Me and my big mouth. I honestly didn’t think we could get a busier month than June on the racing calendar so when I offered to write this month’s report for Marion I thought it wouldn’t be as traumatic but oh was I wrong? Anyway, couldn’t retract my offer as Marion had already filled that gap with lots of well-deserved half term treats which mostly involve the words coffee and cake!
As our race reports are so detailed, I will not repeat what our roving reporters have already reported on but will just highlight some of the races.
I hope you are all enjoying the varied training sessions our lovely committee have arranged for us. This month, we have had yoga and a PT session which you all seem to have enjoyed as well as the usual pyramid sessions by Michael, the Monday hill sessions at the uni and the track session at Northgate Sports Centre.
This Sunday is Matt Knowles’ session at Wrabness so please do support Matt if you can. The session will be a warm up run and then will last about an hour.
The month began with the Pyjama Marathon for Janine, our intrepid marathon runner, Saltmarsh 75 (a two day ultra covering the entire coast of the Maldon district) and Pleshey Half with 5 of you taking part. Debs started another succession of PBs here (3 in 3 this month!) and it is lovely to see Toni back racing the longer distances as I know training is a tad tricky with having to work longer hours and her commitment with the Harriers (making Milly go even faster!). This race is part of the Essex Champs which I know Barbara wishes more of us took part in. (Looking ahead, the Essex 20 in March is the start of them and I know a few of us like this race which is fantastic prep for Spring marathons). Chusa managed a fantastic fourth place (despite being injured for the last two races of the series).
We have also had Tiptree 10 (another of the Essex Champs races), Peterborough Half, Royal Parks Foundation Half, York marathon, Wix, Amsterdam Half – Janine’s two last weekend?
Wix deserves a mention. Every year this race doesn’t fail to please . We have our group photo taken on the hill and it is a proud moment for all of us. We had winners in under 18 (Katie P), 35+ (Sarah Fletcher) and 45+ (Eileen, who has had an awful summer of injury but she always seems to pull it out of the bag on race day – I admire her hugely).
I will just list the PB’s as you should be really proud of yourselves. Lorna (dipping under 40 minutes, a fantastic run considering she ran totally last minute, Rebecca (training for her marathon this weekend in Dublin), Bee (great to see you back after injury and you are always truly supportive of others), Claire G (who continues to have fantastic results) Meera (finally dipping under 36 minutes) and last but not least Gemma Colling.
Great to see Sue (and her lovely hubbie John) partaking in a Parkrun, even if it was on the other side of the world! Sue and John are longstanding members of our club and you will see them at the Awards night if you are coming along. Just as a reminder for that, the dinner is booked for a prompt 7pm start. There will be a seating plan which I hope none of you object too furiously about!!
Congratulations also to Meera on winning the Trail Club Championships. She was certainly on a mission dragging Paul Carlisle round the fields of Kirby Cross the other night! You will by now hopefully have received the email about Meera’s trail run on 13 November starting at 8am. Meera and Luke have put in a lot of work for this so again it would be lovely to have a massive turn-out. Although 9 miles sounds a lot, trail runs involve stop starting so there is always time to catch your breath and take in the amazing views of our beautiful countryside.
Caroline Searle, Barbara Law and Helene Tyler are Snowdon-bound this weekend to compete in the challenge that is Snowdonia Marathon. Caroline is raising funds for The Colchester Hospitals Charity (CoHoc). You may well have seen that Caroline had good press coverage this week. Her sponsorship link is Sponsor her at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Caroline-Searle8. Lindsay Buttery is also taking on this challenge. Lindsay was a club member for many many years and has this year moved to Dorset. Good luck ladies.
Contenders for ROM this month were many. Debs, Toni, Meera and Claire G have had a great month.
I feel I must give Gemma C a mention too as she came sooo very close to ROM this month. Her running has improved massively in her short time at the club. She rocked up to Saltmarsh 75 with her tent and no phone charger to take part in this ultra-marathon of 75 miles over two days to celebrate her 30th birthday. Unfortunately, she didn’t complete it but STILL managed 53 miles. This month she has pulled PB’s out for both 5 and 10 miles and maybe one day I will be able to beat her again.
So, our ROM this month goes to a lady who is pretty new to club, has run for several years but she has been slightly pre-occupied bringing up her young family. She has well and truly found her love for running again and this month alone has raced each weekend – Pleshey (6 minute PB), Tiptree (her first 10 mile race), Wix (her first 5 mile race) and a parkrun (1 minute PB). She is also married to one of our journo’s Matt so clearly a winning combination and she is obviously trying to get into the race report each week!
LIZ JONES!! Congratulations and just carry on doing what you are doing, as it is clearly working for you!
Just a reminder, cross country starts at Abbey Fields on 6 November. Refreshments are provided afterwards but as a club we always turn up with cake, so let’s continue that tradition and put the other clubs to show, who always fail to stay and cheer all their runners on. As this first race celebrates the 30th year of the 53-12 league, every runner will receive a commemorative bottle of Abbeyfields Ale!
Also, party frocks at the ready for our Awards Night when the club champs certificates will be handed out. Congrats to Vicky P who has achieved a club champs at every race distance this year.