I’ve got to start off with XC, I know I’ve said a lot already on email, but once again thank you for the amazing number of you that turned out for the last race, 38 men is a record in my time, more than any other club fielded on the day.
It was fantastic to get the result we wanted, but even if we had failed to stay up, we would have gone down fighting and that’s all we can ask, the team spirit we have is 2nd to none, and is why I love XC, time and individual goals become irrelevant, it’s all about unity and togetherness, and from race 1 we showed that right through to the result announcement on the last race. You did the club proud and after the meal on Friday I shall say no more about XC, I promise.
On to the roads, and the action is starting to warm up beginning with our very own Bentley half, I wasn’t about this year, but once again I’m told the race was a huge success for the runners, thanks to the leadership of Russ and the fantastic support you provided to make running the event as straightforward as possible. Well done to all who helped on the day, and the Saturday to prepare.
It would have been great to see a Bentley male winner, and on any other year it may have happened, Dave Green has been a long term member and his family still reside in Bentley even if he has long since moved on but 2nd place to an elite like James is a fantastic effort.
A grand day all round for our athletes Coach Simo with a solid 1:30, Tim Ballard 1:34 for a 1st time effort is excellent, Lee Clarkson and Frank Gardiner both with pb’s.
Malcolm Jarvis and Mark Crittendon both ran solid efforts, and John Mckay who finally got to run our half for the 1st time after many years of running the hall with Sue. Well done to you all, I’m sure you all thoroughly enjoyed the support around the course.
Marathon man Paul, has surprisingly been running marathons and is now upto 122, the bling continues to mount up in the Blackwell household, well done Paul on another back to back completed this weekend.
Joining Paul for the aptly named marathon day marathon was Matthew Jones, who despite the strong winds secured an 11 minute pb, with a 3:29:17 and 5th place, absolutely brilliant Matt.
John Bush has had a busy month with a couple of 10k’s and Tarpley 10, I joined Dave Goldsmith and Frank Gardiner for the Tarpley 20, in which they both achieved club standards, Silver for Dave and Bronze for Frank, a lovely rolling hills course, and far more appealing than the Essex 20, good luck to those about to take it on this weekend.
A new inclusion to the newsletter this year, to recognise those who have excelled and should be considered in your thoughts for the performance of the year award, I hope it helps you to make your vote nearer the time, and of course you can choose your own.
- Frank Gardiner – Bentley half, big pb 1:46:12 and 2nd in age category, he just keeps getting quicker with age.
- Matthew Jones – Marathon day marathon, 11 minute pb, sub 3:30 5th place and huge potential.
Once again a tough choice for Andy and I, but we have both been impressed with his improvements at XC, a fantastic time in his 1st half marathon, and his continued dedication at club training sessions.
He was in my thoughts for January, and I believe he has the potential to improve a lot more as confidence in his own ability grows. With another half on the horizon I wish him well and believe he can knock a bit more off the benchmark he has set himself, carry on enjoying your running Tim Ballard and congratulations on runner of the month.