Stepping back in time to last Sunday to start this weeks report off. Mid Essex Casuals entertained their latest trail run in the series from Ford Street, Aldham. Tonie Wilson, Tricia Stacey, Sue Sorrell and Eileen Shadford all competed over the 7.8 mile course. There were extra navigational challenges on the day as grass obscured paths and a potato field that shouldn’t have been there saw, them undertake some tricky conditions. Wilson and Stacey were not only the first ladies back, but also finished in the top ten with a time of 1 hour 24 minutes 9 seconds. Sorrell and Shadford were close behind in 1hr 26m 42s and were the second female pair to finish.
Meanwhile over in Bury St Edmunds, Anna Mills was taking part in a sprint triathlon. Providing the venue was Culford School and this was Anna’s first tri event three years ago. Tackling the 300 metre indoor swim, 21 kilometre bike ride and the 4 km run in a time of 1hr 8m 18s, saw her finish ninth lady overall.
Turning our attention to this week, Friday witnessed ladies Captain Vicky Presland ( 34m 52s) lead a posse of ten Bentley members over the line at Kirton, Suffolk. Another one in the Friday Five series, with Felixstowe Road Runners this time taking charge. Bentley babe, Claire Groves who is on unstoppable form presently, improved on her previous time to yet another PB in 40m 11s. Not to be outdone, husband Luke also gained a new PB with 47m 6s. Other competitors from the club were Mark Ross, Mike Belton 36m 51s, Martin West, Frank Gardiner 42m 59, Karen Skene, Debs Cubberley 46m 47s and Sue Thomas. Katie Presland was fourth lady home in the junior event with a time of 11m 34s. Next race is from Haughley Park, Stowmarket,
The usual suspects were out and about at Saturday’s Colchester Castle Parkrun. Caroline Searle, Claudia Keitch, Karen Reid, Sandra James and Bee Palmer Barnes outnumbered the Bentley boys this week. Lee Clarkson was up on his time of last week with 25m 1s, but down on his performance at Wednesday’s Micky Edwards 5k club race. “Jazz Hands Duo” Paul Hollidge and Scott Young both celebrated their 50th Parkrun anniversary on Saturday. Both turned out for the second event Colchester held, back in 2013 on the 13th April. On that day Young was the victor with 23m 24s over Paul’s 25m 30s. Today saw them cruise past the bandstand together in 24m 40s. Personal bests for the event are Hollidge, 20m 56s and Young 21m 13s.
Tom Fowler took part in The Flaming June Half Marathon at Histon in Cambridgeshire, where he gained a bronze club standard with an impressive time of 1h 36m 28s (PB). John Bush (2hrs 25m 10s) travelled down to the Bedgebury Forest Estate, near Royal Tunbridge Wells for a trail half marathon.
Paul Carlisle, Anna Mills and Luke Groves donned their trail shoes and took in the scenery of the Stour Valley. Described as a marathon it is in fact just under 27 miles, and as it is a trail event runners do have the opportunity to add on extra mileage if they’re unlucky enough to take a few wrong turns or follow others that already have! Starting and finishing from the village hall at Nayland our trio navigated their way around, up, down, over and through Bures and Stratford St Mary. Essex, although known to be one of the flattest parts of the country is surprisingly hilly in this area as the route has an elevation gain of 1500 feet. Having run together, Mills came home in 4hrs 42m 20s. Carlisle was just a fraction behind her. Groves taking on his first full trail distance arrived inside the cut off time with 6hrs 53m.