Every picture tells a story, don’t it ?

It was the latest round in the NESS XC league on Sunday, with Harwich runners hosting a new course, at Ardleigh (the same site as the Car Boot for those in the know).

Despite the wind and overnight rain, there was a fantastic turnout of 49 blues tackling the course. The aim to secure the Club’s place in pool A.

The women finished in 3rd place, the men were fourth, so a combined 4th place . With just one race of the season left, we cannot be caught, so well done everyone for ensuring we stay in pool A for next season.

Attendees are listed below

Full results for the race , and the season so far can be seen at the link http://www.nessxc.org.

The last race is at Hadleigh on Sunday March 8th. Like Harwich, this will be another new course, but at the usual base location for those who have ran Hadleigh before. Whilst we know we are safe, it would be good to end the season on a high, and Hadleigh is usually a great race. Free cake and coffee as well, and a hill challenge – what’s not to love ?

The Bentley XC stalwart Mark Jasper flying across the mud
Our juniors enjoyed the last day of half term !
Rear Admiral Captain Scott (Young at 30) too quick for the camera
Joint Chairman Paul leading the blue way
The guy from Witham looks a lot happier than the Blues of Anthea Colsell and Mark Harris ?
Dancing through the mud

Tarpley 10 or 20 mile ;

This annual race in Suffolk , hosted by St Edmund Pacers, was also on Sunday. Unsurprisingly, there were challenging conditions in Suffolk too. Runners were buffeted by strong winds during the undulating 20-mile rural route, in West Suffolk, with competitors in the supporting 10-mile event enduring the same testing conditions. The last three miles into a head-wind were especially brutal.

Club legend John Bush took on the 10 mile event. John finished in 2:01:31, which was his slowest Tarpley 10, but was glad to get round in the conditions.

Club heroines Emma-Levett Welham, Magdalena Komorowska, Leoni Harvey and Anna Young chose the longer 20 mile option. Emma, in marathon training, battled the elements and deceptively tough course to finish in 3.59.30. Leoni also had an epic battle with the wind and rain, almost precisely hitting her pre-race target of 3:30 with 3:29:43. Magdalena Komorowska, with typical character building, got over energy problems at mile 17, the hill at mile 18, the headwind, but inspired by husband Tom running towards her, at mile 19, finished with a course PB by 2 min 47 sec , in (2:55:38). Anna Young finished in 03:25:50.

Even the front runners found the race very tough, so well done all blues, fantastic achievement

Magdalena, Anna, Emma and Leoni making the local paper at Tarpley
Mags and Anna post Tarpley 20, presenting their well earned long sleeved shirts.

Saturday Park Run Update.

Corby Parkrun

Helene Tyler was touring on Saturday, (and loving the wind !) at Corby to finish in 32:17, for 3rd in age category . Unfortunately, Helene’s car broke down so had to be towed home (to ensure she was able to run XC on the Sunday !).

Highwoods Parkrun.

The Winter course does not have the muddy hills, but is still very challenging. Dave Jones got in a good workout ready for Sunday’s XC with 29:08. Paul Davison was first Blue home in his first run on the winter course route, with 21:39 and fifth place. Paul decided that the winter course isn’t any easier… (so head there blues if you want a 9am Saturday challenge) . Colin Farmer was volunteer tail walker in 52:38, Malcolm Jarvis 23:00, Paul Hollidge 25:35, Tomasz Komorowski 25:36, Sam Beardswell in a PB of 26:44.

Harwich parkrun.

The mysterious Carry on Running continued to be mysterious , taking on this Parkrun for the first time, and running 24.08mins. Likewise, Iggy Runner was first time at Harwich Parkrun today, and was very happy clocking a fastest time of the year in 32: 34.

Clacton on Sea parkrun.

Results were ; Kevin James 24:40, Sandra James 42:38, Patrick Reynolds 29:38, Claire Reynolds 31:29, 29:38, Catherine OTT 30:22, Brian Telford 35:11.

Colchester Castle Parkrun.

Results were ;Tim Ballard warming up for XC in 20:27, Paul Connell. 20:34, Scott Young 25:22, Robin Oakley warming up as Tim, 25:22, Lee Clarkson, running with Captain Scott and having a nice chat (25:22), and Teresa Farmer (Tailwalker) in 01:01:00