Sunday 26th January was the most important race day of the year for CPJ as we hosted our annual Hadleigh Legacy 10k. Covering 2 laps of the Olympic Mountain Bike Track, it is one of the toughest 10ks around – a real challenge for even the most experienced of runners! Hills, mud, hills, mud, more hills and more mud!!!
Mike and Jayne Hayward (Chairman and Club Secretary) were coerced into taking part for the first time this year – they are normally far too busy organising it! They were numbers 1 & 2 (respectively) Jayne was thrilled to finish and thoroughly enjoyed it – “The thought of it is so much worse than actually running it – I will definitely do it again next year!”
Our fabulous club members turned out in force with over 40 showing up to volunteer. There were many others who came along to cheer on family members and team mates – we had 21 CPJ in total complete the race.
Richard Bonham was the first CPJ to cross the line in an amazing time of 45.24 (event PB), finishing in 17th position. Tracey Bradley was the first CPJ lady to finish in a time of 57.28 (event PB). June Freed was first in her category with a time of 57.45. Other event PB achievers were Mark Colquhoun 76th in 53.09, Paul Franklin 90th 54.10, Robert Higgon 1:03.12 (taking over 17 minutes off his previous time) and his daughter Laura Avery 1:17.45. Other CPJ finishers were: Top 100: Adam Poulton 46th 49.44 (battling a bad stitch from 3k), Mike Hopkins 64th 51.30 (missing out on an event PB by 11 seconds), Andy Debnam 81st 53.27, followed by Colin Dunn 56.23, Martin England 58.51, Mike Hayward 59.55, Gary Bright 1:00.16, Gareth Smith 1:00.56, Mark Whitney 1:00.58, Kairen Hart 1:05.38, Rebecca Clay 1:08.33, Chris Cammidge 1:09.44, Yvette Spedding 1:10.47 and Jayne Hayward 1:21.43.
It was a fantastic event to be part of with a record number of registrations and a total of 430 runners completing the race on the day.