Harwich Sprint Triathlon

Some good results were had at the Harwich Sprint Triathlon last weekend, especially for Vicky Presland, 56th in 1h 17m 00s, 6th woman home and 1st in her age group. Other competitors battling the wet and windy conditions for Great Bentley were Joe Alexander 10th, 1h 06m 34s, Dan Foster 16th, 1h 07m 58s, Anna Mills 105th, 1h 25m 35s, Brian Telford 131st, 1h 28m 18s and Don Welsh 149th, 1h 33m 29s.

Great Bentley fielded a good team of runners at the Bury St Edmunds Friday 5 on the 21st June. Charlie Keitch was the 1st Bentley runner to finish, in 32:17, followed by Vicky Presland in 34:58. Ryan Bedingfield gained yet another PB in 34:51, as did Phil Presland, 36:41. Other runners were Mark Ross 37:32, Karen Skene 39:02, Martin West 41:04, Don Welsh 42:44, Jason Bennett 42:44, Chris Hayes 44:28, Paul Blackwell 46:13, Peter Reeve 49:35, Amanda Prior 50:29, Louise Reeve 52:46and Dave Nugent 1:02.

In the children’s races, Milly Presland won the1.4km under 9s race, while sister Katie Presland was 2nd under 13 and Chloe Blackwell 2nd under 15 in the longer 2km junior race.

Colchester Parkrun saw Alfie Foster run home in 3rd place in 17:56, his first Parkrun. Dad Dan Foster came in shortly afterwards in 18:27. Colchester Parkrun supremo Benjamin Ficken finished in 18:56. Charlie Keitch 19:15, Malcolm Jarvis 21:01, Scott Young (parkrun PB) 22:29, Karen Skene 24:14, Shawn Leek 24:16, Frank Gardiner (parkrun PB) 25:06, Mark T Crittenden (parkrun PB) 27:30 and Paul Blackwell 27:35. It is rumoured the large number of GBRC runners was due in part to cake at the finish.

Sam and Del Godden took part in the prestigious 70.3 Ironman on Saturday 15th June as part of their efforts to raise money for Scope. This was their first ironman, and unfortunately the weather was wet and windy, with constant rain throughout. Sam finished 18th in her age group taking 44m 10s, 4h 17m 40s and 2h 20m 45s to swim, cycle and run respectively. Distances were 1.2 miles swim, 56.4 miles cycling and 13.1 miles run. Del was unfortunately unable to finish due to injury.