The prestigious Adidas Thunder Run 24 hour relay took place on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of July. This annual event comprises a 10k cross country lap, run continuously by teams, pairs or individual runners over a 24 hour period. The course is very technical and challenging, and incorporates twists and turns, bogs, forests and steep hills. There is also the Conti Climb, an uphill sprint on the course taking place between 6pm and 7pm. Great Bentley sent 4 teams this year, totalling 20 runners. Although the race started in hot and sunny conditions, rain began in the evening, and swiftly became a torrential downpour which lasted until early morning, making conditions extremely testing.
Of the four teams, ‘Sharp’s Shooters’ finished in 7th place out of 71 in the mixed 3-5s category, one place up from last year. Runners in this team were Michael Simmons, Kira Kernan, Ben Ficken, Simon Dale and Chris Warren. The team ran a total of 28 laps over the 24 hour period. Rodger’s Rockets ran 24 laps and came in 13th place in the same category. Runners were Rodger Alexander, Paul Carlisle, Kevin Frost and Anna Lyon. In 57th place, with 16 laps were Carlisle’s Cannons, runners being Shawn Leek, Janine Simpson, Malcolm Jarvis, Kate Ellis and Sophie Apps. In the 6-8 mixed category, McKay’s Marvels were 130th out of 252 teams, running a total of 21 laps. They were Scott Young, Tricia Stacey, Jo McKay, Nigel Smith, Eric Shaw and John McKay.
Mid Essex Casuals
Rodger Alexander ran round 5 of the Mid Essex Casuals quarter marathon series on Wednesday 7th August, coming 25th out of 95 in 54:04. He is now lying in 2nd place in his age group, with one more race to go. The series is based on runner’s best 4 times.
Harwich 5k series
The final leg of the Harwich 5k handicap series was run on Thursday 8th August, and Lesley Fuller-Soames won the women’s series. Her time for this race was 27:24. Other runners were Rita Page 35:18, Stuart Baggs 26:11, Andy Fuller 21:32, Dave Nugent 36:58, Peter Reeve 28:59, Scott Young 21:41, Ray Baggs 19:44, Lara Townsend 23:07, Charles Keitch 18:30, Davina Swindell 24:12, Chris Hayes 25:12, Frank Gardiner 23:14, Kevin James 21:34, Vicky Presland 20:54 and Sandra James 31:37.