A stonking 29 Blue Vests turned out to run the Langham 10k on Sunday 7th September, scoring PBs galore. First Bentley runner home was Russ Sharp in 37:31, followed by Ben Ficken in 38:05. Martin Owen racked up another PB in 47:45, as did Gemma Camp in 48:05, Scott Young 47:46, Samantha Godden 44:40, Mark Crittendon 55:12, Del Godden 48:08 and Kevin Stevens 41:44. Eileen Shadford took 2nd place in her age group in 47:49, while Steph Horner came 3rd in her age group, plus a PB to boot in 48:15. Graham Clarke took just 43:29 to achieve a Diamond age-related club standard. Michael Sommerlad ran home in 1:19:35, 4 minutes faster than last year. Other runners were Darren Horner 42:03, Eric Shaw 48:09, Michael Belton 43:59, Jamie Neill 41:44, Patrick Reynolds 42:02, John Booty 44:19, Anna Mills 46:19, Miriam Mark 52:19, Hien Hoang 52:52, Graham Semple 43:45, Frank Gardiner 54:33, Claire Reynolds 55:42, Karen Skene 50:05, Belinda Palmer-Barnes 1:01:25 Sandra James 1:07:35 and Ruth Metcalfe 1:11:46. In the junior events, 6 year old Bobby Neill won the under 7 2k race in 10m 50s, while Mazy King ran the under 11s race in 11:06.
At the Great North Run in Newcastle, Chris Warren, Janine Simpson and Helene Tyler flew the flag for Great Bentley. Warren finished in a swift 1:21:37, Simpson in 1:52:16 and Tyler 2:26:00.
Charlie Keitch scored a new Parkrun PB and came home in 2nd place at the Colchester Parkrun on Saturday 6th September, clocking 18:45 on the dreaded ‘orange’ route. Malcolm Jarvis took 20:28, Scott Young 29:30, Caroline Searle 29:43, Dan Foster 20:00 and Paul Hollidge 21:29. Shawn and Harrison Leek tried out the Thetford Parkrun and managed 25:21, a PB for 8 year old Harrison.
Saturday also saw the Stowmarket Strider’s Golden Mile, ran through the town centre. Chris Hayes clocked 8:03, and was 98th out of 225 competitors.