishing to repeat the excellent race reports, the highlights for me have been a massive pb from John Bush at Weymouth, pb’s also from Gary Hill at Silverstone, and With 26 of us enjoying the beginning of traditional British summer time weather at the Colchester half, Scott Young, Brian Telford, Des Bishop, Barry Jarvis and Paul Hollidge, all achieved a pb, Bronze standards from Michael Belton and Frank Gardiner, plus an excellent Gold by Kevin James, and we finished 5th in the team event, so well done to all of you, Elsewhere its great to see Tom Fowler, Ed Brennan and Andy Fuller all return to racing this month.

Club News

The Men’s XC meal took place with Russ Sharp taking the vote as your XC runner of the year,.the AGM confirmed Darren Horner as head coach, Russ as club Chairman, Shawn Leek as VC, a new Social events team of 5 with Graham Miller, Ade Cherry, Luke Groves involved, and myself as Captain. I’m personally honoured and delighted to take the role and I thank you all for allowing me this opportunity, with the new recruits listed above alongside our regular committee members of John, Sue, Vicky, Graham, Rodger, and Paul, I believe we are as a club in a wonderful position to develop and kick on.


Some changes ahead from April, On Wednesday’s club night we now have the large hall at Bentley for us all to spread out in, we have a track session at the Northgate sports centre in Ipswich on the 10th, everyone is most welcome and if its a success we shall continue to look at providing this session once a month throughout summer, the Micky Edwards 5k series begins on the 15th, and from Friday 17th we return to summer training at Bromley, so do keep an eye on the website for the changes, and please continue to wear Hi-Vis clothing at every session for your safety and those running with you.

Looking Ahead

With marathon’s coming into season, Its taper time for many of you, so enjoy easing down on your mileage, I like to maintain the same number of runs per week, with less volume but more speed work and regular marathon paced runs. I would like to wish all of you running a marathon the very best of luck, for some its a whole new world and just want to get round, for others its about beating the clock, and for one its about 7 in 7!

The following are running for charity and if you can please support them.

David Wright, London Marathon, for Tom Bowdidge Foundation

Gary Hill, London Marathon, for St Helena Hospice and Great Ormond street

Luke Groves, Paris Marathon, for Ovarian Cancer

Shawn Leek, 7 in 7, for St Helena Hospice

Also for Shawn do visit hIs webpage or facebook for all the details on hIs mammoth challenge, and if you can join him for 1 or 26 miles, he I know would dearly appreciate your support.



Well done to all of you who have ran this month, a very busy schedule with so many standards and pb’s, I have decided though that With a bronze standard achieved in he’s 1st ever 20 mile race, and a 5 minute pb at Colchester half, a regular Park runner in hot pursuit of the big 50, and in addition to he’s excellent performances, Paul has had to deal with the tragic loss of wife Sue, and yet continues to maintain a positive attitude to life, raising money for St Helena Hospice, an inspirational man, a true gentlemen and a pleasure to have as a member of our club. Paul Hollidge, congratulations you are my runner of the month for March, and I’m sure we shall see even more personal best’s as the year progresses.