#TopDogs (8th November 2020)


We have a bumper edition of #TopDogs this week. With lockdown bringing a temporary close to our Tuesday training sessions it seemed appropriate that our 3k time trial was held to conclude the programme of training. There was a fierce battle in the first TT with both Reuben Andrews and Joseph Smith tying on 9:55 – a great effort and amazing for them both to go sub-10!! Darren Goodby was the fastest in the second TT with 12:11 and Riasa Douglas-Collow (13:53) and Tess Andrews (13:02) were our quickest females in each TT.
Full results are published below but I know that the coaches were particularly impressed with the effort that all runners put in. It’s not always easy to put yourself out there and get “measured” (especially with our faster runners on the track at the same time) but I hope that this helps everybody to see the benefit that the efforts sessions offer and there is now a benchmark for everybody to see if they can better next time. When we go again it’ll be great to call out most improved.

First Name Surname 3000 Times
Trial 2
Darren Goodby 12:11
Riasa Douglas-Collow 13:53
Jamie Holland 14:25
Bob Paul 15:23
Richard Midwinter 17:34
Mark Regan 15:20
Gemma Smith 17:16
Trial 1
Reuben Andrews 09:55
Joseph Smith 09:55
Harry Smith 10:59
George Major 11:09
Oliver Gilbert 12:34
Tess Andrews 13:02
Dave Smith 14:02
Daniel Gardiner 14:11
Kate Smith 17:36
Tracy Reeve 20:36
Rob Hall 20:36

As the development runners focussed on the TT this week, I also asked the coaches if there was anyone in improvers who has been a #TopDog and Sue Wright has recognised Chris Mason for her dogged determination – she has come to club pretty much every week since we returned to training. I’ve lost count of the number of times she’s been ready to throw the towel in, but then I see she’s signed up again for Tuesday training.

Chris Harbord completed the 18-miler LDWA Flower of Suffolk walking event in 8.5 hours – great endurance!
Toby Craig achieved a marathon PB of 4:20:51 in the Not Barrow Marathon virtual event, great achievement and virtual marathons are particularly challenging without the usual race atmosphere.

Don’t forget we want to hear about your running achievements, its not all about speed and PBs either. Have you done something for the first time or something you’re proud of, email me to feature in #TopDogs. You can also nominate others if you see or hear of an amazing achievement that should be recognised.

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