This year’s Martlesham Heath 10k, 5k and Fun Run exceeded all expectations, with a record 500 entries in the 10k and strong fields in the other events. This year, for the first time, the 10k was part of the Suffolk Athletic Grand Prix; runners gain points from eight nominated events at various distances, culminating in awards for the best runners in a range of categories and for the best overall running club. Even if not taking part in the Grand Prix, many runners achieved personal best times over the fast, flat course. Needless to say, the Pavilion Café did a phenomenal trade in hot and cold drinks and the now legendary homemade cakes.
Runners, marshalls, spectators and officials all said how much they had enjoyed the well organised event and the friendly atmosphere. Our thanks to Felixstowe Road Running Club and especially to Rachael Miller, Race Director, for their handling of the online booking, timekeeping and all the technical aspects of the race.
As usual at this time of year our fundraising turns towards the annual Christmas Parcels project. Many recipients in the past have commented that knowing someone had thought of them was even more important than the parcels themselves. With this and the recent successful launch of Quay Time in mind, we are shifting the focus of the Christmas Parcels and will work in partnership with the Woodbridge branch of the Salvation Army, offering packages of seasonal groceries to users of the food bank scheme.
All former recipients of Christmas parcels will be invited to come along to Quay Time, a joint project with Woodbridge Quay Church. This community oriented project enables people to meet over tea (or coffee) and cakes to organise their own activities. These afternoons themselves may feature quizzes, board games or visiting speakers and offer an opportunity to arrange social activities throughout the year, not just at Christmas. Sessions are held in Woodbridge Quay Church, which is fully accessible. Transport can be provided for anyone who may otherwise have difficulty attending.
For details, please call 0845 822 2820.