(Framlingham Friday Five)
The temperature’s getting hotter, as are the Great Bentley Running Club times. Kicking off at Framlingham Friday Five on Friday, yet another silver bronze standard was claimed by Debs Cubberley. Cubberley is certainly a runner to watch at the moment, smashing her 5 mile PB by 01:57 with a time of 41:12. This is also significantly impressive given it was days after her 100+ mile challenge in Bath. The heat certainly wasn’t putting Matthew Jones off a PB either, with a time of 35:16, putting him much closer to his sub 35 aim. John Bush also gave it a bash and improved on his time from the previous week, in 49:26.
(Springett running for her 5th female position finish)
Castle Park closed its gates to parkrun on Saturday meaning the blue vests went elsewhere for their 5k fix. Second runner home at Mersea Island parkrun was Paul Connell finishing in 19:18. Also storming the leaderboard for the ladies was Sam Godden in first female 21:29 and Meera Rajoy-Oakley as second female in 22:39. David Iddon shaved 58 seconds off his PB with 27:25. Also running were Geraldine Springett 24:18, Jake Darkins 25:44, Mark Crittenden 30:00 and Liz Jones at 33:05.
Further along the coast, although perhaps with not enough coastal breeze, was Clacton Seafront parkrun. Paul Hollidge came in at 22:19, a new course PB, which may be something to do with a certain pugalier nipping his heels following him in at 22:25 (oh and Ben Ficken too). David Goldsmith finished 4th place in 19:27, Ray Baggs 19:34, Jamie Neill 24:17, James McCullagh 24:31, Scott Young 25:13, Davina Swindell 25:34 (second lady home) and Sandra James 38:13.
Andy Stephens visited Coventry parkrun and finished in 24:06. Phil Presland also took part in some parkrun tourism which paid off and saw him achieve a 4 second parkrun PB of 21:54. Harwich also saw a lonely blue vest with Toni Wilson finishing in 24:11.
As temperatures soared on Sunday, conditions were not ideal for the Capel 5 but thankfully a hose pipe en route made Anthea Colsell a very happy lady and saw her happy to just finish with a time of 51:09, and likewise John Bush in 59:11.
Moving onto the races which are less running focused and a test of the ability to swim, cycle, run one after the other. Linzi visited Sudbury sprint triathlon for the first time and recommends it to others. Back in Essex, Harwich sprint triathlon was a popular choice with a team of GBRC boys taking part. Ben Ficken finished in 01:24:26, Ade Cherry in 01:24:22, Lee Clarkson in 01:25:53 and unfortunately a bike malfunction that Luke Groves fixed in record time (a PB in itself) saw him finish in 01:34:00.
Michael Simmons took on his biggest challenge yet and did absolutely amazingly! An Ironman is not something to be taken lightly, and months and months of training saw Simmons finish the Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire in 05:49:24. Stirling effort Michael.
And I shall finish this report with some tips for staying fresh out there –