The month began with xc, and how great it was to see so many of you out for the 1st one, New member Ryan Day followed up his excellent 10 at Bromley with 37th place, only just pipped by another solid run from Dave Wright, Our other scorers included 2 more new names to the scoresheet , Matt Laverack and Paul Davidson, Mark Jasper, Ben Ficken and coach Michael made up the rest of our scoring, but more importantly it was the excellent turnout, which I hope many of you guys can keep up for the season as it will be tough this year to hold on to our place in pool A, Dave and myself will be missing at Harwich so numbers won’t be as high for that one, and will be a great chance for others to score.
I don’t normally say much with regards to parkrun, but I would like to congratulate Ben Ficken on another successful parkrun takeover and to Paul Hollidge and Scott Young on reaching the magic 100. Well done to Ryan on winning the Clacton event recently and Rob Thorpe on achieving a Bronze standard at the same course. Parkrun has also seen the long awaited return to running of Craig Warriner, I do hope this is finally the end of his personal injury nightmare.
Frank Gardiner ran a 12 minute improvement at the Stebbing 10 and certainly showed me where all the improvements he has made to his running this year, when he held himself in the plank position for over 7 minutes in our recent challenge on Wednesdays PT session, which I must say is proving to be an overwhelming success and certainly provides some hard working variety to our sessions.
Both Paul Davison and Matthew Jones achieved new PB’s at the tough Hadleigh 10, with Paul timing to perfection a silver standard with 4 seconds to spare. Luke Groves ran yet another PB in Southwold, Ryan Day also ran a PB at Chelmsford, with some solid back up from Lee Clarkson, not quite 6 in a row, but still his 2nd best 10k .Also good to see John Bush back in action.
Our annual presentation took place at Wivenhoe House, a lovely location and our thanks to Karen and Eric for organising this. For those who may have missed it the following awards were achieved by the men.
Runner of the year Paul Blackwell
Male Vet Eric Shaw
Most Improved Luke Groves
Best Newcomer John Ferdinand
Best Performance Chris Warren
Club Person Russ Sharp
Also congratulations to Paul Hollidge and Rodger Alexander on gaining places at the VLM.
Coming up in December is Harwich and Halstead XC events, please continue to support the club at these races, Harwich is 2 laps with hills and some ploughed fields to contend with, Halstead is slightly over 5 miles, mainly through woodland with hills on the 2nd half of the course.
Also coming up in January on Saturday 28th, is the southern cross country champs at Parliament Hill, in London, if you would like to run please let me know by 15th December its tough for sure and is 15k for men.
He started the month scoring for us at his 1st cross country and ended the month with a terrific silver standard at the Hadleigh 10, since joining in the summer he has achieved standards at 5k and 10k and collected the 5 mile club champs award for his effort at Wix, really enjoying his running and a very welcome addition to the club, congratulations to
Wishing you all a very Merry Xmas
Chris and Andy