Hope you are all well and are now filling your race diaries for next year, as these days they fill so quickly. November began and ended for us with XC, and thanks to your excellent turn outs we are making our move up the table.
Harwich is usually the least appealing and yet feedback on a sunny day with the course reversed from previous years was very positive, 27 of you ran, a couple of excellent debut performances from Robin Oakley, and Dan Clapton, a number of you improved position on the previous XC and a very welcome return from a guy who inspired me to push on when I first joined the club Simon Dale, see us finish 5th.
Colchester XC see our biggest turnout with 32 of you, and a big field overall for arguably the quickest course of them all, A warm welcome to Dan McCoy, Andy Hart, Rajov Payet, Russell Clark, Tomaz, and Neil Robins all making debuts for us, an excellent lead run from Russ, a return after injury from current XC runner of the year Ryan, a number of improved positions, and we wasn’t far away from 4th place, but are now overall in 5th. Which is great news, let’s see if we can push on and take 4th as the season progresses. And with 16 of you halfway to running them all, I hope you can join me for our next adventure at my favourite course, Gosfield School in Halstead on the 10th December.
In other events, the highlights for me was Matthew Jones running an excellent marathon pb at the Shakespeare marathon, Tom Fowler collecting a silver standard and pb, with a sub 90 minute half marathon on the Snetterton Race track, and Paul Hollidge taking on the kings forest ultra 50k.
A large group of you guys headed north and took on the Derbyshire dales, plenty of smiles all round, and a great adventure across the beautiful dales.
Congratulations to our winners from the presentation night, in particular to Frank Gardiner on receiving runner of the year, he has been running for far longer than most of us, and yet every year he turns out for the club, takes on new challenges, and continues to hit club standards and look to improve, and for you to recognise his achievements in this modern world of social media, which Frank stays clear of says a lot about how this club values its members.
Just the one XC race at Halstead on the 10th December coming up, however if you do wish to take part in the Essex champs XC on January 6th at Notley, the Southern XC champs in Brighton on January 27th, or the National XC champs at Parliament Hill, on February 24th please do let me know asap, I will also need your date of birth and EA number in order to enter you, and the club will pay.
I have looked at a number of improved performances from you all; in particular at XC as this is where we join together, abandon the watch and run free to finish as high up as possible. One guy who doesn’t score but stands out for pushing himself this month is Martin West, a regular XC runner, has ran them all so far, and improved position at each race, with numbers so high now he was particularly delighted to break into the top 200 at Colchester and has the heart and desire to push on and go higher again.
Congratulations to Martin West runner of the month.
And finally I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Christmas
Keep on Running