Hello All ; the cold and wet and frosty winter continues on , but in most cases runners were still able to get out and stretch those limbs..
Caroline Searle travelled to her first race of the year, taking part in the Stockport trail half marathon. The elements were challenging – Caroline was frozen before the start, endured snow, hail and mud in the race, but the friendly people and organisers helped ensure an enjoyable event. Caroline was just outside the 2 hour mark (2.01.03), and was pleased with the great preparation and training for the next races – ( including the London Marathon)
(Caroline with medal and race number)
Paul Blackwell took part in yet another marathon on the Saturday, this time the Saxons, Normans and Vikings Olympic six hour time challenge event, which took place in Gravesend. Paul completed his laps of the marathon distance, and so earned a well deserved mega medal for him to eat his dinner off of (whilst trying not to spill the food on that nice race shirt…)
(Paul Blackwell with THAT medal !)
Saturday Park Run Update ;
Richard Moor took part in some Park run tourism, heading up north to the York Park run, a tarmac route near the racecourse which Richard has ran before. Richard finished with a time of (22:46), in 99th place of a field of 275 runners.
Matthew Jones headed to the Panshanger Park run (Hertford), the run described as being a mixture of dirt, gravel and forest trail paths and grass, if anyone else feels like a trip. Matt finished the run in (22:29).
Colchester Castle Park run was the most popular event for GBRC runners this week, with the cold and icy conditions making the run a bit tricky. Notwithstanding this, there were some great efforts ; Meera Rajoo-Oakley was first lady finisher in (22:12) despite her deceiving eyes thinking another lady had finished in front. Deb Cubberley, thoroughly fresh and energised by dancing the previous night away to Beyoncé, used this new warm up method to power to a course PB (25:37). Tomasz Komorowski continued clocking up the miles (25:04). Paul Hollidge hung on to Deb for (25:38) ,Claire Groves impressed with (25:49) , Magdalena Komorowska ran (26:08) , James McCullagh (27:31) close with Russell Clarke (27:36), followed by the family affair of Scott Young (28:08) , and Claudia Keitch (28:31), with Sally Harman (35:39) completing an impressive club turnout. A thank you to the man with the Halo on , Eric Shaw, for volunteering again and looking out for the club members too. Very well done all you brave runners – The same could not be said for myself – alarm clock turned off ..
(Park run / trail run preparation for some)
Over at Harwich Parkrun – Kathy Bishop ran a brilliant (23:47) a time good enough for 1st in age category, 2nd female, and a place on the club champs. Kathy was pushed on by a man on the comeback Paul Davison (23:48). Sarah Fletcher claimed she just couldn’t keep up on the day, but still ran (24:30) for a club champs 😂 .
The wooded run at Mersea Island saw Ben Ficken and Janice run to 4th place in (20:55). Nick Goodman ran an excellent (22:46) for a course PB !
The usually popular with Bentley club runners Clacton Park run unfortunately did get cancelled, due to the slippery and icy surface and puddles making the route too dangerous to run. It was called off with only about a 1/2 hour to the start, so bad luck if you did get there to take part.
Colchester Junior Park Run – Sunday morning.
Angel Jasper made the top 20, (17th) in a time of (10:38). Rufus Keitch decided that Dad Charlie needed more exercise, as his earlier morning run was only 17 miles long, and ran the race with Dad in a time of (12:14).
Good luck and stay safe on any runs taking place this week — (including the Hadleigh Cross Country on Sunday) .