After the recent hysteria that the London Marathon inevitably brings, this weekend brought an abrupt serenity to the racing calendar. By no means is the spring marathon season over just yet though!
First up, on Saturday were our devoted parkrunners. Fancying a change of scenery John Bush, notched up another sub 30 minute 5k with 29 minutes 54 seconds. Thirteen members of our club rolled out of bed to kickstart their Bank Holiday weekend. Mike Belton held off BenFicken (21.39) to lead Bentley home in 21m 31s. First for the babes was lady’s Captain, Vicky Presland with 23m.51s. Giving a strong performance was Claire Groves who was first in her age category with 25m 44s. This weekend two of our juniors took on the undulations of Castle Park. Milly Presland, taking on the distance for the ninth time PB’d with an extremely impressive 23m 51s. Harrison Leek, a regular junior to the parkrunning scene came home in 26m 54s. Running alongside her brothers Scott Young and Charlie Keitch, Claudia Keitch allowed Scott to just edge home in front by one second, 26m 50s and 26m.51s respectively. Charlie still recovering from an injury finished in 26m 59s. Other runners were Phil Presland, Lee Clarkson, Chusa Bautista, Lyn Foster, Bee Palmer Barnes and Ruth Metcalfe.
Saturday also saw another Bentley figure Tom Fowler take on the Heritage Trail Half Marathon. Tom completed the course in 1hr 39m 31s.
Sunday saw us switch attention to the marathon distance. Paul Hollidge travelled to Milton Keynes to take part in his second marathon. Looking comfortable and on for his desired time, Paul regrettably had to pull up at twenty two miles with cramp in both thighs. Having trained long and hard it is always a very difficult decision to step off the racing line, showing just another cruel aspect to our world of amateur athletics. Davina Swindell took on The Sarsen Trail marathon. It being her first since overcoming Pneumonia and Myocarditis in 2010. This 26.2 mile route, hosted by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust takes in some of the county’s most beautiful countryside. Starting at the ancient stone circle of Avebury, it now finishes at Old Carter Barracks. Due to a renovation project the finish has had to move from Stonehenge, although it can still be viewed along the way. Having been told that she would never manage this distance again, Swindell trekked across the undulating, multi terrain of Salisbury Plain to cross the finishing line in 5hr 32m 40s.