What a weekend!

I think the majority of us were racing this weekend whether doing 5K or a Marathon, so I’ll apologise in advance if I miss anything.

We saw some super performances at the Essex Relays which were held at the Northern Gateway Sports Park.  Unfortunately, the route wasn’t quite the 5K we were promised which meant that many of us were robbed of what would have been a fair few PB’s. You can find the full results on our Facebook page. Thanks to Meera for arranging – It looks like a huge success!

4 of us took on the challenge of Brighton Marathon. Chrissie Foreman and Claire Poole ran together and finished in 4:37:07, Dave Jones wasn’t far behind in 4:50:50. The commitment that these 3 have put into their training has been inspiring to watch and it’s great to witness the results pay off.

Zoe Reynolds was the last blue back. She doesn’t have an official time as they’d removed the chip timing mats, but estimates she crossed the line in 8:24ish. Sadly she had a few issues with disappearing cones and marshals which caused her to do a bit more than a marathon. It takes a huge amount of courage to finish a race in these conditions so well done Zoe!

Emma Welham was due to run the marathon too but took the sensible decision to drop down to the 10K after being plagued with health issues recently. She reports that whilst she struggled with her chest, she enjoyed the day and was glad she ran.

3 of us took on the hilly Bungay Half Marathon. Mags lead the way in 1:51:03, followed by me (2:03:53) and Frank (2:23:40). This is a lovely route with a great informal atmosphere and a nice eco medal, T shirt, snacks and a Ghost Ship (Beer – not an actual ship although that would be cool!). Note to John Bush – Like hell the hills are all done by 4.5 miles! I feel scammed.

Rodger and Tomasz did the Essex Walker – organised by LDWA Essex and Herts. A lovely 17.5M route thru the heartland of mid Essex. Sunny weather and good company made for a great day out. They thoroughly enjoy it and would recommend to anyone who fancies a bit of local trail running.

Amanda Watson-Ali did the Roads2Rhodes 10K in you guessed it….Rhodes. This is billed as a “stunning seaside trip to one of the sunniest destinations in Europe and experience a magical journey through time! Let the history of Rhodes take you on a journey from the Classical, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval, Ottoman and Italian eras to the present day!” It sounds like Amanda had a great time! She finished in 1:00:54 and would highly recommend the race.

Despite such a busy Sunday, we saw also saw a fair amount of parkrun action this week. Full results can be found here – https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1475

Some highlights were Martin Owen on more NENDY parkrun tourism at Maldon prom parkrun – Please explain NENDY to us uninitiated? This does NOT make Martins Boring parkrun List as it’s quite a good one with a small section on a field, through woods, then along the prom and round the fountain for 2 laps, recommended for those who haven’t done it yet. He came in 27th in 23:38 and had bacon after. Sounds like a great morning out to me.

Emma Wakeling was feeling pretty happy with herself after her Highwoods parkrun effort this week. She set out wanting to run the whole course and do it quicker than when she paced 35 minutes during our takeover (34.41) and ended up smashing it in 32.35 and getting 3rd in her age cat to boot – Go Emma!

Paul Connell also did some parkrun tourism whilst away for the weekend at Gorleston Cliffs. He reports its a nice 2 lap course at a seafront location. He finished in 7th place in 20.01.

Jonathan Briggs got his fastest time in 9 years at Marks Hall parkrun, which is also his third fastest ever at 22:52 Jonathan credits the Thursday night track crew, but I think he may have done some of the hard work himself – Well done!

Charlie Keitch was also on the tourist trail at Cusworth Hall parkrun in Doncaster. He reports its a lovely parkrun, but with plenty of opportunities to go wrong if you’re a first timer out in front, which is exactly what he was. Some healthy competition pushed Charlie to bag a first place finish in 19:06. He even had a mini cheer squad there for support. Love the colour coordination and well done on your first place finish!

Richard Flutter did Henley wood Parkrun. He describes it as “a muddy x/c one so a tad slippery underfoot” Can’t have been too bad as he managed to get 2nd place in 20.53. Wow!

Daniel Harris-Whymark went to Chilton Fields parkrun for some local tourism and a catch up with a friend. He finished 12th with a time of 24:37 on “a relatively flat trail course, but the ground was a bone dry mud bath and hard on the legs”.

Larina did Highfields parkrun for the second time knocking 4 minutes off last week and finishing with a new PB of 29:41. She loves the route, even though there are a few hills.

Like the adults weren’t busy enough, the kids have also been running their socks off this week. The Wakeling clan did Clacton Junior parkrun…bribed by waffles with ice cream and crazy golf afterwards! Where do I sign up? Brody got a new PB by 5 seconds finally ducking in under 10 mins (9.58). Poor Laci took a tumble on her 2nd lap, scrapping her hands and slowing her down (13:47) such a shame as she was enjoying it until that point.

Grainne’s children were pretty busy too. Her eldest daughter, Ivy-Rose ran Colchester Castle parkrun (only her third adult parkrun!) in 38:26. Her youngest daughter, Nainsí ran Colchester Junior Parkrun in 16:15 and her middle daughter, Órlaith got a PB with 13:15! That’s one proud Mummy we have there 🙂

Whilst we saw some confusion over awards at the Essex Relays, one award did make its way to the correct recipient. This was the trophy James won at the Cross Country series. Huge thanks to Emma for organising them and to everyone who provided the bribery cakes. There does seem to be a theme here for motivating our youngsters….. In fact I think that probably applies to all of GBRC.

What a great week!