Hello everyone and welcome to my final newsletter as the Men’s captain. I have enjoyed my 3 years as captain although a good chunk of that time was whilst we were in lockdown, sorry to remind you of that time, however, I found that this was a time to get inspired by many people as people did whatever they could to get out and run. Its great that we have 2 excellent people who have put themselves forward to be the next captain and whoever is voted in I’m sure will do an excellent job – so good luck to Rob and Fraser. I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my good mate and vice captain Paul, its the end of those chats when we try to decide who should be runner of the month – its not easy to try to decide what it is that makes up the criteria to select a ROM and what one person has done which stands out against the next and its particularly difficult when we have so many runners, running well for a variety of different reasons. Anyway, I’m looking forward to the next newsletter and will relish the fact that I haven’t had anything to do with it!
Well done to everyone who won an award at the delayed Awards Night which unfortunately I couldn’t make as it clashed with a long awaited gig (Royal Blood were very loud!). The award for runner of the year was very much deserved by Paul Davison who seems to be able to run any distance and look equally at home and at ease on them all. It was also great to see Frank Gardiner pick up the Michael Sommerlad trophy, Frank ran particularly well in 2021 and had some excellent results – well done Frank.
As always if you want to read what events people have been running and how they have got on then get over to the website and catch up on the race reports that our intrepid team put together. I must admit that I am amazed at the number of you who travelled down to Devon to run a 20 mile Cross Country course, it seems that it is worth it though. I also want to say that if anyone wants a challenging 10k then sign yourself up for the Legacy 10K in Hadleigh, Essex, its a great course and definitely one that you won’t get a PB on.
We’re looking forward to the Essex Road Race relay event at the Northern Gateway that is coming up we have 6 men’s teams lined up for the event which is normally a great social event too. Then we have the Bromley 10k and Layer 5 coming towards the end of the month. Looking a bit further afield we have the start of the Mickey Edwards series and also the Colchester half marathon in May so plenty to keep us all busy.
So onto our final selection for runner of the month and although I say this most months, both Paul and I agreed and were certain who should win this time around. This month has seen our ROM take on the Grizzly, the Brentwood half marathon and a few parkruns which were all training preparation for the Manchester Marathon which he did on Sunday with a PB run of 3:10:33; I have a great admiration for the way that some people go about preparing for races and Charlie is a great exponent of following a plan and dedicating training runs and races to an ultimate goal; and the effort put in translated to a massive 5 minute PB. Well done to our runner of the month for March Charlie Keitch.