Mens Newsletter – April 2022

Welcome to the 1st newsletter from your new male captain’s team, we are excited and privileged to be taking on our roles, and if April is anything to go by it’s going to be a great, and busy year!
Before we go on, we thought it might be helpful to introduce ourselves, and share a bit about us;

Fraser Lewis (joint Captain): This year I am trying to be a triathlete, having only just learnt to swim properly in January 2022 this could be an interesting year! This is my 2nd year with GBRC although I have taken part in various GBRC events previously. By day I am an Operations Manager for a national charity and live in a new part of Colchester called Chesterwell. I am originally from Edinburgh but moved to Essex in 2000 due to work. My running distances go up to ultras having completed the St Peters Way a few years ago but stick more to the marathon and half marathon distances these days. Outside of running I am a crazy Lego builder and find the builds therapeutic but like my colleagues there is not enough hours in the day to fit everything in!
Rob Dyer (joint Captain): I joined GBRC in 2018 (I think) and have thoroughly enjoyed being a member of the club ever since. When I moved up to Ipswich a couple of years ago I was given the option of joining Ipswich Jaffas by Caroline, who was then a Jaffa herself. Instead, I convinced Caroline to join GBRC as we are a far superior club! I used to think that my running ambition was to get faster and faster over 5k, but seemingly running stupid long distances has taken over so I’ll keep doing that for a while longer. Outside running I seem to spend a lot of time on the move as I have 2 daughters who live in Denmark so I am over there a lot, and I work for Natural Resources Wales, managing a cockle fishery on the River Dee, so I am over there a lot too.
Paul Davison (vice-Captain): Paul shares his passion of running with wife Sarah, with both of them joining GBRC around 6 years ago and have taken part in countless races, events, and trips with the GBRC family. By day Paul is an IT Director in the NHS (yeah, I know, really boring…) and lives in Eight Ash Green. A keen, some might say crazy, runner Paul enjoys all distances from 5k up to ultra, any beyond, and it’s fair to say likes a challenge! What else does he do outside of work and running? Not a lot, there’s not enough hours left in the day!

If anyone wants any information about the club, has any ideas, or have any questions or concerns then please speak to one of us, or drop us a message.

So, let’s get on with the running stuff…
April has seen some great races, both local and further afield, with some fantastic performances and so many PB’s. The weekly race reports do a great job of letting us know who has done what, so we won’t repeat it here, but there were a couple we felt needed a special shout out.
Firstly, to Gary Cooper who ran 10k at Little Bromley. Despite being apprehensive before Gary showed massive grit and determination to complete the course and was helped home with some encouragement and support from Barbara when, in his own words, the ‘wheels were falling off his wagon’. Well done Gary massive respect from us all (and Barbara, you are a star!)
Secondly, to our own Rob Dyer who completed a mammoth 115k (72 miles) running around the coast of the Isle of Wight. Part of Rob’s fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Society he took this on less than a week after running a marathon, and not one to miss a bit of tourism Rob even diverted and ran the extra 5k of a parkrun whilst undertaking the challenge!!

On top of these amazing performances, there were PB’s at Harwich half marathon, Little Bromley 10k, Manchester Marathon, Krakow Marathon, various Parkruns and many more!! It’s a shame the Essex 5k relays weren’t quite 5k as there would have been a hatful of PBs there also, some really amazing running all round.
But it is not all about PB’s and stand-out performances, it’s about getting out there and running, whether that is on your own, at training, in races or whatever works for you, so keep it up guys!

Some quick reminders for the coming month…
• The annual Mickey Edwards 5k series starts with a baseline run on Wednesday 11th May, and then races every 2 weeks until the final race on 6th July. It’s a great club event, and the handicap format makes it extra special – so give it a go if you can. If you are unable/don’t want to run, or would rather help out, then we also need marshalls so please let Fraser know if you can lend a hand. More detail can be found on the website here.

• GBRC have agreed to take on marshalling duties for a section of the course for the Colchester Half Marathon on 22nd May, so if you are not running and are available that day then please let Meera know as we are still a few people short.

• The Friday 5 series is back for 2022. This is a series of local 5 mile races on a Friday night through the summer at Felixstowe (May 20), Sudbury (May 27), Framlingham (Jun 10), Bury (Jun 17), Stowmarket (Jun 24) and our very own race on July 1st. These are always great races, with a good social feel at the start of the weekend. There are some GBRC members already signed up for these, but for some reason the ladies side of the club seem to be much more keen that the mens side. If you would like to run these the sign up details can be found on the Friday 5 website ( Please do not sign up for the GBRC race via the website. There will be an opportunity to run our race once we know we have all the marshalling duties covered. In previous years priority has gone to those runners who have run in the other Friday 5 races.

• RunONE has officially started, this is a charity event run by Rob Dyer to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. It’s very simple, just sign up for £7 and run 1 mile at some point during May at your choice of date, time, and venue. Once completed register with Rob and receive your medal. There will be a special GBRC 1 mile time trial session on the track at Northern Gateway on Thursday May 19th and people can use this for RunONE (medals can be collected on the night). More details can be found on the RunONE website.

And finally (drum roll please) for our 1st Runner of the Month (ROM)……
This was a really tough decision, lots of men’s performances caught our eye this month for many reasons, and any one of them would have been a worthy recipient.
Someone though stood out for a number of reasons. This guy has been working really hard in training, supporting others on long runs preparing for races, Parkrun volunteering, and had a great marathon PB in Krakow. So, congratulations to Tom Komorowski our April ROM, and a real gentleman and massive asset to the club, well done Tom and keep up the good work!

We are looking forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks.
Paul D, Rob and Fraser