Run, Run, Run, Endure and Junior Parkrun

58, yes 58 runners took to the lanes of Great Bentley and Aingers Green on Tuesday for the 2nd round of the Mickey Edwards 5k series with some excellent performances as 28 runners improved their time from the first round.  Leading the way was John Ferdinand who in achieving a PB knocked a massive 3.31 minutes off his Round 1 time finished in 30:21. Alison Clarke ran another Diamond standard time but in a new PB time of 26:06 which was 1:07 minutes quicker than the initial race, Hien Hoang ran a bronze standard PB of 24:01, Clare Groves earned a Silver Standard in a double quick new PB of 22:11 (2.19 minutes faster).  Not to be outdone hubby Luke Groves flew round the course in a PB of 25:40, his first under 26 minutes whilst Louise Upston, David Iddon and Jack Wicks also gained impressive PB’s in 27:33 (2:16 quicker), 26:19 (0:55 quicker) and 24:15 (0:30 quicker) respectively.  Colin Farmer also gained a Silver Standard registering a new PB of 20:45 as he completed the course 21 seconds faster this time around.  Joe Alexander returned to run the quickest time of the night registering a blistering time of 16:43 whilst Vicky Presland again led the ladies home in 20:07.  So leading the way is John Ferdinand closely followed by Leoni Harvey and Claire Groves. To see details of all the runners and the current standings in the leader board check out the website here


Friday saw another of the Friday 5 mile races this one at an undulating Stowmarket course where 5 GBRC runners took the challenge. Hien Hoang doubled up her bronze at Micky Edwards with another one here finishing in 42:57. Jack Wicks 42:30, Karen Skene 42:55, Frank Gardiner 42:57 and John Bush 50:04 all completed the five miles.  Also on Friday was the first of the Clacton 5k series where Jennifer Aylen secured another PB and a club silver standard finishing in 22:42.

As usual Parkrun dominated Saturdays events with the Colchester Castle Parkrun doing its own tourism and moving to a flat course at Mill Road for a week more PB’s were a real possibility.  Our GBRC runners didn’t disappoint Paul Hollidge who is now aiming for a sub 20 5k was really pleased with a 13 second PB finishing in 20:25, Rebecca Conran followed up last weeks PB by bettering that time by a whacking 1 minute and 14 seconds completing the 5k in 27:05 and Chusa Batis also gained another PB finishing in 23:31. Joanne Morris completed her first Parkrun in 29:45, our other runners were Jamie Beadle 20:41, Malcolm Jarvis 21:09, Matthew Jones 21:40, Lee Clarkson 23:19, Meera Rajoo-Oakley 24:35, Anthea Colsell 25:56, Debs Cubberley 27:14, Sue Sorrell 29:09, Luke Groves 30:31, John Bush 31:24 and John Ferdinand 34:09.  Over at Harwich we had just the 3 representatives this week Kevin James bagging a new course PB in 22:15, Toni Wilson 24:35 and Sandra James 33:36 completed the trio. Louise Upston completed the Basildon Parkrun in 27:57 whilst Keith Oakley ran the Ipswich Parkrun again completing it this time in 26:31.

Claire Groves took in the second Essex Cross Country 10k at Danbury Woods which she described as a “Great Course but hard work” finishing in 50:51. Paul Blackwell put his marathon shoes back on after a 3 week injury hiatus and did the Day Off Marathon and of course the only way to come back from injury is a quiet weekend so on Sunday he took on the Phone Home marathon which has a great light up ET medal…!

Lee Clarkson went off to sunny Southend on Sunday to do their half marathon and bagged a PB of 1:39:53.  Young looking Eric Shaw went over to Jersey, where he was running in memory of his friend Tony King, and bagged a Gold Standard along with the trophy for 3rd place in his age group finishing the 13.1 miles in 1:53:09.

Also on Sunday was Brian Telfords run for Maisie which is now an annual event and this was the third running of it.  This is a dead flat 5 mile run along Clacton prom and following on from Russ Sharp’s victory last year David Wright bagged first place and a course record in 29:32 he was followed home by more blue with Dave Goldsmith second, Stuart Baggs third and Patrick Reynolds 4th, Karen Skene was the first female over the line too in 43:55.  Junior GBRC runner Kai Telford was the first junior home in just over 39 minutes. There was plenty of Bentley representation supporting this great charity which was great to see – well done Brian for organising and getting so many people running, the current total is at £580 with more still to come in.


Over in Reading there was a small matter of the Endure 24 hour race where again Bentley Blue was out in force.  We had 3 solo runners Ben Finken who completed 80 miles, not far behind was Rodger Alexander with just 75 miles and Helene Tyler who covered 50 miles! Chris Warren and Russ Sharp ran as a pair and only covered 140 miles between them – they’re all mental! Helene then had a little warm down doing the 5k Colour Run in Wembley on her way home.

Not far behind them in the insane list were our two teams Paul Carlisle, Joe Alexander, Phil Presland, Gary Hill and Jonathan Tither were one team (Team Fahkwit) and Janine Simpson, Jamie Neill, Steve Black, Shawn Leek and Kevin Stevens were the other (Simos Stompers).  Team Fahkwit completed 33 laps in a total time of 24:13:31 and came in 12th in their Male team category, Simos Stompers completed 29 laps in a total time of 24:19:20 coming 79th in their mixed team category.


Finally, there was a trial run for Colchester Junior Parkrun which was won by Harrison Leek in 8:41, Megan Hughes was 3rd in 9:57 she was joined by her sisters Caitlyn 12:51 (8th), Chloe 16:05 (11th) and Mia (Tail-Runner) the race was run at the Recreation Ground in Colchester.  Next Sunday the 19th June sees the first official running of the event.