February 2022 News

February has almost come to a close and with it comes the end of the Cross Country (XC) season for another year. A huge thanks to every one of you that took part in competing and/or volunteering. Richard Long and Kevin Winch have put a lot into the organising and I for one have really enjoyed the races that I attended – despite the cold, wet, windy, muddy conditions! I would say delete as applicable, but this year saw all of that, and more! The final event was the Nationals at Parliament Hill, the biggest event on the XC calendar and with a few thousand entrants our teams stood proud in their Orange vests. I would definitely suggest giving it a go next year, as well as the team comradery, XC is such a good addition to your training and strengthening – look out for its return towards the end of 2022.

Also this month we had a very successful Breakfast Run a couple of weeks ago. With the exception of one (let’s call it a slight) detour, everyone stayed on course, completed their runs and got back for tea, breakfast and an enjoyable get together. Thanks again to everyone for attending, helping out, and to Rose and Tony for organising.

On a more competitive front, there were a few races in February that had an orange offering – the full list and results can be found here – but some stood out and a few new Personal Bests (PBs) deserve a special mention.

  • Corinne Crane started the month with the Chichester 10k, a cold and breezy morning made her only more determined and she was awarded with a new PB for the distance at 53:23.
  • The following weekend it was the turn of Thomas Wright. On a relatively flat and perfect course he shone and despite it only being by 1 second, he achieved a new 10k PB of 32:56.
  • The next one this month came in the majestic shadow of Hampton Court Palace. In the middle of his first marathon training, David Hurt took a break from steady distance training and instead, put his foot down over this half marathon. Despite being agonisingly 2 seconds away from a sub 1:40, he knocked 4 minutes off his old PB and finished on 1:40:01.
  • Although not a PB (off by 1 second), my final mention here goes to Simon Wells for his first place finish at Bexley parkrun on 26th February. Although arriving to loosen his legs before heading to the XC, Simon finished the first lap in 2nd place and by the time he came round to the final straight he’d built up nearly a 30 second lead over his closest rival. Remember, parkrun is not a race – but it sure is good to see a Bexley first finisher!

Coming up next week is International Woman’s Day. For the ladies, there are 2 events that you can mark on your calendars, The first is Bexley parkrun who are celebrating the day with an all-female pacing run. If you want to be a pacer, or just come along on the day and perhaps look for a new PB of your own, full details can be found on their page HERE (https://www.parkrun.org.uk/bexley/news/2022/02/21/international-womans-day-pacers/) . The second event is being organised by our very own Jodie Harvey – on Tuesday 8th March all female runners at the club are invited to meet for a Ladies run. 5 gentle miles at a social pace from the club. Please wear your club vest for a group photo. Meet at the club house for a 7pm start.

It’s that time of year now where membership and training fees are to be renewed. Please do this before Tuesday or let us know if you have any problem and we can discuss this personally with your coach or one of the committee.

Out and about, we’ve probably all done a river run of some kind and you may or may not have heard about the redevelopment due to start soon to the Riverside Gardens and Pier Square (already in progress). I won’t bore you with details, but there are updates given regularly on the Greater Erith webpage (https://www.greatererith.com/news-and-views/) if you’re interested.

Coming up this month on the race calendar we have the Dartford Half Marathon (https://www.letsdothis.com/gb/e/dartford-half-marathon-17833) on the 13th March which is a local, slightly challenging route – but certainly worth entering if you enjoy that kind of thing.

Also worth looking out for the Harvel 5 entries (http://harvelhashhouseharriers.com/harvel-5/),  opening up on March 5th at 5pm. This race sells out quicker than an Adele concert so be prepared if you want a spot. What you get for your entry is a fun afternoon 5 mile run from the little Kent village of Harvel. Organised by the Harvel Hash House Harriers – “a drinking club with a running problem”. It’s a sobering 2pm start, but that’s the only sober thing about the day as the run has a beer/water stop, finish area festival vibes and a real social feel.

With that in mind, it’s never too early to enter any of the other races on the Grand Prix list here if you want to take part – it’s great to see a large Bexley AC turnout at these events.

I think that about covers my updates for this month, so thanks for reading and have a good March!

Paul Dallison
Road Running Secretary

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