Geoff Day Memorial 5k

At 7.30pm last Wednesday the sun shone brightly down as a vast gathering of seventy club runners both past and present lined themselves up along the start line. The claxon sounded and a sea of Bentley blue took off on the inaugural running of The Geoff Day 5k Memorial Race. Geoff showed a flair for sport from an early age, with a natural ability. By the age of ten, he was already national age group champion at both 50 and 100 metre breaststroke. From a young age, he possessed a high degree of self discipline towards training. Geoff lead Bentley to many team prizes in Essex and Suffolk, he won the Essex 20, and Felixstowe 1/2 marathon, as well as many others races. Joe Alexander was the winner in a time of 16 minutes 34 seconds, almost two minutes ahead of Russ Sharp and Chris Warren. Vicky Presland (20m 40s) was first for the ladies. Geoff’s father, Alan Day presented Joe with The Geoff Day Trophy.
Wimbledon Half Marathon was held this Sunday; four members of GBRC were in attendance. The picturesque route takes you through the stunning grounds of Wimbledon Common, so completely off road. The event is organised by RunThrough and is held four times a year. A time of 2 hours 24 minutes 29 seconds saw Gary Hill cross the line first for the club. Following in his footsteps was Debs Cubberley (2hr 17m 1s), John Bush ( 2hr 37m 52s) and Linzi Iddon ( 2hr 44m 36s).
Meanwhile, Meera Rajoo Oakley took part in The Windmill 7.5 mile championship trail race hosted by Grange Farm and Dunmow. Oakley’s was 22nd overall in 1hr 13m 48s. Helene Tyler took on three laps of the 10 kilometre Adidas TR24 off road relay.
Sunday also saw Joe Alexander in action again, this time in Maldon. A time of 1 hr 21m 5s was good enough to see Alexander win this sprint tri distance. Anna Mills was also participating in the three disciplines. Taking on her first Olympic distance at Thorpe Park, a 1500m swim and 39.5km cycle ride precedes the 10km run. Mills completed this in 2hrs 43m 41s.