Wow what a month its been! Starting with our own half marathon, at which so many of you turned out to help make sure the event ran smoothly, and cheered on all the runners. Every year, we get great feedback on our friendly and supportive marshals, and its that which helps keep the runners coming back year after year. Without all of us giving up a Sunday, we would not be able to put the race on, so thank you all. Wonder how fast the race will sell out next time?
Four of our own ladies ran the race, all of them gaining personal bests; Meera broke the 1:38 barrier, a goal she has been chasing recently, Geraldine ran her PB in under 2 hours, and Gemma and Louise both gained new personal best times too! It was lovely to cheer you over the line girls!
On to cross country, and what a final race we had! Everyone really pulled out all the stops, and we managed to not just scrape our stay in Pool A, but finish in 4th place to boot. You have all run your hearts out at each race, showing true club spirit every time. I know people have come out and run when perhaps they have not been feeling their best as well, naughty naughty, but thank you all the same! I really love the way we all encourage each other and wait to see everyone finish as well, that’s what we are all about. I also feel that we do extremely well to be in Pool A, when you think about it, all the other clubs have a much bigger ‘catchment area’ being ‘town’ clubs, whereas we are a smaller, village club, and whose runners come from far and wide.
Cross country season now finished, last Saturday saw the annual ladies celebration, which this year was an extravaganza of relaxing and eating, as we took over Aqua Springs in the afternoon, to fully prepare ourselves for eating and drinking at Zizzi in the evening. Great to see us all clean and glam, rather than covered in mud and sweat! Meera Rajoo-Oakley was crowned Ladies Cross Country Runner of The Year during the evening, voted in by a jury of her peers! I had a fab time, hope you all did too.
A few of us had a morning out at Clacton last Saturday too, at our club takeover of Clacton seafront parkrun, organised by Rebecca Conran. It was cold and windy but good fun! It was the first time I have done timing, but hopefully I clicked at the right times! Many thanks to those who came; hopefully we can do it again in the summer when we can wear shorts instead of layers and top up our tans! I really enjoyed it, and the runners were lovely.
I am totally stealing the next bit from Chris Warren and make no apology for it, great idea Chris!
Outstanding performances this month! To help you decide on runner of the year later on!
Meera, who at the Bentley half broke 1:38, getting a PB with a time of 1:37:24, a gold standard.
Debs C, who ran her 50th parkrun at Mersea, and was 2nd female, 1st in her age group in 26:05.
And now to Runner of The Month.
This month the award goes to one of our youngest lady runners. She has competed in every single cross country race this season. She ran the first two in the adult event, but then was told she was not in the correct school year yet to do so, and would have to run the junior race or not at all. A little galling, when you have run twice as an adult to go back to the juniors, however she decided to run the rest of the events as a junior so as not to let the club down, putting in some excellent performances and winning her age group at Witham. This really embodies club spirit, so my Runner of The Month for February is Katie Presland.
A reminder, if you have booked a place on the VLM coach, Eric is now needing to be paid. Please have a look at the information Russ has sent out about the club Thetford weekend, its a great event!