Copacabana Club? No! It was hot hot hot at Clacton-on-Sea this weekend, with three distances on offer to runners! On Friday 19th August Richard Moor: took on the 5k course, placing 5th in 20:23 after having to battle a gale in the last mile.

Two days later on Sunday 21st of August there was a choice between a 10k or a half marathon. At the 10k Frank Gardiner, after some navigational issues, was the first blue vest to cross the finish line in 50:50. Rebecca Conran followed, with a close to personal best run of 53:47 and Liz Jones crossed the line shortly after with a time of 1:00:10.

[Frank Gardiner about to tackle the slope at Clacton 10k] 

Frank about the tackle the slope

In the 13.1 mile event the four Great Bentley runners finished within 10 minutes of each other, Matthew Jones finished in 1:44:28; “Barry Jarvis” crossed the line in 1:53:32 and Lee Clarkson battled with Jennifer Aylen for the coveted 92nd finishing position. Clarkson took position 92 with a time of 1:54:11; however the magic of chip timing meant that Alyen, relegated to position 93 actually recorded a slightly faster time of 1:54:06.

 [The battle for 92nd: Clarkson, left, pipped Aylen, right]

The battle for 92nd

Who needs the Copacabana when you have all of that action right here!

Saturday saw the running of the Men’s Olympic Marathon, unfortunately no GBRC representation there this time, however Paul Blackwell did participate in the ‘Not the Rio Marathon’ marathon in Lee Valley this week. With a cut off time of 5 hours, Blackwell paced himself well, crossing the line in 4:47:44 and leaving enough in the tank for whatever endeavour he has in store for next week – entry into the 100 Marathon Club moves ever closer.

Windy conditions prevented personal best times on Saturday morning, however club members were within the top-5 finishing positions at their respective parkruns. At Harwich parkrun, Malcolm Jarvis was the 4th finisher, battling the breeze and stopping the clock in 21:21. Lorna Sharp achieved her best ever finishing position as second lady in a time of 25:38 and John Bush finished in 47th with a time of 29:52.

At Colchester Castle parkrun, Lee Clarkson was practicing his pacing, running his 5k in 23 minutes dead. Charles Williams completed the course in 24:30 with Martin Owen following him, stopping the clock in 25:51. Scott Young ad Claudia Keitch ran together, recovering from the previous week’s endurance event, in 32:16 and 32:18 respectively. Rebecca Conran volunteered at tail runner, following the last runner home in 48:34.

Across the Atlantic, in what may have actually been the hottest spot north of Havana were Vicky and Phil Presland with daughters Katie and Milly. At Clermont Waterfront, a parkrun becoming popular with GBRC members holidaying in Florida, Vicky was the first lady finisher at the run in a time of 20:29. Phil finished at 31st male in a time of 22:47 and Katie and Milly were both 3rd in their respective age categories with times of 27:50 and 25:05.

[parkrun in Florida: Phil, Vicky, Katie and Milly (green vest) Presland]

Preslands in Florida

Temperatures in Colchester were cooler on Sunday morning, making conditions pleasant at Junior parkrun. Harrison Leek finished in 2nd position, completing the 2000m course in a personal best time of 8:01. Yasmin Leek followed in 19:11 with Rufus Keitch just ahead of her with a time of 15:13.

Sunday also saw the fourth round of Rodger Alexander’s Trail Run Club Competition. Runners left in pairs and trios to tackle 8.5 miles off road and one angry farmer. Results are still being processed, and with most declaring at least one detour from the set route will surely yield a surprise. Rodger and Linzi Iddon also put on a trail for the GBRC youth which involved blackberry picking and then adventures in the playground. The last of the series is in October and will be the spooky night run.

[Upper left: GBRC enjoying their post run picnic; Lower left: Rodger Alexander reviews the trail run results with a helper; Right: the kids trail finished with fun at the playground]