***First of, apologies I’m so behind on my to-do list and am late with this months newsletter! Some of the below is a bit out of date now, whoops!**

A look back

As always I won’t repeat the race reports as they are wonderfully detailed and are a fabulous record of everyone’s achievements.
October saw the last in Rodger’s trail series for 2019, so I will say well done to all who competed in that series this year.
October also saw the start of Craig’s bootcamp on a Wednesday night, XC with the first race at Halstead and or course saw the club’s annual outing at Wix!
It felt like a very busy month!!
On the committee side, as well as the XC, prep for our half and awards night, we have also been working away on forming the new standards following the survey results. We hope to have these ready for implementation soon and thank you all for your feedback on the survey and for understanding that this task takes time.

A look ahead

Looking forward into November we start with our XC at hilly fields. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help out there, please refer to emails for information about where you need to be and when.
For the rest of November we don’t have anymore XC but I will promote Sunday morning runs instead! The rest of the month’s Sundays will be led by me and will be off-road routes that, hopefully, help improve fitness as well as being social and fun. They might not be for everyone but do please come along and give Sunday a try!
Don’t forget that you have only a few days left to vote for awards night. Please submit your votes to mags if you have yet to do so!
Also don’t forget to tell Mags if you’re coming to awards night! We need to know numbers to ensure enough, but not excessive, food. The night will be a bring-you-own bottle night as well so make sure to get down to the shops and pick your poison!
I will also be doing the entry for the Essex Vets XC in a couple of weeks time. The race itself is on Saturday 30th November (the day of awards night!) and it is open to any runner aged 40 or over on 1/12/19. The course is at Writtle college and both men and women will run 8k. Let me know if interested and I will put you on the list. We already have most of a super-vets male team and most of a ladies team so if you want to bolster the ranks, do step forward!

Welcome welcome…

I have an update from Nick that we have has two new members in October, but I’ve not written down their names (sorry!). So to our new members welcome! I hope you enjoy running with the club and I look forward to meeting you in person soon.

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:

  • Vicky and Debs for their mammoth swim-run! A new challenge to many at the club, swim-run involves a bit of running, transition into the water for a bit of swimming, out again for more running, in again for a swim, out again, in again… you get the drift! Although there was no drifting along for these two who I believe won the “unassisted” pair category (paddles or pull buoys and no tether between them to ensure they stayed the legal distance from each other)! The ladies were out on course for about 8 hours swimming 4 miles in total and running 24!
  • Eileen is on my list AGAIN (does this lady ever rest?) with a stupendous run at Snowdonia marathon. Knocking a couple of minutes off of her time from last year and now the proud owner of a pair of coasters, Eileen has once again made the whole club proud. Well done Eileen!
  • Sarah Davison also ran a marathon this month and finally broke the 4 hour barrier with a time of 3:53:00. There have been times when Sarah has said to be she wasn’t sure she could get it right, but a relaxed approach and an ever increasing stock of experience to draw from has meant that she has finally had the marathon she deserves and can perhaps start to look at loftier goals. Congratulations Sarah, a deserved PB after that hard work.
Runner of the month this month is one of our newer members. She has been improving throughout summer and has really started to reach the potential that her summer 5ks hinted at. With personal best runs at 5k, 10k and 5 miles this month, as well as a top 15 finish at her first ever XC, I think she very much deserves our applause.
A fabulous addition to the GBRC family I look forward to seeing what winter training will bring for her.
Congratulations Justine Sheekey, you are October’s runner of the month.