Ladies Newsletter April 2017


Hi ladies! I cannot believe another month has gone by so quickly, but it has, and it’s been a really busy one, with lots of racing happening.

I would like to start by saying thank you for re-electing me as Ladies Captain for another year – I’m touched by your support. We have such a great little club!

I wasn’t able to make it myself this year, but judging by the photos and videos on Facebook, a good time was had by all at Thetford! Looks like the weather was good for you and a bit of parkrun tourism occurred too!

I know it’s technically May, but I will mention that it was nice to see a few people running at Witham’s May Day 5 today. A few years ago, we used to have a lot of runners at Witham’s races, but over the last few years for some reason less and less of us have run them, myself included. I see that Chusa and Rebecca have both claimed club champs at this event too!

Little Bentley 10k was a brilliant day as well, with another excellent turnout of runners from the club, and lovely weather, I’m not complaining that it was too hot! We all had a great race, and a few standards have been handed out as a result of it. Meera tried her best to get my round in less than 50 minutes, but it was not to be, still, I know what I need to do to get it! Meera and I were inspired by some of the other lady runner’s shorts, which included a glittery pair, to purchase our own rather striking, snazzy ‘go faster’ shorts for the (hopefully) summer season.

I had a great day out at the London marathon last weekend, managed to see almost everyone I knew was running it, apart from Jess! You all looked really good at the halfway point, and I think everyone had a good race. The coach has already been booked for next year!  Really well done to Jess, Chusa, and Meera, you flew the flag for Great Bentley, despite at least one of you (Meera!) suffering with the Bentley Bug in the lead up to the race.

This leads nicely into the Easter Bunny Doubles, a lovely, fun and social day, with a great turnout!  Events like this are what the club is all about. The kids all seemed to enjoy themselves too, with lots of fun and games organised beautifully by Linzi. Congratulations to Claire Fathers, who was one half of the winning duo, along with Tim Ballard.

Some dates for your diary are coming up now. The next club event is this very Wednesday, which will see the first race in the Mickey Edwards series taking place. This is a 5k handicap series, more information on which can be found on the website. This first event will be a mass start, to establish your baseline time. The next races will see everyone assigned a handicap which will determine your start time. It’s a good club series, with the winner of the series being the most improved runner, who is not necessarily the fastest. If you do not want to run, but are coming along to watch, why not help out with marshalling? Contact Chris Warren if you would like to.

Race 2 of Rodger’s trail runs will be held on 21st May, so keep your eyes on the website to find out the location and info. The leading lady is currently Meera, followed by Eileen and Trish.

You may have seen that Linzi and Craig are organising the Great Bentley takeover of Mersea parkrun on the 27th. I know they are still looking for pacers and marshals, so if you are able to help, please get in touch with Linzi.

On now to Runner of the Month. Lorna and I are in agreement that this month, it should go to one of our long standing members. She’s not often on Facebook, and doesn’t tend to shout about her achievements, but has this month achieved a Bronze standard at Little Bromley 10k and also a Silver standard at the Sudbury 5 the following week!  Well done Sue!


Don’t forget, we are always happy to hear your nominations for Runner of The Month, so if you think someone is deserving of this honour, please feel free to get in touch!

Happy running!