With club members either enjoying the Valentine’s Day cross country fixture or opting to complete training runs on Sunday, race action for this week was restricted to Saturday 13th February.

Paul Blackwell was once again in action, taking another step towards entry into the 100 Marathon Club. Running in the ‘Unusual Suspects’, a race celebrating those who don’t quite fit into the running stereotype. Fancy dress is encouraged with even a prize for the best (worst?!) dressed.

The event involved the completion of as many laps of the course as possible within 6 hours. Blackwell placed an impressive 9th out of 141 participants and was one of only 11 runners to run a distance greater than that of a marathon within the time allowed. Completing eight laps in 5:56:37, Blackwell ran a total of 30 miles over the hilly terrain, a feat that becomes even more impressive considering it was only 7 days after completing his last marathon; and is now over halfway towards entry into the 100 Marathon Club.

There was also a small GBRC representation at Colchester Castle parkrun that Saturday. David Burrows led the GBRC men home, placing 9th overall and completing the 5000m course in 19:33, four seconds away from a personal best run. Also representing the club’s men were Malcolm Jarvis (21:41); Andy Stephens (23:42); and Lee Clarkson, whose completion of the course in 24:34 was his 50th parkrun, earning him that coveted red T-shirt.

For the second week in a row Anna Mills led the GBRC ladies home, finishing in 24:21. Hot on her heels was Chusa Bautista Fructuoso in 24:34. Caroline Searle finished in 27:54, completing the line-up for the club this week.