The Next Generation were in action this week with GBRC young members at the Clacton duathlon and running at Junior parkrun.
Megan Hughes ran in the Tristar 1 category (ages 9/10) at the Clacton Duathlon. This category was a step up for Hughes and was double the distance of the previous year. The course involved a 1.2k run followed by a 2k cycle section and ending with a 400m run to the finish. Hughes completed her duathlon in 19:14 (run: 6:44; bike: 8:24; run: 2:04).
At junior parkrun Rufus Keitch completed the 2000m course in 16:20.

The Data for saturday’s parkruns showed some Star performances at Colchester Castle. Lee Clarkson ran his fastest 5000m of 2016 with a time of 21:22; whilst ScottY oung must have been beaming with a time of 23:39, his fastest Colchester Castle parkrun for over a year. Shawn Leek, coming back from a period of illness that saw him have to withdraw from his summer ultra-marathon, completed the course in 27:05 and the GBRC male representation was completed by Luke Groves and John Ferdinand who cross the line together in a time of 33:01. The GBRC ladies were represented by Alison Clarke, who finished in a time of 29:05.
At Basildon parkrun Louise Upston stopped the clock in 29:33. Also trekking afar was John Bush, who ran the Newcastle parkrun in 33:12, finishing in position 455 of 518 runners.
Malcolm Jarvis ran at Harwich parkrun, crossing the line in 20:54.

Warp speeds were achieved at the Stowmarket Golden Mile, probably one of the shortest races that has had GBRC representation this year. Lee Clarkson backed up his parkrun with a personal best mile of 6:07. Matthew Jones was close behind in 6:22. Chusa Bautista Fructuoso unfortunately fell foul of a calf injury and although finished her mile, was disappointed with her time. This has also meant she had to pull out of Sunday’s Langham 10k – it was only logical.


[Fructuoso, Clarkson and Jones at the Golden Mile – celebrating the anniversary of Bannister’s sub-4 minute mile]

The GBRC line-up at Langham was as impressive as ever with 27 runners in the 10,000m race and eight in the 5,000m race, which was new for 2016. 8 young members ran in the 2,000 fun run.

The 5k set off first and the first Great Bentley runner home was Chris Warren, who won his age category. Charles Keitch and David Wright followed him in. Lee Clarkson Replicated his performance from Saturday with another fastest 5k of the year. Eric Shaw, Sarah Fletcher and Paul Davison all put in strong performances before also running in the 10k race and Sue Wright, with a promising performance after coming back from injury completed the line up of blue vests.

In the 2k fun run, Megan Hughes, Caitlyn Hughes, Chloe Iddon and Olivia Stevens represented the girls; whereas Thomas Colsell, Connor Sharp, Charlie Sharp and Harrison Leek ran in the boys categories. At the time of writing results are not available but with many a kinder egg riding on it, here’s hoping for some personal best runs!

The 10,000m race started suddenly; so suddenly that many runners were still moving from the assembly area to the start line. The following GBRC members all reported for duty: Jennifer Aylen; Alison Clarke; Graham Clarke; Lee Clarkson; Anthea Colsell; Rebecca Conran, who ran a personal best of under 53 minutes; Rodger Alexander who ran with daughter Jessica; Paul Davison; Colin Farmer; Sarah Fletcher; Frank Gardiner; Leoni Harvey; Hien Hoang; Kevin James; Sandra James; Barbara Law; Leonie Lowe; Joanne Morris; Katy O’Leary; Gary Parker; Meera Rajoo-Oakley; Eileen Shadford who put in a strong performance after a period off with an injury; Russ Sharp; Eric Shaw, with an age category winning run; Michael Simmons; Marion Simmons who ran her fastest 10k of 2016; Michael Sommerlad; and Louise Upston;

Again due to technical glitches results are in a Black Hole somewhere…..

[Team GBRC at the Langham 2, 5 and 10 kilometer races]


Having made a Voyage(r) up to Newcastle Upon Tyne, Luke Groves, Claire Groves, John Bush, Kevin Stevens and Darren Willey ran the Great North Run, the UK’s largest half marathon. Luke ran a personal best time for the half marathon distance of 2:06:06. Also finishing in 2:06:06 was Claire Groves. John Bush finished in 2:39:57; Kevin Stevens started at the back of the field and overtook several thousand runners to finish in 2255th in a time of 1:39:37; and Darren Willey crossed the line in 2:10:53.

[Luke and Claire Groves and John Bush (middle) after the Great North Run]


Not quite in the Delta Quadrant but very far away none the less was Andulu Stephens, who ran the Chennai 50k Ultra Trail Marathon. Completing his 50k in an impressive 5:54:30, Stephens has now ran 97.2k during his 15 days in India. The race was started at 4am so dogs, frogs, bats and rats kept Stephens company for the first half. The second half saw buffalo and butterflies enjoying the humidity.


[Stephens after 50k]

Anna Mills achieved a personal best time over the Olympic triathlon distance. Starting with an open water swim of 1500m followed by a cycle section of 40k and topped off by a 10k run, Mills placed 2nd with a time of 2:27:43 (swim: 25:08; bike: 1:17:02; run: 45:29 – a pb 10k time to boot).

Boldly going where no GBRC member has gone before is Mr Paul Blackwell. Completing three marathons this week Blackwell is now only eight away from entry into the 100 marathon club. Spending the weekend in Thetford Forest Blackwell ran the Kings Forest marathon on Saturday 10th and followed this with the Iceni marathon on Sunday 11th. The Enterprise of a three marathon week having been started on Thursday with marathon number 90 down at Samphire Hoe, Kent. This marathon required 7 laps of the course making 26.95 miles and, as is customary for events out on by the SaxonShore team, had a theme: the marathon celebrated the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

[Blackwell’s bling collected this week: better than a Ferengi treasure hoard]