Lazing about on Sunday morning was certainly not on the cards for Great Bentley Running Club, as an impressive twenty-two members turned out for this year’s Langham 10k. This race is always popular with local and further afield clubs, usually reaching the 650 entry limit many weeks in advance. A flat and fast course around the village lends not only to beautiful scenery but many a personal or seasons best for those taking part. Leading the way home for the ladies in a time of 43 minutes 51 seconds and gaining herself a new PB, was Meera Rajoo-Oakley. Another lady also earning herself a new PB was this years Micky Edwards series winner, Jennifer Aylen (49m 3s). Emma Town (52m 0s), fired up the GBRC printer for a bronze club standard. Sandra James ran a great race, considering the rising temperature of the day to finish two minutes seventeen seconds faster than last year in 65m 18s. Russ Sharp (36m 57S) was just pipped to a top ten finish by David Willer from Hadleigh Hares. Just under two minutes later Ben Ficken appeared, with Charlie Keitch just over two minutes behind Ficken. Both gents crossed the finish line with times of 38m 39s and 40m 57s respectively. Eric Shaw was a very happy chap, returning from a long-term forced lay-off and racing again for the first time since last October. Pushing hard and having nothing left to give over the final kilometre, Shaw finished in 54m 3s. Other runners were Michael Simmons, Mike Belton, Rachel Giles, Eileen Shadford, Karen Skene, Hien Hoang, Anthea Colsell, Frank Gardiner, Lyn Foster, Alison Clarke, Barbara Law, Helene Tyler and Ruth Metcalfe. Running in the 2km event for the second year was young Charlie Sharp. Charlie set a blistering time of 12m 13s, a new PB by almost three minutes.
Meanwhile fifty five miles away in Suffolk, John Bush was coursing through the streets of the Anglo Saxon market town of Framlingham. Taking on the impressive gradient of Market Hill not once but twice, Bush was home in a time of 63m 2s. This race forms part of the Suffolk County Amateur Athletics Grand Prix Series. There are nine races throughout the year, Framlingham being the fifth event, with 268 runners participating.
Taking part in the standard triathlon distance over in St Neots Cambridgeshire was junior, Lizzie Bodmer. Bodmer finished second in her category in a total time of 3 hours 29 minutes 57 seconds, narrowly missing out on first place by just under four minutes. The standard tri distance comprises of a 1500 kilometre swim (40m 42s), followed by a 40 km bike ride (1hr 49m 44s) and finally a 10 km run (56m 28s). A fantastic 10k result will see Bodmer achieving a bronze club standard in the very near future.