Happy New Year ladies! I wish every one of you a fabulous year of running in 2019.

A look back

December kicked off with our Awards night. Well done to all you that picked up awards. Be they club champs or the end-of-year voted for awards they are all special. I hope that our GBRC awards night serves to inspire those still developing their running talent as well as celebrating those who have achieved during the year. What is clear is that year on year there are a greater number of ladies picking up awards and this demonstrates the depth of talent we are growing in our squad. Fab to see, and to be a part of!

Another big event in December was the GBRC versus Harwich Road Runners 10-mile race. Whilst the race was on its third year of running, this was the first year we implemented a scoring system and had a trophy to present to the winning club. In total 15 ladies (+ me) ran the distance. Well done! GBRC were triumphant, the scoring system counting every finisher, so our numbers overwhelmed Harwich (#keepinvolved). However even limiting our number of scorers so that the teams had equal size, GBRC would still have won so really well done to all.

This month also saw our ladies at: the Winter Wobble; runs in Paris and Spain; parkrun and junior parkrun (it was fab seeing so many of you at Colchester on Christmas day!); the Raynedeer run (complete with fancy dress); Essex trail Events; and the Witham Boxing Day 5!

Finally, December was the running of the Essex Vets XC championship. We had ladies in three categories: v35; v45 and v55 forming two teams which placed 9th and 17th out of 23. Well done ladies, I look forward to joining in in 3 years 😉

A look ahead

On that note, the Essex Senior XC champs (the all-inclusive one) is on the 5th of January. Vicky P very kindly sorted the entry out. Best of luck to everyone who is running. Remember this is the whole of Essex, a strong county when it comes to female runners, so being a part of it is special and really where you finish is a second order concern.

We also have the South of England XC Champs at Parliament Hill. Our female contingent comprises Anna Mills; Gemma Colling and me (which is two greater than our male contingent). Please wish us luck on 26th of January as we tackle the mud parliament hill. Also that day is Luke’s fund-raiser trail run so I hope to return from London to see some fab photos of you ladies in the Essex country side!

Two final notes on XC:

  • the entry for National Champs must go in this weekend so please tell me by the end of Sunday 6th if you want to run! The National this year is being just outside of Leeds at Harewood House. The Senior race (aged 20 and above) is at 1:30 for the ladies and is 8k long. (aged 17, 18, 19 and want to run message me separately to get details). I will be running with the goal of cracking the top half of the field and maybe even pushing the top 500… I would love to not be alone!
    MEN: I will also do the entry for the men if any want to run. Your race is 12k and starts at 3pm. Let me know if you want to be entered.
  • Next NESS league fixture is on 13th January at Ipswich. I have heard a rumour that the course may be slightly shorter than usual so one to turn up at and really go for! As always parking is likely to be in short supply so please try to arrange car shares.

There doesn’t appear to be that much on in January (or I haven’t looked hard enough). Three things of note are the Benfleet 15 (possibly now sold out); the Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k at the same venue a week later and there are regular 5 and 10ks at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park throughout the month organised by RunThrough. These are all great venues so if you are looking for something to do, are worth a google.

I will once again advertise the Cracovia Marathon on 28th of April 2019. For those that missed out on London Marathon, and fancy a trip across Europe, speak to Mags and Tom! Our Polish ambassadors have 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).

Another repeat: reminder that the London Marathon coach that GBRC puts on is filling up so if you want a spot on it let Eric know asap!

Welcome welcome…

I am not sure I have the names of any new ladies in December (although sometimes I think people have joined before they have and vice versa). So on that note, if you are new please seek me out! Hopefully I will keep meeting my goal of one GBRC training session a week (illness has been impacting that recently) and so you will meet me eventually! I am also regularly at Colchester Castle parkrun, so you can see me there too.

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. This month I have three ladies to highlight:

  • First in my mind is Sandra James. Sandra has been running with the club for many years and is known to most of us as a friendly face with AMAZING baking skills! If I had to guess I would say that she has a preference for 5k as she is a regular at summer 5k events like Mickey Edwards and the Harwich 5k series. So, it was great to see Sandra participating in our 10-mile race against Harwich. Even though she expected to be last, Sandra’s determination was clear, and her time of 2 hours and 9 minutes was well inside what she had said she thought she’d achieve before the run. It really shows what you can do when you want to give something a go and set your mind to it. Well done Sandra, you are an inspiration.
  • Toni Wilson is also sparkling this month. A birthday meaning that she moves category has given her the opportunity to start to collect a new set of standards: and what a collection she is forming. With at least two Diamonds to her name this month she really is running well, particularly after a long period of not feeling particularly 100%. Well done Toni!
  • And with two CCPR personal bests this month and 8th in her category at the Essex Vets XC, let’s put our hands together for Fiona Gosling. Again someone who is willing to get stuck in and #keepinvolved Fiona is another embodiment of the GBRC spirit. Well done Fiona, and I hope those PBs keep coming!

Runner of the Month

This month’s Runner of the Month will be a surprise to no-one. She has been an absolute trooper all year and this month the reward for all that work has been bestowed upon her. Yes, now she proudly sports a yellow and blue vest and can call herself a full member of the 100 Marathon Club. Only GBRC’s second lady to join this exclusive group (hat-tip to Janine, our first), we must truly recognise what a magnificent achievement this is. Congratulations Gemma Colling, you are December’s runner of the month.