Men’s Newletter October

Hi Gents,

What a month this has been, the race reporters have worked their socks off following your progress and I’m delighted to see so many club standards and personal bests achieved, for me the highlights have been from Paul Blackwell, on achieving his place in the 100 marathon club, over 60 marathon’s this year alone is in itself ridiculous, but I have nothing but admiration for his achievement, and dedication to fulfil his ambition, and to think he wants more and more, wow we could be talking about 200 this time next year!

Lee Clarkson has been in terrific form with pbs at Tiptree, Pleshey, Wix, Thurrock, and a marathon, Eric Shaw picked up a couple of Gold standards at Wix and Bentley 10.

Frank Gardiner has had a great year so far and with pbs and silver standards at Wix, Peterborough, and Bentley 10 he continues to improve with age.

Adam Smith is flying with a gold standard, sub 60 minute 10 mile effort at Bentley plus a place in the all-time top ten, Derek Greenwood  smashed his 5 mile and 10 mile pb with silver standards and is leading the way in 3 club champs events. Michael Sommerlad earned the performance of the day award at Wix.  A bronze standard was achieved by Phil Presland in a new age category at Bentley’s 10, and some massive pbs from Luke Groves at Bentley 10 and Royal parks half, and by Matthew Jones at Pleshey and a 10k in Wiltshire.

It really has been a fantastic month of achievement’s and with XC just around the corner, lets continue this form into the off road season. Well done gents.

XC Season

We begin again on 6th November for what will be a very special 53-12 event, celebrating its 30th year, at the scene of where it all began, Abbey fields in Colchester, admittedly not the best course, but with a FREE bottle of beer, FREE cake, and FREE hot drinks available, I do hope to see many of you out there to join in the celebrations.

It’s also an excellent way for our new members to experience XC and savour the Bentley spirit, we are renowned for our love of cake, so please do bring to share, the ground will be suitable for road trainers unless a severe deluge is predicted in the week ahead. However you will need trail shoes for the remaining races, and if you can run all 6 of them you will receive a medal from the club in recognition of your achievement.

The course itself is 3 laps in a figure of eight all on grass, with some minor hills; it is though all about working together, trying to push ahead of other clubs especially those in black and white! And looking to finish as high up the leader board as you can. The first 8 men score for the club and the positions we finish in are totalled up to give us a score, the lower the total, the higher we finish, our scores are added to the ladies score for our overall position.

The juniors also have a race at each event, which are around a mile long, and begin at 10am, contact Linzi Iddon for more info, with the adult’s 5 mile race beginning at 10:45 you can find details of all the races at


What a tough call, with all the pbs and standards this really could go to any of at least 5 members this month, however I personally have never heard of anyone achieving 5 pbs in 5 different distances all within a calendar month, and considering Lee has been running for sometime now, it just goes to show the hard work and effort he is putting in. those standards are now within his grasp, and he is clearly in the zone and loving his running right now, just keep it going Lee you’re doing great.

Well done to Lee Clarkson our runner of the month.


PS voting forms have been emailed out so please don’t forget to make your vote count at this year’s presentation night.