Men’s newsletter – February

We’ve moved on into February and even with it being a leap year the 29 days seem to have shot past.  We started this month with our half marathon which seemed to go really well again so well done everyone it was a great event for which we got a lot of positive feedback.  Our runners also did a sterling effort in the race in what were very windy conditions on the day – everyone commented how hard the last mile back onto Great Bentley green were, it must have been like running in a wind tunnel!

Hopefully, you would have seen my email about the mens winter meal which will be on the 20th March a Friday evening at the Ashiana restaurant in Colchester, as usual we will have our vote on the evening for the men’s cross country runner of the year, so 2 things please, let me know if you are coming along by the 6th March and secondly get your thinking caps on for who will get your vote.  Talking of cross country after the postponement of the Colchester Abbey fields run it was good to get back out for the Harwich run at their new location over at Ardleigh. I thought that this was a great route with a bit of everything for you to enjoy, it’s a pity that the weather blew away the markings for the course as this meant that we ran only 4 rather than 5 miles (although the way I felt that day I was glad it stopped at 4).  Having seen the amount of effort required from a lot of people to hold our cross country race I must tip my hat to Harwich who organised and put on a great event at short notice after they had to cancel their run earlier in the season at their usual location.  There is one more race to go and that is a Hadleigh, again this is another tough course and is on the 8th March, details of the race have been emailed around and are on the website so please have a look out for them.

The first of what are known as Rodgers trails runs start in March with a 5 mile route around Mistley on Sunday the 22nd, there is an additional bonus this year of a “I trailed them all” t-shirt for any of you who complete the set of 5.  The usual rules apply, points allocated from 100 points for the fastest time, 99 for second etc with your combined total from 4 of the 5 races counting towards the overall competition.  If you haven’t done these before I would highly recommend giving them a go, many run with others usually in groups so you get a nice social run and get to see areas of our great countrywide that you may not be aware of (I’ve certainly been surprised by my own ignorance (many of you probably won’t be though!)of what is around us.  Check our website for the dates, locations and distances of the remaining races that run throughout the summer.

Our AGM is coming up on the 1st April and again I hope you have seen Mags’ email about this – we will be having our usual training first and will then settle into the AGM.  If you are interested in becoming more involved at the club you can put your name forward for any of the roles at the club, including those of men’s captain and vice captain, then please let Mags know.  Both Paul and I are happy to stay in the roles at least for the coming year but will be more than happy for anyone else who is interested to put their name forward, personally, I think that getting as many different views on a committee is important.  It is your club and the committee are only the current custodians of it who make decisions that they believe are in the clubs best interest.

So out and about at races this month have seen us have runners at places such as Tarpley, Naseby and Sloughbottom this month with some excellent performances.  John Booty has done some canicross and showed that he is running really well with a great 54th place at Harwich XC on Sunday.  Charlie Keitch is in the groove again with some excellent performances and Tim Ballard is returning to fitness and showing that none of his pace has deserted him.  Brian Telford has strapped on his back pack in preparation for the Paras run later in the year and is having some good runs and showing some excellent consistency.  Talking of consistency we have to mention Donny Draper who continues to put in some excellent runs; whilst this months runner of the month really shows what consistency is all about with some great results throughout February (which also included a 5k PB) and for quite a few months before that  – congratulations to Jon Mann you are February’s runner of the month.