3.1 to 50

After recent weeks of action, Bentley was bathed in race tranquillity this weekend. Fourteen ardent enthusiasts made their way round one of the more demanding Parkrun courses on Saturday morning. Despite being first back to the bandstand for the club, Mike Belton made it known he was disappointed with his time of 21minutes 41 seconds. Both Paul Hollidge and Scott Young who are nearing their 50th turnout for the event chased each other home. Paul being the victor this week by 31 seconds. Taking the advice of his Physio, Charlie Keitch turned the 5k distance in to an interval training session. Feeling comfortable he clocked 23m 27s. Just staying in front of Debs Cubberley (27m 22s) was Caroline Searle (26m 29s). Other runners this week were Ben Ficken, Kevin James, Gary Hill, Ade Cherry, Claudia Keitch, Ruth Metcalfe and Bee Palmer Barnes.
Jamie Neill and Ben Ficken chose to participate in the Flitch Way Marathon on Sunday, taking on the by now familiar 26.2 distance. Flitch Way is a very pretty, very flat out and back route along a disused railway. Starting from Great Notley Country Park, travelling through Dunmow to the halfway turnaround point, which is just beyond Takeley. Although finalised results have yet to be published, Jamie completed the course in 4 hours 9 minutes. Having turned his ankle, Ben took the sensible decision to pull out at twenty one miles.
Travelling to Surrey, John Booty entered his first ultra marathon. Centurion running host this event, which see’s runners navigate their way from Farnham to Knockholt Pound along the North Downs Way. The extremely varied, sometimes difficult underfoot conditions mixed in with a total climb of 5,500ft makes for a demanding course. This event has a cut off time of thirteen hours which John was safely inside with a time of 10 hours 15 minutes 5 seconds.