It Smells Like Team Spirit

Now I could spend the whole race report just bleating on about the finale to our club’s fantastic cross country season, amazing camaraderie and the cake but I can’t overlook the obligatory parkrun performances. So I guess I will start there!

Well what a crazy week it was for insane weather conditions which I am sure put some people off their training runs – well done for those who braved those elements (nutters). As a result most of the regular parkrun haunts were cancelled and this saw a lot of you sniffing out a course where you could still get your weekly parkrun fix.

10 of us stayed as close to home as possible and took on a blustery Clacton Seafront – many of you using it to turn your legs over and conserving your energy for the cross country. Patrick Auer was first back (23:58), then Charlie KEITCH (24:10), Scott YOUNG (26:39) Patrick REYNOLDS (26:39), then Mr and Mrs Hollidge 27:19 and 27:20 respectively, Brian Telford (27:51), Claire REYNOLDS (33:17) Bee HARRIS (34:12) and little old me jeffing it in (34:43). Whilst this is 8-9 minutes slower than I used to do it, this is my fastest time since completing all my treatment so I am seeing that as a positive.

Another seafront parkrun with 6 blue runners (we really are glutens for punishment) was Harwich where the blues were led by Joshua Melville-Jackson (21:11), next in was Martin Owen (25:08), our first lady Rachel Giles (26:26) – a very satisfying time!, Mark Harris (27:22) and then Gary and Inga running together with 32:21 and 32:23 respectively.

Still relatively close to home was Markshall Estate but we only had one runner there, Russell Clarke who finished in 23:36. We also had one runner at Basildon – Wicksy who has really improved his times recently, breaking 25 minutes coming in in 24:39 – a course best so congratulations. The final parkrun, again with one lone Bentley runner was North Walsham in North Norfolk…potentially the only one in that region to not be cancelled where Jonathan Briggs chased down a Harrier finishing in 23:44.

GBRC VS Harriers

We had one junior deciding to tackle Colchester Junior parkrun rather than a hilly cross country and that was Roger Ferguson (12:33) – now I really need to use my skills of persuasion to convert Roger to cross country next season as lots of our current juniors will be moving up to the over 11’s category.

So speaking of Cross Country – that was the only place to be last Sunday and despite the winds still being high and it being a notoriously hilly course, you didn’t disappoint. There was a great flood of blue representation and some fantastic times.

Smiles all round despite the hills

The season finale resulted with both men and women 2nd and us finishing 3rd overall which we believe is our highest ever finish. Hadleigh complimented us on our club’s feel good vibe and were inspired as we all are of Barbara’s grit and determination.

Barbara – a true inspiration

Now for my incredible juniors…it was lovely to have a newbie for the last race who despite ‘that hill’ will be back next season. The Juniors finished 6th overall combined. Boys were 5th and girls 7th. Again we believe the highest ever finish and the most juniors taking part. James Blacker finished in 2nd for his age cat and Charlie Sharp 4th – incredible effort.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every junior who took part – whether you ran one or all races your efforts are valued and helped the team achieve great results. I’m hoping for even more fresh blood next year! Both juniors and seniors be proud of yourselves – you are all awesome!

My little Rambo