Hello ladies. This will come as a bit of a shock but Marion is poorly and has called upon me to write this month’s report. I haven’t done anything like this since High School so I intend to keep it brief and just highlight some of the incredible performances this month.
A massive welcome to Ferdy’s better half, Claire and I’m not sure she is actually a member YET but welcome to another of the Alexander clan. Jess came on Sunday and is planning to enter Brantham 5 so we just need to sign up Clare and Ruby the dog and we have the whole family. We really are just one massive family!
I have read through the race reports by our fab journo’s and it’s amazing what can be achieved in a month.
This month has seen the continuation of the Friday 5 mile and the Harwich 5k series, the usual Parkruns, both near and far, Stour Valley marathon (which I absolutely loved supporting on our halfway checkpoint), more Micky Edwards, Danbury Woods 10k, Maisie’s 5 mile fun run, Endure 24, Colchester Junior Parkrun, the Fudgeathon marathon, the Shaken Not Stirred Half Marathon, the Midnight Sun in Tromso, Norway, Capel 5 mile, Harwich Triathlon, the Bury St Edmunds Triathlon, The Great Barrow Challenge, The World War Run, The Giant’s Head Marathon and finally the Mersea Round the Island race.
Oh my goodness, I feel exhausted just thinking about all those events in one month.
It has been an incredible month. I would like to highlight just a few performances:
Claire Groves, whose aim was to try and get a 5k done in 22 minutes (an incredible achievement in itself) over the course of the Micky Edwards series smashed this on her first attempt. She then went on to improve this week too. She then achieved a 5 mile pb at Capel (not an easy course I can tell you!) as well as a 10k race at Danbury Woods. Well done Claire.
Debs Cubberley is continuing to find magnificent form and June has been the fourth consecutive month of achieving club standards. Watch out tonight at the Friday 5 in which she represents our club. She is also off to Bewl 15 this Sunday and will probably squeeze a Parkrun in tomorrow.
Meera Rajoo-Oakley and Anna Lyon did an amazing job at Stour Valley, probably the last hot day we have had for a while!!
Helene Tyler and Janine Simpson were the only lady runners at Endure, but don’t forget the Presland clan who were helping with the catering. Everyone had such a good weekend, I hear.
Chusa Bautista-Fructuoso smashed her target for her Midnight Marathon in Norway meaning she now has a good for age place for London in 2017. Chusa is running brilliantly, such an allrounder.
Louise Reeve for winning one of the Harwich 5K races and Barbara Law for getting her fastest 5k time of the year. Rita Page is currently 10th in the series.
Alison Clarke for her debut triathlon at Harwich; and
Our little girlies that have joined in the fun at Colchester Junior Parkrun: Megan and Caitlyn Hughes, Chloe and Mia Iddon as well as Ella Simpson, Georgia Willey and Katie and Stevens. I’m sure there will be a massive blue turnout today at the Friday 5.
I am really sorry if this is the worst report you have ever read. I hate that I can’t mention everyone but you have hopefully all been included in the weekly race reports.
AND NOW to Marion’s Runner of the Month. Really is a no-brainer and I’m sure everyone will agree that JANINE SIMPSON has more than earned this. She has reached her 36th marathon this month, her latest challenge was the Great Barrow Challenge, four marathons in four days. These were not just ordinary road marathons, they were trail marathons. She had also done the Fudgeathon Marathon and Viking Coastal. Well done Janine. To pinch Chris’s line, you really are Great Bentley’s Best Female Distance Runner.
This month we have Ekiden Relays at Woodbridge School. It really is a great day out and Marion and Chris have done a great job of sorting out the teams. Let’s just pray for nice weather. Ipswich Jaffa have designed a really cool event T-shirt this year for £13, an extra £1 to get it personalised so if you fancy one of these, take a look on Jaffa’s website.