Men’s Newsletter June 2022

Men’s Newsletter – June 2022

Another month gone in a flash……and more great events and performances throughout the club.

Our numbers continue to grow, with a steady stream of new male and female members joining the club – so a big welcome to you all, we hope you are enjoying being part of GBRC.

To bring together members old and new we thought it would be a good time to have a “lads night out” (well, probably more accurately a “middle aged blokes night out”!). We are proposing Saturday 30th July, with the venue likely to be in Colchester somewhere – we will decide exactly where based on numbers interested. The format is likely to be….a drink or two, some food, another drink or two (soft or alcoholic, no pressure) and just a few laughs and a relaxed time. All are welcome, and it would be great to see as many as possible. If you would like to come along let me  know by email (

Before we do a quick recap of some of the month’s highlights, some reminders for you;

  1. The conclusion of the Mickey Edwards 5k series is next Wednesday (6th July) and it would be great to see as many of you as possible. The race will be starting at 7:20 sharp, so please ensure you arrive at Gt Bentley Village Hall by 7:00pm (and don’t forget your number). We do rely on marshals to help keep our runners safe, so if you aren’t planning to run, please get in touch with Fraser at; and offer your services.  
  • Great to see so many of you enjoying the nettles on Rodgers Trail Run. It seems most of us got round without too much trouble, but a few decided to take some pretty lengthy detours (no names mentioned…you know who you are!). Instructions for the next round are available now, and you have the whole month of July to complete it, so good luck. A big thank you to Rodger for organising this event each year, an amazing 170 people ran trail #1 in June which shows how popular they are.        
  • The final Friday 5 of the series is our very own race in Great Bentley, the entry list looks huge so it should be a great event. Massive thanks to everyone volunteering to help, baking cakes, and supporting this important club event – it really is a massive income generator, and we want to maintain our reputation for the best races and best support out on the course – so do us proud! Good luck also to those who are running both in the adult race and the children’s races.
  • We will be holding the Geoff Day 5k on Wednesday 27th July. This memorial race is always a really popular event and follows the same 5k course as the ME series. Be great to see lots of you there running (and of course we will need some marshals). Registration at 6:45, for the race at 7:15.   
  • Another great event takes place on 7th August. The Ekiden relays are always a fun day and loads of you have signed up, but the more the merrier. Running as part of a team covering marathon distance overall, you run an individual distance between 5k and 10k. The deadline for signing up has been extended to Monday (4th July) so don’t miss out, let Lisa Briggs know ASAP if you are interested (
  • Finally, an event for the youngsters: Looking ahead to September, GBRCs Rita is putting on a kids race on September 3rd in Dovercourt. It’s free to enter, but Rita is fundraising for the North Essex Support Team, a small local charity helping struggling families and individuals in the community. There are  various distances, from 400m for the under 6s up to 2km for the under 17s. All kids taking part will receive a medal.

So, just a few of this month’s highlights.

GBRC had an excellent result at the Stour Valley Half marathon with the men bagging all of the podium places, Doug McGillivray came in 1st, followed by David Wright 2nd and Craig Mitchell in 3rd.  Well done also to Charlie Keitch who ran the marathon distance – although it turned out to be an ultra at 27.5 miles. Nice work chaps!

A hot and hilly Boxted saw a good GBRC turn-out with Patrick Auer finishing an excellent 8th place overall in the 5k race, and 1st in his age category.

The Friday 5 series has continued throughout the month, with a strong GBRC contingent regularly turning up and battling the hills, the heat and last week the sheep! A really great series of runs and one to sign up for next year if you haven’t tried it yet.    

Lots of great Parkrun performances as always. Our intrepid traveller Martin Owen continues to do the rounds, popping up at various places on a Saturday – including perilously close to power stations!

In contrast Mark Jasper has clearly nailed his regular Clacton Parkrun course regularly coming 1st and running around 18 minutes. Also, great to see Mark running so well at Mickey Edwards, posting sub-18-minute PB times.

A shout out for Phil Presland, who has had a torrid time with long-standing injury problems but seems to be finding his running feet again, enjoying training and getting out (and lost!) on the trails again. Nice to see you back Phil.

Congratulations to Dave Jones who went all the way to Hamburg at the start of the month to complete his first Iron-man. He swam/biked/ran his way round and no doubt earned himself a well-deserved rest day afterwards.

Well done to everyone who has run this month, we can’t include it all in the newsletter, but we get a more detailed report each week from our team of reporters, so I’ve you have missed any of these during the month go back and have a read, they can be found on the website.

Onto Runner of the Month (ROM). This month’s winner stands out as being a determined, focused and highly competitive athlete – who is very humble about his achievements, and an all-round lovely bloke. He has caught our eye over recent months, enjoying his running and seeming to be getting quicker and quicker, through showing great commitment in training and delivering some great performances in recent races – despite suffering a few injury problems.   

Our decision was unanimous this month with all of us in awe at one particular performance – not entirely a running event, in fact something much harder than that the Centurion Triathlon which covers a total distance of  100 Miles, made up of a 1.25-Mile Swim, 84-Mile Bike and 15-Mile Run. To achieve 3rd place overall in a time of 7hrs 18mins was an amazing achievement, especially with the rest of the top 5 all having a significant age advantage! A well-deserved reward for all the hard work and determination preparing for the event.

Well done David Allen, you are June’s Runner of the Month (and we couldn’t resist the temptation to post this great picture of you 😊)

To end we would also like to say congratulations to our very own men’s captain Fraser Lewis, who celebrated his wedding to another GBRC member Mark Lashmar on 8th June. It looked like a fantastic day was had by all, and we wish you both a long, and happy marriage. Congratulations!!