Hitting the ground running in 2022

It’s been that strange ‘Twixmas’ week where all the Strava enthusiasts have to tell the world exactly how many miles they have run in 2021, and one finds oneself completing the transition from eating pigs in blankets to being a pig in a blanket (or perhaps that’s just me). Either way, hopefully this week’s race report will go some way towards motivating those of us who need to wake up from their sugar coma to lace up our trainers for training this week!

On Saturday, 46 of you ran at 7 different parkruns and, spoiler alert, you all achieved your fastest times of the year so far!

At Highwoods, Richard Heath was second finisher in a time of 19:18 and Jon Mann completed this course for the first time, finishing 7th in a time of 20:57. Others finishing at Highwoods were: Danny Draper (21:42), Mags Komorowska (24:46), Malcolm Jarvis (25:33), Tom Komorowski (25:35), Jon Briggs (26:26) and Martin Steinwand (36:32). Craig Mitchell does not appear on the results, possibly because he was slowed down by the “big girl” he was running with (of the canine variety, I might add).

At Colchester parkrun, Josh Melville-Jackson finished in 14th position with a brilliant PB of 20:25 and Bev Shortley “popped her cherry” (her words) at this parkrun with a time of 26:39. Kathy Bishop finished in 26:21, exactly 2 years to the day since her last parkrun – welcome back to parkrun Kathy! Also running at Colchester Castle were: Robin Oakley (21:17), Russell Clarke (23:55), Hien Hoang (29:22), Charlotte Hammond (30:49), Mark Harris (32:11), Donna Harris (32:29), Sammy Cotton (36:07), Belinda Palmer-Barnes (36:08) and Zoe Reynolds (41:58).

Mark Jaspar finished second at Harwich parkrun in a time of 18:28, only a few seconds off his PB. Justine Sheekey was the first female finisher and bagged herself a new PB of 20:37. Anna Lyon was first in her age category in 24:43, and Alan Johnson and Catherine Ott completed this parkrun for the first time in 29:02 and 30:05 respectively. The following runners were also at Harwich: Inga Hayden-Cooper (23:22), Darren David (25:38), Gary C (32:27) and David Nugent (43:51).

Rob Dyer and Caroline Talbot went to Felixstowe parkrun, finishing in 26:31 and 26:30. Rob completed this parkrun in the middle of running the marathon distance on New Year’s Day in a time of 4:24:42. I can’t confirm if there were any post-New Year’s Eve dry heaving antics from Rob during this epic feat, as Caroline is the only witness and she is keeping quiet.

The Preslands and Hollidges saw in the new year in Norfolk and accordingly found a tourist parkrun to visit. The route was an interesting shape on Strava and Phil gave it a good review. Vicky was the first lady (and 10th overall) in 23:48. Phil finished in 24:25 and Debs and Paul in 28:25 and 28:26.

Alton Water parkrun is still proving a popular new local parkrun to try out, and the Keitch/Young clan paid them a visit this week. Charlie was the third finisher in 20:53 (at his 35th different parkrun location – this man gets about!), ahead of Scott in 26:41 and Claudia in 29:27. Colin Farmer got a new PB of 25:24 and Teresa Farmer finished in 34:34. At Sizewell parkrun, Rob Blackman was the sixth finisher in 20:34, and Richard Flutter visited Shrewsbury parkrun (from Wales, where parkruns are not currently taking place), finishing in 20:42.

Two members who are certainly not easing themselves gently into the new year are Emma Levett-Welham and John Booty. Emma completed the Flitch Way half marathon on New Year’s Eve, finishing in 3:35:14, enjoying the nice weather and limited amount of mud on the route. Jon completed the AEE Festive 50 challenge, which involves running 50 miles in boots and carrying 35lbs (or more) between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. He completed this in an amazing time of 09:03:14. Well done both of you, what a way to end the year on a high – and here’s to many more achievements from all our lovely members to come in 2022!

Emma’s NYE bling