Essex to Edinburgh via Suffolk & Sweden

Four and twenty runners from the club challenged themselves to the second race in the Harwich 5k series on Wednesday. The weather this time was much kinder with considerably less blustery conditions!  Charlie Keitch captured second place overall in just 19 minutes 42 seconds.  Other runners were Brian Telford, Andy Fuller, Gary Hill and John Bush.  Lesley Fuller, Vicki Law, Debs Cubberley and Louise Reeve also took part.

Friday saw the start of the eagerly awaited Friday Five series.  This long established string of five mile races kicked off at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich.  Five esteemed running clubs host this event, with Great Bentley entertaining the finale.  The event has been held at this venue for over ten years now but dates back previous to this location. Claire Groves (40.42 PB) led eight other Bentley club mates over the multi terrain course to be first home.  Karen Skene was hot on her heels and back to racing comfortably in a time of 43m 51s.  Another Bentley babe was Louise Reeve, 49m 22s. Leading the way for the chaps was Martin West, he took 43m 29s to complete his run. Barely pausing for breath from Harwich on Wednesday evening were Frank Gardiner, Luke Groves, John Bush, Peter Reeve and Dave Nugent.

Another Saturday dawned and in 333 different locations around the UK, runners of all ages and abilities were getting ready for their weekly Parkrun 5k.  A quiet club turnout at Castle Park this week, Lesley Fuller,( 26m 29s) Chusa Bautista, Lee Clarkson (26m 04s) Caroline Searle, Scott Young, (23m 46s) and newcomer Meera Rajoo-Oakley.

Andy Stephens, who joined us fairly recently really did go international this weekend.  Andy chose Stockholm, the capital of Sweden for his second marathon in five months.  The course winds it’s way through the centre of the city, passing the Royal Palace, City Hall and Houses of Parliament.  This two lap course has a gain of 29 metres and finishes in the historical stadium of the 1912 Olympic games.  Having competed in five events over five months in five different countries, Andy finished in 4h 21m 36s. Next stop Newcastle in September.  Heading north of the border was Natalie Stewart. Edinburgh Marathon Festival now in it’s thirteenth year has recently been voted the fastest in the UK, the predominantly flat course starts in the city and works it’s way east towards Musselburgh.  Lining up with over 30’000 other runners on Sunday morning Natalie crossed the finish line in 4h 27m 24s.