A variety of races were held over the bank holiday weekend.
A good turnout of Bentley regulars both senior and junior attended the Parkrun in Colchester Castle Park on the 24th of May. Once again Joe Alexander won the race, this week in 17:36. Ben Ficken was 5th in 19:20, swiftly followed by Malcolm Jarvis, 20:52. Milly Presland took over a minute and a half off her PB, taking just 25:58 in the under 10 age group, expertly paced by Dad Phil Presland. Michael Oates ran his first Parkrun in the 11-14 age group in 27:14, also paced by Dad Chris Warren. Other runners were Ruth Metcalfe 36:29 and Paul Hollidge 43:39.
Martin Owen ran the Bupa 10k in London on Sunday 25th, finishing in an excellent 48:19. On the same day, Tom Fowler and Simon Dale competed in the Edinburgh marathon. Fowler was pleased to finish this, his first road marathon, in 3:45:28. Dale clocked 3:15:01, a PB by 2 minutes and 12 seconds, raising over £390 so far for the Antony Nolan Trust.
Helene Tyler finished the Liverpool Rock n Roll marathon in 5:16:03, a PB of 10 minutes despite being dogged by injury and illness during her training.
Bank holiday Monday saw the Hatfield Broadoak 10k race. Four Blue Vests ran this popular but hilly race: Mark Ross (44:49), Frank Gardiner (54:10), Lyndsay Horton (57:30) and Barbara Law. Law, recovering from a recent cycling injury ran an excellent 1:03:04.
Lesley and Andy Fuller ran the Border Country 9, which takes place over a section of the Stour Valley Trail Marathon route, as part of their preparation for that event. They finished this hot and hilly race in 1:46:40.
Chris Hayes and Jason Bennett ran the first of the Ipswich 5k series on 22nd May. This scenic 2 lap course is run around the pathways of Christchurch Park, and includes a steep hill to be tackled twice. Hayes clocked 30:16 and Bennett 26:17.