Before I get into the pure running events this week I can’t let this week go by without recognising our two triathletes who took part as part of the Great British team in the ITU World Tri Grand Final in Rotterdam this weekend. Sam Godden completed the Sprint event (750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run) finishing in 22nd place in her age group whilst Anna Mills was 50th in her age group in the Olympic distance event (1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run).  A brilliant result for both ladies, huge congratulations for not only qualifying but also putting in great performances.

So kicking off the weeks’ races going “round and round” were Debs Cubberley and Paul Hollidge at the Dorney Lake marathon.  The run was a 1.3 mile out and back route which they complete a mere 10 times alongside the Olympic boat lake. With distance training not being top of the list at the moment the pair completed the 26.2 in about 4 hours and 27 minutes.

image1[Debs Cubberley and Paul Hollidge after going “round and round”]

Distance was also the name of the game for Charlie Keitch and Kim Chatting who ran half marathons over the weekend.  Keitch revisited Hatfield Forest for this trail half which he likened to  a long cross country race following last weeks rain. He was an agonising 6 seconds off his 90 minute target finishing 7th overall in 1:30:06. Going slightly further afield Chatting took on the Jessy half marathon in Switzerland a run that earned her a club silver standard with her finish time of 1:50:03.

The lanes around Dedham were well trodden this weekend with the Dedham 10k, a run that encompasses many of the hills that we have in the area so a tough course for recording good times.  However, this didn’t hamper our runners Anthea Colsell ran a personal best and gained a bronze standard with her run finishing in 53:50. The ever improving Paul Connell also recorded a PB finishing in a speedy 40:18, that sub 40 run is not far away.  Finally Sarah Fletcher returned to racing after injury and recorded a very fine finishing time of 49:55.

Sunday also saw Junior parkrun being run at the Rec in Colchester, this is a run that Angel Jasper has been improving at most weekends recently. Well this Sunday she recorded three personal records in one race, I’ll let her dad Mark’s words explain how:

Record One – Finishing in her highest ever position of  13th overall out of 127 runners!
Record Two – Finishing as the first female overall in the whole race, the first time she has ever achieved this!
Record Three – Finishing in a brand new PB time of 9m49s, beating her old PB by 4s!

Great running Angel well done!

So it’s parkrun time, this week we had no tourists out and about so just the 3 local events to tell you about. Firstly at Colchester we had 8 runners with Jake Darkins leading the blue vests home in 20:06 followed by Del Godden (21:22), Charlie Keitch (with a windswept Cassius in his buggy) (23:48), having a “recovery” run were Paul Hollidge and Debs Cubberley who finished in 26:31 a new course PB for the recovering Debs! Claudia Keitch (28:18), Scott Young (28:23) and Luke Groves (28:24) made up the Bentley representation this week.  Matt Jones enjoyed the prom run over at Clacton recording a new course PB with a finish of 20:50, Ray Baggs continues his consistent running finishing in (19:55), Heather England (30:09) and Alison Clarke (31:28) also toed the line at Clacton this week.

Finally, over at Harwich Ben Ficken and Janice had an eventful run which included a late arrival and a toilet stop but still recorded a swift 20:06. Kevin James (23:46), John Bush (33:41) and Sandra James (37:16) took on the 5k prom run on Saturday.