Paul Blackwell was in marathon action again this week, taking his total up to…77! Completing the Need for Speed marathon (seven laps of Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keyes) on Sunday 3rd July (finishing 26th in 4:50:03) after also running this week in the Beatrix Potter Challenge on Thursday 30th June. Blackwell completed 29.5 miles during the Beatrix Potter challenge to take 5th place overall.  Accompanying Blackwell at the challenge was Janine Simpson, who completed 14.75 miles.

Seven was the number of minutes Gary Hill managed to take off of his personal best over the ten mile distance. Running in the Stort 10, Hill finished in 1:34:19.

Three-sevens equals the number of members who ran at parkrun this weekend, with five personal bests being set at courses across the country.
At Stretford parkrun Andy Stephens ran a pb for the 5k distance in 21:31.
At Harwich Katy O’leary achieved both her best position, coming home as 2nd lady, and a pb time of 24:22. Close behind was Antoinette Wilson in 24:24, 3rd lady. Another pb run came from Leoni Harvey, 5th lady finisher in a time of 26:09; and completing the GBRC ladies line-up at Harwich was Sandra James, 20th lady in 32:23.
For the GBRC gents Richard Moor was first over the line in 20:33, 7th position. Malcolm Jarvis followed in 8th position, a time of 20:44; and Kevin James finished in 22:13, only 10 seconds away from a course pb.
Great Notley was the scene for two GBRC debutants and a fantastic personal best run. Liz Jones broke the 30 minute barrier for the first time to finish in 29:39. Husband Matthew Jones also took on the Notley hill for the first time, finishing in the top 20 as 19th male across the line in 22:33.
Basildon parkrun saw Louise Upston in action once again, finishing at 15th lady, Upston stopped the clock in 28:30.
At Colchester Castle 10 blue vests registered as finishers this week (although perhaps there were 11, one falling fowl of the no-barcode-no-time rule?). Meera Rajoo-Oakley finished in a time of 22:24, 4th lady to cross the line. Setting a personal best time for the hilly Colchester Castle course was Claire Groves in 24:20. Close behind Groves was Chusa Bautista Fructuoso in 24:37.
First of the male representation for GBRC at Colchester was Frank Gardiner in a time of 26:02, his fastest time over the course this year. He was followed by Rebecca Conran who, with her best ever finishing position as 33rd lady, stopped the clock in 27:14.
A group of four were the next across the line: Claudia Keitch, Deborah Cubberley, Scott Young and Paul Hollidge finished in 29:11, 29L12, 29:14 and 29:14 respectively. Luke Groves was also out on the course, coming home in 30:55: a warm up run before his other activity this weekend…

Yes, Groves was back swimming, cycling and running in the Gosfield Lake triathlon. His fastest open water triathlon to date Groves finished the course in 1:39:11 (swim: 17:11; bike: 45:56; run 32:18).

Sticking with triathlon, Anna Mills took on the Outlaw Half in Holkham. A 1.9k swim, 56 mile bike section and 13.1 mile run made the triathlon. Mills finished in 5:48:46 (s: 41:54; b: 3:08:44; r: 1:51:26).

Also at the half ironman distance was Samantha Godden this weekend. At the Ultimate Half in Shropshire, Godden was the 4th lady to cross the line that day in a time of 5:37:51 (s: 36:04; b: 3:03:58; r:1:54:59).

Trying a triathlon of a different sort was Charlie Keitch. Tackling the Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon with friend David Pawsey, Keitch was experiencing tandem cycling for the first time. The pair finished 11th overall in a time of 2:41:00. Pawsey set the team off with the 1000 m swim (18:03) before the pair jumped on their bike for 30k (completed in 1:27:18) before Keitch took on the 10(ish)k run (55:39).

This weekend also saw the running of that rare and precious thing – the 15 mile race! Taking on the Bewl 15 were Paul Hollidge, Andy Fuller and Deborah Cubberley. All debutants at the distance the three tackled mud and hills to finish in 2:18:07; 2:24:11 and 2:38:08 respectively.

Bewl 15

[Andy Fuller, Debs Cubberley and Paul Hollidge having a well deserved lie-down after the Bewl 15]

A sunny Sunday started with Junior parkrun – a 2000 lap for those ages 4 to 14. Nine GBRC young members ran this week, four in their first attempt, and two achieving personal bests. Harrison Leek was the first GBRC member over the line with a personal best run of 8:17. Also with a personal best this week was Elliot Wright with a time of 18:39. Megan Hughes, Caitlyn Hughes, Yasmin Leek and Chloe Iddon were all debutants, finishing in 11:54; 12:40; 16:16; and 18:15 respectively. Stevie Morris finished in 21:47 and Ella Simpson came close to a personal best with a run of 16:02.

Junior parkrun

[Elliot Wright with dad David at junior parkrun]

At race two of the Clacton summer series on Friday night, Joanne Morris took on the 5000m out-and-back course and stopped the clock in 27:59.

Also taking on 5000m this week were 36 members as part of the GBRC Mickey Edwards series: a handicap series with faster runners being set off later than slower runners. Lee Clarkson (21:55) was one minute faster than his predicted time, meaning that he made it back to the Great Bentley village hall first. Also knocking a minute off of her predicted time was Jo Morris, with a run of 27:22.
Personal bests came for John Ferdinand (29:45); Louise Upston (26:38); Luke Groves (25:20); and Colin Farmer (20:24). Leonie Lowe (30:21) and Rita Page (36:55) also each took over 30 seconds off of their previous times for the race.
Improvements on predicted times also came for Sinead Burgoyne (25:39); Chusa Bautista Fructuoso (23:59); Mark Crittenden (27:59); Hien Hoang (23:43); Malcolm Jarvis (20:53); Kevin James (21:52, his fastest time this year); Derek Greenham (22:07, fastest time this year); Jon Tither (22:32);Frank Gardiner (23:26); Paul Hollidge (20:54, fastest time this year); Mark Jasper (18:15, fastest time this year); Katie Presland (23:53) Ray Baggs (19:32); and Michael Oates (22:36, fastest time this year).
Also putting strong performances in that Wednesday were Leoni Harvey (26:15); Gary Hill (24:45); Rob Thope (20:29); Joe Alexander (16:49); Alison Clarke (26:23); Claire Groves (22:10); Gary Parker (19:05); Matthew Jones (21:42); David Iddon (26:12); Brian Telford (23:48); Stuart Baggs (29:38); Sandra James (31:52); Charles Williams (24:10); and Ruth Metcalfe (36:28).
There is one race left in the series for GBRC members to try and run personal best times over the fast flat Bentley course. 

Sticking with a club focus this report finishes with the GBRC Friday 5; a five mile race around Great Bentley, the last in the Friday 5 series. Nine GBRC members ran in the race, supported by the fantastic marshals provided by the club.
For the gents, David Wright broke the 30 minute barrier, crossing the line in 29:54, 30th finisher. He was followed by Matt Knowles who with 34:11 ran his fastest 5 miles of 2016 and Simon Miller who bagged himself a pb time, crossing the line in 34:35. Scott Young broke the 40 minute barrier coming home in 38:53 and Gary Hill ran a personal best in a time of 41:18.
Home advantage also seemed to be the order of the day for the ladies with a further three personal bests being achieved. Jenny Aylen finished 6th in her age category with her pb time of 38:18. Chusa Bautista Fructuoso broke the 40 minute barrier with a time of 39:19, followed closely by Katie Presland who ran a personal best of 40:36. Deborah Cubberley also clocked a pb time, coming home in 43:09.

The GBRC Friday 5 also included two junior races. Seven GBRC young members ran the 2000m course and 18 ran the 1000m course. For the girls (aged 9 and over) Milly Presland ran her 2000m in an impressive 8:11, taking 1st place in the age category; and Caitlyn Hughes completed her 2k in 12:45. For the boys (aged 9 and over) Harrison Leek led the way with a time of 8:55. He was followed by Sam Crittendon (9:24); Darian Harvey (9:47); Oliver Hill (10:17); and Thomas Colsell (10:21).
For the under 9s, the 1000m course was the challenge for the evening. Gabriella Goldsmith finished in 6th position over all in a time of 5:05. Also coming home in under six minutes were James Blacker (5:14); Alex Hill (5:32); Taylor Crittenden (5:33); Harry Booty (5:59). Charlie Sharp completed his race in 6:09, followed closely by Katie Stevens (6:11), who took first prize for girls under 7; Angel Jasper (6:13); and Evie Foster (6:37). Rhianna Reeve crossed the line in 7:28 with George Jones close behind in 7:56. Chloe Iddon completed her run in 8:08; Ella Simpson crossed the line in 8:25 and Yasmin Leek was hot on her heels in 8:34. Daniel Blacker finished in 11:10 and a strong performance came from Isabella Jones who finished in 14:23.

GBRC kids race

[the kids are alright… and having a great time at the GBRC Friday 5 kids races]