Our first bank holiday weekend of the year arrived with some fantastic running by Great Bentley as the Sudbury 5 mile arrived first on Good Friday. A total of eleven blue vests turned out for this charity event which has been hosted by the Sudbury Joggers since the early eighties.
Having narrowly missed out on a club standard at Tarpley 10 by a frustrating 4 seconds, Claire Groves put any disappointment behind her to rack up a PB of 41.56 for her first bronze. Tricia Stacey showing fine form and following on from last weekend was the leading Bentley lady with a silver standard in 40.53. Chusa Batis also notched up a bronze in 42.15. Mike Belton charged home for the men in 35.57 with Phil Presland hot on his heels to equal his PB of 36.04. Ade Cherry returning to racing from a brief interlude gained another bronze standard in 36.25(PB). Another Bentley face that has been missing due to injury was Martin Owen. Good to see him back and running comfortably. Others were Debs Cubberley 46.20(PB), Luke Groves 47.22(PB), Lee Clarkson 37.54, Sue Sorrell 43.38 and John Bush 47.23.
Helene Tyler took on the longest distance this weekend, The Bletchley Enigma Half Marathon. In a time of 2.20:59, Helene was the 2nd lady home.
As always a Saturday morning means Park Run. Luke Groves 27.22(PB) just edged out John Bush at Maldon, whilst Shawn Leek PB’d at Colchester in 22.22 with Charlie Keitch keeping him company. Ladies at Maldon were Bee Palmer Barnes, Janine Simpson and Karen Skene. Good to see Karen out running again after surgery to her foot has kept her away. Paul Hollidge packed his passport and gained a silver standard at Clermont Waterfront, Florida in 20.38(PB). A bit extreme some may say to head up the club championship table for 5k.
Saturday also saw some brave souls take on The Gauntlet. A tough obstacle course with as much mud thrown in a possible. Ben Ficken took just over 61 minutes to complete the 12k distance, giving him 9th place overall, with Paul Carlisle and Graham Semple close behind. The only lady competing for the club was Willow Carlisle, 2.11:38.