It appears that you’ve all been extra busy this week and have left me feeling rather inadequate!

We had a bit of a party at Highwoods parkrun this week as quite a few of us headed there to celebrate a few parkrun milestones. Tomasz and Lisa Briggs celebrated their 100th parkrun and Caroline T ran her 50th. They all ran together and finished in 30:17, 30:16 and 30:15. The were also joined by Paul Connell who just missed out on 1st place by 3 seconds, still finishing in an impressive 20:03, Rob Dyer (23:39), Daniel Whymark (25:00), Debs (26:06), Scott (27:39), Paul H (27:40), Frank (30:30), Caroline S (31:09), Mags (31:10) and Donna Harris (31:57). More importantly, was there cake?

We also had a really good turnout at Colchester Castle. Danny Draper is back on form and was the first blue home (20:30), followed by Joshua Melville-Jackson (20:35), Robin O (21:27), Rich Moor (22:38), Meera (25:26), Russell Clarke (26:36), Anna Mills (29:43), Charlotte Hammond (30:41), Teresa F (32:38) and Zoe Reynolds (38:43).

A large number pf you also went to Clacton this week. Mark Jasper got 1st place this week in 18:48 and was followed by David Balfour (23:23), Patrick Reynolds (23:53), Anna Lyon (24:20), Jason Cook (26:03), Graham Clarke (26:50), Louise Balfour (27:30), Alison Clarke (29:03), Critters (29:13) Emma Welham (33:25), Steward Baggs (36:40) and Stephen Cartwright (38:38).

Paul D was the lone blue at Harwich this week but did us proud finishing in 2nd place in 19:18. Helene was back on form at Mersea (30:01), running with her 4 legged friend Apollo. Emma Wakeling ran at Thurrock this week in 34:36. Martin Owen went a bit further a field taking in Banbury parkrun (36:21). Paul and Yolande went to Rothay Park, finishing in 24:45 and 29:50.

Brody Wakeling went to Clacton on Sunday for Junior parkrun and finished in 10:34 in some pretty windy conditions.

You’d think with so many people running parkrun this week that Sunday would be a pretty quiet day for racing but not so much!

The closest race to home was the Capel 5 mile which saw a good number of us toe the start line. This was a lovely undulating route (yes I know that’s an oxymoron) hosted by the Capel Cheetahs and the lovely Karen Skene. The first blue shirt home was Craig Mitchell (30:35). Close on his heels was Charlie (32:15), Rob Dyer who despite being a little worse for wear after overindulging the previous night, still managed a very credible 35:29. He may have suffered a tad for the effort he expended whilst refusing to be overtaken at the end. Inga got herself a sub 40 (39:15). David Balfour (40:01), Caroline T is also back on form after injury (40:52). Bev Shortley and Lisa Briggs were hot on her heels in 41:05. I had no hope of keeping up (44:22). Louise Balfour is another lady improving weekly and this was no exception (46:55). She was followed by Caroline S (48:07), Don (52:01), Bee (56:15), Gary C with a PB (56:28) and John Bush (57:00). Thanks to Eric for taking lots of photo’s and catching us in our glory.

Paul D completed the “Bloody windy” Bedford Autodrome 20 mile in 2:25:16 and got 3rd place to boot!

Martin Owen is another blue that seems to be on fire at the moment, completing the Oxford Half in 1:48. This was his 5 half since summer and he’s consistently got faster each time. Inspirational!

4 of us went to Cambridge for their Half Marathon. Jon Mann sped home in 1:29:29 and was followed by Iron woman Claire Poole (2:05:40), Martin Cotton (2:13:33) and Michelle Auer (2:21:22). I definitely need to take some tips from Michelle, who always manages to look so glamorous when she runs. You wouldn’t think she’s just run 13 miles ffs! I run 1 mile and look like roadkill!

We also had a few people run in the Chelmsford Marathon and Half Marathon. It looks like Nicola was our sole representation in the half finishing in 2:02:13.

3 of us fancied the longer distance. Tim Ballard led the way in 2:56:47, Sarah D finished in 4:07:47 and Dave J in 5:04:29.

What a week! Excellent running everyone!