Great Bentley Friday 5

In almost perfect weather conditions, the final race in the Friday 5 series was held at Great Bentley on 5th July. Out of the 375 runners, GBRC members turned in some cracking performances. Dave Green crossed the line in 5th place, first man home for Gt Bentley in 26m24s, swiftly followed by Joe Alexander (6th) in 26m 37s. Simon Dale came in at 29m09s and Scott Young smashed his previous PB by 2 minutes in 35m59s. Vicky Presland and Anna Lyon completed the race in 36m22s, with Presland taking 2nd place in her age group for the series. Shawn Leek finished in 37m44s, with Karen Skene following him over the line in 38m47s, leaving her in 6th place in her age group over the series. 39m48s saw Kate Ellis home, Jason Bennett in 42m18s and Chris Hayes took just 42m33s.

The Colchester Castle Parkrun saw Dan Foster take 3rd place in 18m35s and Charlie Keitch 5th gaining a new PB in 18m56s. Frank Gardiner 25m25s, Mark Crittenden 27m29s and Ruth Metcalfe gained a new PB of 33m53s.

At the Mersea Island Round the Island race on 30th June, Ben Ficken was 8th, taking 1h29m30s to complete the course. He was followed by David Wright just seconds later in 1h30m11s. It was an extremely hot day, which combined with a headwind over the last 4 miles which were run on loose sand, made this a tough race.