What a month this has been, with so many races of all variety from the beginning of Junior Park run through to 24 hour solo running. Our race reporters have never been so busy and I thank them for keeping us so well informed of all the events you guys are attending.
I’m going to mention just a few outstanding performances you guys have achieved, Great to see Paul Blackwell back on the marathon scene, and not content with one a week now, his 9 this month included 4 in as many days taking him to 76! Fantastic effort Paul, with Shawn joining him for a double to add to Stour valley, a measly 3 for Shawn, makes me wonder if he will be the next male from Bentley to pursue the 100 club! Congratulations to Charlie, Rodger and Paul for navigating the Hills of Stour Valley, Andy Stephens on another Marathon pb at the Midnight sun, Lee Clarkson for not 1 but 2 half marathon pb’s. And then our Godfather Eric rocks up Gold standards at 5k and Jersey half, new member Colin Farmer is going from strength to strength with 2 silver standards, Frank Gardiner took a silver at Kirton and ran all the Friday 5’s. Dave Wright ran his fastest 5 mile for over 7 years in Clacton and won Brian’s charity race, we have seen pb after pb in the Micky Edwards series from John Ferdinand, Luke Groves, David Iddon, Jack Wicks and Gary Parker. I was so pleased for Michael Sommerland who on his 84th birthday won the 2nd heat of ME. Followed a week later by Lee winning Heat 3 completing an excellent month of running for him, and Michael Simmons also excelled with a 25th place finish in his 1st tri event at Harwich, well done coach.
Our solo runners Rodger and Ben deserve a huge pat on the back for keeping it going for 24 hours with 75 and 80 miles banked at Endure, all round it was a great team effort by all who ran and in particular Rodger, Paul and Joe for not only getting up so early to find a great spot, but actually setting the camp up for the rest of us, Steve Black helped our muscles through the tough times with hours of massages, while Vicky adorned the Bentley apron with her helpers to provide the fuel we all so needed. If the Harwich 24 is definitely on next year and you haven’t experienced this type of event, I would highly recommend signing up for a unique, testing, and strangely satisfying event.
The third round of trail runs took place at Dedham and what a run it was, these events always bring the joy of running out in me and Rodger produced for me the best one ever, the swim was unique, but the detail that goes into them makes him a Bentley treasure. Charlie was content with just one lap this time and remains the one to catch with another maximum points scored.
A very busy month ahead for the club begins with the final and best Friday 5 in our very own backyard, we have a track event at Ipswich booked for the 8th July, and hopefully the weather and traffic conditions will be much better this time.
July 13th is the final Micky Edwards, Ekiden relay is on the 17th and I will be emailing team news out very soon, followed by the Geoff Day 5k on the 20th July in which I hope to see as many of you as possible turn out for the club’s main event of the summer, with a banquet of food and drink.
With so many great performances this was always going to be tough for Andy and I to choose, after a lot of thought we felt this guy has been on the up for a number of months, With 3 successive pb’s at Micky Edwards in June, taking him to 3rd place overall, another successful tri at Harwich, and a 10 mile pb, with a pint sunk in the blink of an eye halfway round, And if you look back over the last 12 months, its inspirational just how far this guy has improved, you name it and he will give it a go, a great character to have around the club, keep up the hard work and you will continue to reap the rewards.
Congratulations and well done to Luke Groves