The one where Phil finished ahead of Vicky

The first event of the week was the Essex Trail Events Chilli Nights Trail. Phil P seems to be back on form completing the course in 40:24 and bagging himself 5th place, very closely followed by honorary member Milly Presland who was the 2nd female home. Scott and Paul H finished together in 49:09, followed by Vicky P (59:33).

This week was another busy week for parkrun with a fair amount of tourism taking place. Whilst on the subject of the Preslands’ Vicky decided to take in Swansea Bay parkrun whilst taking daughter Milly to a University open day. Impressive multi-tasking there Mrs P! She also bagged 3rd female in 21:48!

Not one to be outdone, Rob Dyer went a bit further afield and came 2nd (21:16) at Damhusengen parkrun which I believe is near Copenhagen, Denmark.

Rob Blackman was also on a roll and doing Bentley proud as he came 1st at Sizewell parkrun in 19:21. Moving a bit closer to home, Martin Owen was the lone blue at Ipswich, finishing in 27:12.

We had a few intrepid explorers keen to take on the challenge of a new local parkrun. Richard Moor was a tad lonely at Alton Water in 23:13. Markshall Estate was better attended with 7 of us taking on the new route. Craig M was the 7th finisher in 19:24 followed by Simon Leggett (20:09), Phil P (23:20), Debs (25:49), Paul H (25:50), Darren David (26:17) and Bee (30:56).

It was pretty quiet at Colchester Castle this week as more of us seemed to prefer the hills of Highwoods. Danny Draper also seems back on form, finishing in 8th place in 20:54 followed by Russell Clarke (23:28) and Teresa F (53:29) who I’m guessing may have been doing a spot of Volunteering. Facebook reliably informs me that Sue Wray achieved a course PB but isn’t showing on our results. Sue can you please add GBRC as your club so we can include you in our reporting (stalking).

Over at Highwoods Charlie was 7th in 20:51 followed by John Booty (22:01), Justine (26:11), Tomasz (27:31), Claudia (27:51) and Lisa (34:35).

James Royce came 8th at Mersea in (22:07) followed by Charlotte Hammond who not only completed her 100th parkrun but also got a course PB – Well Done!

Clacton saw another impressive turnout this week as many of us flocked to the sea. Speedy Mark Jasper came 1st in 18:22 and was followed by David Balfour (23:41), Anna Lyon (23:47) who came 1st in her age category keeping up with son Ben, Mike Hinton (24:46), Scott Brian (25:14), Graham Clarke (27:59), Michelle and I (28:06), Brody Wakeling adopted Alison C getting round in 29:53, despite a couple of stops to deal with problematic shoelaces. Despite some nerves Laci Wakeling and Mum Emma finished in 37:10 and 37:16. I’m so pleased to report that Emma felt really comfortable for the first time since her treatment. Really excellent news!!! Stewart Baggs (37:57) and Dave Nugent (45:02) completed the GBRC representation.

On Sunday we had a couple of local races; the Chelmsford 10K and Hadleigh 5 & 10 mile. At Chelmsford Ryan came 17th in 34:18 and was closely followed by Paul C (39:30), Inga (47:55) and Alison C (59:45).

Over at Hadleigh 4 blues took on the hilly 10 Mile race. Tim Ballard led the way in 1:02:14, achieving a new PB, and was followed by Peter Benton (1:25:15), Helen Carey (1:28:10) and Caroline (1:34:09).

Paul D, Tomasz and Fiona did the LDWA Shillington Shuffle. Paul and Tomasz completed the route (which was just over marathon distance) in 4:35.

Whilst their husbands were busy shuffling, Mrs K and Mrs D refused to be outdone and ran the Tissington trail marathon in 3:48 with Mags gaining herself a new PB. Amazing!

Off on another adventure Martin Owen completed the VERY hilly Wendover Wood Half Marathon in 2:14:55. We’ve been discussing creating a list of events and Martin you should definitely play a role in this as you always seem to find the most obscure races.

What a great weekend of running everyone. I’m going to finish with a little plug for Volunteering, especially at parkrun. We all have a special kind of love for this free timed event and it can only happen by us all playing our part and volunteering. The current expectation is that you volunteer at one parkrun for every 10 you run. Seems pretty fair to me! I know most of us already help out where we can so hopefully we all do our bit to support this great free event, but just in case….