The blue vests flocked to cross country on Sunday to try to lift GBRC off of the bottom of the league table, resulting in no other race action that day.
With no action midweek either we look to Saturday, where GBRC runners were out at the usual three local parkruns, as well as testing the proposed new course at Mersea Island.

At Colchester Castle parkrun Sarah Fletcher was the closest blue vest to a personal best, crossing the line as the 5th female finisher in 23:14, only 11 seconds behind her record for the course. She was accompanied in the ladies’ field by Claudia Keitch and Deborah Cubberley who stopped the clock at 29:33 and 27:34 respectively.
In the men’s field Benjamin Ficken led the charge with a time of 19:58 and a finishing position of 13th. Ficken was followed by Richard Moor who crossed the line in 20:47; Charles Keitch in a time of 23:07; Paul Hollidge who, running with Deborah Cubberley, finished in 27:39; and Scott Young who arrived back at the bandstand in 29:42.

Clacton Seafront parkrun saw Jennifer Aylen take on the 5000m course for the first time. Aylen finished as the second female in a time of 23:34. Personal bests for the Clacton course came for Leoni Harvey in a time of 27:37; and Kevin James in a time of 22:29, who was also the first GBRC member home that morning.
One second behind James was Patrick Reynolds in 22:30. Stopping the clock in 26:07 was Brian Telford, who with Jack Wicks (28:42) and Robert Thorpe (29:56) completed the male representation from the club. For the ladies Aylen and Harvey were joined by Louise Upston who crossed the line in 29:13; and Sandra James who finished in a time of 35:09. Rebecca Conran volunteered as tail runner and finished in a time of 52:41.

Two GBRC members were at Harwich parkrun this week. A fabulous personal best was ran by Tonie Wilson who finished in 24:15 and took the first female finisher token. Matthew Jones also achieved a best finishing position for the course, crossing the line as 5th male in a time of 21:53.

Members of the club were also at the pilot run of the new Mersea Island parkrun. GBRC’s Samantha Godden is part of the core team for the run and was timekeeper for the test event. Meera Rajoo-Oakley, Martin Owen and Luke Groves all ran the scenic 5k through Cudmore Grove park.



[Luke Groves with Meatball at the Mersea Island pilot run]