Men’s Newsletter – November

Men’s Newsletter

Hi Gents,

A busy month with plenty of race activity running all round the world on various surfaces, So I’ll begin with congratulating our 26.2 men, Kevin Stevens in Istanbul, sub 4, Andy Stephens in Athens another sub 4 and a PB in the Norwich Half, Lee Clarkson who managed 2 sub 4 hour efforts in sunny Valencia and even sunnier Folkestone, along with the Chelmsford 10k it’s been a really busy and successful month for Lee. For Paul C and Rodger it was only 25 miles in the Derbyshire dales but an enjoyable time spent on another long trail run.

I would also like to give a mention to Paul Blackwell, whom I hope will re-join us, He is a great character who has ran 3 marathons this month taking him up to 45 in total.

Matthew Jones has been busy with impressive runs at Norwich half, and Hadleigh 10, Charlie Keitch joined him at Hadleigh with a solid run, John Bush knocked a minute off he’s PB as well, just a week after Chelmsford 10k, and Paul Hollidge completed the line up in the 10. Scott Young was back after some recent niggles to finish inside 41 minutes at the 5 mile distance also on offer at Hadleigh.

Earlier in the month Paul, John and Frank Gardiner ran the Stebbing 10 with an excellent bronze standard for Paul.

In the re-arranged Para’s 10 Ben Ficken took on the 35lbs and achieved tab status with an excellent sub 1:40, both Luke Groves and John Bush also successfully completed the tough course, Well done to you all.

Matt Knowles has already written an excellent report on our XC races at Braintree and Harwich, I would just like to add how delighted I am with our performances so far, we have been very consistent, 24 runners at Braintree and 17 at Harwich, which is a horror to run, and yet so many of you well exceeded previous positioning at Braintree, so please continue to support your club throughout the series.

I must say the ladies had a cracking team score at Harwich and I’m delighted for Vicky achieving 3rd place, her highest ever.

Our juniors have had a great start with Cai Telford, finishing high up the leaderboard and a warm welcome to newcomers Harry Booty, Daniel Day joining regular and consistent scorers Michael and Harrison to the team, a great start boys.

Club news

With Darren leaving the club, expect some changes with regards training in the New Year, those of us committed to coaching will endeavour to provide the best we can. If you are interested in becoming a LIRF and then going onto being a CIRF now is the time to let us know, we are always looking to recruit and offer opportunity to those who want to help out. Darren gave a lot of time, and did an excellent job of raising our standards, and will I’m sure continue elsewhere to provide top class coaching to others. And we wish him every success in the future.

Rodgers excellent trail run’s concluded with a Halloween special around Bentley, congratulations to Patrick Reynolds for successfully retaining his title, Paul C pushed Him hard for 2nd, with Andy Fuller finishing 3rd, well done guys, and thank you once again to Rodger, for all the time and effort he puts into making these a great success.

Club champs for the year has also finished, I hope you all have enjoyed the new format. Well done to all our winners, and thank you to Phil for maintaining the ever changing list throughout the year. It’s same again for 2016 so get planning your races well in advance and don’t get caught out, as our half has proved by selling out within a week of going live.

The Bentley ballot will take place at our upcoming presentation night, so far I have Matthew Jones, Gary Hill, Mark Crittenden, Scott Young, Kieron Hayes, Matthew Knowles, Ashley Moon, Andy Stephens, Charlie Keitch, Keith Oakley and Jonathan Tither.

5 of you will receive a guaranteed place with 2 selected as reserve, so good luck to you all.

On the Horizon

The 1st change to our training begins Wednesday 2nd December with Sam Godden offering her excellent strength training workouts on a fortnightly basis, this will commence at 8pm, with a group run offered prior to this from 7pm.

Club presentation takes place on Saturday 5th, so leave your trainers at the front door for this one, but after a few hours’ sleep you can jump straight back into them, although make sure they have tractor like grip for XC at Halstead, this takes part in the grounds of Gosfield School and this one has it all, so be prepared.

In addition to the physio treatment many of you enjoy from Dan, Roberto and Claire, Phil and Steve Black have come up with a new ground-breaking clinic for injured runners, talk about the pain, suffer no pain, and finish off feeling relaxed, warm and glowing inside! Sounds amazing I know, the 1st of their sessions took place last Wednesday at the Plough, unfortunately you won’t find this listed under training, so drop them an email for future dates!


This guy is fairly new to the club having joined during the Micky Edwards series, in which he improved with every race, since then he has excelled at Wix taking the club champs award, he has scored and improved positioning in both XC races so far, a really nice guy, he’s in my age category and one to watch in the new year, well done and congratulations to Mark Jasper my ROM for November.


Peace and goodwill to you all with the festive season fast approaching.

Merry Christmas