The battles of Hastings, Brighton and Stowmarket

To kick off the weekend, 16 blues took part in the penultimate race in the Friday 5 series at Haughley Park, Stowmarket. It was an undulating and varied course, which involving dodging both sheep and their droppings, but compared with 30 degree heat the week before, there were no complaints. Jon Mann achieved a 5 mile PB in a fantastic time of 31:56, and Bev Shortley was pleased with her time of 41:24, particularly as she did lots of overtaking on the hills! The full set of results can be found here. Some of our members are currently holding top 3 places in their age groups (current standings can be found here), so it’ll be really exciting to see what happens at the final fixture which we’re hosting this Friday.

Another race taking place on Friday night was the ‘Wonky Twilight Trail’, a 12-mile cross country run from Acton Village Hall and back via Lavenham across the Suffolk countryside to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. Sue Wray took part in this event, and I hope she’s ok after her “spectacular stack on a tree root”!

46 of you started your Saturday with a parkrun. We had a couple of first finishers – Rob Blackman at Sheringham parkrun in 20:05, Mark Jasper at Clacton Seafront parkrun in 18:07 and Mags as the first female finisher at ‘parkrun Las Dębiński’ in Poland in 22:41. Tom was also 12th at this parkrun, and it gets them the prize for furthest distance travelled to parkrun this week!

Anna Lyon and Charlotte Mills visited Mersea Island parkrun, where Anna finished first in her age category in 25:40. The peripatetic Martin Owen was at Sizewell parkrun, finishing in 16th place and 1st in his age category (25:18), though his main achievement was staying a safe distance from the power station. Jon Briggs achieved a new 5k PB of 21:45 at Harwich parkrun, but I have politely informed him it doesn’t count because he only ran 3.08 miles.

Others who travelled to more far-flung places include Grainne Hallahan, who was the 4th female finisher (24:27) at Millennium Country parkrun at the Forest of Marston Vale, and Alison Clarke who visited Stratford Park parkrun in Stroud and finished in 33:58.

A couple of our ladies really showed their strength and determination in completing some challenging races on Sunday. Larina Marsh was pleased to complete the Brighton trail marathon, which had 3,404ft of elevation, in 24 degree heat. Leoni Harvey travelled to Hastings to take part in the 1066 triathlon, which was turned into a duathlon at last minute. However, she overcame this setback and the hilly course to finish in 3:44:51 which I think, if I have the correct ‘Harvey’ on the results, means she beat her husband by almost 12 minutes. Well done ladies, and everyone else, on your achievements this week.