I hope you have all enjoyed the now distant memory of the summer holidays and had the chance to suitably recharge your batteries? I think this must have been the case as September has been a very busy month for all you Bentley ladies!
Firstly I would like to take the opportunity to welcome some new ladies to the Club, Helen Carey, Sally Harmen, Rachel Chadwick and also Catherine Off who is shortly to move to the area from London. I am sure we will all make them feel very welcome.
There have been many of you taking part in the “Great Run” series this month by competing in both the Great North Run and more locally, the Great East Run in Ipswich.
The Great East Run saw Kathy Bishop running her first ever half and gaining a Gold standard, while Anthea Colsell, was not just content with doing the Great North run but 2 weeks later ran the Great East and improving her time by an impressive 4 mins! Well done also to Natalie Warriner taking on the Great East after returning to running again after recently having a baby and lovely to see Jenny Aylen running in a blue vest again.
Venturing further afield to attempt her first half marathon, Nina Simmons took on the fun filled Disney half marathon in Paris with Ladies Captain Marion keeping her company around the scenic route.
In another half marathon, this one in the New Forest, it was really nice to see Sarah Fletcher returning to form in style after injury by getting a Silver standard! Not content with just that achievement though, just a week later she went on to run the Dedham 10Km and get a Club standard there too! Debs also earned her Half Marathon Silver standard at the Maidenhead Half Marathon with help from pacer Vicky Presland.
Mere half marathons weren’t quite enough for Janine Simpson who continues to edge closer to the 100 Marathon Club by completing her 78th Marathon in Hull this month and gaining a Bronze standard for it!
Also racing in Marathons this month was Meera who narrowly missed out on a PB at the Loch Ness Marathon.
Huge respect also goes to Gemma Colling this month. Having recovered from her 10 in 10 in June she completed the Shotley 50 with Karen Skene keeping her company along the route to raise money for charity.
In the shorter distance of 10km we saw many club members turn out for both the Langham & Dedham 10km races. Well done to newcomer Helen and also Eileen for their achieving their Diamond Standards at the Langham 10km
Aside from running, this month we saw several members attempting the Yorkshire 3 peaks Challenge. This challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, is 24 miles long, and includes 5,200ft (1,585m) of ascent with the challenge being to complete it in under 12 hours. Everyone managed to complete it in under this time and all reported that it was a great weekend.
October is set to be an action packed month for club events, starting with Wix 5 on 15th October which is the renowned GBRC vs Harwich race and a chance for you to be in the annual GBRC photo. (Don’t worry, Eric always does a great job of photo-shopping in anyone who can’t make it!) This race always has a great club turnout, not least because the club will pay your entry fee. If you haven’t already entered and would like to do so, then please speak to Paul Carlisle.
This is closely followed a week later on Sunday 22nd by the GBRC organised 10 mile race which is now in its 2nd year. This is held in Great Bromley (NOT Bentley) and is only open to GBRC & Harwich runners and is held on fairly quiet roads. If you don’t fancy running then any help with marshalling would be greatly appreciated with the promise of the usual Bentley bake off in the village hall afterwards. Please let Russ know if you would like to help out or indeed run.
Then on Sunday 29th October the XC season kicks off. As usual it would be great if we can have as many of you turn out as possible to run and support the club. For those of you that haven’t ventured into Cross country before, there are 6 races over the season at different venues and each race is approx. 5 miles all off road (with the occasional surprise thrown in). The Club will pay your entry fee so all you have to do is turn up and then indulge in the wonderful choice of Bentley cakes afterwards!
And don’t forget the final race in Rodgers Trail run series on Weds 25th October. This is a night run so don’t forget your head torches.
One final reminder for the Club Awards night which is on Saturday 25th November. A great night out at the lovely venue of Wivenhoe House. A chance to socialise with the club in your glad rags instead of sweaty running attire and hear about all the achievements from the year! If you haven’t already put your name down and do still want to come then email firstname.lastname@example.org who can give you all the info you need.
Finally to our Runner of the Month.
All our ladies have completed some great challenges this month but none more so than 2 of our members who had the great honour to be selected to represent Team GB at the ITU World Triathlon in Rotterdam.
Sam Godden competed in the Sprint distance while Anna Mills took on the longer challenge of the Standard distance. Sam came 22 out of 58 in her age category whilst Anna finished in 50th place in the female 30-34 age group with a time of 2hrs 34min which included a 10km PB of 45min.28sec which is impressive in itself! Amazing achievement ladies and a massive well done to our joint ROM – Sam and Anna.
With thanks to Lorna for writing the newsletter this month!