As one report finishes another one begins, this time with Jo McKay kicking things off on the Monday with The Ed Burton Memorial 5. This five mile race held by Wymondham Athletic Club is the first in a series of three and was set up in recognition of an ex club member. A time of 38 minutes 44 seconds saw Jo achieve a Great Bentley silver standard.
Moving along the week to Thursday, and Tiptree Road Runners hosted the second race in their summer 5k series. Once again Sam Godden taking part and improving on her previous time with a new personal best of 20m 17s, giving her a gold club standard. Alison Day racing at the 5k distance for the first time earned herself a bronze standard with a PB of 23m 25s.
Friday saw the third race of the popular Friday Five series, this time organised by the St Edmund’s Pacers. Seven members from the club turned out with Mark Ross leading the way home for Bentley in 36m 49s. Louise Reeve took just under two minutes off her previous time to PB with 47m 13s and John Bush finished in 48m 27s. Other runners were husband and wife Claire and Luke Groves, Peter Reeve and Dave Nugent.
Chris Warren pointed his running shoes northwest and headed up to Lancashire. Having entered the flat and fast coastal route of the Blackpool 10k, the men’s Captain duly won his category with a time of 38m 34s placing him fourth overall. Taking on yet another event this weekend was John Bush. Staying with the coastal theme, Bush chose to stay closer to home this time and run the well established Southend Half Marathon in 2hours 31minutes 31 seconds.
Alison Day travelled to Southampton during April to take part in a 10k event. A mixture of coastal, city and parkland saw 896 runners pass by local iconic landmarks. The route also takes in the unique ascent and descent of the city’s Itchen Bridge, which spans a total of 800 metres and climbs to a height of 795 metres. Day achieved her first 10k PB and a bronze standard in a time of 48m 49s. Returning for its fourth year at the beginning of the month was the fast and flat Clacton 5k. A series of four out and back races along the promenade starting from Marine Parade West. Linzi Iddon being Great Bentley’s representative completed the event in 33m 1s.
This weekend’s big event for the club was Endure 24, more on that later in the week.