Well, where did the last month go? It seems to have flown by, and yet we have packed so much into it. We welcome two new ladies this month; Gemma Collings and Rebecca Conran.
Right back at the very start of the month was Colchester Parkrun’s third birthday, where our esteemed race reporter Meera collected her award for finishing first in the ladies points table. She also finished first lady at Rodgers first trail race of the series, run through the lovely Stour estuary. If you didn’t make it to this one, try and come along to some of the others, they are a great free club event and Rodger works hard to organise them for us. There’s always loads of coffee and cake at the end too! The next one is on May 15th at Alton Water and is 10 miles.
Marathon season has got off to a great start, with Bentley Babes running some superb races in Manchester, London and even Paris, which was another warm one where Emma Town finished in just over 4 hours. Several of you were taking on your first race at the marathon distance too.
Congratulations must go to Debs Cubberley, Karen Skene and Janine Simpson all running the Manchester marathon, fortunately on the newly verified course! Debs was running her first marathon, Janine, I don’t know how many you have run now, I’m losing count! Karen was raising money for The Sick Children’s Trust and raised a whopping £1265, plus gained a PB to boot!
Janine went on to run the Fowlmead 50 a week later, her first ultra event.
It’s lovely to see Sam Godden back at the club, now that we are training every other Thursday evening she is able to join us once again. She has been back to Bungay to run in their half marathon, where she was 6th lady and 1st in her age group.
London finished off the April marathons, with lots of you taking part, all running your hearts out. Vicky P has taken the top spot in the GBRC fastest lady for the distance, with her fabulous run in just 3:11. It’s great to see Eileen regaining her form after a long and troublesome injury, Jennifer Aylen and Louise Reeve ran their first marathons, and Anna Mills, Anna Lyon and Vicki Parker all joined the fray. It must also be mentioned that both Eileen and Vicky ran Diamond standard times!
Janine gave London a miss, but still ran a marathon that weekend, accompanying Paul B to the St Georges Day marathon. I have to also mention the Little Bromley 10k, a new and well organised event from Harwich Runners which many of us took part in and enjoyed. Let’s hope it becomes a regular fixture.
Along with all these marathons, there have been Parkruns and other events galore that you have attended. Everyone seems to be raring to go right now; it must be Spring waking us all up!
Don’t forget the Friday 5 summer series starts at the end of the month. Framlingham are now hosting the first event, and I have been assured this new race is a flat, fast course with lots of PB potential! The Friday 5s are a lovely series of races through the summer, lets try and support them as much as possible. If you run 4 out of 5 races, you get a medal! I’ve booked myself in for Framlingham, hope to see lots of you there. Just don’t enter our own Friday 5, we need marshals in order to put on a great race. If you would like to run it, offer to marshal first, then we will draw names out of the hat once we have enough marshals. If you have children, all the Friday 5s have junior races too.
On to Runner of the Month. It was easy to choose this month really. This lady is one of our youngest senior runners, and also one of the quietest. She has been training for her first marathon and set out to raise money for Wellchild. At only 18 years old, she is amongst the youngest runners in the London Marathon and finished in less than 6 hours. Well done Louise Reeve, we are very proud of you!