Far flung races

The Blue Vests have been out and about this weekend, taking part in races in both the north and south of the country, as well as travelling abroad.

Caroline Searle noticed a gap in the club championship tables and quietly travelled to Holmfirth in Yorkshire to run the Holmfirth Harriers 15 miler. She finished the very hilly two lap course 2:30:43.

At the other end of the country, a small group of Bentley runners took on the Great South Run in Portsmouth. Jamie Neill finished in 1:11:49, a PB by 3 minutes. Shawn Leek’s time was 1:17:56, Kevin Stevens 1:11:49, Janine Simpson 1:25:27, and Alison Day 1:30:34.

Also in the south of the country, Paul Blackwell and Tom Fowler ran the Beachy Head marathon, a challenging, hilly trail race. Fowler finished in 4 hours 17 minutes and 31 seconds, beating his previous time on that course by 25 minutes.

Chusa Batis ran the Stort 30, an out and back 30 mile race along the River Stort navigation channel in Hertfordshire.

Chris Warren ran the Venice marathon, clocking a brilliant time of 2 hours, 58 minutes and 46 seconds, despite missing the bus to the start and having to change in a taxi. The course wanders through villages along the river Brenta, then crosses no less that 14 bridges in the final two miles and includes a run through St Mark’s Square.

John Bush tried out the Harwich Parkrun for the first time, clocking 30:46.

Saturday 24th October saw Great Bentley runners stage a Parkrun Takeover in Colchester, with members volunteering to fill the majority of the marshalling and admin roles, plus this year provide pacers for the other runners. This is the third year the club has been involved in supporting the Colchester Parkrun, and a successful morning was had by all.