Men’s Newsletter – September 2017

September news

Hi Gents,

You can sense autumn is on the horizon when the race calendar starts to bulge, and September has seen many of you in action which is great to see.

Langham and Dedham 10k’s were both well represented with some excellent pb’s achieved by Tim Ballard, ducking under the magic 40, Jake Darkin and Paul Connell both came close to joining Tim but nevertheless secured pb’s.

Charlie Keitch has kept busy in the build up to Stort 30, unfortunately pulling out of a recent marathon, he did run a sub 40 10k a 90 minute off road half and paced Scott at Langham. Your in great shape Charlie so hopefully no major injury concerns now.

Another man on a mission is Matthew Jones, completing his 1st ultra 50k in 4:37, fantastic time Matt. Frank Gardiner finished the xc summer series with 5th place overall in his age category, well done Frank.

The renamed Ipswich half, with its fast and flat description which didn’t fool anyone certainly got your attention, excellent pb’s again Tim and Jake, great to see Kevin Stevens back racing, and a debut at this distance from Neil Robins, well done to all who took part.

Half marathons proved very popular with Ade Cherry, Darren Willey x2 , Lee Clarkson, Paul Hollidge x2 Phil Presland, James Mccullagh, Mark Crittenden, and Dave Wright who followed up his excellent 6th at Langham 5k with a paced half in Ipswich.

Club News

A lot coming up this month, Craig’s pt sessions return on every other Wednesday night from the 4th, Caroline has created a Strava mile segment to challenge your ability at Abbey fields on Friday night’s so get along if you can. Wix 5 takes place on the 15th, usually a huge Bentley turnout a chance to smash your pb and get on that club champs leaderboard, which you have until November 12th to submit your times, and of course its the annual club picture on the green outside village hall.

Our Club 10 mile event with Harwich runners takes place on the 22nd at Great Bromley, quickly followed by the final trail run on Wednesday 25th, please bring your headtorch, and as with all evening sessions, now wear hi vis.

And finally the one you have all been waiting for, oh yes XC is back on the 29th beginning at Writtle college hosted by Springfield. A 5 mile course, a couple of small hills, lots of twists and turns as you loop out and back to where you start, if you wish to know more about all the xc events click on the ‘ about us ‘ tab on our website.

All events listed above are free to members so make the most of as many as you can.

We did come very close to relegation from pool A last season, the 53-12 event has become very competitive in recent years, we know the big clubs have the fastest runners, but I have yet to see another club match our spirit, last year we not only had fantastic turnouts but also 14 of you ran them all which is the highest I have ever seen. For those of you new to xc, if you run all 6 races in the series you will receive a medal at the club’s presentation evening .

I hope to see as many of you as possible once again this year, and ultimately I want you to enjoy the challenge of running on a variety of courses in varied conditions.


Going back to the beginning of September and this guy took on a massive challenge, it took him best part of 2 years to make the start line, running 50 miles twice and a 100 mile race just to qualify. The UTMB has to be the most brutal of all ultra’s, you need to be at the peak of your fitness to complete the 103 miles, and that’s only half the problem, weather conditions, terrain, and over 9600m of ascent through France, Italy and Switzerland .

John wasn’t able to put in the training he wanted, but he gave it his best shot and got half way before the race was ended for him, a truly Herculean effort, and one to be very proud of. A devoted family man, who loves a challenge, full of courage and determination, he is our gentle giant, congratulations John Booty my runner of the month.

Outstanding Performance

· John Booty – UTMB