Men’s Newsletter June 2020

So we seem to have reached the end of another month and as per usual the Men’s newsletter is slow out of the traps (a bit like your captain!). It has been a busy month of working out Mickey Edwards results, running trail races and meeting up with a few of you as we socially distance run in groups. I must say its been great to meet up in these small groups it seems to be one of the things that I have really missed during the lockdown, just getting out and seeing people. Hopefully, the light is there at the end of the tunnel and we can start to get back to some sort of normal over the coming weeks and months. You will note that Paul has jumped in to help with the content of this months newsletter as it was getting a bit tight on timescales so thanks for that Paul and I hope you enjoy some alternative rambling!

So looking back at Mickey Edwards there have been some excellent performances from you and some that stick in my mind are Rob Dyer and Paul Davison running PB’s, a brilliant round winning run from Danny Draper in round 4, John McKay’s performances and of course Paul Connell running a great series coming in second overall. We had 19 runners who completed all four legs some more successfully than others with 4 having a “peak” Mickey Edwards, that is they ran each round quicker than the one before and they were Stephen Walsh, Mark Stevenson, Paul Connell and Charlie Keitch. Great running fellas well done!

The Vice Captains month ahead…
The key July events in most GBRC diaries are the ‘virtual Ekiden’ and the eagerly awaited round two of Rodgers trail run series.
Ekiden – (An Ekiden is a long-distance running multistage relay race. The Japanese term originally referred to a post-horse or stagecoach which transmitted communication by stages.) In normal circumstances July means that the GBRC masses would be armed with cake and goodies and heading over to Woodbridge for the annual Ekiden event organised by Ipswich Jaffa, this year however the race will be run as a ‘fun’ virtual event. A number of
GBRC teams have entered the event and all money raised via donations to a justgiving page goes to East Anglian Air Ambulance. A marathon distance is run by each team of 6 people in legs of one 7.2k, two 10ks and three 5ks. These must be run over the weekend of 10th -12th July and uploaded by the 7pm deadline on 12th July. Good luck to all those who have entered and make sure you are familiar with the race rules and regulations regarding acceptable routes, timekeeping etc.
Rodgers trail run – As round one in Mistley draws to a close it’s straight on to round two in Dedham. The second round of approx. 6.5 ‘Rodger’ miles runs from July 7th to August 6th, starting from Dedham War Memorial CO7 6DE. Remember you need to run all four 2020 virtual trail races to earn a coveted, special edition, never to be seen again, one time only T-Shirt! Instructions are on the website from 6th July along with some useful tips and guidance regarding timing and safety.
Committee – The GBRC committee will be meeting via Zoom on 14th July, one of the many topics up for discussion is the return to running as we begin to see the easing of lockdown restrictions. The Covid-19 situation continues to evolve on a daily basis and we will monitor the latest guidance from the government and England Athletics in order to base any decisions on the current advice. Believe me there is nothing we would like more than to see the return of a Wednesday night meeting and training session, however ensuring the safety of everyone involved remains our number one priority.
Coaching – Until we can all get together for a full training session Caroline’s team of coaches continue to provide sessions for groups of up to six people, these sessions are in great demand so please do your best to attend if you have put your name down or let the coach know well in advance if you are unable to attend so that we can offer your place to someone else. Darren has been publishing a weekly speed or hill session for us all, I’ve completed a few of these; they are well structured and suitable for all abilities either solo or in small socially distanced groups.
What3words – This Smartphone App has been around for a while now and is a really simple way to talk about location. Each 3m square in the world has been assigned a unique 3 word address that will never change. It allows the user to provide their exact location in an emergency or locate their tent at a festival! As runners we often take ourselves out on a solo run where we may get into difficulty or stumble across an unexpected situation that needs assistance. To be honest I didn’t really see the value in it until last week when we stumbled across a poorly calf while we were running towards Dedham. Debs was able to give a precise location to the RSPCA officer using What3words, far more helpful than telling the emergency services that you are in a field near a tree!! What3words is available free of charge from the Apple and Android stores, download it now, you never know it could be a
life saver.
Keep running and stay safe

So finally runner of the month, Paul and I had a number of messages about this this month as there have been some excellent performances from you over this month but for us the performance of one of you stood out. This guy has been around the club for a little while now and has had to endure a bit of start stop in his running over this time due to a few niggling injuries. He seems to have put this behind him recently and has been running really well, this is seen when you look at his Mickey Edwards runs starting with a baseline of a swift 22:28 he trimmed this down each run posting a perfect Mickey Edwards, finishing with a final run of 20:02 taking nearly 2 and a half minutes off his first run. So congratulations to this months runner of the month Mark Stevenson.