Witham Running Club was formed in 1983 to support those who want to train, race and run for fun, on and off road. We are based at Bramston Sports Centre in Witham and we now have over 170 members. We have a thriving juniors section and our ratio of ladies to men is about 40:60.
More information is in the "About Us" section in the menu on the left.
This is to say a very big thank you to all of you who helped make this year's event a great success. Numbers were, actually, down on last year, but this in no way detracted from a really successful day. Our marshals were many and excellent, the water stations well staffed and efficient as ever, HQ help was great. Levit's Corner, always the busy point in the race, worked well this year with a bypass route to the large car park and loads of help from our friends at Havering 90 Joggers.
Really, I can't thank you all enough. We're so grateful to all of you, whether part of a team or organisation or simply as individuals. I do not have everyone's e mail address, so I'd be really grateful if you'd pass on my thanks to other helpers from your club or society. I do hope you enjoyed the day. When the dust has settled, we again look forward to giving support to deserving local charities and organisations.
Those clubs and societies who turned out en masse, perhaps manning a water station, who had team mates competing in the marathon, don't forget that we'll happily refund you for up five entries. Please do take advantage of this offer. If you have not already done so, please provide:
1. the names of up to five team entrants
2. correct payee name for your club/society
3. name and address of the club representative to whom you'd like us to send the cheque
Do this as soon as possible please - we're keen to finalise the accounts and distribute proceeds.
Next year's marathon will be on Sunday 11th May 2014. Please put this date in your diary and let me know as soon as you like if you'll be available. If you'd like a different position next year or have any good suggestions as to how the event can be improved, do please let me know.
Thanks Friends, it's greatly appreciated.
On behalf of the Halstead Road Runners and athletics in Essex,
stewart writes "Last Friday saw Trev Johnson taking part in the Property Tri at Eton Domey Lake, Windsor. Despite a painful achilles he managed the 750m swim; 21K bike ride and 5K run in 1:18:57 finishing 8th in his age group and 149th overall out of a field of nearly 1000.
On Sunday Lee Pembroke did the St Neots Super Sprint Tri. After a 400m open water swim, 8.5K bike ride and 2.5K run he was 4th man home and 7th overall."
stewart writes "TUESDAY 21ST MAY: 7.30 pm sharp please at The Green Dragon, Gt Leighs, CM778QN, for our fourth pub run of the summer. Hopefully a bit drier than last week but certainly less undulating and a tad quieter. The usual 'as usuals' - please car share where possible; wear a club top to help promote the club; order and pay for food before the run and please try to support the pub! A choice of two routes - 5.6 or 4.2 and we welcome back our New2Runners for their third session with us which will be led tonight by Claire B.
THURSDAY 23RD MAY: The first Summer 5K race on our new course from The Angel, Kelvedon CO5 9AN. Please see seperate postings for full details.
SATURDAY 25TH MAY: 9.00 am Morrisons, Witham. Cycling. Further details here later.
stewart writes "A brilliant club turnout for Sunday's 10 miler at Gt Baddow with some excellent times and a few PBs. James Farren led the 23 strong Witham contingent finishing in 13th place with a great time of 58.35 (it is worth noting that the winning time was an impressive 52.59!). Please see Read More below for the full results. Photos of the race will be in the gallery soon."
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stewart writes "Just a reminder that although the current grouping system means fewer turnbacks are necessary it does not mean that they are not required at all. Whilst everybody should be running in a group doing a time with which they feel comfortable, thus allowing the group to keep together, there will be occasions when someone drops off the pace or has to stop for some reason. Under such circumstances the group leader will call for a 'turnback' and everybody in that group should run back to the last person. Apart from just being courteous it is important that no runner is left on their own, especially during the pub run season when we are running routes that may not be familiar to everyone."
stewart writes "Fresh from his endeavours at Halstead last week Pete Burns, with wife Mary, took off to the beautiful Killlarney National Park in Co. Kerry for Saturday's Lakes of Killarney marathon and half marathon. Pete improved on his Halstead time by over 5 minutes finishing the race in 5:50:12 whilst Mary, running in the half marathon, finished first in her age group with 2:27:59."
Stewart Wallers 22 June (please note the date change)
Naomi & Dave Emmerick 13 July
We have a date change for the 1st BBQ for this year to be held at Stewart Waller's, the date is now 22nd June.
Please make a note of the date change in your Diaries.
As I said before and I'm sure those who have attended the BBQ's in previous years will agree, these events are brilliant and a very good opportunity to socialise with all of us not just your running groups.
All you need to bring is a seat to sit on, your food for BBQ and of course not forgetting your drink. Good company and the facilities are all provided.
Really looking forward to seeing LOTS of you on the day.
Tuesday saw us try a new Pub namely the Bell at Feering on a miserable
night for running which probably accounted for our lower than normal turnout
However it was good to see that our New to Running Group
under the watchful eye of Team Coach Dave Smith numbered 7.
attendance and surprisingly all running following their County Bronze
Medal performance two days prior were Rhu, Jon and Leo who were duly awarded
their Medals by Stewart.
Thursday's structured session took place from St Bartholomew's in Wickham
Bishops with two options of on the road hills or team relays around the
Orchards which as ever proved to be one of the favourite but hardest sessions
of the Summer. Thanks to John for the former and Rachel for the latter
both of which will be replicated later in the summer.
Thursday Harwich kicked off their 5k Series and we had three runners here with
Terry Alabaster 20.50, James Kennerley 23.02 and Claire Blake 32.30. all
putting in excellent performances.
Due to Baddow on Sunday our usual Parkrun suspects were absence but flying
the flag at Chelmsford were debutant Dan Hardy and Sue Mold both of
whom can be pleased with their times of 21.50 and 25.09 respectively.
Adam Hocken decided on his local Parkrun and completed the course in Castle
Park Colchester in an impressive 22.34.
The first of the summer 5K races is next Thursday. Due to the closure of the Sportsman’s Arms, we have been forced to find a new course. After considering a number of options, we identified a new course which ticks all the boxes.
The base for the race will be the Angel pub in Kelvedon. The start of the race is roughly a half mile away, and the race finishes right outside the front of the pub. The course is undulating but with nothing too steep, so it should allow for some fast times. The course has been officially measured and has a UKA license, and I’d like to thank Martyn for arranging that. I’ll brief everyone on the route before the race.
The finish position allows for a grandstand view from the tables in front of the pub, so family and friends are welcome to come and watch your sprint finish with a drink in their hand! I’d also encourage you to stay for a recovery bite to eat. We are still discussing with the pub about a menu they will put on for us, so more details on this to follow.
The race will start at 19:45 prompt. You will need to register beforehand to get a race number. To help ensure the race starts on time, you will need to register by 19:15. We will have safety pins available.
Races can’t happen without people volunteering to help, and a club 5K race is no different. We need about 6 people to marshal along the course. Therefore I’d be very grateful if you could let me know if you are able to help.