A look back

It was the month of festivity! December saw our ladies running in Santa Runs across the country; a Santa Shuffle; a Festive Forest challenge; A Raynedeer challenge; Christmas 10k; the Elves 11; the Winter Wobble; the 5 Gold Rings trail; Christmas day parkruns; and traditional Boxing day races: the runners v riders and the Witham Boxing Day 5.

Well done ladies! That is quite a showing over the festive period when, lets be honest we are all really busy getting ready for the big day and visiting loved ones.

Speaking of parkruns, as a club our ladies are becoming a formidable force at the front of the field. Whilst we are regularly the club with the most participants at local parkruns, which in itself is a great statistic, I think this month we have seen the most ever first finishes recorded by our ladies! Great determination shown by our members in getting these achievements, well done.

And, of course, we started the month with the GBRC vs HRR 10 miler. Once again GBRC reigned victorious and the day saw loads of PB runs and standards achieved. All in all a great success and I think this fixture has proven its value and will be here to stay on our race calendar. Thanks to all who helped out (marshalling, kitchen, timing, etc etc) on the day – it makes such a massive difference to know we have a membership we can rely on to pitch in.

A look ahead

Happy New Year! When I was a child I thought 2020 was a year waaaaay in the future, when robots would rule the world. Turns out I was wrong and here we are, no real robots except those fancy vacuum cleaner ones… never mind though because we have an action packed January to look forward to.

For those that like road racing – On Sunday 26th we get to meet Paul Evans for our first of three coaching sessions. This will focus on 10k racing getting us ready for races such as the Colchester 10k or Little Bromley 10k in Spring. The session on 26th will be at Arlesford Village Hall; please let Caroline know if you will be attending.

For XC lovers – the NESS league returns on January 12th at Springfield (Writtle College) so brush those XC shoes off after a month off. And if you haven’t tried XC before, come along and give it a go, it’s great fun (if a little messy!).

Also on the XC note, I am now taking entries for the National XC Championships in Nottingham on 22 Feb. If you wish to run in this national event please email me by 7th January. You should have received an email from Mags with more information by the time you read this.

And for those who like to volunteer – do let Scott know if you are available to help out at the GBRC half marathon on 2 February. We need loads of helpers to ensure that the race lives up to its reputation so please please try to free yourselves up and come help marshal if you can.

And finally, to anyone racing this month: BEST OF LUCK!!

Welcome welcome…

As always, welcome to new members who joined over the past month. Unfortunately I am not able to make in-the-week training at the moment, however I am around on most Sundays so do say hello if you are coming to Sunday training.

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 I have two ladies I raise my glass to:

  • Claudia Keitch – recently having clocked 150 parkruns, Claudia is one of those quiet runners; getting the job done with minimum fuss. She has once again started the XC season well having bagged her “I ran them all” medal for the 2018/2019 season and I wish her the best of luck for the rest of the season.
  • Angel Jasper – one of the smallest in our “ladies” squad, Angel is becoming a formidable competitor. One of the ladies who achieved a parkrun first finish she has also hit her 100 runs milestone. Another runner with a huge enthusiasm for XC, I can’t wait to see what she achieves this year coming. Well done Angel.

Runner of the Month

Last month she was one of my inspirational ladies following some amazing off-road performances. This month she smashed out an incredible 10 miles on the road, finishing in 59th place at our inter-club race in a time of 92 minutes. Someone who is willing to try new things, trains diligently towards goals and is always a pleasure to chat to after a race or training, this month we celebrate Fiona Gosling.

Well done Fiona! Keep on running…