It doesn’t seem that long ago since there were runners stumbling along the river Colne on a hot July day but now six months later the weather decided to be suitably wintry for the aptly named Winter Wobble. Run by Long Brew Running Club it reverses the route taken in the summer, starting instead in Rowhedge, running to Wivenhoe and then back to Rowhedge. There is a drinking version or a dry version. Look at photos on Facebook to make your minds up as to who might have been doing what!
There was a good turnout of Bentley Blue runners. Apologies if I miss anyone out of the list: Paul Connell (finished in 3rd, must drink fast!); Jame Carter; Andy Stephens; Luke and Meatball Groves; Dave Jones; Neil Robins; Graham Semple; Scott Young; Jason Skelton; John Ferndinand; Leoni Harvey; Emma Levett-Welham; Barbara Law; Sue Wright and Claire Poole. Times did not matter in this 10 miler, keeping to the path did!
Over in Manningtree, Batman was spotted running in a Winter Solstice Socail five kilometres – fear not, it was just Tim Ballard running a pain-free run for the first time in a while. Well done Tim.
Paul Blackwell completed his 156th marathon running the Saxon Vikings & Normans Christmas challenge. The weather was kinder to Paul and he took home this mega medal:
Parkrun round up:
Colchester Castle: Tomasz Komorowski 22:42; Paul Hollidge 22:55; Russell Clarke 23:12; Robert Ferguson 23:27; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 23:57; Gemma Camp 25:01; Stephanie Mills 26:46 and Fiona Gosling 28:26
Clacton Seafront: Ben Ficken 22:17; Kevin James 23:20 and Bev Shortley 26:25.
Harwich: Emily Zethraeus 22:37 (1st lady); Malcolm Jarvis 24:59; Toni Wilson 25:36 and Cherie Hipkins 29:49.
Mersea Island: John Booty 26:33.
On Sunday Angel Jasper was first girl home in 9:52 at Colchester Junior parkrun.