To coin a phrase “Super Sunday” dawned cool, sunny and crisp in Tiptree as fourteen Bentley Blues made their way along to the start line. A scenic ten mile route through the villages of Messing, Hardy Green and Easthorpe, with just under four hundred runners winding their way along the quiet country roads. The first mile or so is downhill, whilst the rest of the course is virtually flat. The sting in the tail comes around eight miles as runners return to the finish, uphill. By no means a steep incline but a long drag with enough gradient to make it tough going. The first man home was from Billericay Striders, Crispian Bloomfield. He motored along finishing in 54 minutes 30 seconds. Our first man home was Chris Warren, also making short work of things with a time of 1hr 1m 37s. Clive Thomas and Darren Horner, yet again gave their time to pace Steph Horner, 1hr 16m 10s (PB) and Caroline Searle, 1hr 29m 24s (PB). Eileen Shadford, continuing to return to strength, finished in 1hr 16m 24s. Both Jennifer Aylen and Chusa Batista earned themselves silver standards with 1hr 21m 22s (PB) and 1hr 21m 59s (PB) respectively. Also a new PB for Vicki Parker with 1hr 26m 7s. Other runners were, Paul Carlisle, Andy Stephens, Martin West, Frank Gardiner and Leoni Harvey.
The Perkins Great Eastern Half Marathon was also taking place, as was Martlesham 10k and The Royal Parks Half Marathon. Travelling up to Peterborough were Karen Skene, 1hr 54m 3s, Alison Clarke, 2hrs 9m 39s and Keith Oakley, 2hrs 12m 33s. Choosing to stay a little closer to home was Vicky Presland and Sue Wright. Both participating over 10k at Martlesham. Presland claimed another PB with her time of 41m 49s, this also earned her another rare and precious diamond club standard. Sue Wright finished her run in 58m 31s. Central London played host this weekend to over 14’000 runners. The stunning 13.1 mile route takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks and four of the eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s and Kensington Gardens. Paul Hollidge, who is still allowing his legs to recover from his recent performance of 26.2 miles was able to lay down an impressive time of 1hr 46m 24s. Claire Groves was extremely happy with her time of 1hr 56m 51s.
The village of Holbrook, Suffolk and in particular The Royal Hospital School was the setting for The Peninsular Triathlon. A 500 metre indoor swim, twenty mile cycle ride and 5 kilometre run makes up the distance. The idyllic scenery for the second phase of this event, takes riders through the villages of Chelmondiston, Woolverstone, Freston, Alton Water and Stutton, before returning to Holbrook. Four members of Great Bentley RC took part. Lorna Sharp led the way for the club, finishing in a total time of 1hr 43m 14s. Andy Fuller was home next with, 1hr 48m 5s, Lesley Fuller, 1hr 53m 37s and Rachel Giles, who was competing in her first triathlon event finished with 1hr 59m 48s.