Ladies! Your captain returns after a month’s hiatus. Massive thanks to Debs for writing last month’s newsletter and keeping an eye on you all during November. The GBRC ladies squad has had another month of super running, enough to make anyone proud to be a member.

A look back

First for a whistle stop tour of November…

Cross country! The NESS league has hit the halfway mark with two fixtures in November: Great Notley and Harwich. Our ladies squad is consistently finishing in fourth place which is a massive achievement and I hope you all recognise how well we are doing. We have a strong field without reliance on individuals which means everyone can relax, run their best, and trust that the team will do well – super work! Remember, everyone one that turns out for the team makes a difference, regardless of how fast you are or where you finish so in the words of Russ, #keepinvolved!

So where were you running this month? We had ladies representing the club at: the Company of Runners Fright Night; the Great Barrow Challenge; The Elmstead Market Trail Half Marathon and Marathon; Hare and Tortoise events; the Stebbing 10 mile; Scenic Seven; Hadleigh Hares five miler; the Snetterton Race Track marathon; parkrun both home and away; the Samphire Challenge; and even in Malta! Well done to you all!

Unfortunately, I hear there have been a few injuries this month. My very best wishes to Teresa J as she nurses a broken ankle. If you need inspiration Teresa, look to Chusa who has in the last two years had a calf tear, recovered to race and PB over 10 miles only to then break her knee and go through it all again and is now back running and I hope will have a super 2019. Injury is temporary, even if it feels awful at the time.

There are a few other injuries as well, so same advice as always, rest, come back slowly and you will be fine in the long run!

I will also mention the six Dales Challenge. This is the second year GBRC have sent a contingent along to this event and I think all had fun. These club trips seem popular so if you have seen something that might be good for next year let the committee know and we will see if it can be a future club trip.

A look ahead

LOADS to look forward to! As I type this the Essex Vets XC is just finishing. Well done to those that ran in this. The fixture where the young’uns are allowed to run is on 5th January. This event is open to all runners so if you want an additional XC, get your name on the entry list.

We also have the South of England XC Champs and the National XC Champs to look forward to. The SoE are at Parliament Hill this year (mud, mud, mud) on the 26th of January and the Nationals in in Leeds on 23rd of February. If you want to run in either of these you need to let me know by the dates specified below so that I can get entries in and paid before the deadlines. Information will be circulated via email in the coming few days.

Summary for XC opportunities:

  • Essex XC Champs – run on 5th Jan – tell Vicky P by 19th Dec if you want to run
  • South of England XC Champs – run on 26th Jan – tell Meera by 19th Dec if you want to run
  • National XC Champs – run on 23rd Feb – tell Meera by 5th Jan if you want to run
  • Next NESS league fixture is on 13th January – just turn up as usual!

Back to the Road…

On December 9th the club is holding the GBRC versus Harwich Runners 10 mile race. This will be the third running of the race, but the first where we have a points system and therefore a true competition between the clubs. The race HQ is Great Bromley village hall and runners are asked to arrive by 9:30 to register for a start at 10:30. The points system means that every single runner that finishes adds to their clubs score and chance of winning. No pressure, just turn up and run at whatever speed is comfortable for you and you will be helping GBRC to victory!

Tonight is awards night, I am looking forward to seeing you all and celebrating some amazing performances this year. Don’t forget to bring your own bottle and glass!

Looking further ahead to next year I have been asked by our Polish ambassadors to advertise the Cracovia Marathon on 28th of April 2019. So, for those that missed out on London Marathon and fancy a trip across Europe speak to Mags and Tom! The marathon is a 2 lap course that they are familiar with from this year’s half marathon, so they can tell you about that. Mags and Tom have also kindly offered to help members enter the marathon (I think some of the form might be in Polish) and give advice on accommodation and flights (it looks like London to Katowice is the flight of choice).

Having mentioned the London Marathon I will remind everyone that the coach GBRC puts on is filling up so if you want a spot on it let Eric know sooner rather than later!

Back to December, the 12th of December is the fish and chips run. Marion has collected the orders and sent these to the van. I think this means that if you still want to turn up you are welcome however you will be served last at the van after all of the orders have been fulfilled. If you just want to run then turn up as normal.

There will be hills on Christmas eve and I am led to believe they will be chocolatey! Check out the website to confirm location but I am assuming university as usual.

There is no training on boxing day however there are usually a few runs around to keep up occupied. Two of note are the Boxing Day 5 mile at Witham (11am) and the Runners vs Riders in Friday Woods (details nearer the time I am sure).

On to the main event: Christmas Day! Yours truly will be using her big voice at Colchester Castle parkrun so join me there and show off any new running kit Santa has brought you!

I have a quick lookee at what’s on locally in December. There is not as much as usual and most of it clashes with our 10-miler so I’m not going to advertise it but there are a couple that may be of interest:

  • The Ely New Year’s Eve 10k
  • The Flitch Way New Year’s Eve marathon
  • Great Barrow Challenge 3 marathons in 3 days over 28th – 30th Dec
  • Hainault Forest 10 Mile XC on 29th Dec, entry on the day available and I think there is a 3 mile junior option
  • Sikhs in the City Dusk to Dawn challenge: many many laps of 2k to see how far you can go while the sun is up. Starts at sunrise at 8:04 am.

A quick google will get you all the details if any of these look tempting.

Welcome welcome…

Welcome to all that have joined in November! Having been away I am not sure if there even is anyone but if there is I will meet you soon!

What an inspiration!

Each month I hope to highlight some ladies that have personally inspired me for the dedication they put into their training, the fears or obstacles they overcome and their courage to take on new challenges:

  • First a roll-over from October as she only told us her result after Debs had drafted the October newsletter: Kathy Bishop! Her first marathon attempt in Dublin and what a result! Finishing in 3 hours 50 Kathy has blown all expectation of herself out of the water and should be extremely proud of her achievement. Well done Kathy!
  • Last time I wrote a newsletter she was on 52… now she hits number 95! Yes I mention her again: Gemma Colling. Absolutely amazing strength Gemma, well done, keep going!
  • Another Gemma C; otherwise known as Little Gem! A shout out to Gemma after her first encounters at cross country. Gemma has taken on the XC challenge, openly admits she doesn’t enjoy it particularly but has worked hard and improved massively over the fixtures so far. Usually one to run with someone else and not focus on herself, it is great to see Gemma reaching her potential in races. Well done Gemma.
  • Anna young what haven’t you done this month! It seems like every day I am hearing of you running somewhere. Absolutely fabulous representation of GBRC at trail runs across the region, well done!
  • And I will mention Tricia Stacey. Congratulations on winning your age category at the Malta challenge!

Runner of the Month

This month we celebrate a lady who has had a fabulous year. It started with a marathon on New Year’s Day and every month she has hit a new milestone with her running. As they accumulate I really can’t keep saying “yes but if she gets it this month I won’t be able to give it next month when she gets another massive PB” (even though she probably will!). This month alone she has scored at XC for the first time, as well as completing over 19 miles at an endurance event!

So, eight months after she was voted XC runner of the year and on the day she will receive her award for that I am delighted to name Anthea Colsell as November 2018’s runner of the month! Keep on running Anthea!

Right time for me to glam up for awards… see you in a couple of hours!