LADIES REPORT FOR DECEMBER
Happy New Year everyone. Hoping you all have a healthy 2016 and achieve all you set out to do. Before you go rushing to the end of the report to see who I have awarded Runner of the Month you will be disappointed. It has been a quiet month and although it has been lovely to see so many of you improving in training and enjoying yourselves at races, there wasn’t anyone for me that stood head over shoulders over the rest of you so I have decided for the first time not to make an award. If you disagree with me, then come and highlight your achievements/other people’s achievements as I can’t keep track of everything. Marathon season is now upon us and with some of you already clocking up the miles, I am sure I will struggle to choose again over the coming months.
This year has been a great year for the ladies – we were third in the last cross country and, as a team, we are now fighting for the top places rather than to keep off last place. Meera and I had already started off the weekend on a good footing by being first ladies home at both the Colchester and Maldon Parkrun. Our strength at the moment is coming from our depth. Our cross country team this year has been the strongest for years, not just because of the first 4 ladies but the ladies we have coming closely behind. I no longer feel a sense of dread that I am not even going to be able to field a team on a Saturday night so thank you all. I also am immensely proud of those ladies giving cross country a go and not being put off as they are worried they may be last. I must mention the girls too (Katie and Megan at the last race) with little Megan getting stronger and stronger each race and being a scorer for the first time. Hien and Vicky Parker dipped their toes in for the first time in the adult race. I found the XC very poignant as Ipswich Jaffa remembered with all the other clubs one of their most popular members who had tragically taken his life earlier in that week.
Back at training, Lynsey Apps has been impressive with her increase in speed and Louise R has certainly upped her mileage. I am sure Louise would want to thank Debs for being so supportive and for encouraging a number of the rest of you to get out and about during December joining her on her runs. We have been short on helpers due to the departure of Darren, Steph and Clive but in came the cavalry with Lesley, Janine, Tonie and Barbara all lending a hand (or many hands….!!) in December. We have 8 people being trained as Leaders in Running Fitness from January to March – for the ladies, Linzi Iddon, Eileen and Caroline will all come on-board so we can share the load around and more of you can get involved. This is a club for all so anyone who has any ideas on how we can shape ourselves going forward or what you think does/does not work then share away with Lesley and I. We will never please everyone but it is good to know what you all think.
Some of you have continue to gone Parkrun mad in December with several of you doing the Xmas and Boxing Day runs. Chusa took it one step further doing both of the runs and then going on to do the Friday Day Runners versus Riders being the 13th woman home. Barbara kept the boys company at the Witham 5 on Boxing Day. Hats off to Janine for getting Mr Blackwell to the finish line in the Sikhs in the City marathon – utter madness and what a bizarre course but a marathon is a marathon and if anyone can pull a marathon out of the hat, it is Janine.
Whilst I returned to work, the sun came out for the inaugural cake and custard trail run on Tuesday. I hear I missed a lovely morning and big thanks to Rodger for all of his efforts.
Finally well done to all the ladies on their awards which were presented at the annual bash (some of them still have to collect them!!!). The main awards went to Claire Groves for most improved runner, Barbara Law for best vet, Alison Day for her performance at Chelmsford Marathon, Chusa for best newcomer and I luckily took away Runner of the Year. However lovely to see some of the age club championships being hotly competitive this year. Great night and many thanks to Karen and the rest of the social committee for all their hard work behind the scenes to make it happen.
Time for me to go as I could waffle on all day…… Catch up with you all soon and take lots of care. Remember that I do not have the benefit of race reports anymore (apart from XC which Matt kindly prepares for us) so let me know what you are up to especially if you do not use facebook.
PS The half marathon is not far away on Sunday 7 February and the lucky ladies who were pulled out of the hat know who they are. The volunteer list will be out soon and I hope that you all can help out if you can. This is the event where the club makes our money which subsidises our events and keeps us afloat so please don’t rely on others, volunteer yourself as we need lots of people to make it happen.
PPS Lots going on in January – Debs has organised a run from Clacton again this Sunday starting at 9am. The following Sunday 10th Jan, Ben and I are back at Highwoods for some more mud. After a big gap, the next XC is at Hadleigh on 24th Jan. Look at the website for all other training sessions and where we are.