Ellie Challis, aged 9, completed the Great Bentley Fun Run on Friday 5th July, alongside her sister Sophie. Ellie, who attends Engines Primary School, Little Clacton, is a member of her school running club, and also recently completed their annual run. Despite losing all of her limbs to meningitis in July 2005, in 2009 she became the youngest person in the world to be fitted with carbon fibre sports legs. Race Organiser Rita Page said ‘Despite her personal difficulties, Ellie always participates with a smile on her face, and her courage and determination proves inspirational to her school friends, who give her great support and encouragement.’
Sunday 14th July saw many GBRC runners taking part in races despite the very hot and sunny conditions At the Felsted 10k, which this year is also part of the Essex Championship series, Barbara Law gained an Essex Silver medal in the Female Vet 65+ category with a time of 59:42. Other runners were Clive Thomas 39:24, Kira Kernan 46:10, Anna Lyon 46:51, Mark Ross 47:19, Ryan Beddingfield 48:47, Janine Simpson 48:50, Karen Skene 50:52 and Frank Gardiner 55:33.
On the same day, Ipswich JAFFA running club hosted their annual Ekiden marathon relay in the grounds of St Joseph’s College. Great Bentley fielded 6 men’s and 3 ladies teams, with the men’s senior A team taking 2nd place overall out of 100 teams altogether. The team consisted of Dave Green, Joe Alexander, Daniel Moss, Ben Ficken, Russ Sharp, who is currently recovering from a fractured foot and Alfie Foster.
Joe Alexander was also fastest male for the 7.5k leg in 24:17. Other runners were Rob Thorpe, Scott Crawley, Charlie Keitch, Kevin Stevens, Shawn Leek, Michael Simmons, Martin Owen, Paul Blackwell, Jamie Neil, Mark Crittendon, Tom Fowler, Chris Warren, Dave Goldsmith, Phil Presland, Dan Foster, Scott Young, Paul Carlisle, Rodger Alexander, Eric Shaw, Graham Semple, Andy Fuller, Malcolm Jarvis, Kevin James, Stuart Baggs, Peter Reeve, Liz Dobson-McKittrick, Sue Thomas, Lorna Sharp, Louise Reeve, Ruth Metcalfe, Miriam Mark, Davina Swindell, Lesley Fuller, Lex Carlisle, Tonie, Sophie Apps, Jo McKay, Lynsey Apps, Sandra James and Vicky Presland.