Ladies Newsletter August


This will not be a very long newsletter this month, as I have missed the first half of it entirely while on holiday. It has been a very hot August, but this has not stopped you all from running and competing throughout the month, from Parkruns to 24 hour events, and even ultras!

Several of you competed in the Ipswich Twilight 10k, gaining personal bests, and then even went on to run a Parkrun the next day – Bentley Babes are hardcore!

The Spitfire Scramble team came home in third place in their category, and as ladies outnumbered men in the team, I think they must take a lot of the credit for this…well done Debs, Claudia and Caroline. I’m sure Scott and Paul worked hard too.

Over the same weekend, Meera Rajoo-Oakley, head of our intrepid race reporting team, took on the Stour Valley Path 100k event, which I am reliably informed is actually 102k, and those extra 2 kilometres must really count! Running all the way, Meera finished in just over 13 hours, a huge achievement.

Jennifer Aylen ran a fantastic sprint finish against Lee Clarkson at the Clacton Half Marathon, from the photo in the race report it looks as if she still had plenty in the tank, even after 13 miles.

Many of you have been running Parkruns further and further afield, Vicky Presland not only ran, but was first lady at the Clermont Waterfront Parkrun in Florida while on her holidays, covering the club in glory over the pond. Both Katy and Milly came third in their age groups too.

Rodger’s fourth trail run went off without a hitch this month too, despite a missing clipper and a grumpy farmer; we all had a great time and found our way back to the cakes and sandwiches!

It’s lovely to see so many juniors taking on the new Junior Parkrun in Colchester, Yasmin Leek, Chloe Iddon and Megan and Caitlin Hughes are becoming real regulars there.

I hate to start using the C word so soon, but our annual awards night is coming up on Saturday 26th November at Wivenhoe House. The cost is £30 per person, and needs to be paid by the middle of September at the latest. You can give a cheque to Karen, Eric or Eileen, or bank transfer the money to the club’s account. It’s always a great night out, we know how to enjoy ourselves!

‘Winter’ training starts this week, with Thursday/Friday sessions being held either at Abbey Fields or Weston Homes Football Stadium for the foreseeable. Unless we have a track session booked, Thursdays will be at Abbey fields, meeting at Napier Road car park, and Fridays at Weston Homes Stadium.

Now to the Runner of The Month. Well, it seems obvious to me who it should be. She trains hard, but always has time for her fellow runners whatever their ability. She is determined and a real asset to the club. She is probably also the first GBRC lady to run a 100k ultra event, (correct me if I’m wrong please!) yes, it’s Meera Rajoo-Oakley! Great work Meera, especially as this followed your success at the Stour Valley Marathon!