Cheering Crowds and Cooler Climes

This weekend saw, what most would say is the climax of months of training. Harsh sessions on cold, dark evenings. The often dreaded long run, which see’s many of us give up a Sunday morning throughout the winter.  And the sacrifices of our families as further hours are appropriated to achieve one objective.  Many, many marathons are held around our globe, though none more distinguished than The London Marathon!

As Paula Radcliffe bowed out of this distance, we at Great Bentley Running Club bow down to Shawn Leek.  The Men’s newly appointed Vice Captain isn’t a stranger to this distance or to the preparation required. On Sunday, GBRC witnessed determination, discipline and sheer grit as Leek edged his way through the streets of our capital in what was his seventh marathon in as many days.  Starting in Colchester last Monday, he crossed that famous finish line in an incredibly respectable time of 4.31:32.

Perfect endurance running conditions accompanied plenty of blue vests from Bentley as they pounded their way past London’s famous landmarks yesterday.  First home, by only six seconds was David Wright 3.07:54 (PB).  Michael Simmons ran a fantastic race, with his 10k split showing he was on for sub 3 hour.  Sadly it was not to be. Although he did chase Wright down, to finish in 3.08:00 (PB) earning himself a gold club standard.  Gary Hill, racing this course for the second time, also came away with a new PB, 4.25:54.  Lindsey Willson, knocked an incredible twenty three minutes off her previous time to conclude her run with 4.39:11 (PB).  Janine Simpson, who kept Shawn company for much of London, completed in 4.33:17.  Another member of the 7x7x7 team was Graham MIller.  Despite biking the greater part of 157.2 miles, Miller traversed the final 26.2 on foot in 5.01:14. Taking on the famous distance for her very first marathon was Linzi Iddon, who promised herself she would “run every step” doing so in 5.39:20.  Completing the Bentley line up and undeterred by ongoing injuries was Lynsey Apps.  Running a fairly even paced race, Apps finished strongly in 5.03:33.

Preceding Sunday was of course, Parkrun.  Nine club members came out bright and early on Saturday morning.  Just missing out on a top ten place was Ben Ficken, 19.46.  Mike Belton (21.50) held off Paul Hollidge (21.53).  Whilst Charlie Keitch , testing the waters after an injury which ruled out Manchester only a week ago, came home four seconds ahead of Malcolm Jarvis in 22.07 and 22.11 respectively.  First Bentley babe was Claudia Keitch, passing the bandstand in 26.36. and other babes were Lyn Foster 28.34, Sandra James 32.19, Ruth Metcalfe 34.06.