It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

It’s December, and whether you’ve got your tree up already and are already deep into Mince Pie season, or you’re waiting as long as possible until you give in and join the festivities, the races have already started to take on a Christmassy feel.

This weekend kicked off with the Clacton Santathon on Saturday with Davina Swindell and Charlie tackling the one-mile course on Clacton Seafront to help raise funds for Community Voluntary Services Tendring. Charlie was the first dog home and Davina wasn’t too far behind (presumably).

No Santas were hurt in the taking of this photograph

Later on Saturday, Suez Wray completed the Night Elf Trail run in Maldon.  This event is a 10k narrative trail race following a circular route from Maldon towards Purleigh and our very own Suez Wray was there and managed not to get lost, which is always a good result. Also getting into the festive fun were John Bush and Belinder Palmer-Barnes who did the Hare and Tortoise Raynedeer Run on Sunday, both completing two laps of the course on the Flitchway to cover 10k in total.

Keeping the festivities more low-key (although they still found space for some homemade biscuits thanks to Club Captain Mags Komorowska) were some of our ‘more experienced’ runners, who headed to the Essex Vets Cross Cross Country Championships at Writtle on Saturday. This 5 mile course was either fast and flat or tough and windswept depending on who you spoke to.  A special mention, however, must go to Rob Dyer who popped in at Highwoods to complete parkrun on his way to Writtle.

Also at parkrun on Saturday morning were:

  • David Balfour who was lacking energy at Clacton Seafront after his booster jab, but still managed to complete the course in 23:48;
  • Paul Connell who was pleased to finish eighth at Colchester Castle in 19:37;
  • Joshua Melville-Jackson who picked up a three star standard finishing in 19:44 at Battersea;
  • Martin Owen who completed his 25th parkrun event and his 100th overall at Bushy, parkruns spiritual home, in 24:39;
  • Caroline Talbot who picked up a new 5k PB finishing in 24:28 at Felixstowe.

You can see all the club’s parkrun results in this week’s consolidated club report.