A bit of a Gale force

Last week was a bit quiet on the race front, and the gale force winds cancelled a few events that were scheduled over the weekend.

Stour Valley path 50km trail run.

Peter Benton and Helen Carey took part in this event on the Saturday,along the beautiful and scenic Stour Valley path, a landscape made famous by the painters Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable. It was a great but challenging event, with varying terrain. Peter (for once 😂.) was REALLY happy to finish in 6:08, for 56th place, which was excellent considering Peter had only been doing low mileage training. Running partner Helen Carey was equally awesome according to Peter.

Peter about to enjoy a 50km trail run !

Sue Wright and Barbara Law completed a 13.7 mile Mid Essex Casuals’ Trail on the Saturday, taking in beautiful scenery in the event which started near Colne Engaine.  

Essex Cross Country 10k.

Frank Gardiner and Magdalena Komorowska ran this 10k race on Saturday . This is a part of the Essex summer XC series. This race took Mags and Frank to south Essex, at Hadleigh Park, Benfleet. Apparently parts of the route are the same as the famous Benfleet 15 race. Mags said it was very well organised, scenic and challenging, and really loved it, and an event for othe blues to keep an eye out for next year. Frank went with a comfortable pace, running the whole course and he finished in 1:00:04. Magdalena finished the hilly course in a brilliant 54:25 which involved power walking up the hills towards the end ; This was 5th in age category in a field of 74 ladies and 209 runners in total.

Frank and a chuffed to bits Mags with medals from the 10k XC race

Park Run Update.

Highwoods Parkrun

There was a good turnout at this course on Saturday, perhaps helped by the organisers saying it was a sheltered course , so potentially a day for a PB. The first hill never seems too sheltered to me, however the good turnout of Blues seemed to not worry about this. David Wright ran (19:36) for a superb second place. Vicky Presland, who with Debs Hollidge has a swimrun challenge in the Lake District in 8 weeks time, which the winners usually take 7 hours to complete, decided to up the training, so (after by default having to take part in the previous nights training relay ) ran to the parkrun, ran (22:57) at the Parkrun, which was 2nd Female , and a course PB, then ran back home and later swam 100 lengths in a pool!

Vicky storming through Highwoods

There were several blues who were first timers this weekend at this brilliant course ; Justine Sheekey was fourth lady on her debut, in (23;42) , enjoying the “Hills for days, and upwards training” . Dave Jones , with the residual of 7 pints inside him from the night before, still thought it was a great course, and ran in (30:17). Emma Levett-Welham found it hilly and challenging, but loved it, ran in (31:36). Evie Foster in (31:56) and Teresa Jones  in (35:44). Highwoods Parkrun “regulars ” Tomasz Komorowski ran in (26:19) ,with Debs Hollidge in (29:20).

Emma Levett-Welham loving the Highwoods parkrun experience

Teresa Jones with a thumbs up to Highwoods Parkrun downhill bit

Parkrun regular Debs Hollidge in the mix of it at Highwoods

Close by, at Colchester Castle Parkrun, Charlie Keitch, without really racing, finished as first blue, in 18th place , with a time of (20:07), so continued progress on comeback from injury. Next blue was Duncan Scott in (21:41) ,followed by Scott Young in (26:16) Stephanie Mills in (26:57) Claudia Keitch  in (27:49) Russell Clarke in (30:15).

Harwich; The windswept prom meant a slightly different route on the Prom ; Kevin James  ran in (25:00), Stephen Walsh in (25:06) Anna Young  in (31:06) and Sandra James  in (41:10).

Maldon Prom Parkrun saw Paul Connell run (20:27).

Ipswich Parkrun saw Rob Dyer run (29:30).

The holidaying Anthea Colsell ran a Beach run in Torre del Mar in (26:46), although 28°at 8.30 am was a bit much apparently even for Anthea !

Junior Parkrun,

Some junior parkrun tourism for the Wakeling family on Sunday, up at Gorleston. The run is 1 lap out and back along prom. Mum Emma ran with Laci, who had asked for encouragement to push along …which worked as Laci ran a Parkrun PB by 6 seconds in a time of 11:51. Brody piped Lacy to the post in a time of 11.49.

Meantime, at Colchester Junior Parkrun, Angel Jasper ran her 86th Junior Park run, in a time of (09:20) for 5th placed female, and Rodger Ferguson ran a time of (19:22).

That’s all folks .. Keep up the good work, and stay safe. Enjoy the GBRC trail run on Sunday, those who are taking part; unfortunately I am on holiday so will miss it, but will be thinking of you all !