Wednesday 15th July saw the last running of 2015 Great Bentley Micky Edwards 5k series. Current standings as of the penultimate race are Peter Reeve, 152 points, Graham Clarke, 139 and Jenny Aylen, 138. Has Reeve run away with this years honour? Chris Warren has decided to keep us all in suspense for a little while longer. Final result to be announced on the evening of The Geoff Day memorial 5k.
Brantham five-mile, organised by Felixstowe Road Runners was held on Friday evening. Warm and humid conditions made for a challenging event. Those taking part were: Jennifer Aylen, Gary Hill, Rachael Giles, Lesley Fuller, Karen Skene, Debs Cubberley and Linzi Iddon. Aylen, Hill, Giles and Reeve each gained new PB’s with Giles achieving a bronze standard for her age group.
Joe Alexander took part in The Harwich Olympic Triathlon on Sunday. The Olympic is made up of the three same disciplines as in the sprint but each one is of a different length to its junior version. A one mile open water swim is followed by a forty kilometre bike ride and finishes with a ten km run. This time Alexander was beaten into second place, 7 minutes 35 seconds seperated him and winner, Matt Lawes, from Cambridge Tri Club. Although Alexander had the better of Lawes in the transitions. Lawes outclassed Alexander through each discipline, particularly the cycle phase.
Colchester Parkrun took a detour this weekend and found itself a new home at Colchester Rugby Club, certainly no hills here! Ten seniors from GBRC pitched up with Chris Warren just having to roll out of bed and onto the start line. The lack of travelling worked in Warren’s favour, seeing him first home for the club and 9th position overall with a PB of 18m 49s. Others were: David Wright, Mike Belton, Phil Presland, Meera Rajoo Oakley, Paul Hollidge, Malcolm Jarvis and Shawn Leek. Both Katie Presland (24m 14s) and Anthea Colesall (24m 16s) were first timers to this weekly event. Helene Tyler, navigated her way around the three lap, anticlockwise Brantham Park course, Lincoln. A time of of 29m 18s bagged her a new PB. Lee Clarkson (24m 40s) and Chusa Bautista (26m 49s) took on the 5k run down at Brentwood. Not known for its ease, Brentwood is an undulating single lap, figure of eight trail course held in the 700 year old, 500 acre Weald Country Park.
Finally Chiptiming UK published a full set of results for the previous week’s Ekiden Relay. There were literally hundreds of runners at this event and whilst technology is faster than pencil and paper, on this occasion it was all too much for “Babbage”. Processing the times of 170 teams led to a meltdown and he exploded into many parts. It is highly probable that some of the results are still not completely accurate. Great Bentley fielded ten teams in total over five categories. Mens Open: GB 1 came 20th out of 25 teams. Ladies Open: GB 7 came 9th, GB 9 came 11th, GB 6 came 15th and GB 8 came 16th out of 17 teams. Sixteen teams were in the Men’s Vet 40-49 and GB 2 came 15th. The Men’s SV 50+ saw the GB 4 team came 6th, 12 teams participated. Three Bentley teams were in the Mixed category with sixty three teams taking part. GB 3 finished in 56th place and GB 10 were 38th. GB team 5, consisting of Joe Alexander, Ben Ficken, Russ Sharp, Katie Ireland, Clive Thomas and Sam Godden brought their imaginary “tasuki” home in 2 hours 44 minutes 49 seconds. This saw them complete the marathon distance at an average pace of 6.26 miles per minute and place 6th overall.