Men’s Newsletter December

The year is drawing to a close and what a very different year it has been lets hope that going into 2021 the light at the end of the tunnel does shine brighter and come the summer we are back running around the lanes of Great Bentley wondering what all the fuss was about. But for now we are back to running in pairs at the most and looking forward to those times when maybe a group of 6 of us can run together again. Both Paul and I hope that you had a great Christmas and have a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

There were some races this month though most of them involving quite a bit of mud! Haughley Park saw a 10k cross country race which Charlie Keitch took advantage of finishing in a very credible 7th place in a time of 41:44. Mark Crittenden took on the Hare and Tortoise after dark challenge which saw him complete 10 miles in the dark on what looked like a mud bath during the day so I tip my hat to you jut managing to stay upright on that one. Joining him in the after dark challenge was Paul Davison who ran a magnificent 19.9 miles in 2 hours and 54 minutes which bagged him first place in the challenge – excellent work gentlemen!

Michael Simmons, Charlie Keitch and I took ourselves over to East Hanningfield for the MEX Christmas Challenge which was advertised as 12k but came up just over 13k a route which we completed in about an hour and a half – both Mick and Charlie would have skipped round this far quicker without their captain as a millstone! It was a great run though with plenty of mud and hills. There was also the postponed Essex Remembrance half at Hebden which saw Rob Dyer run a half marathon PB by his watch but not on the chip time as the course was a few hundred metres long! He was joined in that race by Ryan Day and also Paul Davison who also ran a PB knocking 4 minutes off his previous best in 1:27:33. Paul followed this up a week later in the muddy “Let it Stow” half marathon which he completed in 1:48:35. Joining him there were Charlie Keitch who finished in 5th place in 1:41:45 but taking a podium place was David Wright who finished 3rd.

David Wright and his 3rd place trophy

I’d almost finished writing the newsletter and Paul mentioned that John Booty had posted another Bergen loaded event that he has taken part in. To “celebrate” his 50th birthday (Happy belated Birthday John!) he decided to find an event to show that “I’ve still got it”. The event he found was to TAB 50 booted miles with a 25, 35 or 50lb pack between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. So when presented with those weight options you of course choose 50lb (why not!), John completed the 50 miles in 9:16:38 with a 10 mile run and then 4, 7 miles and 2, 6 miles to complete the 50. Magnificent John well done!

John Booty on his TAB 50 challenge

Back in October (at least I think it was) Charlie Keitch took part in the Start 30 and thought he’d bagged a Bronze Age category medal but he didn’t….he in fact got a silver medal which was a welcome delivery in the post – well done Charlie.

Charlie’s Silver Medal

The Sixathon is underway and Rodger has had a few results from you but not many – please remember if you run one of the courses and want to record your time then you need to email Rodger with the result, Facebook, Strava, Twitter etc. won’t count you need to email him, his email address is The trail run looks like another excellent route with plenty of mud to keep you interested, the course at Brightlingsea is also fairly muddy at the moment but should be firm underfoot, the others are all on tarmac so should be ok whatever the weather. A reminder of the 6 events they are a lap of Abbey Fields, 5k in the North of Colchester, 5 miles at Great Bentley, 10k at Brightlingsea, 10 miles from Holland on Sea to Walton and back and a 6 mile trail run in East Bergholt – please remember the distances are not all exact they are a guide so if your watch says you are a bit under or over its probably correct!

Talking of excellent trail routes, Daniel Whymark has posted an excellent course on Facebook which is well worth a run, its pretty muddy but certainly takes you around parts of North Colchester that you may not have been before. Thanks Daniel for the route and posting it for all to run.

So to runner of the month, well there have been some excellent performances again this month, but one man is mentioned too often to ignore so congratulations Paul Davison, you are December’s runner of the month.

December’s Runner of the Month – Paul Davison