Men’s Newsletter – September

Hello again everyone, its certainly turned into Autumn during September and things seem to be getting a bit colder, wetter and darker, but those are just excuses for not running! You’ll have noticed that Caroline has made the groups for training slightly smaller again but there is a great deal of variety on times, locations and days so hopefully something for all of you. Whilst we recognise that we could have larger groups as a sporting group the committee felt that whilst we are mostly running in residential settings that large groups of us running may attract undue attention and criticism. But I think you’ll agree that Caroline and the LIRF’s and CIRF’s are doing a great job in putting on a number of varied training runs for us – thanks to you all. A note on the doodle polls and signing up to training, please, please only sign up to sessions that you intend to attend – we have had a few sessions recently where they have been fully booked only for people to either not show up or remove themselves from the session a short while before it starts. I know sometimes its not possible and life gets in the way but please try to only sign on to those you can attend – thank you.

This month we had a few “actual” races take place which were done so under the English Athletics COVID rules. Basically this means that there are limited numbers with 5 or 6 runners starting at any time in a “rolling” start and without meeting in an indoor space before or after the race and having no bag drop etc. So you turn up about 5 minutes before your allocated start time ready to run, register and off you go. Paul Dyer and Paul Davison along with Mags Komorowska, Sarah Davison and Caroline Talbot made their way down to the New Forest for a marathon – 26.2 miles on undulating territory well done to you all on your runs. Paul and Debs Hollidge and Vicky Presland took on 14 miles of the “Don’t Hit the Wall” trail event at Bradwell Marina whilst Phil Presland and myself did the 7 mile version. It was good to be in a race again although it was very odd not to see many people and the last 2 miles back into the wind were a challenge!

A good number of you have all taken part in the Trail runs organised by Rodger who saved the best for last with the 6 or so miles around Stutton. I have been informed that it was the nicest course but having run this with Ben Myhill and Tom Komorowski at night in true tradition of the last trail run of the year it was difficult to assess the full beauty of the course! I’ve looked seeing your accounts and looking at the photos of what I could have seen. It’ll be very interesting to see the final results of what has been a fantastic event – thanks to Rodger for all his efforts in arranging the series it has been a resounding success!

Rodger’s next challenge has popped up on Facebook and this one sounds like a corker. Armed with a map and 9 points to run to you have to navigate your own way round with photographic evidence of the checkpoints. At the moment Rodger has got a run of around 20 miles but is planning a similar event for around 10 miles if there is suitable interest. If you fancy it find yourself a partner of maybe 2 other runners and give it a go – it certainly sounds like it could be fun!

You have been running for the stars again this month with some more great times being recorded, a shout out for Rob Dyer taking 18 minutes off his 15 mile time with John Bush, Colin farmer and Martin Steinwand all taking over 2 minutes off their initial baseline times – well done to you all!

Current “Reach for the Stars” times

The Vice Captains month ahead…
What are we going to do in October without one of Rodgers brilliant trail runs in the diary???
GBRC Sessions – Sessions for 5 or 7 participants are available each week on the Doodle poll sent out by Caroline on a Thursday or Friday. We are looking at new venues and session styles to ensure that there is something for everyone regardless of experience or pace. If you haven’t been to one of the training sessions before then please give it a try, the sessions are designed to cater for all levels of running ability to ensure that no one gets left behind. If you are unsure about attending one of the sessions you can always contact the coach/LIRF who is running the session to find out more in advance.
Reach for the Stars – Two months in and many people have improved their times from month one, we’re now entering the final month of the series and I look forward to seeing more pictures and stars on our event page.
Once again running events are a bit thin on the ground in October, however there are a few dates to note:-
October 4th – The revised date for the London Marathon. As well as the elite men’s, women’s and wheelchair races taking part in St. James park there will be many other runners around the world joining them in a virtual event. One of these runners is our own Tim Ballard who is running the Marathon distance up and down Balkerne Hill, Colchester in memory of his father. Tim is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK and has a Virgin Money Giving page set up for donations. I’m sure that Tim would welcome some moral support on the day (as well as the donations) as he completes this amazing challenge. Everyone at GBRC wishes Tim and everyone else running the marathon the very best of luck!
11 th October – Hare and Tortoise Running have their annual Roman River Trails event starting from Layer Marney Tower at 9:30 over 10k, Half Marathon and full Marathon distances. See the Hare and Tortoise website for more details or to enter one of the races.
Keep running and stay safe

Our Runner of the Month for this month has already received a couple of mentions above – he was one of the few who found himself in an “actual” race this month and also took 18 minutes off his 15 mile Reach for the Stars time. Congratulations to Rob Dyer who’s running seems to go from strength to strength especially at the longer distances and off road events.

Rob Dyer – September’s runner of the month