Where on earth did January go?! And your naughty captain spent her Saturday morning having breakfast with a friend instead of at her laptop… thankfully it was Debs to the rescue! So HUGE thanks to Vice-Cappy Debs for this month’s newsletter.

Without further ado…

Hello ladies and welcome to your January newsletter – sorry it’s a bit late but although January was a long month pay day wise it appeared to go very quick to us!


Many of you travelled to Ipswich for XC at the beginning of the year – a revised route but still over 5 miles which caught a few of you out!  You came 3rd overall which is amazing which keeps us in 5th place with a few points to spare

January saw a bumper lot of GBRC blues taking part in the Benfleet 15.  A notoriously tough event that now rewards its runners with medals and t-shirts.  The weather was ideal which resulted in many a good time.

The same day 1 blue (of each sex) travelled to Folksworth (near Peterborough) for another 15 miler.  Described as having 3 hills that you have to do twice it proved another successful event due to the ideal weather.

The following week many of you sacrificed your Saturday parkrun in lieu of a charitable event helping Luke raise lots of money for his London Marathon cause.  There was a choice of 5 miles or 9 miles.  The 9 miler is a lovely route that some will have done previously however this time it was in reverse and lucky for us the farmer had been out to plough the muddy field for us!

Parliament Hill…..what can I say…..mud mud and more mud following a heavy days rain.  Well done to Meera and Anna for giving it a good crack

Looking forward:

Cross country x 2!  Yay – more mud!

We have Hadleigh (Suffolk) on the 10th Feb and Halstead on the 17th.  I have heard on the grapevine that a few “usual scorers” cannot make the last XC of the season due to half term so ladies this is your chance to shine and take all the credit for a big win.  We, as always, need as many people as possible to attend.  Even if you think you won’t score, you could still push another team’s scorer back so #getinvolved and remember – elbows out!

And don’t forget our Ladies XC end of season meal is on 16th March. If you think you will be able to attend (you don’t have to have ran any XC!) please let Meera know asap as the venue needs to be booked soonish. At the meal we will vote for our Ladies XC runner of the year!


Ladies, I just want to reiterate how important it is that should you get an injury – however big or small – that you seek assistance from a professional ASAP and not just to continue to run in the hope it will go away!  I have heard of people being injured and then seen an update on facebook that they have been out running the next day or seen them at training.  If you get an injury don’t be tempted to just try and out train it!!! Listen to your body and if you need to a rest day (or two) do it!!!

Runner of the month

Lastly but most importantly we come to January’s female runner of the month. This month we celebrate someone who has been back in form for a while. She has consistently led our ladies home at XC as well as smashing her personal best at Harwich  parkrun this month with a run of 20:26. Well done Emily Zethraeus, it’s been fab to have you back running with us this winter and super to see you back at your best!