Mud and Marathons

Great Bentley Running Club had a weekend that was both busy and successful, with runners at both Brighton and Manchester marathons, many of them running their first marathons, Bungay Half, The Gauntlet, and Baltimore’s Red Shoe Shuffle amongst other races.
Eileen Shadford put in a sterling performance at Brighton, her first marathon, running home in 3:37:34. This was a gold age related club standard, nicely finishing Shadford’s collection of gold standards in all distances. Natalie Stewart also chose Brighton for her marathon debut, finishing in 4:27, despite sustaining a knee injury 3 miles before the finish. Another first timer was Miriam Mark, clocking 4:16:18, and Emma Town finished in 4:03.
Chris Warren had a brilliant run at the Manchester marathon, taking just 2:50:16 to cross the line, a PB for him, putting him at number 4 in the GBRC top ten runners. Shawn Leek was very pleased with his PB time of 3:48:12 and Janine Simpson, still suffering the tail end of a virus, was happy to cross the line in 3:59:18. First time marathoner Michael James finished in 4:21:01. Samantha Godden sliced an amazing 27 minutes off her previous PB in 4:11:40 and husband Del Godden ran his first marathon in 4:57:29. Paul Blackwell had a disappointing run, needing medical attention at the half way point, but still managed to finish in 4:46.
Davina Swindell, Steph Horner, Darren Horner and Tom Fowler competed in the Bungay Half Marathon. Davina, running her first half marathon since serious illness interrupted her running career 4 years ago was 29th woman home in 1:56:34. Steph Horner was 18th woman in 1:51:53, while husband Darren was 25th man in 1:32:56. Tom Fowler clocked 1:34:57, 33rd place.
Several Blue Vests decided that mud rather than marathons was the order of the day for them, and went to Spain’s Hall in Finchingfield to take part in The Gauntlet, a tough cross country obstacle race. Runners in the 12k event were Phil Presland 1:19:54, Willow Carlisle (7th lady) 1:33:00, Lesley and Andy Fuller 1:50:36, Laura Barnard 2:32:20, Helene Tyler 2:32:20, Jamie Ash 2:32:21 and Ben Ficken 1:33:29.
Scott Young ran the 6k race in 1:31:55.
Charlie Keitch ran The Red Shoe Shuffle 5k race in Baltimore, Maryland in 18:57, coming home in 3rd place.
Lindsay Buttery completed the Lincoln 10k in 54 minutes.
Saturday 5th April was the first anniversary of Colchester Castle Parkrun. Joe Alexander won the race for the third week running in just 16:57. He was followed by first timer Patrick Reynolds, 20:45, Ben Ficken, 20:48 and regular Parkrunner Malcolm Jarvis, 20:57.