Ladies Newsletter – July


The end of a very mad month – our own Friday 5, Mickey Edwards, 2 Harwich 5ks, Ekiden, Geoff Day and all the other races you managed to squeeze in. I will try not to bore you but a lot to write down. No parkrun talk this month as I haven’t got room!!!

I love having a race at Bentley – the place has a real buzz to it, everyone helps out and think we put on a great show. Five lucky ladies were pulled out of the hat to run and all had a great race as the temperature cooled down. Bee managed to bag another gold standard and with both Jenny A and Caroline bagging bronzes. Tonie and Karen both had solid races. Eleven of our younger ladies were over on the green in either the 1km or 2km races with both Emily and Eve Cook coming away with the 3rd place trophy for their respective age groups. Also a big well done to Rhianna, Amie, Evie, Caitlyn, Megan, Chloe, Mia, Olivia, Lucy and Ella-Grace for getting round. I would say with big smiles on their faces but that wouldn’t apply to Chloe and Mia who don’t appear to want to follow in their Mum’s trainers just yet!!

The following weekend was the next one in the Essex Championships. It was the test of fitness for Eileen, Steph and Alison who all bounced back in style from injuries. Caroline bagging another pb and bronze standard at 10k and Barbara walking away with another gold Essex Champs medal. After 3 races this year, Steph is currently 2nd in the FV35 category, Miriam is 7th in the FV45 category, Barbara is winning the FV65 category and Great Bentley Running Club are currently 3rd in the team standings.

A number of you have been flying the flag for Bentley at Harwich and the 5k series is now complete. Rita topped the league table for Great Bentley with Claire G and Cherie a place below tied on points. Great to see good weather conditions for the last one as the time you get at Harwich all depends on how hard that wind is blowing. Meera was the fastest lady home at the penultimate race, Claire was 3rd lady back on the last race and little Rhianna Reeve has been running really well in the finishing 3rd overall in the Junior Race.

I have never fancied Brantham 5 mile before, Phil used to live there and driven up that hill too many times but may change my mind after 7 of you turned out with 3 of you getting PBs. Glad to see that Louise didn’t suffer from the curse of being runner of the month to come away with a pb, Jenny A is getting a pb almost even time she runs at present and Rachel returned from injury to come away with a pb. Lesley, Karen, Debs and Linzi all ran and from the photographs looked like they were pleased with their races. The other running races which people have represented GBRC at include the Wimbledon Half, Windmill 7.5 mile Championship Trail, Felsted and TR24.

Must mention Sam’s time at the Maldon 5k series – she dipped under 20 minutes for 5k which puts her 4th on the top 10 performances, 4 seconds behind Kira’s time. After personally spending most of the summer trying to dip under 20:30, to run at that pace is hard hard work so well done Sam and I have a feeling there is more to come.

Sam has also been busy on her bike along with some of the other ladies. Anna M successfully took on her first Olympic Distance Triathlon at Thorpe Park after an action-packed month for her after cycling to Paris. Tricia also did the same at Gosfield and Sam has done the Culford Tri. Lynsey topped them all at the Harwich Olympic Distance Triathlon with 3rd place in her age group and got engaged, all on the same day. Many congrats.

I sadly missed Ekiden but a great turnout for the ladies. Sounds like you had a great day and what a spread of cakes. Always think it is one of the best running socials and hope to be back next year. The Geoff Day 5k was also another great club night. A fab turnout and a great feast laid on for us by the social committee so many thanks to Luke, Claire, Ade and Karen for their efforts. Must mention the immense effort put in by Lesley who bagged a silver standard and a new pb for 5k. Well done you, got it in just before you have a whole new set of standards to aim for.

Finally many thanks to Chris and all the volunteers for a great Mickey Edwards series. It is actually the first one I have properly taken part in and really enjoyed the camaraderie. I don’t want to say too much as I know the results so may leave a summary of this until next month. Loads of you have had a really good series and there have been standards and pbs all around.

A busy busy month and therefore apologies to anyone I have missed off. I didn’t want to write a book!!

Before I go onto the main event, wanted to plug Rodger’s Trail Run on 23 August. A long one at 13 miles around Alton Water but nothing to fear as you can take it at your own speed and there are drinks stations around the route. All children will be looked after so come and give it a try.

Darren has put onto the website some advice on overtraining and racing. We have been concerned recently about the number of injuries – sometimes these are nothing to do with overtraining and racing but sometimes they are. I don’t normally give out advice as I do not consider myself an expert but thought it may be useful to jot down my thoughts on how I try to stay running……

* I do try to mix up my training each week. No more than 2 structured sessions, a long run and then easy runs in between when life does not get in the way

* I will make an idiot of myself doing exercises in front of a DVD once or twice a week to strengthen my core

* I have a maintenance sports massage every month

* When I am training for a long distance race (above 10 miles), I build up a mile a week (with the odd lower mileage week) and generally train up to the race distance apart from the marathon when I will go up to 23 miles

* I won’t do a full-on structured session after a race, if you see me at a session, you will see me at the back!!

Anyway enough from me, to my Runner of the Month (and I should add Lesley’s too). Easy month for me as this person has got her first bronze standards and pbs at 5k, 5 mile and 10k in June to July. She has watched other people get their first standards which she couldn’t quite get the times she wanted but after getting Dusty and Shawn to pace her around the Mickey Edwards course she finally got her first and now they are rolling in. She has subsequently gone faster at 5k in July. She may not know it but at least three of the men have commented to me on her lovely running form so there is more to come. So it gives me great pleasure to award it to a lovely lovely lady CAROLINE SEARLE, you are the Runner of the Month for July.


Good luck to Sinead, Sam, Janine and Helene running in the Dublin half tomorrow.

Bye for now

Vicky xx