Men’s Newsletter – July

Firstly I would like to thank everyone who helped at the Friday 5, between us we put on another great race which seemed to be enjoyed by everyone.  I have had some feedback on what we could look to improve, so if you noticed anything that we could do better let me, Paul Hollidge or Tom Komoroswki know.

So July has gone past in a flash we have seen the Ekiden relays (thanks to Meera for sorting the teams out), some 24 hour racers, John Booty ran up another mountain as well as our Geoff Day race and many others. It was good to see Ryan back and running well and it was fitting that he should take the male trophy from the Geoff Day race.  I’d also like your thoughts on the change to the finish, the Micky Edwards series saw a number f near misses when crossing the road into the village hall, keeping the finish on the same side of the road did seem better but then again I wasn’t running.

I’m sure many of you have seen Eric’s Facebook updates on his illness and I would like to extend our best wishes to Eric, hopefully we’ll see him back up on his feet soon and running.  Its quite unbelievable that he managed to run a superb sub 1:50 half marathon just last year. Get well soon Eric!

Please note that Paul Carlisle is doing certificates for club standards (apparently using crayon!) so email him if you have achieved one at Our next club race is our 10 mile race where we dual it out with Harwich.  This year it’ll be on the 8th December so please put this date in your diary.  We’ve heard that this could be their club championship race over 10 miles so they will probably be out in force.  Our Christmas meal and club awards night will be on the 30th November.  Last year was an excellent affair, held in the village hall with the club doing the catering.  At £5 per person it’s a bargain and it is a great night, you may even bag an award!

To this months spotlight victim, mainly as I was too busy to line someone up (get your excuses in early!) I’ve taken the plunge to answer the questions myself so here goes:

Name: Scott Young

 Age: 50 – only happened in July but apparently the standards are coming back to me!

 Occupation: Project Manager

Started running: October 2007 – I did run before that but mainly around a football pitch which apparently doesn’t count

 Favourite running distance: 10k

 PB at this distance: 46:03 (damn those 3 seconds!)

Claim to fame: I’ve been involved with 2 events that are recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.  I was the marshall running with the male pushing a wheelchair when they set the record at our half a few years ago.  I was also part of the largest HIIT session that was done in Hyde Park in 2017.

Best running advice you ignored: Look up at the top when you are running up a hill…….I always stare at my feet willing them to go faster!

Celebrity you would like to have dinner with & why: Paul Weller…come on the Modfather…..and he could sing as well (I don’t want much for a fish and chip supper!)

Favourite cake: Carrot….or lemon drizzle……or Eccles…..I can’t say I’m really that bothered I’ll eat any cake!

Runner of the month has been a tough one again, we have seen some great performances again…..Paul Connell has come back from injury and is running as consistently as ever bagging standards are his new age group, John Booty ran 55k including going up a mountain with 5,000 foot of ascent in an incredible time of 7 and half hours. David Wright bagged second place at the inaugural West Bergholt 5 mile, John Bush ran another 24 hour solo race at the Spitfire Scramble and Rich Moor continues to set some great consistent times.  Gary Hill started the Harwich 5 series with a 5k time of around 26 minutes, like our Micky Edwards series the idea is to get faster as the series progresses with points awarded in this series for your finishing position.  Going into the last race Gary was looking at breaking 25 minutes stripping around 15 – 20 seconds off his 5k times as the series progressed which is perfect handicap running.  Gary’s focus was a top 5 finish in the overall table going into the last race which unfortunately was a wind affected race that put paid to any chance of running a quick time – Gary ended up with an overall 7th place finish which is a great achievement.  On top of this Gary ran an excellent Friday 5 on home soil around our course finishing in a strong 43.35 – well done to our runner of the month Gary Hill.

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