So finally, the clocks have gone forward and spring has sprung. I am loving the lighter evenings, it’s great to at least start a run in the daylight, and soon they will be ending in the daylight too!
Before I go any further, I want to shout about Rodger’s Trail Run tomorrow. (Sunday 2nd April). Details can be found in the Facebook group. If you have never done a trail run before, they are a great experience. We run in small groups, and self-navigate following directions that Rodger gives us. It’s a slower pace than usual, due to the need to stop and read directions every once in a while. There will be tea, coffee and water at the finish, plus lots of us bring cakes and other goodies too. No one runs alone, unless they really want to. You can start any time between 7:30 am and 8:30am. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be sunny, and Rodger’s routes are always picturesque, so why not come along and give it a try?
The next date for your diary will be the club’s AGM, which is being held on Wednesday 12th April at Great Bentley Village Hall. There will be a run as well as the meeting, where you will be able to hear how we have done over the past year! This will also bring the opportunity to vote for a new Ladies Vice-Captain, as Karen is standing down this year, in order to devote more time to her family. Ladies who are standing for the role are Linzi Iddon, Lorna Sharp and Rebecca Conran. If you can’t make the AGM, you can vote by emailing Paul Carlisle.
Also coming up is the first of the Mickey Edwards races, our very own 5k handicap series, just for us! More on that next month, but the first race is on Wednesday 3rd May.
There has been a lot of racing this month, with half marathons galore, plus both the Essex and Wymondham 20 mile events, and more and more parkruns to choose from! Lots of Bentley Babes took part in these events, with a huge turnout at the Colchester Half Marathon, including myself! We also represented ourselves well at the annual Essex Road relays in Harwich, with a total of 4 ladies teams taking part.
Which brings me neatly to this month’s Runner of The Month! I have been deliberating over this for quite some time, as I have two very deserving candidates. Both of these lovely ladies have suffered with injuries which took them out of running for long periods of time, and both of them have now made amazing comebacks. One of them has run Tarpley 10, Essex 20 and Colchester Half over back to back weekends this month, and gained Club Champs in them all. The other has gained not one, but two elusive diamond standards this month, plus of course Club Champs, at Colchester Half, and a week later at the Essex Road relays. I cannot possibly put one over the other, so we are having joint Runners of the Month this month, and they are Karen Skene and Eileen Shadford!
If you think someone is deserving of Runner of The Month, please feel free to drop me a message or an email and let me know.