Mens Newsletter – August

August Newsletter

Hi Gents,

I would like to start by thanking Shawn for last month’s newsletter while I was away, unfortunately for me due to holiday and commitments, I have rarely been seen this month around the club so feel somewhat a little strange to be writing this newsletter, however I have done my best to capture as much as I can, and remain focused on seeing you all enjoying your running.


Generally and so it has proved, August is quiet month for races, well done to Kevin James, Paul Hollidge, Ben Ficken, John Bush and Lee Clarkson who took on the heat as well the half marathon distance at Clacton along with last month’s ROM Keith Oakley running the 10k.

John Booty did something that I still can’t get my head around running 100 miles at the North Downs Way, with over 9000 feet of ascent, in the heat and with a cut off time of 30 hours, he finished in 28 hours 11 minutes and 26 seconds, and believe it or not he’s longest training run was only 19 miles! A magnificent effort from John, and I wish him every success at the next 100 miler in October, this man is full of spirit and quiet determination, and I have every confidence he will get to take on he’s ultimate goal.

The twilight 10k saw Shawn, Gary Hill, John Bush, and Jamie bubbles attend with the later recording a PB and another Bronze standard to add to the collection, keep it going Jamie the speed is back.

Another 24 hour event, the Spitfire Scramble took place in leafy Hornchurch, well done to Scott Young, and Charlie Keitch, for completing 5 laps, each of almost 6 miles, in a mixed team of 6 with some Bentley babes for company, a local and less crowded event in comparison to others but how many get a spitfire by-pass and medal.

Nice to see Clive Thomas along with Russ, back in action at the Mersea 10, with Clive finishing 2nd in the over 45 cat. In Park run news, Harwich is up and running with 6 of you attending the 1st one, thanks to you the club have now gone over 1000 runs at the Colchester park run, with Charlie now reaching the big 50, Lee Clarkson smashed he’s pb, Tom Fowler picked up a silver standard in he’s 1st one, and new member Richard Bryant collected a bronze this month.

Club news and Events

A very special event this month (no Phil not there yet) but the birth of Rose Elizabeth May to Patrick and Claire Reynolds, I’m told mum and baby are doing just fine, dad’s hanging in there as well, so a huge congratulations to you both. Patrick celebrated in style with a trip round Alton Water with father in law Kevin at Rodger’s excellent trail run.

15 of us took on the 12.7 miles, but not one of us men were actually happy with the distance, so we all took off to add a few extra metres, or even a few extra miles just to add spice to the run. The final results are now up on the website, Russ and I attempted a strategy to send every one off in the wrong direction, but alas one man in particular wasn’t tempted, sticking firmly to the instructions, in true lego style, guiding Vicky to victory for the ladies and taking 1st place himself, congratulations to Phil Presland on he’s success, proving speed of thought is more vital than speed of foot in a trail run.

Overall Paul Carlisle holds the lead with one Halloween night trail run to go, but the real winner is Rodger, for the time and dedication he puts into making these runs unique, with excellent support from Eric and Andy Fuller, it’s a real pleasure to take part in a trail run, so thank you Rodger.

I am aware of at least 3 new members joining us recently, so welcome aboard, Jamie Beadle to the senior ranks, Richard Bryant to the vets and Sam Young to the junior team. I hope you are all settling well and enjoying being part of team GB.

I would like to welcome some new members to the LIRF team as well, as recently Michael Belton, Clive Thomas, Ben Ficken, and Shawn Leek all qualified, providing Darren with a lot more options for tempo run leaders.

It’s good to see Martin Owen, Ade Cherry, and Mark Crittendon, on the comeback trail now after some lengthy injury problems, timing could not be more perfect for these guys as I know they are all keen to impress at XC this year, J so keep up the rehab guys and you will be spot on for the 1st of November.

Sadly it’s not all good news as Matt Knowles has had to pull out of Abingdon Marathon, although he is now making steady progress, but we have lost Kevin Stevens for up to 9 months, so please give him your support, it’s great for us all when we are running well and racing, but it’s a very lonely place when you can’t, and as a club let’s not forget those who are out injured as the social side is just as important as the running.

Finally it’s the last track session this coming Friday 4th September, we shall finish off with the golden mile race so I hope as many of you as possible can attend.


Not being around the club much this month makes this all the more difficult as it’s nice to see you all in training, as well competing in races, however I have one man who has impressed with a sub 2 hour in he’s 1st half marathon at Clacton, a regular Park Runner whom has just knocked 50 seconds off his best with a 20:35, clearly he is on the up and deserves recognition for the progress he is making, so well done and congratulations to LEE CLARKSON my runner of the month.