Ladies Newsletter August 2017


As the end of the summer draws nearer and September looms ahead, it’s time to reflect on the events of this month, starting with the 30th Anniversary Celebrations. Although the weather was a bit touch and go to start with, the sun soon came out allowing the Super Stars competition to go ahead, press ups and all. Disappointingly the men swept the board when it came to prizes, leaving us ladies wondering, “Where are the women’s results?” However, one thing that everyone could agree on, was that the hog roast was amazing and that our chef for the afternoon fit right in – joining in with the festivities with enthusiasm! A big thanks to Russ for organising the Super Stars, and also to Linzi and Rita, who provided a fun afternoon of games and races for the children. Much fun was had by all, maybe this should become an annual event?

Another notable event this month was Rodgers Half Marathon Trail Run©. I was not able to attend this time, but have been reliably informed that the route was both scenic and well organised, whilst also being the toughest one yet. Special thanks to Linzi for her child wrangling services again, and to Katie for the crumble afterwards. It seems to have been a highlight for most who took part – perhaps the start of a new trail run tradition? The final run of the series will be a night run, on October 25th, details yet to be published!

Now for a couple of reminders:

Although I shudder at using the ‘C’ word already, the annual festive meal and awards ceremony is coming up. It is being held on Saturday 25th November at Wivenhoe House Hotel at 6:45 for a 7:15 start. It will cost £30 for club members and £35 for non-members, partners are very welcome. If you are planning on attending email Karen Skene ( and either BACs the money to the club’s bank account or give Karen/Eric cash. Money must be paid by the end of August, food choices will be asked for later.

As you may have seen/heard already, the lovely Debs is trying to arrange a club coach trip to the National Running Show at the NEC in Birmingham This would be on the 20th January, so that the Benfleet 15 runners would be able to do both if they so wished. For the trip to be viable, we would need about 40 people to go, so if you’re interested, contact Debs either through Facebook or email: With tickets a steal at £10, this could be a really great day out.

Now for Runner of The Month. As usual, it was a difficult decision! Even Lorna’s trusty spread sheet did little to help, since everyone is running so well and doing amazing things month after month. However, this month the award goes to someone who does not race that often, but quietly works hard to improve her running. She has been a club member for many years, and was one of the first ladies I met when I joined. This month she gained a PB at the Ipswich Twilight 10k, something she has been chasing for some time. Sue Thomas, you are our Runner of The Month.


Finally, a huge congratulations to Claire Groves, (and Luke I suppose!), who have just this morning welcomed baby Noah into the world!

Well done on surviving the hot summer runs, autumn here we come!