Spring into Marathon training

Sunday saw the running of the Wymondham 20 race which is described as “A scenic course running through the South Norfolk countryside. Two laps with great marshal support and an undulating course. An excellent race to use as preparation for a spring marathon.” Two of our runners, and fellow race reporters, did exactly that and ran excellent races, firstly Matt Jones crossed the line in 69th overall place (out of 285 finishers) in a time of 2:33:17 which earned him a bronze club standard which only two years ago; when he joined the club; seemed to be a distant prize.  Matt has shown over those two years his desire to improve and this shows that his hard work and determination have paid off.  Talking of hard work and determination, Meera Rajoo-Oakley was our second runner finishing 82nd overall in an equally impressive 2:40:53 which was a Personal Best and earned her 8th place on the GBRC all time quickest run list. Things certainly are progressing well for those Spring marathons.

Also driving out of the county for a race was Ben Finken and the speedy of foot Janice who took on the “Bolt around the Holt” race in Kent.  A race that was mainly trail and led through woods on a two 5k lap course.  The pair finished in a great time of 44:21 which was good enough to secure 1st place on the podium and earned Janice the opportunity to rest her paws on the drive home.

Ben and Janice again[Janice and Ben celebrate their win]
The beautiful spring weather on Saturday brought out the usual crop of Parkrunners to the growing list of venues around the local vicinity. Again, Clacton saw the largest turnout of blue vests for a windy three laps of the prom.  Leading them home was Ray Baggs in 19:53, followed by Richard Moor (20:43), Scott Crawley (22:41), Frank Gardiner (25:52), Brian Telford (26:11), Alison Clarke (29:33), Sandra James (34:59), Neil Robins (35:31) and Davina Swindell (55:51). Colchester Castle Park saw Rajoo-Oakley testing that marathon pace and warming up for 20 miles the following day finishing in 23:53; bang on pace. Andy Stephens followed her home in 23:59 whilst Paul Hollidge, Scott Young and Claudia Keitch ran round together with Keitch a second ahead of the boys in 28:40. Jack Wicks completed the blue representation at CCPR finishing in 29:53.

Harwich and Mersea saw two runners each this weekend, Malcolm Jarvis returning to Harwich finished in 21:42 and was joined by Toni Wilson who ran the prom in 24:04. Husband and wife Craig and Natalie Warriner ran Mersea parkrun completing the two laps of the country park in 30:18.