Wooden Medals?

This weeks racing takes us around the country quite a bit, we’ll start up north where 2 blue vests took the trip to York for the Yorkshire Marathon.  The route for this marathon takes in York passing by a number of sights including the Minster before heading out around the surrounding villages with excellent support around the whole course. Toni Wilson obviously loved the course earning herself a Gold Standard finishing in 4:11:44.  John Bush took a run walk strategy as he had lacked long runs in his training finishing in 6:03:25.

John Bush[A content looking John Bush after the Yorkshire Marathon]

Closer to home running the Royal Parks Half marathon in London saw Kevin Stevens run 1:42 in his second post operation run.  Facebook live broadcasters Lee Clarkson and Chusa Batis completed the 13.1 in 1:58:35 and 2:00:06 respectively.  This is a great race that finishes in Hyde Park and takes in some great sites around the City, it seems that the only slight disappointment was the wooden medal……

Tiptree 10 is normally well attended and this year was no different with 10 runners representing the club as well as Charlie Keitch and Ben Ficken volunteering as pacers.  Our ladies are on form at the moment with Helen Carey matching Toni’s Gold Standard with a fine 1:22:03 with Hien Hoang (1:24:11) and Amy Young (1:27:55) grabbing bronze standards.  Matt Jones meanwhile posted another PB this time knocking 1 minute and 5 seconds off his previous best but unfortunately missing out on a bronze standard by 29 seconds finishing in 1:10:29. Eileen Shadford (1:18:58), Sarah Fletcher (1:24:19) and Belinda Palmer Barnes (2:03:21) made up the ladies representatives whilst John “Good enough for me” Gwillim (1:21:30), Frank Gardiner (1:27:06) and Luke Groves (1:35:42) completed the 10 miles that included a brutal hill towards the end.  Our pacers Charlie and Ben did a great job finishing in 1:09:31 (pacing 1:10) and 1:14:35 (pacing 1:15) respectively.

Hien[Hien Hoang on her way to Bronze at Tiptree]

Meanwhile, over at Great Notley their annual Dualthon (cycling and running) was the location for Geraldine Springett and James McCullugh. Despite having a touch of cramp on the bike section McCullugh finished in 1:24:37. Springett finishing in 1:25:03 took the first place award in the female open category and was also the third lady home overall!

Saturday saw the usual parkrunners out in force, tourism this week bought to you by Andy Stephens (although for him this is relatively local!) did the York parkrun finishing in 24:50. Just about tourism was Meera Rajoo Oakley who didn’t break out of the county but did venture to Chelmsford finishing the 5k in 23:43.

Clacton seafront once again saw the highest number of blue vests for the three loops around the prom Ray Baggs leading the way finishing second in 19:27. Rob Thorpe (23:11), Patrick Reynolds (23:14), Kevin James (24:13), Catherine Ott (26:41), Alison Clarke (32:31), Sandra James (35:37) and Andy Fuller (36:57) all completed the 5k. The “getting busier” Colchester Castle saw Nick Goodman (23:37) lead our runners home he was followed by Chusa Batis (24:03), James McCullugh (26:95), Caroline Searle (27:25), Debs Cubberley (27:47) and Paul Hollidge (27:47).  Finally, Harwich saw Ben Ficken and Janice finish in 20:33 with Malcolm Jarvis (21:52), Matt Knowles (23:57) and Tomaz Komorowski (25:36) following him home.