Men’s Newsletter – September

September Newsletter

Hi Gents


The Langham 10k kicked off the month, with 7 of you taking part, in particular it’s great to see a GBRC legend in Eric Shaw back racing after a year out with illness and knee problems, he’s always on the scene to witness everyone else’s success, really good to have you back in the blue vest Eric. Another man I’m delighted for is our Chairman Russ, he set Langham as a target race to go for and suitably obliged with a PB, some 2 years on since he’s last one, and proving, never think your best is behind you, with belief and hard work hard you can continue to improve.

Dedham 10k one of my favourite races saw Michael Belton finish 40th, with Frank Gardiner, Peter Reeve and Michael Sommerlad all taking part.

Quickly followed by a hilly Ipswich half in which Charlie cruised round, taking the place of injured Scott, with Michael B in race 3 of the month for him, and newcomer Johnathon Tither both giving solid performances on this tough course.

With the Essex champs half at Pleshey, we saw the return to racing of our Coach Darren, running a controlled pace throughout, for a good solid time, Luke Groves and Paul Hollidge also joined him for a pleasant countryside run, for Paul this was part of he’s marathon plan to put aside the disappointment of MK, And didn’t he do just that, When a marathon goes wrong the seed of doubt can fester, and for some mean never again! But I salute you Paul for your effort at Nottingham, A massive PB, a Bronze standard, and having seen he’s splits, there clearly is more improvement should he wish to do it all over again!

Well done to Andy Stephens PB and John B who ran the iconic GNR. Our very own Dick and Dom, of Rodger and Paul C, took on the mighty Brecon Beacons ultra with Paul finishing a fantastic 2nd with Rodger one place behind, a huge well done to you guys.

Another half this time at Windsor, with solid runs from Tom Fowler and Barry Jarvis, Phil Presland still basking in the glory of Rodger’s last trail run, took Vicky for a trip round Ealing, no heroics from Phil this time but a nice PB for Vicky.

Nice to see Ade Cherry back this month with a steady 10k, and hopefully now free from injury, Joe Alexander was in tri action, and Jamie Beadle along with the returning Martin Owen both had successful duathlon’s.

Well done to all you guys who ran in such a variety of events this month.

Club News

Winter training begins in earnest this Friday, with tempo run’s switching now to the Weston homes Stadium, Darren and I have 2 routes for you to tackle, both are 5 mile’s long.

We are keeping the track session’s going for a bit longer now, with the next one on October 16th. Darren has a new time trial session for you once a month around Abbey fields on the 23rd, please check the training calendar as Friday’s vary from week to week.

Rodger’s final trail run is a night 5 mile probably more like 6, around Bentley, don’t forget your head torches, glow sticks, carrots, or whatever else you have that helps you see in the dark!

One more thing to add now that winter training has commenced, it’s vital for your safety and those you run with to ensure you are now wearing HI-VIZ on all evening training sessions.


Oh yes its back! Just one month to the day, till we head for Notley Park and the 1st of 6 XC races, now I know for many of you it’s like waiting for Christmas to come, so crack open the XC advent calendar and enjoy a small slice of cake a day until we reach the GBRC bake off on the 1st November.

Now for those of you that are new to all this, the races and dates are on our website, the juniors race begins at 10am with the adults at 10:45, all the events are around 5 miles, most will have hills, most will have mud, trail shoes or spikes will be required,

Club tops must be worn, yes they are tough, but they are fun, great for your core, and you will feel great at the end, once you’ve got a nice hot cuppa and slice of cake in your hand, you will smile again! But seriously I hope to see as many of you as possible in your Bentley vests, it means a lot to this club that we do well in XC, so if you’re free, fit and able to join in, do come along. For me this picture says it all!


Just look at his face!


I decided that although this man hasn’t hit a PB or a standard this month, he continues to work so hard in training and has put together 3 excellent races this month, And I strongly believe we will see even better performances in the future, He was quicker at Dedham than he was at Langham, and was only a few minutes outside he’s best at the hilly Ipswich half, haven recently qualified as a LIRF Michael is a dedicated and enthusiastic runner, a nice guy with a humble character and a lot to offer us here at Great Bentley.

Congratulations to