Mens Newsletter June 2019

Hello everyone,

I have failed again on getting the monthly newsletter out on time!  Hey ho this captaincy lark takes more planning than it looks but better late than never.  Its got properly hot recently but that hasn’t stopped some great performances from you all across a whole variety of distances – so well done everyone. As it gets hotter you need to make sure that you stay hydrated and that takes some thought before, during and after a race or a training run.

You would have all seen Meera’s emails about Ekiden and now she has organised the teams and these are out to you all.  If you haven’t seen her email on this it is there so please check your email and junk folders (if its in your junk please mark the emails as not junk so that they are delivered into your inbox in the future).  Meera has allocated the captains of the teams so please keep an eye out for their contact so that you can get all your runners and their running order confirmed.  This is a great club event and I look forward to seeing you there.

The Mickey Edwards series has now finished, this was a really well organised run which seemed to go seamlessly.  Well done and thanks to Luke for organising everything it seems seamless but I know that there is a lot of work that goes on that people don’t see.  Race 3 of the trail races also took place in Capel Suffolk.  Another great event by all accounts (I unfortunately missed this one) so thanks to Rodger, Eric, Sue and plenty of others for getting these runs on a so well organised.  Race 4 is on the 18th August at a location to be confirmed so keep your eyes peeled for information on that.

Our next club event is the Geoff Day race on the 10th July.  We are hoping to trial a new course for this as some parts of the current 5k route are a little bit hairy, hopefully, we’ll get this done in time for this race.  Mags has emailed you all regarding the race and the need for food and more importantly marshalls.  It would be nice to think that those who ran the Friday 5 would volunteer as marshalls for the Geoff Day – 14 marshalls would just about do it – just a thought……As for food I think it was surnames A-L as savoury and M-Z as sweet.  Please come along it’s a good event and a great chance to have a crack at a flat 5k for a potential PB.

So this months “victim” for the questions or as Paul likes to call it “male member in the spotlight” (!) – is Tom Komorowski:

Name: Tomasz Komorowski
Age: 37
Occupation: Project Manager
Started running: October 2016
Favourite running distance: Cross Country 5 Miles
PB at this distance: Best position 113 at Gosfield XC
Claim to fame: A thumbnail picture of me in the mud on the event photo section for Colchester 2018 PARAS’ 10
Best running advice you ignored: To gradually increase speed and distance in order to prevent injury.
Celebrity you would like to have dinner with & why: Brian Cox as the Universe fascinates me and I would have many questions for him.
Favourite cake: Any cake as long as it’s not too sweet 🙂


Runner of the month has again presented us with lots of people to consider, you obviously ignored my request to spread your performances out over 12 months……This month has seen Tim “the machine” Ballard complete a blisteringly hot Stour Valley Marathon in 3:52 and then follow this up with 100 miles at the Suffolk Trail Festival as a solo runner.  Paul Davison also had a great Stour Valley Marathon and Suffolk Trail Festival where he did 75 miles again as a solo runner (and not feeling “the best” so I wonder what he could do if he was?) as well as a silver standard at the Southend half.  David Wright came 8th at Boxted 10k and then 3rd at the more recent Nayland 10k.  Rob Ferguson ran a PB over at the Harwich 5k series which he has been building up to for quite some time too.  Our own VC Paul Hollidge completed his Race to the Tower 50 (ish) mile challenge which was the culmination of months of training.  There are plenty of other brilliant performances from you all too which are all captured in the excellent weekly race reports so well done everyone.

When push came to shove though myself and Paul agreed that there was a consistent runner putting in fine performances throughout the month.  This included 3 sub 20 minute 5k’s in a week, a silver at the Framlingham 5 miles, 20th position on the Run the Res race in 1:16 and 5th place in the Suffolk Trail Festival 10k in 45:55; all that and he has just turned 50 too! The clincher was completing a drunken parkrun in Dublin as part of his birthday celebrations – well done to June’s runner of the month Paul Connell.