Singles, Doubles, Trebles and Tipples!

Marathon regulars Dan Smith and Andy Wilmott did the Great Barrow Challenge Christmas Triple Tipple this week both completing 2 out of the 3 marathons on offer over the 3 day period. The series takes place on a tough course with only day 2 being all on road and the cold weather made conditions even more challenging. Wilmot finished day 1 in 4 hours 52 minutes and impressively achieved a quicker time of 4 hours 45 minutes on day 2. Smith finished day 2 in 5 hours and 6 minutes and day 3 in 5 hours and 31 minutes.

John Warne also completed a 26.2 this week running the Flitch Way Marathon on New Year’s Eve in a time of 5 hours and 6 minutes. The distance wasn’t enough for John who decided to do the Great Notley Park Run an hour before the start of the marathon taking his total mileage for the day to 29.3. Recent retiree John clearly has no intention of slowing down and even returned to Great Notley Park Run the following day (Photo of John Warne courtesy of Jim Clark).

Also hungry for some extra mileage this week were a hardcore group of Wesley Atkins, Richard Candler, Jim Clark, Dan Hollinshead, Steve May, Nathan Roulson and Simon King who thought it would be fun to run 12 miles off road to do the New Year’s Eve parkrun at Great Notley. The group timed their warm up perfectly arriving just a minute before the start of the parkrun. The long warm up was no hindrance for Jim Clark who finished in 6th place in a new personal best of 20 minutes and 44 seconds (Photo courtesy of Jenn Langley).

There was quite a Halstead contingent at Great Notley on New Year’s Eve including Andy Carter, Jenn Langley, Axel Voigt and regular Les Morley. Wendy Carter didn’t let recent injuries stop her from finishing first in her age category and 8th female overall in a time of 26:07.

There were some parkrun trebles over the New Year weekend with Julia Woolnough running at Colchester, Charlotte May and Andy Owen at Great Notley and Nicole Smith at Southend on New Year’s Eve. On New Year’s Day all 3 of them also did double parkruns with Julia Woolnough returning to Colchester having first run at Ipswich. Andy Owen, Charlotte May and Nicole Smith did Great Notley and then Chelmsford with May’s cumulative time 5 minutes and 50 seconds quicker than her 2016 double. Sam Wolton also completed the Great Notley and Chelmsford double (Photo courtesy of Steve May).

There was also a parkrun debut on New Year’s Day at Great Notley for John Markham who finished in a time of 26:45.

All the best for 2017