This weekend saw the number of races (runs) being greatly reduced compared to recent weeks. A number of blue vests took the opportunity to run the inaugural Nayland 5k and 10k trail race being run in aid of the Colchester Hospitals charity. To try to raise as much money as possible for the charity there was no timing system in place this year but this may well be introduced in the future. Our 10k runners were David Wright 3rd place in 41:53, Jamie Neill (46:46), Meera Rajoo-Oakley in about 50/51 minutes, Neil Robins 59:35, John Bush about 1:16:00 and Sue Thomas. Emma Levett-Welham ran the 5k route in 45:09 and Paul Connell and 8 year old son Jamie ran the 3k route.
Also on Sunday, the Stort 10 race around Hatfield Forest saw Gary Hill run a consistent 1:37:18 which pretty much matched his time last year. Paul Blackwell was back on the marathon trail again over the weekend taking on the Great Barrow marathon on Thursday and Friday, I think that’s 135 done now!
So Saturday’s racing (!) was all done at various park locations around the country, out doing some more tourism was Matt Jones who took on the 5k at Black Park near Slough. Matt’s aim for a while has been to break the 21 minute mark which he successfully did this weekend following the 21 minute pacer initially to finish in a personal best 20:51. Also doing a touch of tourism (but not travelling too far) was Luke Groves who stepped across the border into Suffolk to do the Great Cornard parkrun finishing in 44:25.
[Matt Jones looking strong at the end of the Black Park parkrun for a new PB of 20:51]
We had our usual Saturday morning events too; Ben and Janice Finken took on the prom at Harwich slowing down slightly due to the heat saw them finish in 21:07. Over at Clacton finishing in 2nd and 3rd place respectively were Ray Baggs (19:16) and Dave Goldsmith (19:53). Running the new yellow route at Colchester Castle (the aim of this route was to thin out the runners around the course) saw Paul Connell finish 4th in 19:35. He was followed home by James McCullagh (25:56), Andy Stephens (26:19), Chusa Batis (26:33), women’s runner of the month Debs Cubberley (26:37), Jack Wicks (27:06), Louise Upston (29:16) and Colin Farmer (35:45).
Finally, over at Colchester Junior Parkrun on Sunday saw Harrison Leek again come in first in 8:06 with sister Yasmin finishing in 15:12. Both Rufus Keitch and George Jones ran new PB’s in 11:08 and 13:09 respectively. Angel Jasper and Isabella Jones completed the junior line up this week running 10:54 and 16:45 respectively.
[Rufus Keitch (right!) leaving Colchester Junior Par after securing a new PB]