Our Vets lead the way, and some impressive Parkrun stats !

The end of the wet November turned colder, and icy, but there was still plenty of activity for the blues last week, even with the added dynamic of the annual awards event on Saturday to organise and enjoy.

Saxons, Vikings and Norman Challenge Event.

First up during the week, was Leoni Harvey, who travelled to Kent to take part in her first SVN event ; the Hugin Challenge. The Hugin is a Viking Ship, however, unfortunately due to a last minute course change, due to pesky sewage and pot holes, the course was changed so there was no Hugin ! Leoni , aimed for 16 miles, and ended up with 17.5 miles, in 3 hours 20 minutes. Well done Leoni, the super medal was a consolation for not actually having sight of the Hugin .

Leoni Harvey’s lovely “Hugin” medal

Gemma Colling was also in Kent, taking part in her (unbelievable – I struggled with one!) 150th marathon on a dry but windy Kent coast. This was Gemma’s season ending marathon ,and will now take a few weeks off marathon’s (Gemma’s weeks will probably end at two or three).

Essex Veterans Cross Country race at Writtle.

There was an impressive club turnout of our veterans (over 40s) at this XC race at Writtle, near Chelmsford.

Oh to be a VET – Sunny day out at Essex Vets XC

For the ladies,Vicky Presland finished as first blue in 24th place with a time of 41:08,Tricia Stacey ran 46:55, Fiona Gosling 48:45, Teresa Farmer 58:01, Teresa Jones 01:00:14,

In the over 40s Men’s race -.Charlie Keitch was first blue home in 39th overall with 35:35. Craig Mitchell was close behind in 36:24, place with Martin Steinwand was 58th, in 38:18, Ben Myhill 40:05. Phil Presland had a lie down mid lake and caught some rays to run 42:36.

Phil Presland deciding that the slope was a good place for a lie

In the over 50’s men’s race – Michael Simmons, having a great few weeks of running recently, was in 41st place with a time of 37:31. Peter Benton ran in 38:18, Colin Farmer 39:29, just ahead of Mark Stevenson in 39:38. Dave Jones ran in 52:14 and enjoyed the great workout.

Full results of the race by following this link ;


Saturday Park Run update.

Harwich Park run saw some great performances. Chusa Basis, helpfully paced along by a very visible yellow topped Lee Clarkson, ran in her 99th Parkrun to a PB finishing time of 22:53! This put Chusa in the new year just started annual club championships, and was also a gold standard ! Bravo Chusa, and thanks to that bright chap Lee, who ran the same time (almost! – 22:52).

Also speeding round the Harwich seafront course was the ever increasing speed of Justine Sheekey ; Justine was First Lady home, and 9th overall, in a PB time of 21:18, also grabbing one of those early Club Champs spots.

Highwoods Park run.

Continuing the first finishing theme, Magdalena Komorowska was 1st lady home, in a time of 25:22, which was also Mag’s second best time on the hilly course. Tomasz Komorowski was next in 26:20, with Scott Young (26:36),Leoni Harvey (30:37) and Paul Hollidge (running with Dog Tillie (32:51) all having fun on the course.

Mags feeling good at Highwoods park run

Scott , Tomasz, Paul and Tillie at a chilly Highwoods

York Parkrun.

Rich Moor whizzed to a gold standard at this course,in a superb time of of 20:19, Rich’s first time under 21 minutes for a while ; even sweeter as the course was 5:07k !

Clacton Seafront Parkrun.

The cold and icy conditions at Clacton did nothing to deter the resolute blues from getting up early on Saturday morning and running, with a large turnout of runners. Continuing the 1st finisher theme was Jason Cook, with a time of 20:04 (Jason has become a pretty regular first place finisher at this course). Davina Swindell ,with faithful pooch Charlie, were on course for a PB , until Charlie detoured to run on the beach on the last lap (much more comfortable than that concrete Charlie !) Nevertheless, Davina and Charlie were close to their PB with an impressive 26:04. Emma Levett-Welham ran a parkrun sandwich of 10 miles with Zoe Reynolds – both finished with the same time (35:18).Dave Goldsmith was 4th in (21;19)m Ray Baggs (21:44), Patrick Reynolds (23:06), Brian Telford (25:36), Alison Clarke (29:12), Catherine OTT (29:30),Laura Warren (32:36), Stewart Baggs (33:33), Sam Beardswell (39:22),Dave Nugent (43:07).

Colchester Castle Parkrun.

Dave Wright continued his fine and consistent form with 6th place in a time of 19:07.Danny Draper has also been in great form around this hilly 5k course, and ran 20:05 for 14th place. Duncan Scott ran in 22:00, Meera Rajoo-Oakley was 3rd female in 23:06 , just ahead of Russell Clarke in 23:10.

Sunday – Junior Parkrun.

At Colchester Junior run, Angel Jasper had yet another great 2k race, with a time of 08:39, for FIRST female, and 3rd place overall.

A chilly day at Clacton saw Laci Wakeling run a course PB time of 13:15, and Brody Wakeling finishing in 14:51.

Well done Blues , you have done yourselves and the club proud once more