Seaside Success

This Sunday saw the 2014 Men’s Captain, Clive Thomas travel up to Lincolnshire and the coastal town of Mablethorpe. Known simply as “The Friendly One”, the event offers runners both full and half marathon distances. This mainly traffic free, quiet and flat course offers great opportunities to achieve personal best times and the weather conditions were almost perfect, cool and overcast. Thomas ran a perfect race, achieving a negative split. Something many others can only dream of. It takes expertise, patience and raw nerve to pull this off. Crossing the line in 1 hour 23 minutes 3 seconds gave him his second fastest time for this distance. Tenth position overall and just under six minutes behind the winner Paul Makowski of Royston Runners, which also attained him second place in his age category.
Jamie Beadle also packed his bucket and spade to soak up the sunshine at The Southend 10k Classic. A simple out and back course along the seafront, again giving runners PB potential. Beadle, who is relatively new to Bentley, narrowly missed out on his bronze standard by just a few seconds with a time of 42m 10s.
A per the normal, Saturday found a few members of the club out and about on the parkrun circuits. At Colchester, David Wright, Meera Rajoo-Oakley, 22m 40s (5th lady home), Matthew Jones, Sue Sorrell and Claudia Keitch. Good to see Scott Young (28m 13s) back out there after a few injury niggles. Helping Harwich parkrun celebrate reaching double figures was Matt Knowles and Malcolm Jarvis. Jarvis has now notched up a total of seventy five runs. Madness or dedication, who knows!
It was noted that several Bentley Blues chose to don their comfortable padded cycling shorts to have a crack at Great Notley’s autumn duathlon. Promoted by the triathlon and multisport club Born2Tri, it is based around the beautiful parkland of Great Notley Country Park. The 10 kilometre cycle aspect is split either side by a 4 kilometre run. Russ Sharp led the way home in 1hr 6m 1s, with Martin Owen in 1hr 22m 44s. Team Fuller in next, with Andy just ahead of Lesley, 1hr 23m 6s and 1hr 25m 30s respectively. Eileen Shadford finished in 1hr 26m 25s, Alison Clarke, 1hr 37m 58s and Linzi Iddon 1hr 53m 51s.