RUNNER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER
Two cross country races in a month and what an amazing start to the season. Third in the first race at Braintree on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning and second at another sunny morning at Harwich but slightly wetter underfoot. Nineteen of you turned out for the first one and I managed to bribe the same number of you out to the slightly harder Harwich. It was the first and last race for Nina but I think I managed to persuade Hien to give it a go after giving her legs a good burn around Highwoods this morning. Thanks to all of you for supporting each other, feeding the men with beautiful cakes (I am sorry boys but the majority of the cakes come from the girls) and for being a great team. Lovely to see some of you girls back after having your babies and running so strongly.
The Juniors have had a great time too with Megan, Caitlyn, Hallie, Katie and Milly all taking part. Milly is currently second in the under 13 and we are still holding onto 7th in the league. All the clubs participate together in the Juniors.
Halstead this weekend – a beautiful course. I won’t lie and say it is easy especially after a certain Xmas bash the night before but most people seem to love the course and there is a nice warm sports hall waiting for you at the end.
Away from XC there hasn’t been lots going on although a few of you have made up for the rest. Chusa wasn’t satisfied with 1 marathon, she has done 2 in a month (one overseas in Valencia) which is almost unheard of and was first lady at one of them. If that wasn’t enough she was also the first lady home at the Harwich Parkrun, was very nearly a scorer for us at Braintree XC and took part in the Scenic Seven in Stowmarket at the start of the month. Pity I gave you Runner of the Month a couple of months ago, think I may have been a little premature……!!!! Well done you, an amazing month for you – rest those legs and protect them.
We have another Leoni join us on a Monday and a Wednesday so a big welcome to you. You have also probably seen Claire and Laura around but they are not official just yet. Been some great training going on and looking forward to seeing some of you that have been injured back soon.
The last Essex Championship Race was held at Stebbing at the start of the month and it was the 10 miler. Ten of us travelled up there and Barbara came back with the silver Essex Champs medal for her age group and an amazing gold medal yet again for the overall grand prix series. To me, she continues to be an inspiration and I hope that I continue to see her out and about on the racing circuit even if she is now worried about a new competitor in her age group. Steph completed the whole series of 6 races and came away with a silver medal for the overall grand prix. Four of us got a pb and a good time had by all – one of my favourite races so worth a go.
The rearranged Paras 10 clashed with Harwich so Anthea and Helene, I will expect you back for Halstead!! Both did really well and Helene tabbed with the full pack on her back. As I say to her face, complete nutter but somehow she always does it. Helene did the Enigma Half earlier in the month.
Alison and Sue W went to do the Chelmsford 10k – apparently the weather was a whole lot better than it was last year. Alison was a little slower than last year but after the injuries she has had, she was really pleased and a great time from Sue. Lovely to see Sue coming on so much and was a strong contender this month for ROTM especially after doing her first XC strongly so keep going and you will get it.
So today is Hadleigh…… Karen has posted her time of 1:25 so I hope she is very chuffed with that. Debs also did well in 1:42 and lovely to see her enjoying her running again. Alison, Sue Wright and Natalie Stewart are also on the start line. I will update on their performances next month when I know their times.
And lastly to my Runner of the Month, she has been the scorer in both of the cross country’s this month, she has been placed third at Colchester Parkrun although ironically that was not her fastest time at a Parkrun this month. She finished off her racing year with a PB at the Norwich Half, apparently disappointed that it was only a mere 12 seconds. Well Meera, a pb is a pb and your legs may be getting a tad tired!!! A lovely addition to the club this year, it gives me great pleasure to finally award (as I have made her wait) MEERA RAJOO-OAKLEY, Runner of the Month for November. Don’t let me down now for Halstead!!
Bye for now ladies. See you in the week or in your glad rags on Saturday.
PS Last call for the hat for the Bentley half which we will be drawn next Saturday
PPS Keep your eye on the website for training sessions as session type and venue change from week to week
PPPS Sam joins us this Wednesday after a run out for a Strength Session for those who want it. For those who don’t know, Sam runs Mersea Boot Camp and I’m really chuffed she is coming to us to help strengthen all of us up and prevent injury