Dovercourt to Dublin

A bit of an international theme to start this week’s report off. The docklands of Dublin welcomed four of our ladies, who were taking part in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Sunday. Sam Godden led Janine Simpson, Sinead Burgoyne and Helene Tyler along the River Liffey. Runners pass the famous Ha’Penny Bridge, Christchurch Cathedral, Guinness Brewery and the Royal Hospital and Kilmainham Gaol. Finally finishing in Phoenix Park. Godden was first home in 1hour 38m 27s, followed by Simpson (1hr 58m 3s), Burgoyne (2 hrs 12m 13s) and Tyler (2hrs 21m 46s).
The weekend also saw Rodger Alexander, Paul and Lex Carlisle, Andy and Lel Fuller and Darren and Steph Horner give up their time to be part of the official “sweep” team for the Prudential Ride London event. This one hundred mile cycle race forms part of the legacy left over from the 2012 Olympic Games. Approximately 30’000 cyclists started from The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 06.00 on Sunday morning, winding their way through central and western London. Passing through the chocolate box villages of Surrey and climbing the famous Box Hill before making their way back along the embankment to finish along The Mall. Anita Rafferty flew the flag for Great Bentley, finishing in 9 hrs 21m 23s.
Joe Alexander ran the Colchester Parkrun on Saturday morning as part of his current triathlon training. Alexander won the 5k event in 17m 15s. Others from GBRC were David Wright, Ben Ficken, Meera Rajoo-Oakley, Charles Williams, Vicki Parker and Sue Sorrell. Staying with the parkrun theme, Harwich held their very first one on Saturday. Nine members of our club turned out to run. Mike Belton (22m 20s) led Kevin James, Paul Hollidge, Scott Young and Lee Clarkson along the out and back promenade course. Junior, Sam Young finished in 22m 48s. Whilst Chusa Bautista (24m 23s) was first back to the Dovercourt bandstand, ahead of Cherie Hipkins (25m 13s) and Sandra James (32m 54s).
Last Tuesday saw the final race of the ever popular Harwich 5k series. Word from our “Bentley Bunch” was that the weather conditions were absolutely perfect for racing. Three members of the club finished in the top ten, Keith Oakley was first, Dave Nugent, second and Clare Groves fifth. Men’s final standings showed, Keith Oakley 4th, Luke Groves 16th and Kevin James 20th. The Women’s overall table had three Bentley Babes also in the top twenty. Rita Page 15th, Claire Groves 16th and Cherie Hipkins 17th.