CHM is back … and bluer than ever!

Friday 5

With the start of the 2022 J M Finn Friday 5 Series, we now have an extra day of running fun to add to the race report! 16 blues travelled to Kirton to take part in the first race in the series on Friday 20 May. Daniel Whymark achieved a strong PB of 37:58, after 9 months struggling with injury. Mags Komorowska was pleased with her time of 37:48 (and another mug for her collection), and Nina and Marion Simmons ran together to finish in 47:13 and 47:15 respectively. The full results for this event can be found here. I’m looking forward to seeing more great results as this series progresses.


It was a little quieter than usual on Saturday, with 45 GBRC members taking part in parkrun. Many volunteered this week in order to either recover after their race on Friday night, or rest before their race on Sunday. Clacton was a popular choice for our runners, with even the usually adventurous Martin Owen paying it a visit and finishing in 25:35. Anna Lyon (24:12), Grainne Hallahan (24:57), Charlotte Mills (27:21) and Tim Clifton (28:45) also ran at Clacton, with Anna finishing first in her age category.

Rob Dyer wins this week’s prize for furthest distance travelled to a parkrun – Damhusengen parkrun in Denmark – where he got 4th place and a course PB, which was only 3 seconds off his parkrun all-time PB.

To see results from all our club’s parkrunners this week, you can take a look at our consolidated club report.

Sunday races

Back for the first time since 2019, the Colchester half marathon took place on Sunday in very warm and sunny conditions – certainly not something we used to have to worry about it when it was in March!

Over 30 of our runners took part, and some also acted as pacers for the race to help others achieve their time goals. There were some great performances, but to name a few:

  • Maddy Allen completed her first official half marathon in a great time of 1:51:21.
  • The dynamic duo of Mags Komorowska and Jonathan Briggs ran together again, getting Jon a PB of 1:45:58
  • Bev Shortley overcame illness and the heat to finish in 2:04:38
  • Amanda Ali achieved a time of 2:15:29 – a 5 minute improvement on her half marathon time since the end of last year
  • Lisa Briggs achieved a PB of 1:52:12
  • Robbie Lee achieved a course PB of 1:41:40
  • Tim Clifton completed his first half marathon in his Bentley vest in 2:09:06
  • Paul Connell finished in 36th place in 1:25:44, and played a key role in helping the third lady finisher to a time that she really wanted to achieve
  • Paul and Norma Smith finished in 1:53:04 and 2:11:33. Despite the heat being a factor, Norma was only a minute outside of her PB
  • Both Gary Hill (2:18:23) and Yolande Arnold (2:16:58) said they did their slowest half marathons but still enjoyed it thanks to the support on the course – definitely a testament to how much we help each other get through those harder races.

You can view the full results here.

On behalf of all of us who ran, I want to give a huge thank you to Meera for organising the ‘blue support zone’, and to everyone who gave up their morning to marshal there. It was really well-positioned to keep us all going in the part of the course that heads away from the majority of the supporters, and you all worked so hard in hot conditions to keep us safe. It was very much appreciated!

In other news, Sue Wray also braved the heat and completed the Blackwater trail half marathon in 2:27.

Congratulations everyone on another fantastic week of running – the blue spirit really was out in force!