This weekend saw the 36th running of the London Marathon and Great Bentley Running Club were well represented with some excellent performances. Vicky Presland again sets the bar and inspires all at the club with an amazing performance finishing in a personal best time of 3:11:07 which shoots her to the top of the GBRC all time performance list. Vicky has posted times on the club all time top 10 in every distance and now tops the charts in 3 of them – wow! Not to be outdone Chris Warren and Dave Goldsmith both posted sub 3 hour marathon times – Chris coming home in a magnificent 2:51:26 and Dave in 2:59:52. If you are not squeamish and want to see what that sort of time takes out of you check out the picture of Dave’s feet on Facebook!
Andrew Stephens also posted a new PB at London finishing in a time of 3:35:31; Barry Jarvis finished in 4:40:26 which in itself is remarkable as Barry hasn’t had the marathon preparation that he was looking for, apparently he’s back for more next year. Steve Black came in shortly after Barry in a time of 4:45:01. For the ladies there were first time marathons for Jennifer Aylen and Louise Reeve who finished in times of 4:12:52 and 5:55:22 respectively. Eileen Shadford posted a superb PB time of 3:28:29 with Anna Mills (3:29:34), Anna Lyon (4:03:28) and Vicki Parker (4:47:53) not too far behind.
There can’t be talk of marathons without mentioning Paul Blackwell whose crusade for 100 marathons continues unabated. This week he added a further 2 to his growing list of events in which the medals seem to be getting larger. On Friday he completed the Wonderland Caucus Marathon in Kent and followed this up the following day running the St Georges Day marathon where he was joined by Janine Simpson. It sounds like this one was completed with all weathers in one day including wind, rain and hail – it probably just adds to the fun! Simpson obviously caught the 2 marathons in 2 days bug as she went on to complete London on Sunday too.
Sunday also saw two debutants in duathlon, Michael Simmons and Linzi Iddon undertook the run, bike, run format in Great Notley. Michael completing the event in an impressive 1:16 which I am sure he’ll be looking to beat when he gets the chance, Linzi unfortunately suffered a knee injury which forced her out of the event after the bike stage, however, this won’t stop her in giving it another go when she’s fit again.
Saturday saw the usual delegation at 5kmParkrun with the tourism this week taken up by Paul Hollidge and Debs Cubberley. They travelled to Sussex on Saturday and completed the Tilgate Forest Parkrun which included Debs favourite obstacle….hills’, this didn’t stop her posting a time of 28:51 followed home by Paul a second later. Over at Harwich we only had 2 runners this week but that didn’t stop Malcolm Jarvis posting a PB of 20:37 and likewise Patrick Reynolds also posted a personal best time of 21:07.
Colchester Castle Parkrun saw a whopping turn out of 382 runners this week with David Iddon completing the course for the first time in 30:15 and new course PB’s posted by Craig Warriner (25:28) and Natalie Stewart (25:26). Phil Presland posted another good time after his return from injury (24:18) a time which saw him be the first GBRC runner in. He was also followed by Caroline Searle (26:51), Meera Rajoo-Oakley (26:51), Sue Sorrell (28:02), Alison Clarke (29:28), Katy O’Leary (29:41), Claudia Keitch (30:09), Scott Young (30:09) and Linzi Iddon (39:14).