After a freezing week, the temperature rose and Saturday morning saw a number of Great Bentley runners getting up for parkrun, a timed 5k held in parks across the country (and world) every Saturday at 9am.

At Colchester Castle parkrun, David Burrows impressed with a personal best (‘PB’) time of 19:29, a 48 second improvement on his previous time for the course and a 10th position finish. Following close behind in 15th was Richard Moor, also bagging a personal best with 19:46. Also representing GBRC at Colchester Castle were Scott Young (23:59); Anna Mills (25:06); Meera Rajoo-Oakley (25:08); Deborah Cubberley (28:38); Paul Hollidge (28:41); and Andy Stephens (29:31).


Over at Harwich parkrun a new course impressed Malcolm Jarvis who finished in 5th position with a time of 21:25. Matthew Jones, with a course PB of 22:08 was not far behind in 8th position. For the GBRC ladies, Cherie Hipkins finished in 27:25 and was the 6th lady across the line.

Lee Clarkson flew the GBRC flag further afield at Raphael parkrun in Romford finishing in 23:04.

Meanwhile, Jamie Neill, not content with 5k on a Saturday, travelled to Dymchurch on the south coast to start his marathon season early. Jamie finished in the front half of the field in a time of 4:01:55.

Sunday saw many of the club running in the 53-12 cross country fixture; however three GBRC members chose to attack 15 miles of road over in Folksworth, Cambridgeshire. Eileen Shadford impressed with a time of 1:58:36, a course PB that was also fast enough for an age category win. Frank Gardiner also had a good run with 2:27:17 and Emmanuel Popoola completed the GBRC line-up with a time of 3:13:54.