Heat Doesn’t Deter Blue Vests

The second race in the popular summer Friday 5 series was held by Felixstowe Road Runners at Kirton on the warm evening of Friday 6th June. Great Bentley runners posted some excellent times, with Simon Dale leading them home in 28:48, Ben Ficken 29:46, Dave Goldsmith 30:40, Michael Simmons 30:44(PB), Charlie Keitch 31:39, Mark Ross 34:46, Eric Shaw 38:00, Marion Simmons 40:26(PB), Martin West 40:39, Frank Gardiner 40:50, Jason Bennett 41:14, Sue Thomas 44:41(PB), Chris Hayes 47:03 and David Nugent 01:04:16.

Scott Young and Charlie Keitch ran the Ipswich Parkrun the next day in 22:19 and 19:55 respectively.
The Southend Half Marathon was run on Sunday in very hot conditions indeed. Despite this, Chris Warren finished in 15 th position in just 1:21:20, Darren Horner 1:35:57, Martin Owen 1:48:39(PB), Steph Horner 1:49:06(PB), Gary Hill 2:02:08, Michael Clark 2:08:2, 1Natalie Stewart 2:16:11, and Mark T Crittenden 2:25:43.
On the same day, Chloe Blackwell finished the Frinton and Walton 10k in 1:13:21. In Clacton-On-Sea, several Blue Vests took part in a 5 mile race held to raise funds for Acorn House, The Sick Children’s Trust. Davina Swindell finished in 39:42, Karen Skene 42:47 and Eric Shaw 42:47.

Michael Sommerlad represented Great Britain at the ITU World Duathlon championships, held in Pontevedra, Spain. Sommerlad, 80, won the gold medal in his age group. This event consists of a 10k run, 40k cycle race and finishes with a 5k run. Team GB as a whole came away with 12 gold medals, 7 silver and 8 bronze.