The race week started on Tuesday with the 3rd in the Harwich 5K series. 16 of us took on the flat but somewhat windy 5K route along Harwich seafront. Our very own Bee Palmer-Barnes led everyone home and was first across the line this week and Grainne achieved a new PB in 22:57. Another one to watch is Rich Moor who is currently sitting in 3rd place on the Men’s leaderboard. Well done to everyone who ran.

On Wednesday Phil Presland and daughter Milly ran the Essex Trail Events Monk street trail run. Phil came in 20th place and speedy Milly was the 4th female. They decided to take on a bit more than the advertised 6.5 miles due to taking a slight detour. Phil isn’t at all resentful about this 🙂

Friday saw the 4th event in the Friday 5 series, this time hosted by Bury st Edmund’s Pacers. 15 blues ran with Jon Mann leading the way in 33:17. He was followed by Paul D (35:30), Colin F (36:59), Mags (38:50), Hien (40:13), Lisa (41:27), Daniel W (41:31), Caroline T (43:54), Sarah (44:22), Donna (48:22), Bee PB (50:49), Frank (51:41), Teresa (59:50), John Bush (59:52) and Stephen Cartwright (1:00:16). I can only imagine how tough that was! Mags is currently in 9th place for the series with Hien hot on her heels in 10th.

On Saturday we parkran.

There was tourism. Paul and Yolande did the Pennington ‘Flash’ parkrun. Rich Moor was at York, Rob Blackman was at Jesmond Dene and Grainne went to Brentwood. Many of you also explored our local parkruns. The full results can be found here – https://www.parkrun.com/results/consolidatedclub/?clubNum=1475

On Sunday, Claire Poole, Michelle A and I (Leoni) went to Nene Park in Peterborough for our first Swimrun event. We LOVED it!

Sunday was also the Stour Valley Marathon and Half Marathon. Our men won the top 3 position in the Half Marathon – 1st Doug (1:39:24), 2nd Dave W (1:42:21), 3rd Craig M (1:51:29).

Martin and Sammy C also ran the half together and finished in 2:58:15.

Charlie took on the Marathon distance (well just a bit over, technically making it a mini Ultra). This being his 3rd Marathon in 3 months and finishing in 5th place in 3:59:35. Adam Waller-Toyne also completed the challenging course in 4:56:52.

Sue Wray seems to be the sole blue representative at the Sandringham Half Trail Marathon which looks like an interesting route, to say the least.

Well Done everyone!