Men’s Newsletter July 2017

Hi Gents,

It certainly was a busy start to July, and I must say you all deserve huge credit for your part in ensuring our Friday 5; Micky Edwards finale, Geoff Day 5k and the Ekiden relay all took part without a hitch.

Micky Edwards finished with a heat win for Wixy Wicks knocking over a minute off his best for a sub 25 minute run, in the overall standings the ladies took all top 3 places, congratulations in particular to Magdalena on winning the Gold medal and providing the shield engraver a challenge I’m sure they will overcome.

Paul Connell, Rob Thorpe, and Mark Crittendon all pushed hard and finished just a couple of points from 3rd place, my thanks goes to all involved who assisted me throughout with marshalling, course set up, and configuring the results. It was a bumper turnout with 82 members taking part, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many of you achieve your goals throughout.

Our Friday 5 once again proved to be the fastest of them all, with the winner achieving a course record. Paul Connell, Matthew Jones and Phil Presland all achieved new pb’s supported by Charlie Keitch and Scott Young,

Well done guys.

The Geoff Day 5k trophy remains in the hands of Joe Alexander with his excellent time 16:20, Dave Wright managed a silver standard along with 2nd place, and joint 3rd goes to Mark Jasper and Dave Goldsmith, once again a great turnout of 65 members to celebrate the legend that is Geoff Day.

Another event that finished this month was the Harwich 5k handicap series and Chris Hayes finished 4th with an overall 2 minute improvement, and Peter Reeve also  improved throughout to finish 10th overall well done guys.

The inaugural Ekiden Cup trophy was won with a six minute advantage, congratulations to all members of the good the bad, and ugly, I shall let you decide which title belongs to each of the 3 gents on the winning team, Phil Presland, Rodger, and Joe Alexander. And thank you to all who took part and helped to make this another successful team event, with 60 members along with 8 juniors.

In other events well done to Paul Blackwell, Andy Stephens and Luke Groves whom all completed a marathon in the Great Barrow challenge, Matthew Jones on a pb at the Southend Half, Dave Iddon and Tomek, for pb’s at Brantham 5, and lets not forget a Stirling effort from John Bush completing 46 miles as a solo runner at the spitfire scramble.

Not running related but congratulations to Russ Sharp, whom along with some past gbrc members cycled from John O Groats to Lands End, some 975 miles in 7 days, fantastic effort from Russ and the team.


Club News

After an action packed month, just 2 big events for you all in August, beginning with the 30 year celebrations event taking place on the village green from 2pm on the 5th August, we have hired the use of the football club bar, and have a hog roast supplied, games for the children and a superstars challenge for the adults will take place, if you can help Paul Carlisle and his team to set up camp for the day please do let him know.

The next trail run takes place on the 20th August, once again beginning at Newbourne Village Hall, this time though its 13 miles, please remember to advise Rodger in advance if you are going to run.


Oh yes its not that far away guys, time to scrape the dry mud off the boots and check those spikes, if you need a new pair now is the time to bag a bargain!

Dates are out for the new season so get them in your diary and hopefully we can continue to turn those green and muddy courses into a sea of blue.

Sunday 29 October 2017 – Springfield- Agricultural College, Writtle, Chelmsford

Sunday 5 November 2017 – Harwich- East Newhall Farm Ramsey CO12 5NH

Sunday 26 November 2017- Colchester – Abbey Fields, Colchester

Sunday 10 December 2017 –  Halstead – Gosfield School, Halstead Road, Gosfield

Sunday 21 January 2018 – Ipswich – Suffolk Food Hall, Wherstead, IP9 2AB

Sunday 18 February 2018 – Hadleigh – Duke Street Hadleigh Suffolk



Some cracking pb’s have been obtained this month from a number of you, we have seen some impressive speedy runs from Joe, and Dave, some excellent long haul efforts from Paul B, Luke, Andy S and John B.

Consistency is the key for success, and this guy has become Mr Consistent especially at 5k, he has taken his one job! And taken it on to another level, running under 21 minutes for the first time this year, a 5 mile pb at our Bentley 5, and was lead man for the winning Ekiden team, effectively he has done enough to earn 2 bronze standards, always a helping hand at the club, when it comes to success the Presland ladies have at times overshadowed his efforts, not anymore our ‘modest’ superstars champion has had a great year up to now and long may it continue. Congratulations to Phil Presland runner of the month for July.