Benfleet and Folkesworth held their 15 mile races on Sunday 19th January, and Great Bentley runners were at both. At Folkesworth, male 50+ master Clive Thomas ran a great race, finishing in 18th place overall and first in his age group in 1:36:18, a fantastic effort on this hilly 2 lap course.Thomas’ time puts him in 5th place on the club’s all time top ten and gains him a club gold standard. Eileen Shadford 2:02:34(PB) was third in her age group. Also at this race were Kevin Stevens 1;44:42, Andrew Robertson 1:47:33, Jamie Neill 1:57:47(PB), Janine Simpson 2:02:54, Karen Skene 2:10:15 (gold club standard), Barbara Law 2:34:55, Belinda Palmer-Jones 2:40:31(PB), and Ruth Metcalfe 3:21:29(PB).
The multi terrain Benfleet 15, described by runner Charlie Keitch as “insane hills, insane mud, insanely good fun” saw 4 Blue Vests take part. Keitch finished this very testing course in 1:48:44, Tom Fowler in 2:02:10, John Booty 2:08:50, and Ben Ficken 1:53:07.
Eric Shaw ran Saturday 18th’s Colchester Castle Parkrun for his first time, in 24m 32s, along with Scott Young in 23m 36s and Malcolm Jarvis 21m 45s.