Well here we go its a happy new year from me, and normally I would start with Paul and marathon in the same sentence, and I will again but this time its Paul Hollidge and Paul Davidson whom both started the year with the flitch way marathon on new years day, and were joined by Andy Stephens fresh from his new years eve flitch way marathon, last years intrepid trekker decided a double dose was required to end one year and begin the next. For Paul D not only did he run his 1st marathon, but took on the scenic, hilly, oh and muddy terrain that is Benfleet 15.
My 1st go on this course along with Matt Jones, Paul H and Paul D, we joined the regular attendees Frank Gardiner and Ben Ficken and bizarrely we all enjoyed the event in wet and cold conditions, Ben and Paul H even managed pb’s at the distance. Not sure I will forget that last mile for sometime, it certainly sucked every last drop of energy to reach the finish line.
Now of course Paul Blackwell has continued to run a few more marathons with the Walt Disney marathon being the stand out event this month, add a chocolate, Hugin, and Ranscombe challenge and before you know it he is up to 116. He even found time to sign up for the Harwich summer 5k series.
Not a huge selection of races around in January, but Gary Hill completed the Windsor half, and John Bush also headed south with a solid 10k in Finsbury pk, well done guys and delighted for Matt Jones on a 10 mile pb in Norwich, the hard work at Benfleet certainly paid off. Luke Groves decided he needed a challenge and they don’t come much tougher than a 15k obstacle race, suitably named tough guy.
Two more races this month, and I’m delighted not only with the big turnouts but just how many of you are improving positions race by race, there is some great internal jostling and I hope you are ready for one more big push at Notley park.
We are averaging over 30 runners per race, and have 14 guys who have so far ran them all, and everyone of them 14 improved there individual position from race 4 to 5, now that to me shows the benefits of working hard and sticking with it, we may have struggled to score well in the beginning but we are now earning valuable points, and of course combined with the ladies improvements we are in with a chance of staying in pool A.
Having come this far, the club are in need of each and everyone of you, donning those clean or dirty trail shoes one more time at Notley, it would be a massive achievement to stay up, now only 2 points behind it would be great to see our largest turnout of the season, in the clubs 30th year at Notley, so gents lets rally on the 19th February and see if we can pull off the great escape.
Bentley half is now upon us, always popular amongst other club runners, thanks to the amazing support you all provide to make our half a special event, best of luck to all our runners, its a great feeling to be screamed at by people you know, pushing you all the way on our fast, flat and pb potential course. So enjoy running it.
I’ve been so impressed with our xc efforts its hard to narrow it down to one individual, a whole host of you have improved positions and are on course to achieve a series medal, one man though who finished in his highest position so far at Writtle, has ran them all, managed a pb at Benfleet, and even a marathon to kick the year off.
Paul gained a place in London through our ballot, and is clearly building solid foundations for the big one in April, just keep it going now and you will achieve your goal I’m certain, Congratulations to Paul Hollidge runner of the month for January.