With the recent conclusions of the Friday five and 5k series, the racing calendar tends to be a bit quieter at this time of the year. Saturday morning saw three Bentley runners up and out early for the Colchester Parkrun. Tom Fowler, Malcolm Jarvis and Phillippa Kettlewell, with Fowler finishing in 13th place overall with a new personal best of 19 minutes 48 seconds and a silver club standard. Another three Bentley early birds were spotted on the out and back Parkrun course of Harwich. The considerably flatter terrain lends to greater PB potential, which is exactly what Patrick Reynolds (22m 25s) and Kevin James (22m 32s) achieved. Sandra James also participated finishing in 32m 56s, narrowly missing out on a new PB by a mere three seconds. A mention should go to Meera Rajoo-Oakley who is currently leading the CCP female table with1654 points.
Ipswich JAFFA running club kicked the weekend off on Friday evening with two new events. Firstly by qualification invitation only, a 5k race. Those wishing to partake needed to provide proof that they had achieved either a 5 or 10k official race in under 20 or 40 minutes respectively and 22 and 44 for women. A total of eighty four runners took part, with Ryan McLeod from Tipton Harriers winning in 14m 10s. Jessica Coulson from Stockport Harriers was the leading female senior to cross the line with a time of 15m 56s. Six members from Great Bentley slipped across the Essex border to run with in the “mass” 10k event. The aim of this was to chase and beat the sunset. Jamie Neill crossed the line first for GBRC in 43m 29s. Hot on his heels in 44m 2s was Meera Rajoo-Oakley. Next up was Shawn Leek in 46m 15s. With Janine Simpson (52m 30s), Gary Hill (54m 5s) and John Bush (60m 16s) completing the line up.
This weekend also witnessed another endurance race, The Spitfire Scramble. The 5.9 mile course is very much multi terrain, with a good mix of all types of ground underfoot. The idea is similar to Wasing Park’s Endure. Take yourself, duo or team around Hornchurch Country Park as many times as possible in the allotted time. Flying their de Havilland Mosquito under the covert name “The Running Dead”, yet another six Bentley boys and babes tackled this twenty four hour task. Claudia Keitch, Scott Young, Karen Skene, Charlie Keitch, Debs Cubberley and Alison Day covered a total of 159.3 miles, finishing in 16th place out of a total of forty eight teams competing in their category.
Helene Tyler also competed alongside seven close friends, electing to call themselves “Awesome Beasts”. These teammates are the very same that took part with Helene at Endure 24 and TR24. Tyler completed three laps of the course, each in very consistant times of 66m 25s, 66m 32s and 66m 5s.