This weekend was dominated by 25kg of Apple crumble at captain Luke’s trail run. A you may know Luke is running the London Marathon on behalf of charity Sense and this is the first money raiser that he is holding. It was a great success with £1,000 raised from 85 runners taking on 4 different mileages 5, 9, 14 and 18 and consuming copious amounts of crumble at the end. Well done to all that ran (I was hoping to myself but life interfered!) and congratulations to Luke for putting on a great event.
Winners of the various distances were Ben Ficken and Janice who completed 5
miles in 44 minutes, Graham Semple who did 9 in 92 minutes, Paul Connell and Tim Ballard who won the Team 14 in 135 minutes and Pete Jones who did the Crumble 18 in 163 minutes. It seems a shame that most of you took voluntary detours on the course which are not always recommended!
[A few faces from Luke’s trail run]
Now up in the city at Parliament Hill the South of England cross country championships were being run. If you’ve not had the pleasure of running at Parliament Hill then I recommend you do it, it is a challenge but a great run. So well done to our 3 runners Adam Smith representing the men had a strong top half finish of 499th out of 1100 runners in 59:57 for the 15k course. Meera Rajoo-Oakley and Anna Mills represented the ladies finishing 393rd (39:24) and 462nd (41:08) respectively over the senior women’s 8k course.
[Our Parliament Hill runners]
Anna Young ran the Hadleigh Legacy 10k on Saturday finishing the challenging hilly course, which is run over the Olympic mountain bike course, in 1:07:40.
Parkrun saw reduced numbers of runners this Saturday with Clacton being the most popular. Ray Baggs (20:59), Scott Young (22:42), Kevin James (24:32), Alison Clarke (30:29), Heather England (30:47), Sandra James (36:40) and the double buggy pushing Claire Reynolds (46:06). Colchester Castle has only 4 runners this week Malcolm Jarvis (21:37), Rich Moor (22:13), Russell Clarke (24:50) and James McCullough (30:52).
Harwich saw new member Rob Ferguson post a 2nd place finish in an impressive 19:29, Charlie Keitch (21:22), Emily Zethraeus (22:55) was second lady and Cherie Hipkins (29:53). Kesgrave and Mersea saw one blue shirt a piece Rob Dyer (22:46) made the trip to Suffolk whilst Andy Stephens (21:49) ran the coastal country park.
It’s our half marathon next weekend so looking forward to seeing most of you there.