Mens Newsletter – November ’21

By now you would have heard that this year awards night has been postponed as a part of the ceiling at the village hall has fallen in and we are unable to use the hall until it has been inspected and given the all clear. This is really unfortunate as a lot of planning goes into the evening, however, when this happens such a short time before the event we are left with very few options. Hopefully, we will be able to get this planned in the new year and everyone will receive the awards that they have worked hard for over the past year.

Although I missed the first cross country race at Springfield it was great that we achieved an excellent result which we then followed up with an equally great result at Halstead last Sunday. The race at Halstead was run on a great course which had something for everyone, hills, mud, fields, woods and of course cake! Thanks to Craig for getting the refreshments over to the races – we were certainly the last team there on Sunday and were there to hear the results read out. We are certainly getting the award for the vast number of runners at the event so well done to you all. Next up is our own Cross Country at Hilly Fields – thanks to everyone who has volunteered to marshal there, hopefully, it’ll be a great race and look forward to seeing many of you there. There has been a lot of racing going on over the last month and some excellent results being posted, these are being covered really well by the race reporting team, thanks to them all they are always a great read.

Some dates for your diary, 6th February is our half marathon and I’ll be doing the draw for the runners shortly so keep an eye out on Facebook. Sunday 9th January is our 10 mile race at Bromley where we take on Harwich Runners for the inter club race – Tom is taking the box seat for this one and will need a few marshals for the route in due course. After our cross country race on the 12th December there is a break until the end of January (30th) when Harwich host the race at the Ardleigh car boot field – the last one that they did there was pretty muddy so should be a good run.

As many of you may know I have a number of roles at the club including Race Director and Men’s captain which I have done for a few years now. I started the Race Director role when Russ stepped away from the club and picked up the reigns on the half Marathon a couple of years back and then Covid happened and all racing stopped. It seemed at that time that doing both roles was possible, however, it turns out when there are actual races to organise there is a lot to do! So something has had to give, I have decided therefore to stand down as men’s captain at the next AGM which will be in April. I am letting you all know now so that if you fancy giving the role a go you have time to consider it and if you want to have a chat with me about what is involved then I am around at the club on Wednesdays mainly and hopefully also at the remaining cross country races. It would be good to get different faces and opinions on the committee and this is a great opportunity for someone to get more involved at our great little club.

Onto the important topic for the newsletter and the runner of the month, normally VC Paul and I agree almost unanimously and this month was no different. The winner this month is a fairly new runner with the club he first came to the fore at the Mickey Edwards races in the summer where he turned up and ran around 20:30 for the baseline and by the end was chasing down Mark Jasper with times just over 18 minutes. Following on from that he has turned up at both cross country races and has scored points for us in both with a couple of great runs so congratulations to Novembers runner of the month Harry Swinbourne.

Harry Swinbourne – Runner of the month for November