Perhaps Super Sunday should have been saved for this week, as an amazing eighty three Bentley Blues turned out for Harwich Running Club’s 5 mile event. Principally flat and mainly quiet although not closed to traffic, this course does give runners a great chance to strive for and achieve a personal best time. This year The Wix 5 mile was part of the Essex Championship Series, so a large field was present and competition was tough. Once again, Barbara Law took away a gold medal. Eileen Shadford gained a bronze for her age category, as did the ladies team, consisting of Vicky Presland, Anna MIlls and Eileen Shadford.
There were eighteen standards obtained, nine were bronze, four silver, three gold and two diamond. There also were PB’s for those who had already gained their standards. So,drum roll please for the following: Sinead Burgoyne, Anthea Colsell, Scott Crawley, Lesley Fuller, Paul Hollidge, Darren Horner, Vicki Parker and Natalie Stewart who all obtained bronze. Silver awards went to Chusa Batista, Mark Jasper and Lorna Sharp. Those who gained gold standards were, Rachel Giles, Anna Mills and Tricia Stacey. With Vicky Presland and Eileen Shadford being bestowed with the very rare and precious diamond club standard.
There were other races also happening, Chelmsford hosted their second marathon. Following on from a few teething problems last year, they chose to direct participants through a new course. Starting from Shire Hall, runners travel through to Chelmer Village, Bell Meadow, Central Park and onto the villages of Roxwell and Willingale. Four members of Bentley took on this 26.2 mile distance. Meera Rajoo-Oakley was first home in a silver standard time of 3 hours 44 minutes 24 seconds. Alison Day hot on her heels with 3hrs 46m 30s, grabbed a bronze standard. The ladies left the men trailing this weekend as Patrick Reynolds, who returning from paternity duties crossed the line in 4hrs 26m 21s. A very respectable time of 4hrs 34m 25s saw Barry Jarvis complete his race. Another marathon was also taking place on Sunday, The TCS Amsterdam. Andy Stephens, was once again choosing a bit of tourism by currently working his way around Europe or through the alphabet, who knows? The event now in its 40th year, it attracts a potential 16’500 athletes and it is one of the largest in Europe. Stephens took a seven minute sizable bite from his last time, achieving a new PB of 3hrs 54m 46s.
Once again Bentley’s very own ultramarathoner, John Booty was out in action as well this weekend. Not content with completing fifty or just a one hundred miles race, Booty went onto accumulate points towards the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc by partaking in the Autumn 100. Again organised by Centurion Running, he coasted along the Thames path and Ridgeway in a fantastic time of 25hrs 20m 24s, this sees him improve on his last by an astonishing 2hrs 55m.