Another Newbie Race Report

Welcome to this week’s race report – hopefully I can follow in my other newbies’ footsteps and capture all the fantastic running that has taken part over this past week (and workout how to get it up on word press!!!)

It has been a warm one but that has not stopped you all getting out there and racking up some great times – I can’t wait to be fully fit and ready to sign up for some races again – writing this and sharing your experiences is the next best thing.

So let’s get cracking…..on Monday (an unusual race day) Leoni Harvey set out on a Brighton Marathon training run – participating in The Uranus Solar Run (one of a series of events for people taking on a 10 in 10 marathon challenge). It was a 7 hour challenge 5.3km lapped route along River Stort towpaths. It rained. A lot. One side of the river was nice hard trail, the other mud, mud and more mud. I’m not sure what Leoni’s distance goal was but she ended up running a marathon, got caked in it BUT despite all that she still got a PB, knocking 27mins off her previous flat road marathon. Fantastic effort!

Then on Weds we had another great turnout for the penultimate Mickey Edwards 5K – sorry I wasn’t there to cheer you on this time, but I was glamping in Suffolk! I can see more star certificates were achieved so congrats to all. I am hoping to don my running shoes and join you for the last race in just under a fortnight…

Now for the nation’s favourite Saturday morning activity – parkrun. At Clacton Seafront we fielded an impressive 15 runners. Mark Jasper was once again the first Bentley home with a superb course PB of 18.45 which bagged him 2nd place. Relative newbie Harry Swinborne bagged 4th place and a new PB (19.00), David Goldsmith also made the top 10 coming home in 7th place (21.22). Following these we had Mark Stevenson (22.38 and 1st in age cat), Tom Fowler (24.24), Nick Goodman (24.33), Bev Shortley – 4th lady and 1st in age cat (24.48) David Balfour (24.51), Dave Jones (26.33) and a new course PB – well done! Brian Telford (27.15), Lee Clarkson 28.02), Louise Balfour – a great PB and 1st in age cat (29.01) – Louise you still have your club listed as Lonely Goat – if you can change that we will make sure we never miss you off! Kevin James (30.51), Stephen Cartwright (40.07) and Sandra James (47.54).

Colchester Castle was nowhere near as popular with just 4 blue vests taking part (maybe due to the undesirable congestion in the middle resulting in slower times than hoped?) Any way Richard Moor was 1st home for Bentley (23.32(), then Russell Clarke (24.19), Natalie Warriner (26.23) and Leoni Harvey (29.09).

Highwoods also had 4 Bentley runners with Martin Steinward leading the pack (26.43) I hope that injury is being kept at bay Martin. Then came our 1st lady Claudia Keitch with a fabulous PB (26.52), followed by Scott Young (26.56) and last but very definitely not least with another PB, Lisa Briggs (27.08)

Mersea Island had just 2 runners with Belinda Palmer-Barnes getting 1st in her age cat (29.50) and John bush (36.55).

Harwich saw 3 runners with Inga Hayden-Cooper rocketing home for 3rd woman and 1st in age cat (23.49), then Stephen Walsh – another 1st in age cat (24.54) and Gary Cooper with a fantastic PB (31.47).

There was a fair amount of parkrun tourism taking place too with Caroline Talbot and Rob Dyer at Felixstowe (28.06 and 28.07), Emily Zethraeus at Woodhouse Moor, 2nd lady in an incredible 20.36, Paul Connell at Penrose (19.29), Rob Blackman at Chilton fields (22.02) and Mark and Donna Harris at Rothay Park (31.06 and 31.45). You’ll have to let us know what the courses are like.

Some of our runners fancied a longer distance on Saturday Magdalena and Frank Gardiner took on the Essex XC 10K in Hadleigh Park. Mags managed 53.21 and was 6th lady Frank finished in a rather respectable 1:04:05. According to the pair the course was brutal and tricky underfoot. I can believe it as Hadleigh was my least favourite XC due to those hills! Well done for capturing one of Frank’s smiles Mags but where’s yours?

Barbara and Vicki Law completed the 7th section of the Essex way. 11.6 miles West Bergholt to Dedham. According to Barbara Uundergrowth wise the best section to date. Well done you two for having completed to have got the longest section. 

Now for that insane Davison duo – they took on the Stour Valley Path 50k. Pretty toasty for such a distance but described as a lovely route Paul and Sarah both finished in 5:57:03 and claimed 25th place. Now I have no idea how many ultras you guys are up to – you are machines! Peter Benton also took part and completed 18 miles. He said it was a lovely event and he is looking forward to doing the whole shebang next year.

As far as I could make out we only had no juniors taking part in junior parkruns on Sunday. I was planning to drag my two out but due to 2 positive Lateral flow Tests at 5pm Saturday we instead opted for PCR tests!

Aside from all the fabulous running I also wanted to give a shout out to Don Welsh for his amazing cycling in preparation for the London to Paris ride in September. He cycled a whopping 75 miles along the North Kent coast.

And that’s a wrap folks – tune in for my next edition in 5 weeks time!