Jump straight into Summer

We have jumped straight from Winter to Summer with temperatures at the weekend topping out at around 30 degrees.  So running of any sort in this temperature is a challenge one which Sarah Fletcher was up for as she took on her first marathon in Milton Keynes.  So having lost 2 toenails and suffering from some severe blisters Sarah posted a great time of 4:10.  Paul Davidson decided on taking on the half at MK again 13 miles is no mean feat in these conditions so a finish time of 1:46 is another excellent run. Kathy Bishop also completed the half marathon at MK finishing in 1:52.
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[Sarah, Paul and Kathy enjoy the post run sun at MK]
Closer to home John Bush took himself to Witham to run the inaugural Witham 10 which is a new race for this year run on a nice hilly course that as usual for Witham is a well organised and marshalled event.  JB finished the 10 miles in 2:00:20 which given the conditions turned out to be a personal worst for John.
Sunday’s conditions were no better but that didn’t put of team Cubberlidge who headed over to Alton Water for their annual 10k race. Paul Hollidge finished in 45:12, a PB by 5 seconds, 42nd place and 8th in my age category which given the conditions and the hilly course is a brilliant run. Debs Cubberley finished in the ladies top 50 by completing the sweltering hilly course in 56:42.
The growing canicross team were represented by Davina Swindell and Charlie this week who ventured to Thorpeness for the Heritage Coast Marathon event. They decided to take on the 6 mile route before it got too hot which saw them finish in 52:51, a return to form for Charlie following his recent lay off. That time saw them secure 2nd place on the 6 mile course.
Wednesday saw the return of the Micky Edwards 5k event which is superbly run by Chris Warren with assistance this year from Luke Groves.  It was great to see such a large field turn out for race 1 where times are set for the handicap series.  Russ Sharp came home first in 18:22:1 in a close finish with Mark Bishop who clocked 18:22:7!  The First Lady over the line was Meera Rajoo-Oakley in 21:34.  As usual there were club standards being achieved Helen Carey; returning after a long injury lay off; achieved a Gold standard finishing in 24:21:9 with Melanie Moore also bagging gold with her time of 27:25:9.  Mike Deed (24:13) achieved his 1st Bronze Standard.  So the race is on for round 2 where these times will be put to the test to see who can improve on their handicap time.  For full details and times have a look at our website
Saturday morning saw the usual local haunts for parkrun with Colchester seeing 9 runners this week.  Andy Stephens celebrated his 100th parkrun with a PB finishing in a great time of 20:56.  Ade Cherry (23:10) showed he is getting back on form with his best run since February 2015 and Jack Wicks (25:16) posting a course PB. David Wright (19:17) lead the blue vests home with Anna Mills (25:11), Nick Goodman (25:45), Natalie Warriner (25:56), James McCullagh (26:56) and Russell Clarke (27:02) completing the line up.
Over on the coast at Clacton Promenade parkrun Emma Welham posted a new PB on the reverse course in 32:48, the reverse course is run the first Saturday of every month at Clacton if you fancy giving it a shot.  Our 9 other finishers were Dave Goldsmith (19:20), Ray Baggs (19:45), Kevin James (23:39), Scott Young (23:47), Mags Komorowska (24:02), Brian Telford (25:02), Alison Clarke (30:48), Sandra James (34:33) and Dave Nugent (43:50).
We had lone participants at both Harwich and Mersea island parkruns with Emily Zethraeus (21:51) getting quicker all the time at Harwich and Kathy Bishop (25:55) completing her 5k at Mersea.