Once again Joe Alexander triumphed at the Colchester Castle Parkrun, winning the race in 16 minutes and 35 seconds, a new personal best. Kevin James scored a PB in 23m 41s. 8 year old Harrison Leek beat his father Shawn Leek by 8 seconds, 25m 48s to Shawn’s 25m 56s. Other runners were Patrick Reynolds 20:39, Malcolm Jarvis 20:54, Ben Ficken 21:44, Martin Owen 22:48, Sandra James 34:49 and Ruth Metcalfe 35:25.
Darren and Steph Horner competed in the Paras 10 mile race. Both ran excellent times, Darren being 9th man home in 1:15:22 while Steph finished in 53rd place, 1:28:20.
Ben Ficken was the only GBRC runner in the Baddow 10 this year. Despite the heat and hills, he ran a PB of 1:06:20.
Great Bentley Running Club teamed up with Great Bromley Village Hall to provide a hearty breakfast for runners and raise funds for the village hall at the same time. The running club meets at Great Bromley village hall every Friday evening during the summer months, and most Sunday mornings throughout the year to train and run. However, Sunday the 18th of May was a run with a difference, as instead of driving home to make their own breakfast, for a small fee runners were treated to a table service full English in the hall. Members of the local community joined them, as did a local cycling group. Many runners also brought their families along too, making it a great social occasion for all. The breakfast, cooked by the ladies of the village hall was delicious, and a total of £326.25 was raised for the village hall fund.