A look back

The seasons are definitely changing, September saw some blistering heat and some exceptionally chilly winds – well done all who ran and managed to deal with whatever weather was thrown at them.

As is usual I shan’t repeat the race reports as they are so full of detail and interest it’s much better that you read them!

I will repeat all who have said well done to our ladies throughout September. Whether you are a someone who harbours that competitive streak or someone who is running for fun (or any other reason) I truly hope you have enjoyed your running during September and have felt that you have achieved.

A look ahead

October will bring challenges, one of which is the weather… remember to wrap up against the wind and, if you have one, to wear a light windproof layer which will help keep the cold off in the wind and rain. Wrapping up straight after runs so you don’t cool too quickly is probably advised as well.

As noted on our training page, please also remember to wear hi-viz. This is particularly important at evening training sessions, but to be honest with the dull weather having a bright top on during the day can help you to be that much more visible to other road users. Barbara has a stock of GBRC branded hi-viz should you want to buy some.

We have also been encouraging those who have them (for parkrun perhaps) to make a habit of wearing a wrist band with an In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact on it. Whilst at training this is probably less needed as there will be someone there to help you, when out on your own you never know what might happen and having a contact listed may prove to be useful.

You are all waiting for me to say it so here it is: Cross Country Season is about to begin!

The first league fixture is this month on October 20th at Halstead (note change of venue from previous). Halstead is what some might call “proper” cross country as it has fields of mud, trees, hills, big roots, etc etc … so if you haven’t tried it before I would highly recommend it.

Whether not XC is viewed through competitive eyes is up to the individual. Most will come and run for fun, and to see what they can achieve. It cannot be avoided however that the league is a competition and some thrive in that environment. For those runners, it is no secret that I am right there with you, and I hope you are getting the fire in your belly to come along and run your best. We have a super strong squad of ladies at the moment and I am looking forward to seeing what we can do out there this year!

At the AGM back in April I spoke about achievement: the definition of which being to complete something that requires courage; or skill; or effort. XC will require all three: for some the courage to turn up is something they may have thought would elude them forever; for others they may still be learning how to run XC without tripping over; for most getting around the courses will require a mammoth amount of effort. It must be recognised therefore that however fast you run, by crossing that start line, you have achieved. Everyone in the club will be proud of you.

Note that on 3rd November GBRC will (for the first time in many a year) be playing host to one of the XC league fixtures. This is a slight experiment and we are all hoping it goes well. A key to success is getting marshals and people to help with elements such as the carpark and I know many have already put their name forward to help out. Thank you to all that have and please be on the look-out for emails about this. MASSIVE thanks to Mel, Rodger and Scott on their organisation of this so far.

On a final XC note, later in the year and early next year the Essex XC, South of England XC and Nationals will be held. Essex XC has two events: one for vets (40+) only (30th November) and one for all ages (4th January). If you are enjoying the league fixtures and want more XC, I would encourage you to get these in your diaries. I will arrange entry nearer the time. South of England is once again at Parliament Hill on 25th of January and Nationals are on the 22 Feb in Nottingham.

23 October also brings the last in this year’s series of trail runs organised by Rodger. This is the night run and so you will need a headtorch alongside some nerves of steel as you may encounter Halloween ghouls! If you can click “going” on the facebook group, or tell Rodger some other way that you will be coming, that helps him know how many sheets to print so I encourage you to do that if you can.

Mags has closed the list for WIX 5; if you are not on it now, you will need to arrange and pay for your own entry at this point. This is the event that we usually take our annual club photo at (before the start so we are not all sweaty), so even if you are not running, if you are free please come along for that. Best of luck to all that are running. GBRC ladies have a good history at this event and I am sure this year will be no different.

On the training front, Coach Caroline has been putting the final touches to the training cycle for now until Xmas. That will go onto the website soon if it is not there already. As always, we are looking to put on sessions for everyone and there is a real variety on offer: 5k time trials; bootcamp; speed sessions, and longer runs. Take a look and see what takes your fancy. The sessions are designed to complement each other and work together, but even if you just pick and choose what you come to they will benefit you.

Looking towards the end of the year we will be holding our awards night. Please get your votes in to Mags for those awards that are voted for by the club – she has emailed about this with all the information you need.

On that note if you are not getting club emails that probably means something is going wrong … please contract membership secretary Nick Goodman to sort this out! It is usually a case of needing to adjust settings on your inbox to accept emails from the googlegroup email, he can help you there.

Finally I think there are some exciting road races this month: best of luck if you are out there racing!

Welcome welcome…

XC season usually means I get to meet more of our membership than at any other time of the year; so if I haven’t said hello yet, you have that to look forward to 😉. In the mean time I will use this newsletter to welcome Catherine who joined in August; I hope you are enjoying being part of GBRC so far.

What an inspiration!

Each month I hope to highlight some ladies that have personally inspired me for the dedication they put into their training, the fears or obstacles they overcome and their courage to take on new challenges. This month there were so many ladies however I have picked a few highlights:

  • To the team that took on the Azores: Kathy, Sarah, Hien and Eileen! Well done! Racing four days in a row is hard, and these races tested the spectrum: road, trail, speed, endurance, uphill, downhill, rain, heat … You ladies did us proud and if there had been a team prize you would have won it.
  • Claire Groves has been working hard recently and took on her debut marathon in stupendous style. Claire – you are an extremely talented runner who trains sensibly alongside working and looking after your family. You deserve to feel proud and it is with great pleasure that I read of your achievement at the New Forest. Kudos!
  • Justine Sheekey has broken the 22 minute barrier at Harwich parkrun. Super speedy, well done Justine! I know you have some amazing running in those legs and can’t wait to see what you get up to this month.

Runner of the Month

This month we celebrate a lady who likes to get muddy! This month she took on two lapped endurance races, the Langham 10k, smashed the Great East Run and more! This lady always has a kind word for everyone, is great at promoting lesser known races to the club, has a great laugh at training; and has also managed to rope her daughter into the GBRC clan over the past year. So in celebration of your dedication to running, your support of local races, and your Bentley spirit we put our hands together for you; Anna Young!


[hope you don’t mind; I saw this on facebook and couldn’t resist using it; it’s a fab photo!]