The “Don’t we get about” Race report

It may have gone by unnoticed but there wasn’t a race report last week and this one is verging on being late due to a long weekend away and manic life however as such this is an action packed, bumper edition which will keep you reading for longer! I’m going to start by mentioning some of the amazing performances / unusual races that took place 2 weeks ago and if you want to know more about the regular parkrun results for that week then you can take a nose here.

Sue Wray took on some tourism, participating in The Pastures parkrun (AKA Hogwarts!). She was 1st in her age category (30.52) and described it as a tough trail course. Now as a massive Harry Potter fan this is on my must do list!

The Pastures AKA Hogwarts

Richard Flutter ventured to Henley Wood Parkrun claiming a 1 sec course PB (20.52) for 7th place.

Now for a triple date / holiday to Poland – Krakow to be exact and even though the steadfast six (Caroline Talbot, Rob Dyer, the Davisons and the Komorowska’s) were all taking on the marathon on the Sunday they also decided to turn their legs over the day before and to do the local, hilly parkrun (well it would be rude not to right?). Then for the main event, 26.2 miles.

Whilst it was PB central, Caroline wins the record for the biggest ever PB – knocking off a staggering 1 hour and 41 mins from her previous marathon time. Rob stuck with her the whole way supporting her towards this impressive achievement. Sarah also did excellently, completing in under 4:15 despite limited training and Paul nailed himself a 5 min PB finishing in just over 3:09! Mags continued to show her determination and talent, completing in under 3:45 knocking off almost 4 mins and in her own words was “a dream come true!” Tom also got a PB (something in the Polish water?) and was under 3:50. Feedback from our GBRC warriors is that it’s a  great course, brilliant facilities and fantastic atmosphere. Recommended to anyone particularly anyone new to marathon running who fancies a very well supported 1st road marathon. There is a strong chance they will be back next year for the marathon and/ or the night 10k and rollerblading marathon! Maybe we can get an even bigger group together?

The Krakow Clan

Claire Poole and Andrew Hart took on the Balquhidder Sterling Mhor 10k run!  The best 10k Claire has ever run (1:02:50) with incredible scenery but is it is definitely NOT a PB course 2k flattish, 4k up and 4k down!!

Larina Marsh jeffed an unsupported trail marathon around Roding which was apparently a trail for experienced trail runners only 25 runners took part.

Now to Layer 5 and one of Craig’s events. My young man Brody took part in the junior 1 mile fun run and was 1st boy and 2nd overall despite getting lost twice!

The adult race is a 5 mile, out and back, multi-terrain course. David Balfour was the 1st Bentley (42.38) then Louise Balfour (47.38) Frank, Brian and Max (52.24) and (52.26), me (53.08) (I was super chuffed as just wanted to be under one hour)! Sue Wright (54.35), Belinda Palmer-Barnes (55.40), Amanda Ali (1:06.26) and John Bush (1:08).

The Layer lot

Charlotte’s two ducklings Albert and Jocelyn really got into his stride at their first ever Junior parkrun (Colchester) – well done kiddies!

Now for this week: Charlie celebrated his 100th parkrun at Colchester Castle taking it easy (for him!) 24:13. Saving his legs for the 1st of the Harwich 5k series and tapering for the imminent Halstead marathon.

Charlotte Mills achieved a new pb for Highwoods (28:10). Her 1st time on the summer route which I find much harder than the winter one and was first woman in her age category.

I made the most of my weekend away in Saxmundham, driving the 15 minutes to Sizewell for some parkrun tourism (31:07). An out and back course along the seafront, on sand, shingle and grass. Very uneven ground in places and one to watch out for rolled ankles.

Blue skies and power station

Others onboard the tourism train include Leoni Harvey (27:15) at Ipswich, Amanda Watson-Ali Rothwell park run in Leeds (28:03) (don’t forget to add GBRC as your running club on your parkrun profile so the report picks you up and we don’t miss you from future reports), Caroline Talbot (27:56) and Rob Dyer (40:52) at Medina IOW and Paul Connell did the Grizzly favourite Seaton (20:04)

All other parkrun results for last Saturday can be viewed here and also a shout out to Orlaith Hallahan for doing Colchester junior (14:09)

Now for all manner of other races that kept us busy over the bank holiday weekend…. 

Charlotte Mills and Grainne Hallahan ran Lee Valley Velopark (10k and half marathon respectively) Charlotte achieved her first sub 60 10k and placed #10 female for that distance.  Grainne used it as a training run rather than a race (1:54:30)

Last Sunday saw the Heritage run in Suffolk. Both 10km (inc canicross) and half marathon options were available (they were mentioned by the Sizewell parkrun Director the previous day but I wasn’t persuaded!) Craig, David Balfour, Debs Hollidge and Mags took part. Feedback was that it is a lovely challenging route but unfortunately the marshals and race signs were very bad, resulting in multiple wrong turns and extra distance.

Now for a super crazy duo who took on the Isle of Wight Challenge. A trail race along the island’s stunning coastal path. It’s along the spectacular southern cliffs, past the iconic Needles, and up to historic Cowes at the half-way stop which is just what Helen Coe did, coming in as 4th female out of 48!  Rob Dyer completed the full Island challenge, carrying on to historic Ventnor, and back to complete the epic 106km journey. Apparently the elevation was insane (I can believe it and Rob’s face says it all!)

106,000 why the hell did i do that thoughts

On bank holiday Monday Sue Wray completed the company of Runners Big bear cider run, in Stisted Essex. A 7 mile self navigation trail race and last but not least, there was the May Day 10 mile Essex champs in Witham which both Tim Clifton (1:31) and Craig (1:08:07 ) ran. According to all accounts it was well marshalled and a great route.

Emma out!