Friday (5), I’m in love

After a two year hiatus, the club once again put on our Friday Five on 1 July. Over 400 runners completed the fast and flat course through the village, whilst over 50 juniors took on the junior courses around the village green.

First home in the senior races were Colchester Harrier’s Dean Williamson (24:21) and Stowmarket Striders Maddie Gordon-Lee (28:03). Twelve of our own runners took part including Lisa Briggs who continues to go from strength to strength, finishing with a new PB of 37:32. Daniel Harris Whymark also claimed a new PB, finishing with a top 20 age category performance, in 36:32, whilst the husband and wife duo of Paul and Sarah Davison were just happy to make it around the course (and the rest of the series) with their marriage still intact.

You can see the full results of all the races here:

Despite a busy Friday night, plenty of blues were in action at parkrun on Saturday morning. You can see the club’s full consolidated results online, but special mentions for:

  • Robbie Lee, who completed his quickest parkrun at Colchester Castle this year in 22:11
  • Martin Owen, who was once again on the tourist trail at Mildenhall Hub (with the best vegan biscoff tiffin), where he finished 26th in 24:35.
  • Jo Weatherall and Patrick Auer who were also on the tourist trail with Heidi the dog at Peckham Rye.
Jo, Patrick and Heidi at Peckham Rye parkrun

Also straying far from home were Phil Presland and Yolande Arnold, who both took on the Holkham 10k, as part of the Outlaw Half Holkham Weekend. For Phil, this was his first race since returning from injury and his first 10k in over four years, so he was very pleased to finish in 51.06, whilst Yolande crossed the finish line in 1.00.37, despite the undulating course and breezy conditions. The next day, Vicky Presland completed the Outlaw Half Holkham, which consisted of a 1.2 mile lake swim, 56 miles on the bike and a half marathon to finish. Vicky completed the full course in the amazing time of 5:40:35.

Competing even further from home was John Booty, who went all the way to Wales to take part in the AEE Fan Dance Special Forces Test March. Described by the people who know as ‘an absolute lung buster that throws everything at you’, John completed the 24km march carrying about 36ibs of kit and provisions in 3:19:38, finishing within the 4hr SAS selection pass time, which secured him a second place finish in the master’s category.

Now, you might think going to Wales to march up Pen Y Fan is a long way to go for your weekend’s racing, but that’s nothing compared to Mags Komorowska, who was back home in her native Poland and competing in the Półmaraton Gęstwinami Murckowskimi, a technical 13.1 mile trail race through Polish woodlands. Mags finished the race as the fourth lady overall, and the first In her age category, with a finish time of 1:50:20.

Szczęśliwego biegania wszystkim!

(Happy running everyone!).