This weekend saw the return of our long awaited Legacy 10k the race is normally takes place across the 2012 Olympic mountain biking track but due to repair work on the site a new route had to be planned which was a combination of the of the old course with a with pathways and tracks around the Hadleigh Country Park thrown in for good measure and if you love hills there were still plenty of those to challenge yourself on. Most seemed to like the new course with a mixed response as to whether the course seemed harder or slightly easier, certainly having the hills spaced out seemed to help some even if this was more of a psychological than anything else as the elevation was practically the same but the weather was pretty much perfect with a slight cooling wind interspersed with sunny periods, 296 runners took part this year and as always received their winners medal and a fabulous pale blue T shirt for those who paid the extra for the souvenir item.First across the line was Russel McGavock in a very impressive time of 35:47 and the first CPJ across the line was Kieran Neary at 43:11 followed closely by Richard Bonham in 43:18, the first CPJ lady over the line was Alice Brackley with a great time of 50:53.
Over in Brentwood 4 CPJ’s took part in the half Marathon course Jon Strutt came first in 1:45:32 followed by Lloyd Rowe in 1:48:38, Susan Smith raised over £340 for Ovacome and the Stroke Association in memory of her mum and Father in law who have sadly passed away and our oldest member Albert Miles completed the course in 2:51:51 at the age of 84!
The return of the cross country season has got off to a fabulous start for CPJ winning both the first two rounds in our division, the first one taking place at the beautiful South Weald park and the original venue for the the Olympic Mountain Bike course and the second at One Tree Hill with perfect weather for running on both days, it was also good to see some our new members getting involved for the first time. For those that are new to cross country the scoring is similar to golf in that it's the lowest amount of points to win, so the first 6 men and and the first 4 women score from our team and least two men have to be vets and at least one women has to be a vet (that's a veteran not a doctor of animals!) So first over the line scores 1 point, the second 2 points and so on, so if we had the first 6 men over the line and the first 4 women, we would score 21 points, so the club with the lowest score wins! Our next challenge is back on home territory in Hadlegh Country Park on April 24th.
The Grizzly is a multi terrain race across the glorious East Devon coastline and countryside and attracts runners from all over the uk and the world over a distance of 20 miles with a shorter Club run of 9 miles. This race has become a favourite of Adam Hemsworth and his family over the past few years and with the race back on with restrictions lifted the Hemsworth were keen to get back in their stride with Adam over the line in 2:53:34, in the Cub race Beverley Newman came in at 2:22:43 and closely followed by Sarah and Laura Hemsworth at 2:22:44