“Guide Our Endeavour”

Over a thousand men and women gathered in Christchurch Park, Ipswich, in the county town of Suffolk on Sunday morning. Ipswich Jaffa RC and chartered accountants Larking Gowen, once again were collaborating to provide one of the regions toughest half marathon events. The current two lap route was introduced in 2013 and can definitely be described as hilly as opposed to the previous single lap undulating course. Now, runners wind their way through and around the park no less than nine times. Add this to the two visits up Constitution Hill and you have a race that certainly separates the club runners from the fun runners. Anthony Jackson from Sittingbourne Striders made short work of the challenge, winning in 1 hour 16 minutes 26 seconds. Coming home first for Great Bentley, some twenty two minutes behind Jackson in 1hr 38m 22s was Charlie Keitch. Bentley babe Jennifer Aylen, claimed a new personal best with 1hr 55m 29s. Aylen who celebrates a category changing birthday this week, just snatched a bronze club standard for the distance. Others running were Mike Belton, 1hr 42m 53m, Karen Skene, 2hrs 3m and Claudia Keitch, 2hrs 20m 1s.
Newcomer, Jamie Beadle took part in the London Duathlon. Four options were available to participants, with Beadle entered in to the standard, or classic distance as it was once known. A total finishing time of 2hrs 48m 35s for the event, with disciplines split as a single lap 10 kilometre run, four times around the 11km (44k) bike route, finishing with another 5km run. Held in Richmond, one of London’s Royal Parks, Richmond is probably the oldest of them all, with connections going back as far as the late thirteenth century, when it was known as the Manor of Sheen.