Saturday dawned rather chilly at Colchester Castle and Harwich parkruns where 16 Great Bentley Running Club members chose to take on 5000m, but conditions were not quite as cold at the third parkrun to receive GBRC this week.
Claire and Luke Groves took on the Florida sunshine to run the Clermont Waterfront parkrun. Claire finished as the 9th lady in 26:05 and Luke followed shortly after as 25th male in 27:19. Both were bemused to discover that this parkrun gave finishers a cucumber for re-hydration.
Back in the UK everyone was cool as cucumbers as the temperature dropped from mid-week highs to feel almost wintry again.
At Harwich parkrun, Malcolm Jarvis took 9th position overall and was the first GBRC gent home in 21:34. He was followed by Paul Hollidge, whose completion of Manchester marathon the previous week did not hamper him achieving a personal best time for the course of 22:35; and Kevin James, the 18th finisher in 23:37.
For the GBRC ladies, Deborah Cubberley, also recovering from Manchester marathon, led the way with a 9th position finish and a personal best for the course of 28:09. Leoni Harvey crossed the line next in 29:19, her first attempt at the Harwich 5k; and Sandra James completed the GBRC representation at Harwich as the 20th lady finisher in 34:47.
At Colchester Castle, which was back to the ‘normal yellow’ route this week, Christopher Warren led the way with a 3rd position finish and a personal best time for the course. Warren stopped the clock on 18:34. Charles Keitch was the next blue vest home in 22:35, his legs still in recovery after Manchester; and Scott Young with 23:52 continues his progression back to best with his fastest time of 2016. Charles Williams took a top 100 position as 90th male in 24:09. Harrison Leek, in 25:51, clearly had energy to spare as he then volunteered to help the organisers tidy up after the run. He was followed closely by father Shawn Leek who crossed the line in 26:01. Darren Willey finished in 26:07 and Lee Clarkson completed the line-up for the GBRC gents, arriving back to bandstand in 26:56.
Two ladies took on the 5000m on that chilly morning, Chusa Bautista Fructuoso finished in 24:57 and Sue Sorrell finished as the 50th lady in 29:40.
Down in Kent, Paul Blackwell and Janine Simpson took on the Fowlmead 50, a 50 mile endurance race. Simpson finished just ahead of Blackwell, their times being 10:54:13 and 10:57:08 respectively.
Opting for a shorter distance was John Booty, who completed the “tough ten” at Hadleigh park on Saturday afternoon. Booty finished his 10k in 55:34, 37th out of 270 finishers.
Matt Jones travelled to Brighton to take on its popular marathon. His first attempt at the distance saw him crossing the line in 3:40:20, the 1354th male finisher out of over 6000. Gary Hill was also out representing GBRC on the Brighton course. Despite injury befalling him just after halfway Hill finished inside five hours with a time of 4:58:04; a heroic effort.
Keith Oakley and Sue Sorrell took on the Hoohah 10k at Ickworth House on Sunday. The course was muddy and tough but took in some beautiful scenery running throughout the grounds of the National Trust property. Sorrell stopped the clock in 1:02:35 followed closely by Oakley who finished in 1:04:31.
Over in a stormy Suffolk, the Bungay half marathon welcomed Samantha Godden, John Bush and Frank Gardiner. Godden finished in 69th position overall with a time of 1:37:42. Frank Gardiner finished in 284th position stopping the clock on 2:00:20 and John Bush was the 473rd finisher in 2:29:75.