Whatever you do, don’t mention the heat…

The weekend started for many at a very warm (hot even!) Ipswich Twilight 10k. Starting at the town’s football club, a new course took runners up into the town before returning them back to the football ground to finish. Despite the weather, you all recorded some great times with Tim Ballard the first Bentley finisher at 38:25, followed by Paul Connell at 40:40 (these are chip times here folks by the way). Mags Komorowska grabbed a new Twilight PB at 47:59, pipping Tomasz to the finish by 3 seconds with Tom finishing in 48:02 – well done Mags! Anthea Colsell bagged herself a new 10k PB finishing in 49:15 – fantastic running Anthea! Gemma Camp finished in 50:48 followed by Frank Gardiner in 55:27.

John Bush feeling the heat!

Alison Clarke crossed the line in 1:02:50, coming 2nd in her age category – congratulations Alison! Next up were Belinda Palmer-Barnes in 1:08:37 and John Bush in 1:09:50. Fantastic running by all in quite challenging conditions!

Looking rather pleased with their medals from the Twilight 10k!

Saturday morning saw the Blues represented at 7 different parkruns, near and far. Closest to home (assuming of course you live in Colchester!) at Colchester Castle saw Charlie Keitch the first Blue home in 20:18, followed by Meera Rajoo-Oakley in 24:30, Russell Clarke in 26:07 and Anna Mills in 26:45. The next 4 minutes saw a flurry of Blues over the line with Emma Wakeling finishing in 27:29, Scott Young (running his 200th parkrun!) in 28:42, Tom Komorowski 28:42, Paul Connell 28:43, Claudia Keitch 28:54, Debs Hollidge 28:56 and Caroline Searle in 31:04

Crossing over Cowdray Avenue and up the hill a bit (yes, that hill!) at a very slippery Highwoods were Paul Davison, finishing in 21:21, Rob Ferguson 21:39 and Colin Farmer 23:39. Definitely something in the air today here as all 3 scored new PB’s! Fantastic!

Heading over to not so sunny Clacton were Ray Baggs, coming home in 20:48 followed by Kevin James in 24:00, Brian Telford 25:11 and Andy Fuller in 28:25, gaining a new PB at the same time! Alison Clarke finished in 30:56, Heather England 32:13, Stewart Baggs 34:12 and Sandra James in 38:56. Well done all!

Justine Sheekey finished 1st female at Harwich in 22:55 and grabbed a new PB to boot! Congratulations Justine! Also at Harwich were Richard Moor 21:42, Stephen Walsh 24:07, Dave Jones 29:50 and Teresa Jones 29:58. Well done all!

The first of our tourists appeared at Black Park, Slough (no David Brent jokes please!) in the guise of the Presland Family. Although more green than Blue, congratulations must go to Milly, finishing 1st female in 19:47. First Blue home was Vicky in 22:21 followed by Phil in 23:56. To quote Phil, “It’s a belter!” – no finer accolade I’m sure!

A posse of parkrunning Preslands!

Venturing further south to Upton House in Poole, Dorset were Chusa Bautista, finishing in 25:52 and Lee Clarkson in 39:30.

Tourist of the week however goes to Andy Stephens who ran a 26:51 at Crissy Field which is in some place called San Francisco apparently!

Not content with just running, Michael Simmons decided to take on the London Triathlon, finishing in 2:43:51 – well done Michael (although I’m not sure what’s happening in the top photo!).

A massive well done has to go to Gemma Colling for completing the Lakeland50 in 16:28. 9000 feet of elevation over 50 miles in almost constant rain is an awesome achievement! Gemma is quite rightly ‘chuffed to bits’ over this, a ‘fantastic event’ she says!

Sunday morning is of course the turn of the juniors. Angel Jasper finished first female at Colchester in 8:39 followed by Rodger Ferguson in 14:32. Both of you earning new PB’s in the process – well done! Angel’s time this week also ranking her 5th fastest ever female in her age group for Colchester Junior parkrun – a fantastic achievement Angel!

Clacton Junior parkrun saw Brody Wakeling finish in 12:18, Poppy Welham in 15:59, Albie Welham 16:08 (new PB!) and Laci Wakeling in 21:19. Great running all of you!

Last week was a challenging time for all of us with some incredibly hot weather. It’s cooling down a little now so we can all enjoy a little respite and some more comfortable runs! Well done all! Until next time…