A wet and windy All Hallows’ Eve

Team GBRC were out and about on Saturday morning, with the blue vests popping up at no fewer than eight parkruns despite the less than perfect conditions.

In amongst the usual suspects of Colchester Castle, Clacton Seafront (where Mark Jasper picked up another first finishers token and Bev Shortley clocked 25:49 despite having to stop and tie up her shoelaces), Highwoods (where Hélène Tyler notched up her 50th parkrun) and Harwich (where David Balfour stormed around in 23:42 despite the wet and windy conditions) were a few more far-flung free and friendly 5ks.

In Norfolk, the husband and wife duo of Jon and Lisa Briggs took on Blickling parkrun. Lisa crossed the finish line in 26:03, with Jon pipping her to the post in 25:14. Just imagine how good he could be if he actually joined a club! Also on the tourist trail were Rob Dyer (26:13) and Caroline Talbot (26:55) at Felixstowe, Nick Goodman (25:34) at Seaford Beach and Rob Blackman (20:16) at Chilton Fields.

If you thought the weather was bad on Saturday morning, Sunday was even worse. In fact it was so bad that Clacton Junior parkrun was cancelled. However, Brody Wakeling didn’t let that stop him and just headed to Colchester instead to complete (most of) the parkrun there dressed as a Dalek. Alas, the run directors at Sunday’s other two events were less lenient and both the Wix 5 and the Witch Finder Trail went ahead in less than ideal race conditions.  That didn’t stop us turning out in force for both events.

Windy at Wix

Wix 5 results included

Paul Connell (31:26), Paul Davison (33:52), Sarah Davison (39:26), Marion Simmon (48:36), Nina Simmons (48:36), Caroline Talbot (40.40).

Witch Finder Trail results included

David Balfour (55:48), Louise Balfour (1.08.15), Alison Clarke (1.08.15), Mark Crittenden (1:11:54), Charlotte Hammond (1:12:22), Leoni Harvey (59:24), Zoe Reynolds (1:41:11), Charlie Keitch (45:37), Neil Robbins (1:05:36), Suez Wray (1:12:30)

Witch Finder Trail Canicross results

Davina Swindell and Charlie (32.13) took on the 5k and Hélène Tyler and Bella (1:09:11) took on the 10k.

Windy at Witch Finder Trail

Finally, if you thought running a few miles in the rain was bad, spare a thought for Helen Carey. Helen took on a full Marathon at the St Eds’s Running Festival and what’s more she finished it in the superb time of 4:29:24.  Mental. I mean, amazing!

Cross Country next week…