Happy New Year, Ladies! Wishing you that 2022 to be full of joy and free from injuries runs 😊

Looking back at December (last year 😉) we didn’t have an awful lot of races. The second half was very quiet, as it always is due to a build up before Christmas and New Year.

Thank you to those who helped organise our cross country at Hilly Fields on the 12th December. We were very lucky with the weather, so this was a massive factor, but the amount of work that was invested in preparing this race resulted in its real, great success. As per current standings we hold 3rd place in the league. This score is accumulated after 3 races which happened so far. We have two more to go: Ardleigh (car boot venue) on 30th January by Harwich Runners and Hadleigh on 20th February by Hadleigh Hares. Additionally, we collected over £320 for Alresford Kitten and Feral Centre from the cakes sale. This charity was selected by our late club member’s children. We lost Darren Willey 2 years ago around the time of our cross country. Naturally, those who knew him will think of him more this time of the year.

December was dominated by parkruns and some self – navigating trail runs. What was fun to watch was a display of multiple Santas (so, there is more than one?!?!?!?!) and elves racing for December glory. Sadly, neither of them had presents to give away – well, we are facing rough times indeed 😉

St Davina pulled by not-so-much-of-a-reindeer-looking – Charlie in Santathon

Donna took a dip when crossing a rather large puddle with an invisible bridge when running Twixmas, a self-navigating trail …

…while Helen Coe was distributing invisible presents in Maldon at Elves 11 …

… and Anna Lyon didn’t want to get her elf’s outfit dirty when she raced as a sole GBRC female at the Runners vs Riders event.

On Monday 27th which is definitely NOT on Boxing Day some ladies tackled 5 miles in Witham trying their hardest to overtake the Christmas Pudding which looked like this:

a few blue but wet tops in Witham

On the same day we saw an inaugural race which took place at the brand-new facility – Northern Gateway, which members of our club know from Thursday training sessions. So, Michelle Auer and Debbie Smith ran 10k and Claire Poole did the Duathlon. Well done ladies!

Looking very strong – ladies’ team in Colchester

10 Mile Inter Club Road Race

When it comes to Club’s next event all details are on the GBRC website, but in a nutshell, you can turn up on 9th January at the Gt Bromley Village and register prior to the race making sure you give yourself enough time as registration starts at 8:45 am to 9:15am with the race starting at 09:30am. It is a flat course where Gt Bentley runners compete in the friendliest possible way with Harwich Runners. The prize is a shiny trophy which lands in the winner’s cabinet for a whole year. We are looking forward to seeing as many happy running ladies as possible there 😊

Something else to look forward to in 2022
Except from Club’s half marathon on 6th February there is a bunch of races which may be of interest to some of you (and haven’t sold out yet).

Questions of the Month

This time our routine set of questions landed in front of a unique lady who always has a smile on her face. I remember meeting her before joining the club, and her friendliness pretty much sealed my decision that I was doing the right thing. Ladies, let’s hear from Hien Hoang:

Age category: 40-44      
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
How long have you been in GBRC for? Since 2014
The silliest thing you did on a race: I lost my car keys whilst running The Great East Run. Luckily it was towards the end of the race and a kind soul handed them in. Phew!
Favourite distance: Probably 5 miles.
Best achievement: Not sure. Maybe completing Grizzly in the blizzard of the Beast from the East. It was so cold but without doubt my most memorable race.           
What’s your ultimate running goal: To run my first marathon. I’ve covered the distance before as a self navigating trail run but I would love to complete a road marathon without stopping.
Favourite medal/t-shirt and what for: I’m not overly bothered with medals/T-shirts, they usually get thrown into a drawer. 
Interests other than running: Hiking and crafting/making things.
Favourite & Worst events and why: Favourite are any of the Friday 5 series as I prefer running in the evening. Colchester 10k 2016 was a PW for me. I was not prepared for the heat and really struggled.
Most challenging event and why: Run Azores, a 4 day challenge. It was pretty painful having to run the last 2 races with blisters on the soles of my feet. I was so relieved to finally remove my trainers.
Most useful running information you can share: I’m learning to take on fuel during longer distances to give me a boost of energy before I start to flag. I’m not a huge fan of gels but there are natural alternatives out there. Experiment and try and find what works for you before race day.

Runner of the Month

This part never gets any easier. Although December appeared to be quite quiet, a few strong ladies stood out for me and so I would like to give a massive shout out to Emily Zethraeus for leading our ladies team in cross country, who always starts at the back, and makes her way to the front of the peloton finishing races as high as 2nd this season so far. Emily is such a humble and nice lady, it’s a pleasure to be around her and watching her “fly” on races.

Maddy Allen is inspiring too. She is often seen at training sessions working really hard and on top of things she cycles and swims in preparation to her triathlon events.  

Also, Caroline Talbot clocked 2 PBs this month: one in Felixstowe (24:28) and one in Whitham on (Not on) Boxing Day 5 miles (40:01).

When it comes to Runner Of The Month sometimes we have to take under consideration more than just a month. This lady has been brewing the title for a very long time. It’s been a pleasure to see her thriving clocking fast miles, working hard on training sessions, scooping a trophy for being a part of the 1st female team at Tiptree 10, and most recently scoring for the ladies team at our own cross country at Hilly Fields. For all great efforts and hard work, the Runner of the Month goes to Inga Hayden-Cooper. Congratulations.

Wishing you all a prosperous 2022!