Small but perfectly formed

All in all this week its been a fairly quiet time on the racing front, that said we have had some excellent performances.  Taking on the 26.2 was Caroline Searle who ventured to Bournemouth for their Marathon Festival which has beautiful coastal views as you run between Boscombe and Bournemouth piers.  Caroline finished in 5:02:28 which she explained showed her “lack of summer training”, however, this was her third best marathon time.  Taking on half that distance was Meera Rajoo-Oakley at the Bedford Autodrome running grand prix (which gets the award for the race with the longest name), she was the third lady finisher in an excellent 1:39:50.  Unfortunately there were no race awards for her podium result.


[Caroline Searle with her Bournemouth marathon medal (did she go on the big wheel?)]

Over in the good ole US of A, Paul Blackwell was chasing Mo Farah down the finish straight at the Chicago  Marathon in what Paul described as “wet but a good day for running”. I’ve lost count of the number of marathons that Paul has now completed and I’m not going to guess…..

Closer to home Tim Ballard ran the Saltmarsh 75 which is a two day ultra marathon where competitors tackle 75 miles of some of England’s most unique coast line, the Saltmarsh Coast of the Maldon district.  Tim described this as “tough as hell” however, that didn’t stop super Tim finishing in a spectacular 11 hours 9 minutes and 52 seconds and bagging 1st place in the race.  Just to give some perspective on Tim’s result i looked up the time of the winner in 2017 and his time was 11 hours and 50 minutes, wow superb running Tim.

Chairman Russ Sharp went to Great Notley for their Autumn Duathlon which is based at Great Notley Country Park. The race starts and finishes with a 4km run within the confines of the country park,  running on a mixture of grass and surfaced paths, with a challenging hill included (for all those who’ve run cross country here its the half moon hill!). The cycle course is all on road, consisting of two 10km laps offering a fast but enjoyable ride through Rayne, Willows Green and Great Leighs.  Russ finished 7th overall but feels with a bit more practice on the transition could easily have made 5th, still an excellent performance.  Tricia Stacey was the 12th female finisher at the peninsular race that is run at the Royal Hospital school over in Shotley.

parkrun Saturday saw all of our runners this week take on one of the local runs – Colchester had the best attendance of blue vest this week, this was bolstered by runners turning up to run John Bush’s 100th parkrun.  100 parkruns is no mean feat, well done John, his 100th run was completed in 32:35 and was ably supported by Belnida Palmer-Barnes (32:39), Phil Presland (32:39) and Tomasz Komorowski (32:40).  Charlie Keitch led the blue vests home (well that’s not entirely true, his son Cassius was the first past the timers in his buggy #justiceforcassius) in 20:16 this is Charlie’s fastest run around Castle Park pushing the buggy but is oustide his “buggy best”.  Paul Hollidge (20:37), Malcolm Jarvis (21:38), Gemma Camp (23:47), Russell Clarke (26:33), James McCullugh (26:34), Claudia Keitch (28:39) and Stephanie Mills (30:16) completed our representation.

Johns 100[Celebrating John Bush’s 100th parkrun at CCPR]

They were celebrating 100 runs over at Clacton too with this being their 100th parkrun along the prom, they returned to the original course but ran it in reverse which is apparently a quicker route although it does mean that you have to go up a very steep hill 3 times.    That said Rebecca England recorded a new PB in 38:11 and Bev Shortley continued her recent great form with a course PB of 25:26.  The role call of runners was Kevin James (23:03), Jennifer Aylen (23:47), Brian Telford (23:51), Jennie Hipkin (29:03) Mark Crittenden (29:29), Heather England (30:09), Alison Clarke (31:05), Lynsey Apps (34:10) and Sandra James (35:13).

Finally, we had 5 runners over at Harwich with Colin Farmer leading the way in 20:56, he was followed home by Toni Wilson (24:34), Teresa farmer (30:05), Dave Jones (30:05) and Cherie Hipkins (36:06).