I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow everything down!

The optimist in me is grateful that at least we’re not under a foot of snow but the weather has still made for some very challenging conditions over the last week or so. Here follows a somewhat truncated report…

Jonathan Mann earned a new PB at Colchester Castle parkrun, finishing in 19:17. Not to be outdone, Danny Draper followed hot on his heels in 19:35, also earning himself a new PB! Next to finish was Paul Connell in 20:28, Richard Moor in 21:31, Malcolm Jarvis 22:18 and Anna Lyon in 25:42. Russell Clarke finished in 27:46, Jack Wicks in 29:15, Holly Colsell 29:18 and Fiona Gosling in 29:50.

At Raphael parkrun in Romford, Vicky Presland claimed herself a gold standard and a club champs place with a 22:06 finish – well done Vicky! Phil Presland wasn’t far behind, finishing in 22:49.

David Goldsmith was the first blue home at Clacton Seafront in 20:09 followed by Ray Baggs in 20:19, Patrick Reynolds 22:01, Scott Young 23:31 and Kevin James in 24:07. Alison Clarke crossed the line in 29:33, Laura Warren in 31:09 Heather England 32:52, Stewart Baggs 33:47 and Sandra James in 39:54.

Scott Young at Clacton Seafront parkrun

Helene Tyler and Bella ran their first run at Clare Castle and finished in 30:39.

At Harwich parkrun Stephen Walsh finished in 24:31 followed by Justine Sheekey, pacing Joe and the buggy, in 25:10.

Justine and Joe Sheekey at Harwich parkrun

Running his first Felixstowe parkrun, Daniel Whymark finished in 21:49. 

At Highwoods, Tim Ballard ran his first parkrun after being ill earlier this year and finished in 20:08. Next to finish was Robin Oakley in 21:35, Meera Rajoo-Oakley in 25:17 and Brian Telford, making his first visit to Highwoods, finished in 26:23. Kathy Bishop crossed the line in 26:26, Frank Gardiner in 27:38 (new PB!), Paul Hollidge 28:24 and Tom Komorowski in 28:24. Rob Dyer 28:25 and Yasmin Leek both earned new PB’s finishing in 28:25 and 41:09 respectively. Shawn Leek finished in 41:11 and Teresa Farmer in 47:31.

Rob Blackman ran his first run at Sloughbottom parkrun (which is in Norwich and nowhere near Slough!) and finished in 19:24.

Storm Ciara put pay to very many sporting events on Sunday with our various Junior parkruns being amongst the victims. Unperturbed by the weather however was Gemma Colling who took part in the Brecon to Cardiff ultra, finishing in 10:52:46. The start was delayed and the route diverted a few times due to flooding. Gemma hit the highest point of the route during a hail storm mixed with what she said felt like 60mph winds! To most of us this sounds like running hell, Gemma however said it was maybe her best adventure yet. Well done Gemma!

After such a quiet week, it would be nice to think that we could look forward to some calmer weather and a chance to get a few more miles under our belts. It would be nice to think that, but it looks like Storm Dennis has other ideas so wrap up warm and stay safe everyone!