Run to the hills


45 of you laced up your shoes for your weekly dose of parkrun this weekend. Well, 46 if you count Barney the dog, who once again led the way as David Balfour clocked up a finish time of 21:28 at Markshall Estate parkrun. Heading further afield, Martin Owen and Meera Rajoo-Oakley were at the new Rendlesham Forest parkrun, where they both crossed the finish line in 25:52. Suez Wray, meanwhile, was at Oaklands parkrun in Birmingham and managed her best finish time of the year (26:48) fuelled by Friday night’s champagne and a lack of sleep.  Perhaps we should all give it a go next weekend?

For all this week’s parkrun results, take a look at our consolidated club report.

Brentwood Half Marathon

Five blue shirts were at Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday, with three runners achieving PBs despite the undulating course with its final ‘death hill’*. Congratulations to Paul Smith (1:49:52), Lisa Briggs (1:54:56), and Norma Smith (2:10:35), who all knocked at least 4 minutes off their previous times over 13.1 miles.  Andy Edwards also ran a strong race, finishing in 1:37 exactly, whilst Charlie Keitch continued his Manchester Marathon preparation with a time of 1:25:24.  Martin Owen also took on 13.1 miles, completing the ‘incredibly hilly’ Stowmarket Half Marathon in 1:53:24.

*That’s how Norma described it, but I’m pretty certain that’s not its actual name.

Four people stand at the end of a race, smiling and showing off their medals.
Some of our finishers at the Brentwood Half Marathon

Hadleigh Legacy 10k

There was a fantastic turnout at the Hadleigh Legacy 10k today, a challenging off-road route using some of the mountain bike course, footpaths and trails set within the grounds of Hadleigh Castle. Our runners included Tomasz Komorowski (51:57) and Meera Rajoo-Oakley (55:55), who both finished inside the top 100 runners, as well Leoni Harvey (1:07:10), Michelle Auer (1:11:10) and Mark Crittenden (1:13:11).

Dave Wright’s Colchester 15 and 7.5 mile road race 

These races are organised by our very own Craig Mitchell and his amazing team. Those talking on the 7.5 mile route included Louise Balfour, who proved she’s only getting faster, fitter and stronger (see what I did there?), by winning the women’s race in a fantastic time of 1:10:48. David Balfour also ran a great race and crossed the finish line in 1:03:29. Our 15 mile finishers, meanwhile, included current Ladies Captain Magdalena Komorowska, who ran superbly to finish just behind her PB in 1:59:47. You guys all smashed it.