Frightful running

Well this week has been fairly quiet on the race front, cross country aside of course. Making up for this though was Anna Young who on Friday night took on the Company of runners Fright Night, the race was well before witching hour where an assembly of ghouls, goblins, ghosts, monsters and vampires awaited the runners passage who ran under a combination of moonlight and headtorch light from Rayne Station to Bannister Green Halt and back. About five frightful miles. Anna enjoyed the run and the commemorative mug full of soup at the end finishing the run in 44:21 which included time for a picture at halfway. Then on Sunday Anna doubled up and ran both the Great Barrow Challenge 5k in 26:15 and was 3rd last home, and the 10k finishing that in 54:25.

Anna Young Fright Night

[Anna Young at the Fright Night]

Also on Sunday was the Elmstead Market Trail half and full marathon, Barbara Law, Sue Wright and Anna Lyon took on the half (and honestly didn’t get lost) whilst Gemma Collings added another marathon to her growing number.

So to cross country which this week was at Great Notley country park where we saw another great turn out from the blue vests with 26 men and 19 ladies turning out. There were vastly more runners from the other clubs this week especially Colchester Harriers and Ipswich Jaffa’s. A tough race it was too with Adam Smith again leading the men home this week in 19th place, followed by chairman Russ Sharp and a David Wright for our men’s podium. For the ladies Emily Zethraeus again led the way with a brilliant 7th place followed home by Gemma Camp and Meera Rajoo-Oakley.  The ladies bagged 4th place and the men 6th place which gave us an overall finish of 5th.

In terms of the league we are in 5th place with 5 points, 3 points behind 3 teams equal in second and 3 points above 6th place Harwich.  So still all to play for and echoing Russ at our Wednesday evening meetings if we keep getting the numbers out in the races we give ourselves a great chance in maintaining our place in the A pool. We also had some juniors competing which saw our girls record a 7th place finish and boys 9th place, overall our juniors sit 8th in the league which is a great performance.


Saturday saw the usual parkruns around the county with a few venturing further afield Rob Blackman completed Sizewell parkrun in 24:34, Robert Ferguson went to Northallerton and completed their 5k in a cracking 20:53 and Rob Dyer visited Great Notley which he ran in 25:46.

Colchester Castle parkrun saw our largest turn out with 8 runners this week, Andrew Hart running his first parkrun and his quickest 5k in a year recording 20:54. He followed Craig Warriner (20:07) home with James McCullugh (24:17), Kathy Bishop (25:52), Sarah Fletcher (26:13), Stephanie Mills (26:36), Tomasz Komorowski (27:12) and Scott Young (27:13) completing the blue line up. Over at Harwich ladies runner of the month Janice dragged Ben Ficken around the prom again in 20:43, with Debs Hollidge (26:15), Meera Rajoo-Oakley (26:16) and Emily Zethraeus (30:25) completing the field there.