Soggy Bottoms

Rodger Alexander excelled himself this Sunday with a magnificent 13 miles trek around Essex starting at Dedham playing fields for round 3 of the trail run series, a race that saw something for everyone, hills, roads, mud and a swim section along the river back into Dedham.  At least 2 GBRC runners Andy Fuller and Joe Alexander took advantage of this additional feature.  25 runners set out on the course with Charlie Keitch, Joe Alexander and Chris Warren leading the timesheet for the men posting an impressive 1:59:40 whilst Meera Rajoo-Oakley led the way for the women in 2:21:15.  The overall standings see Keitch clearly leading the way for the men with a 300 point maximum score after the 3 rounds whilst there is a three way scrap at the top of the ladies leader board with only one point separating Trish Stacey and Toni Wilson (295) from Rajoo-Oakley (294). Take a look at all the times and standings.

Earlier in the week there were 41 participants at round 3 of the Micky Edwards 5k series this week saw 41 runners toeing the line with an impressive 16 running faster than round 2.  Leading the way as an inspiration to us all was Michael Sommerlad (42:42) who knocked an impressive 1:41 off his round 2 run to top the points chart for round 3.  Jo Morris (28:22 which was her fastest this year) and Michael Oates (22:38)also showed the way with a mighty 1:05 improvement on round 2.  Joe Alexander again recorded the fastest time of the night with a double quick time of 17:01, Gary Parker (18:41) came in third overall and posted and impressive 25 seconds off his round 2 time, Mark Jasper (18:22) completing the podium in second with a time of 18:22 which matched his second round run.

27239753563_0b42ea16d9_o[Michael Sommerlad on his way to a superb 42:42 at Micky Edwards]

David Iddon improved his personal best (PB) by 34 seconds finishing is 25:45, Leoni Harvey also posted a PB knocking 17 seconds off her previous best time in 26:15 and Phil Presland ran his fastest time for 2 years finishing in 22:10.  Jo Morris now leads the way in accumulated points with 95, hot on her heels are Leoni Harvey with 92 and Claire Groves who knocked 20 seconds off her round 2 time completing the 5k in 21:51  who has a total of 91 points.  There is all still to play for in round 4 which is due next Wednesday the 30th June.  All the results can be found on our website.

So Paul Blackwell and Janine Simpson could have done 10 marathons in 10 days but their 4 in 4 days is still some achievement…..their first run was on Thursday in the rain so mud and the hills were the words of the day at the Great Barrow Challenge.  Shawn Leek joined Blackwell and Simpson to complete back to back marathons on Friday and Saturday.  Sunday saw Blackwell and Simpson complete the 4th in 4 which was Blackwells 75th as he moves closer to the hundred club – only 25 to go……and to think I’m hoping to complete my hundredth Parkrun sometime this year – seems I should put some more effort in!Not to be put off by a bit of mud Leoni Harvey travelled a bit further afield to find hers and ended up in Surry on Sunday and took part in the World War where she finished in a very credible 160th place out of 377.

Saturday saw the first Rumble, Stumble 10 miler which required runners to down an alcoholic beverage at the start, at 5 miles and then again at the end.  It won’t surprise you that Luke Groves took up this challenge and completed a 10 mile PB in 1:40:37 this was probably helped by the sinking of a pint in under a second according to the GBRC spy in the Black Buoy at Wivenhoe for the half way pint!

Vicky Presland travelled down to Dorset on Saturday to take part in the Giant’s Head Marathon and completed the hilly course in 4:37 for the slightly over marathon distance of 27.5 miles and was rewarded with a fine medal with movable appendage!  Closer to home was the round the Island race at Mersea where Sue Thomas and Anthea Colsell took on the challenging 13.4 miles of sand, mud and long grass.

Giants Head

[The impressive movable appendage medal from Giant’s Head Marathon]

The usual Parkrunners were out across the county as well on Saturday, Basildon Parkrun saw three blue vests complete the 5k course with Rebecca Conran the 5th lady home in 27:28, she travelled there to run at Louise Upston’s home Parkrun who completed the course in 29:16 accompanied by Jack Wicks (29:16).  Over at Harwich Malcolm Jarvis and Paul Hollidge led the blue vests around and both secured course PB’s Jarvis coming 5th overall in 20:31 and Hollidge 7th in 20:48.  Hot on their heels was Simon Miller on his first time on the flat out and back who finished in 21:06 and 9th place. Kevin James (22:04) and Debs Cubberley (27:10) also secured course PB’s and Claire Groves ran her first Harwich outing in a swift 22:25.

Over at Castle Park in Colchester we were represented by 10 runners who took on the much maligned orange route. With our own Meera Rajoo-Oakley in the directors hotseat Russ Sharp took 5th place overall completing the two lap course in 18:22.  Leoni Harvey finished first in her age group in her best time this year (28:03), it was also Richard Moors first run after being out for a while with injury so it was good to see him post a good time of 21:33 whilst Gary Parker continued his great form with a finishing time of 19:31.  Charlie Keitch (20:50), Martin Owen (28:58), Lynsey Apps (28:58), Claudia Keitch (29:06), Scott Young (29:04) and Sue Sorrell (29:34) also completed the 5k course.

Finally for Parkrunners, Brian Telford took the opportunity to head over to Kesgrave to take part in their off road run which he completed in 24:26, whilst on Sunday at Junior Parkrun; which is run over a 2km course at the recreation ground in Colchester; Harrison Leek came 5th overall in a magnificent course PB time of 8:41.

On Friday night 5 of our runners headed over to Bury for the 4th round of the Friday 5 series which culminates next Friday with our own 5 miler.  The Bury course is an off road course and was added to with some more Great British summer weather that blasted down rain at the gun.  Hien Hoang wasn’t perturbed though and ran a magnificent PB of 40:48, not to be outdone Colin Farmer ran a PB (34:09) which also secures him a silver standard which is his second following up from his Micky Edwards run in round 2. Hien and Colin were joined on the start line by Frank Gardiner (40:16), Mark Ross (42:40) and John Bush (48:06).

13509556_10204862409119692_2078744328_o[Four of our five intrepid runners at the Bury round of the Friday Five]