With autumn in full flow the miles in the legs are on the rise with many of you, and none more so than John ‘the ultra’ Booty, whom this month completed another 100 mile race, and has now successfully achieved he’s target of 9 points to enter the ballot for the UTMB, a truly amazing feat to get this far and to finish this race nearly 3 hours quicker than the last 100 miler is nothing short of astonishing, well done John.
Shawn and Jamie Bubbles returned to tackle the Saltmarsh 75, and sadly neither were able to finish this year, Jamie had to pull out on day 1 after 27 miles, and for Shawn the AA had to come to he’s rescue on day 2, but not soon enough to get him to the start line, but the pair of them along with Kev ‘the body’ Stevens finished the month at the Great South with Kev pacing Jamie round for a big PB, on he’s 8 consecutive year attending this event. Harrison, and Brothers Bobby and Flynn also took part in the junior races to complete the family weekend of running.
In other marathon events Andy Stephens ran a PB at Amsterdam, Patrick Reynolds and Barry Jarvis both successfully completed the Chelmsford marathon. Both Tom Fowler and Marathon Legend Paul ‘double hard’ Blackwell ran up and down the famous seven sisters at Beachy head, Ben Ficken went a little further running he’s 1st ultra at Stort 30, finishing in 21st place in a very solid time. On to the half’s with Paul Hollidge enjoying the Royal Parks, Keith Oakley at the Great Eastern, And Clive Thomas taking 2nd in the over 50’s cat with a time just outside he’s PB at the Mablethorpe half.
In other Events Jamie Beadle ran very close to a standard at Southend 10k, and Wix, keep it going Jamie it will come, Frank Gardiner got a bronze, Paul Carlisle and Lee Clarkson hit PB’s all at Tiptree 10, talking of Wix, I was delighted to see so many of you running, in all 42 of you took part with Mark Jasper achieved a Silver standard, Paul Hollidge, Scott Crawley and my selection for performance of the day Darren Horner all achieved a Bronze. It’s been a busy month for sure and throw in Andy Fuller’s triathlon and duathlon along with Russ, and Martin Owen, oh and let’s not forget Malcolm Jarvis has now gone through 75 park run’s, so please forgive me if I’ve missed you out, well done guys with XC coming I believe we are in good shape.
Rodgers trail runs came to a ghostly conclusion at Bentley this week, with great fun had by all who took part, we are indeed very fortunate to have Rodger, with all the time and effort he puts in to make the trail runs a huge success and so unique to what any other club can offer.
One more track session at Ipswich has been booked for the 20th November, and there is a Sunday long run in Clacton from the Martello café from 8am arranged on the 22nd.
Voting forms are out for the annual awards, so please fill them in and return to Paul Carlisle asap, also Karen is now collecting your menu choices and these do need to be in this week so please have a look and let her know.
XC is now upon on us with Notley and in 2 weeks on the 15th November its Harwich, so let’s make a Bentley blue show as possible and show our strength in numbers and cake of course. Its tradition at the end of XC to all get together for a meal, over the last few years it’s taken place in the Colchester area, and I would like to know if anyone would like to recommend a venue in or around the Bentley/Clacton area.
Some great runs this month guys, making my choice extremely difficult with a number of quality efforts and standards achieved.
This guy didn’t get a standard but has been a solid performer all year, running races in obscure and remote places I had never heard of, he likes a challenge and this month he returned to take on the Beachy Head marathon and managed to knock 25 minutes off he’s previous time, and if you take into account the course he can now look to run a sub 3:30 marathon on the road if he so chooses, but I doubt that will hold much appeal to him, A lovely guy who we don’t see a lot of but I believe has huge potential.
Well done and congratulations to Tom Fowler