The Easter weekend got off to a start with the Sudbury Fun Run on Good Friday. There are still no official results from this event so they will follow once available.
The long Bank Holiday weekend also offered some multi-day events. Marathon legend Andy Wilmot completed The Great Barrow Challenge Spring Quad of 4 marathons in 4 days – an amazing feat for any runner let alone one in his seventies! Wilmot’s times were 4:45, 5:00, 4:56 and 5:13. John Warne joined Wilmot on the Saturday and unfortunately missed one of the turn off signs and ended up running an extra 2 miles to finish in 4:56.
The Road Runners were well represented at the popular Easter Eggstravaganza Trail Series. On Good Friday the trail started at The Old Queen’s Head in Fordham with 3 distances on offer – the longer 12 mile option saw James Smith and Gavin Allen finish in 2nd position. Rob Frost, whose pace is just as quick off road as on, was 5 minutes behind them in 3rd place. Also taking on the longer route was Men’s Captain Dan Hollinshead doing his first ever trail. Over the 10k distance the Road Runners dominated the top of the field again with Tom Porter and Jon Greenley in 1st position. Andy Carter, Caroliena Cameron and Nicole Smith also completed the middle distance. Wendy Carter, Lorraine Garnham and Val Kerrison took on the shorter 4 mile route.
Day 2 was from Little Baddow Cricket Club. This is always a very muddy and hilly course through the woods. Over the 11 mile distance James Smith finished in 1st position again. Sam Wolton was the only other Road Runner who did the longer route. In the 5 mile option, trail running expert Andy Carter was first back for the Road Runners followed by Caroliena Cameron, Wendy Carter and Nicole Smith.
Day 3, Easter Sunday, was from The Chequers in Felsted with the Halstead men again featuring in the podium positions over the 6.5 mile route. James Smith claimed the top spot for the second day in a row with Rob Frost in 3rd. Bob Langley was next back for the club followed by good friends Andy Carter and Don English. Caroliena Cameron, Sandi Robinson Miller, Wendy Carter, Nicole Smith and Sam Wolton enjoyed their runs which included going through a ford. Over the shorter, 4.5 mile option, Ladies’ Captain Charlotte May was impressed with her navigation skills which saw her finish 3rd overall and first lady back.
The final day was from The Rose and Crown in Great Waltham. The predicted downpour held off but conditions were probably the muddiest they had been all weekend. There was just the one distance available. James Smith, running for his 4th consecutive day and Gavin Allen missed out on the top spots. However, Smith finished second overall in the series. Rob Frost put in another strong run. Trail runs are very sociable events with many people opting to run with friends or family including Dan Hollinshead and Wes Atkins and Anna Bambridge and Rachael Roughan. Bob Langley finished just 24 seconds behind the two ladies. Caroliena Cameron, Trevor Sibley, and Nicole Smith, running for the 4th day in a row, also completed the course. There is the option to walk these trails which Sarah Frost did on Sunday and Monday continuing her return to fitness following the birth of baby Alice.
More information about trail running and local events can be found at Trail Running For Essex