Sunday 26 September was a special day for the club as the Geoff Day Memorial 5k returned for its sixth running after a brief hiatus in 2020. Whilst the spirit of the race remained the same – to remember our very own Geoff Day whilst giving club members a chance to race a fast 5k – a few things were a little different this year. This was the first time the race has taken place on a Sunday and the first time the course has changed since the race began in 2015. Over 50 runners toed the start line for this year’s race and there were some fantastic results all round. Our two race winners were Ryan Day (16:27) and Justine Sheekey (20:27) who both retained their trophies from 2019. Ryan managed to beat his previous winning time by 51 seconds, whilst Justine beat hers by over 2 minutes, to show us just how fast the new course can be. Take a look at this year’s full results.
Sticking with 5ks, there was the usual flurry of results from local parkrun’s on Saturday morning. Amongst them were Bev Shortley (24:34), David Balfour (23:07) and Brody Wakeling (33:07) who all picked up PBs at Clacton Seafront parkrun. Tim Ballard was also in action at Harwich parkrun where he finished second in 17:42.
Further afield, and indulging in some parkrun tourism, were Martin Owen who ran Ferry Meadows parkrun in 24:11, and Martin and Sammy Cotton who ran Wollaton Hall parkrun in the picturesque grounds of Wollaton Hall and Deer Park in Nottingham. The very next day the merry trio of tourists were in action once again as they took on the slightly longer, hotter and hillier challenge of the Robin Hood Half Marathon. Official results are still being finalised, but Martin came away with an unofficial time 1:49.25 for his fourth half marathon in three months, with a fifth to follow in three weeks’ time.
Also tackling half marathons on Sunday were Fraser Lewis and Yolande Arnoldwho headed south for the very hilly Hever Castle Half Marathon, which saw runners take on a lapped course around the Hever Castle estate. Fraser finished 13th overall and was second in his age category in a time of 1:58:01, whilst Yolande crossed the line in 2:28:53 and was first in her age category. The equally dynamic duo of Magdalena Komorowska and Frank Gardiner ran the inaugural Warrington Half Marathon, another undulating route which weaved its way around the River Clwyd. Mags crossed the finish line first in 1:43:38, finishing first in her age category, whilst Frank finished in 2:14:04, to improve upon his recent result from Pleshey.
Well done to everyone who ran this weekend.