Luke has asked me to write this months newsletter, so here goes in my maiden report. Its Sunday when I’m drafting this and I’m sat at home watching the first rain that we have had in a while, it’s making quite a nice change to the blisteringly hot sun, it comes to something when 23 degrees seems cold! Luke meanwhile is cycling the ride 100 round London and Surrey and overall, I’m content being sat here to be honest.
This month has seen some excellent performances from a number of you and has included the culmination of the Micky Edwards handicap; I need to thank Luke and Phil Presland for organising and sorting the results for this along with Chris Warren and Michael Simmons as well as the many of you who have given up your time to marshal around the course. We’ve also had the Ekiden race organised by the Ipswich Jaffas on a really hot Sunday with a really close finish in our own race within a race. Last Wednesday also saw the 4th running of the Geoff Day memorial 5k race which was run in almost perfect conditions as a result we got some really quick times run. Finally, the month started with our Friday 5 race which was won in a cracking time of 25:06 by Colchester Harrier Ramadan Osman, this again showed how well we put on races which wouldn’t look so straight forward without the efforts of Chairman Russ, Secretary Paul and the tireless Rodger Alexander – thanks fellas!
Its been another quite month for new members, we did see a potential new face in Steve Walsh at the Geoff Day race which is a good day to have seen the club at its best so hopefully we’ll be welcoming him as a fully fledged member shortly.
Performances of note this month include a couple of winners – Paul Connell won the inaugural Brightlingsea 10k in a cracking time of 38:01 and Rob Blackman crossed the line first at the noncompetitive but timed parkrun in Clacton in 19:08; Tim Ballard came 9th in the Brantham 5 mile in 30:17 which is a silver standard (Tim’s collection of standards just seems to be growing at the moment) and Paul Hollidge at Felsted 10k ran a PB of 44:34 set on what was advertised as fast and flat course and was anything but and in temperatures that just sapped energy. Well done to you all fellas!
Finally I want to mention some of our juniors who ran at Ekiden too, so well done to Connor and Charlie Sharp who along with Evie Foster and Laci Wakeling came 7th overall in their category – well done boys!
Runner of the month
So Luke and I had our monthly dispute; aka chat via messenger; regarding runner of the month, I didn’t realise that when I became vice captain that this decision would be so hard each month which is a testament to you all putting in some great performances. This month we considered Dave Jones, you do only win Micky Edwards by putting in regular great performances, Charlie Keitch again his performance at the Race to the Stones had to be admired and Adam Smith for some great times over the clubs 5k races. However, there is one guy who has been knocking out some phenomenal performances over a period of months this year and has seen a couple of standards this month along with personal bests on what seems like every time he races well done Tim Ballard, runner of the month for a July.