Ladies Newsletter – August


Writing this a tad pooped after Only Fools Ride Horses – great race but after 58 obstacles (most of them proper horse jumps), I want my bed!! 2nd lady home but that has all been forgotten as Phil has just heard he won the men’s trail run at Alton Water and beat Chris/Russ. Great morning out with Janine, Helene, Claire G, Leoni, Linzi and Anthea. Linzi had a nasty fall so I wish her a speedy recovery. If they run the race again next year, be great to get a good turnout from the ladies. I have signed up for the next one, DIABLO, but it is in Bedfordshire!! Katie, I don’t remember talking about that bit but I will be there!!

Whilst we were at Stratford St Mary, Sam G, Caroline, Sue S, Alison C, Debs and Simone were at Mersea. Great to see Alison working back up to longer distances again and it was Caroline’s first attempt at 10 miles. I suspect it may have been Simone’s too. But….. Sam showed us how to do it with a new pb of 34mins and 38 secs (gold standard) and 1st lady home. Hope you got a decent trophy for the pain of that hill.

The month started with the Dublin half – not sure I have heard any of the girls raving about the course or race but Sam, Janine, Sinead and Helene all survived. Couldn’t have been a nice course as they all have times that probably not what they would normally do for a half. The other half was Clacton Half/10k, another one where you are not selling it to me. Chusa and Linzi run those in tricky conditions for the second year running (super hot this year rather than lashing with wind and rain). A new race which you were raving about was the Ipswich 10k Twilight Race where Janine (a busy month for her) got a decent time. Meera got a new pb (one of 3 she got this month) in 44 mins 2 secs and her first entry of many I suspect in the top 10 performances at Bentley at no 9 for 10k. Meera – you need to email Graham Semple.

We still had some hard core women doing extreme events this month and when you mention extreme, you always know that Helene will be there!! The inaugural Spitfire Scramble was held in Hornchurch and ‘The Running Dead’ team of which Claudia, Karen, Debs and Alison D were part, managed 159.3 miles.

Chusa, Sue S, Vicki Parker (sorry I am going to have to write your name in full as I am also Vicky P) , Cherie and Meera have also been Parkrunning with Meera and Chusa getting PBs and silver standards. Meera – you were 3 seconds off a top 10 performance so I suspect that will give you a motive for next month!! Sandra was also close to a pb so expect lots of nagging from me on tempo runs in the next few weeks!! Parkruns have now started up at Harwich so even more choice.

I want to make some special mentions. Firstly to a man – I was away when he did it but amazing effort from John Booty on the North Downs 100 mile Ultra. Fantastic effort and I am in awe. Back to more mundane matters like training – was so proud of Lizzie getting a 5 mile pb on a tempo run last Wednesday only a few months after having her appendix out. Hien is back amongst us running strongly again and Steph is returning from injury surviving me not letting her give up on the tempo run!! Lorna and Sue S have been running their hearts out in training and will be interesting to see how this translates into races (I can’t get hold of Sue S result from today at Mersea). Janine has been running strongly and probably needs to treat herself to a flat course soon as her 10k time at Ipswich shows she is getting back to her best.

We had the longest trail run last Sunday at Alton Water. Another great morning organised by Rodger with Andy, Eric, Dusty and Mark as his sidekicks. I know some of you were apprehensive of the distance but we all survived. Tricia and Tonie continued to show their strength at this kind of race and are still top of the leader board. Katie did her longest run to date and I know Lorna/Lesley/Lex/Steph all did their longest run for ages. One more left on 28 Oct (night trail).

Picking up on last month but no announcement until this month – a big well done to our relatively new member Jennifer Aylen, the winner of the Mickey Edwards series. Lovely to see her improve from race to race and an improvement in her times of nearly 4 minutes. If only for me, I struggled to get seconds!!!

Lesley and I felt we should have 2 awards this month. Our first one is Mummy of the Month. She was still giving us stretching sessions until a couple of months ago and was still doing her Yoga until her due date. An inspiration to us all. Rose Elizabeth May Reynolds was born on 18 August and

Claire is hoping to come this Wednesday or next Wednesday to club to show her off. What a cutie…..


And now to the final event, Runner of the Month for August. Marathon Training is obviously suiting her as it is speeding her up on the shorter distances as well. After a pb at the start of the month, she has followed it up with a 5k pb at the end of the month finally dipping under 24 minutes to get her Silver Standard in a time of 23:43. Based on seeing her charge up those hills last Monday, she will continue to improve so don’t rest on your laurels but CHUSA BATIS, you are my runner of the month for August.


So until next month…….

Vicky and Lesley xx

PS For those newish to the club there is now an introduction to Great Bentley under ‘About Us’ which is worth a read. Thank you to Caroline who had a helping hand in this. XC is on the horizon so please note the dates as I need as many of you as possible. It is going to be hard work this year to stay in league one but we can do it.