Festive Frolics aplenty!


We are nearing the end of 2021 as well as the shortest day of the year but the lack of daylight has not put some of you off finding races to compete in.

We’ll start off with a round up of parkruns. Colchester Castle saw Russell Clarke run home in 21:45 along with Meera Rajoo-Oakley 24:53, Jack Wicks 27:35 and Anna Clapton 30:06. Highwoods was run by Robin Oakley in 21:23, Paul Connell 21:33, Charlie Keitch 25:14, Scott Young 26:51 and Lisa Briggs 27:40. Clacton Seafront had a good turnout with Mark Jasper coming home first in 18:39, closely followed by Harry Swinbourne in 18:53, which is a parkrun pb for Harry. David Balfour ran in 23:52, Scott Brian 23:58, Graham Clarke 27:53, Dave Jones 28:22, Fiona Gosling 29:47, Alan Johnson 32:43, Catherine Ott 31:25, Darren David 34:33, Teresa Jones 34:45 and Stewart Baggs in 37:40. At Harwich, we had another good turnout. Joshua Melville-Jackson ran in 24:18, Stephen Walsh 25:02, Mark Harris 32:15, Donna Harris 32:17, Gary Cooper 32:38, Samantha Cotton 33:52 and Martin Cotton 33:53. On Mersea Island, Simon Leggett ran in 20:25, whilst in Great Notley, Martin Owen ran in 24:47. Markshall Estate is proving a popular new course with 133 runners for their sixth run. Paul Davison ran in 19:42, Magdalena Komorowska 22:50, Sarah Davison 25:05 and Tomasz Komorowski in 25:06. Travelling slightly further afield, Rob Dyer, 21:53 and Caroline Talbot, 26:36 ran Chilton Fields parkrun in Stowmarket. Justine Sheekey ran in Norwich parkrun finishing in 20:13.

Emma Levett-Welham and Leoni Harvey made their way to Gravesend on Saturday to run in a Saxons, Vikings and Norman event. For newer members who may not have heard of this challenge I had a look at their website for some more information:

We created (and now often imitated) the concept of runner friendly Challenge Events where runners can choose do what distance they wish within the type limits of the event. These are typically six hours or eight hours on hilly courses. A runner only needs to complete one lap to be an official finisher. We usually try to create loops that allow a runner to also finish a marathon type distance fairly closely. At the end of each lap a runner can choose to “ring out”, ringing the bell to signify they are done for the day or carry on and complete another lap. If you complete over 26 miles then you’re an official marathon finisher, over 27 miles then an official ultra finisher. (These are declared distances, not what it may say on a GPS device!).

Saturday’s event was called Festive Frolic and both Emma and Leoni complete two laps of the 4.4 mile course earning themselves a great medal and a decent goodie bag.

Charlie Keitch went back to run Let it Stow for the second time after getting lost last year. This year he stayed on track and came a respectable fourth in a field of over 200, making up over 8 minutes on last year’s time coming home in 1:32:52.

The festive theme continued in Maldon with the Elves 11. This is a self navigated trail run and is 95% off road. This year, as well as mud, there was fog to contend with. Larina Marsh, Helen Coe and Helene Tyler all said they loved it!