Relaying against the Wind and rain.

Essex Road and Open Relays

The main focus for a lot of Essex runners this weekend, was the annual Essex Relays event, once again run at Harwich seafront. Organised by ladies captain Meera Rajoo-Oakley, several blues travelled to run in this teamed event, with over 100 teams from the various clubs across Essextaking part. Against some strong competition, and in difficult conditions, there were some great performances from the blues. Some performances to note follow ; Marion Simmons, fresh from coaching and training us herself the night before, ran a brilliant 27;23 for a gold standard, and club championships spot. Eileen Shadford ran 22:36, club championships spot. Paul Davison ran 20:42 for a bronze standard. Chusa Batis recorded her fastest 5k this year, with 25:10. Now solidly blue Craig Mitchell ran a super quick 19:13 for a silver standard. James Royce, after a quick parkrun earlier, ran 20:46 for a bronze standard. Top mention goes to seeing a Great Bentley great, Michael Simmons, finally back running again after injury (and coaching the rest of us) with a very quick 20:49:95 for a bronze standard. Other standards achieved on the day were Mark Stevenson Bronze, Kathy Bishop Gold, Mike Deed Silver, Veronica Alexander, bronze , Sarah Davison Silver, Tricia Stacey Silver and Anna Young, with a bronze. For a full list of the results for the various teams and age categories please go to the Harwich Runners website ;

Scott Young enjoying the conditions at Harwich

Enigma Marathon.

Paul Blackwell ran 17 laps around a lake in a very wet and windy Milton Keynes, on the Friday, to complete yet another marathon, and earn yet another nice medal.

Paul’s Enigma Medal..

Oundle 20

On the Sunday, three blues travelled to take part in this 20 mile race, in the continuing windy weekend conditions. Running in her first 20 mile race, Nina Simmons ran an impressive 03:28;22. Meera Rajoo-Oakley ran her hips into the ground for 02:48:20. Eileen Shadford ran a fantastic 2:42:02 – unsurprising earning a club champs spot.

Eileen Shadford storming around Oundle

Meera and Nina at the finish at Oundle 20

Colchester Harriers 15 Mile and 7.5 mile .

Closer to home was the Colchester Harriers race, starting from Langham village Hall, going on a hilly (and wet) circuit through quite roads including Boxted Cross and Boxted village – two laps for the 15 mile which set off at 9am,with the one lap race starting at 09:30. Results for the 15 mile race ; Craig Warriner breezed to a time of 01:40:57 for 18th place.Paul Connell ran 01:43:31 (silver standard). Paul Davison ran 01:52:25 (bronze standard) . Andy Stephens, marathon training, ran 01:53:37. Peter Benton felt he had a bit of an off day, yet still ran the tough course in 01:57:36. Helen Carey (gold standard and club championships) and Sarah Davison (silver standard) ran together for 02:11:11. Anthea Colsell ran 02:16:25 -(with no annoying ankle issues) for bronze standard, Toni Wilson ran 02:18:04 (Diamond standard) , Anna Young ran a 15 mile PB in 02:21:36. Debs and Paul Hollidge (Paul suffering from a nuisance cold) ran together in 02:22:43. Photographer and cheerleader Eric Shaw’s club performance of the day went to Nicola Laverack, running her 1st 15 miler, in 02:39:51 , and who seemed to smile all the way round, nearly achieving a bronze standard. Barbara Hilder Law finished in 02:58:08.

In the 7.5 mile race, Leoni Harvey ran 01:12:10.

Brilliant Marathon training for Anthea Colsell

A super smile from Nikki Laverack at the finish of the 15 miler.

A motley crew.

Debs, Paul and Vicky turning on the style.

GO Beyond Mud and Mayhem 10k Canicross Race

John Booty finished as 3rd male at this human and doggie race, in a time of 44:32, despite a bad cold for John plus four poop stops for the dogs.

John’s lovely Eco friendly trophy

Saturday Park Run update

Magdalena and Tomasz were in Poland , visiting friends and family this weekend , and taking part in separate Parkruns ; Magdalena Komorowska ran the Poznan Parkrun in 23: 25, earning a club championships spot. Tomasz Komorowski ran at Parkrun Koszalin, in a time of 22:39.

Highwoods Park Run. Emma Wakeling beat her previous best time on the course, in mini Grizzly conditions with 27:31, for 4th female. Paul Connell (21:53) , Ben Ficken and Janice (21:53).

Colchester Castle Parkrun. Malcolm Jarvis first blue home in (21;44), Russell Clarke (22:04), James McCullagh (25:55), Stephanie Mills (26:53) and Jack Wicks (33;53).

Clacton Sea-Front .Fiona Gosling (28:14), Heather England (31:56), Jem Gibson (33:52),Peter Reeve (35:32), Rebecca England (41:53) , Dave Nugent (50:47).

Harwich Parkrun – for some a warm up for the relays later in the morning ; Emily Zethraeus , Ist lady and 5th overall (20:57) , James Royce (4th place in 20:45) Dave Jones (26:36), Leoni Harvey (27:35), Kevin James (28:38),Patrick Reynolds (28:38) Mark Crittenden, in one of his last runs in his beloved sketchers trainers, ran (29:44).Teresa Jones, coming back from injury, ran (36:20), Sandra James (39:04).

Kesgrave Park Run – Rob Dyer in (28:03).

Ipswich Parkrun – Cherie Hopkins in (41;56).

Greetings from Parkrun Poland

Junior Park run update
Colchester Junior parkrun : Brody Wakeling ran 12.49, a pb of 1 second and Laci Wakeling was 14.04, having run with her friend. Angel Jasper ran 09:42.