This weeks report starts way back last Tuesday when the 2nd race in the Harwich 5k handicap took place with 14 blue vests toeing the start line. Rita Page finished in second place overall which is a brilliant run completing the distance is 36.31. Gary Hill knocked 4 seconds off his previous time finishing in 24:32 and has his sights set on a sub 24 minute time in the next round. Other runners were Jason Bennett (24:14), Louise Reeve (29:58), Stuart Baggs (29:01), Brian Telford (23:27), Dave Nugent (43:18), Alison Clarke (27:18), Ray Baggs (20:05), Frank Gardiner (24:46), Chris Hayes (31:29), Graham Clarke (22:59), John Bush (29:15) and Barbara Law (30:38).
Vicky Presland once again led the way at the inaugural Friday 5 of the season at Framlingham. She posted what was not only a PB time of 32:28 on the 5 mile course but was also the first lady runner to break the tape which is a fantastic achievement. It seems that she may well have been chasing Charlie Keitch down who completed the course in 32:18 to continue his return to the form that he is looking for. Not to be outdone Katie Presland took part in what was her first 5 mile race and gained a bronze standard in a time of 41:00, at still only 15 that’s a great achievement – well done Katie, I’m sure that she’d like to thank Karen Skene (40:51) for running with her on her 5 mile debut. The club representation was completed by Andy Fuller who finished in 36:35.
So onto Parkrun day and PB’s and standards keep piling in, first at a new Parkrun for us to report on was a PB from Louise Upston over at Basildon, she completed the 5k course in 27:36. At Harwich we had 3 runners with Eric Shaw gaining a club Gold Standard in a great time of 24:37, also running at Harwich was Parkrun regular Malcolm Jarvis (20:33) and Toni Wilson (24:16) both of whom joined Eric in posting a new PB on that course. Over at Castle Park in Colchester we had 7 runners who turned out, Rebecca Conran struck an incredible 7 minutes off her previous best time and smashing the 30 minute mark posting a time of 29:27, Andy Stephens is returning to form posting a time just 1 second off a course PB and 3 seconds shy of an overall PB finished in 21:56; also running at Colchester were Sue Sorrell (29:22), Caroline Searle (27:51), Rob Thorpe (36:30), Scott Young (26:26) and Paul Hollidge (26:29). Keith Oakley took on the slopes at Ipswich finishing in 25:21 whilst Matt Jones took himself over to Great Cornard to trim more off his 5k PB finishing 2 seconds faster than his Mickey Edwards time in 21:32.
Sunday saw a few intrepid blue vests travel north to Scotland to take on the Edinburgh marathon and half marathon with some very good results again. Gemma Colling took on the full 26.2 and completed the course in an excellent 4 hours and 40 minutes. Belinda Palmer-Barnes earned a bronze standard for her half marathon time of 2:22:22 (a nice finishing time for people with that persuasion!), Ruth Metcalfe completed the 13.1 miles in a PB time of 2:47:09 and John Bush also made the trip north finishing in 2:27:39.
Finally, Bank Holiday Monday saw 2 10k races taking place, in London Andy Stephens finished the 10k route in a swift 44:27. Over at Hatfield Broad Oak 18 blue vests took on the undulating figure of 8 route around the village on a cold and windy day. There were 5 PB’s at HBO Matt Jones knocking a full 3 minutes of his previous best finishing in 45:30, Claire Groves finished in her first sub 50 minute time of 49:50, Luke Groves triathlon training is showing some great results with a 57:54 PB, Simon Miller registered a superb 44:03 PB and Louise Upston also got in under the hour mark for the first time in a brilliant 59:29. Leading the Blue vests home was Michael Simmons (40:57) whose return from injury is progressing well the men were also represented by Scott Young (48:28), Frank Gardiner (50:41) and John Ferdinand (1:10:37). Following Claire home for the ladies were Marion Simmons (53:26), Hien Hoang (53:26), Caroline Searle (55:34), Leoni Harvey (57:59), Alison Clarke (58:29), Sue Sorrell (58:37), Rebecca Conran (59:20), Claudia Keitch (59:32) and Clare Ferdinand (1:10:37).