Nothing to ‘XC’ Here!

Aside from Sunday’s excellent club turnout at the Harwich cross-country race, this week was a relatively quiet one for the club. Even parkrun attendances were low as many of our runners saved their legs for Sunday’s race. There were just five Bentley runners at Clacton Seafront parkrun on Saturday morning. The five were led home by Ray Baggs in a new parkrun PB of 19:10, which saw him finish in third position. Also completing the 5k promenade course were Alison Clarke (31:30), Patrick Reynolds (22:49), Sandra James (34:56) and Robert Thorpe (21:44).

There were also only five Bentley runners taking on the undulations of Colchester’s Castle park this week. Nick Goodman maintained his recent streak of sub-24 minute finishes, crossing the line in 23:50. After running an all-time 5k PB of 20:14 at the GBRC 5k time trial on Friday night, Paul Hollidge took Saturday morning’s parkrun a little easier, finishing in 27:28. The remaining Bentley runners were Colin Farmer (21:53), Claudia Keitch (28:36) and Scott Young (27:25)

Luke Groves and Meatball at Mersea Island parkrun.

At Mersea Island parkrun Ben Ficken and Janice finished in 4th position in 20:48. Sally Harman and Emma Welham ran the Mersea course for the first time, finishing in 29:32 and 36:30 respectively. Mersea Island regulars Luke Groves and Meatball clocked a 27:11 finish. Two club members were on parkrun tourism duties this weekend. Andy Stephens completed Hockley Woods parkrun in 26:05, and Matt Jones completed Clare Castle parkrun in 20:56.

Bentley blue at Sunday’s Harwich XC Race

Sunday morning was a cross-country morning. There was a great turn out for this week’s race in Harwich, with fourty-one Bentley blues turning out to compete for the club. Matt Knowles will provide full coverage of this event in his forthcoming cross-country report, so stay tuned for all of the stories, stats and latest developments from the 53-12 league.

Meanwhile, in Elmstead Market Sue Wright was running the Elmstead Market Trail Half Marathon. The slightly long course (apparently 14.3 miles!) was, Sue reports, a lovely one with good instructions and food and drink check points. Sue joined a group of three other runners and was delighted to run pain-free and cross the finish line in 3:28.

Sunday also saw two Bentley runners complete the Poppy Run in Central Park, Chelmsford. The event was a 5k run in support of the Royal British Legion. The event wasn’t timed, resulting in our runners clocking their own times on their watches. Ben Ficken and Janice ran what may well be a new 5k PB for Janice, finishing in 18:56 on Ben’s watch. Also running a 5k PB was Emma Welham, who finished in 33:26.

Janice at Mersea Island parkrun on Saturday

Of course Sunday is also junior parkrun day, and this weekend three Bentley juniors completed the 2k course at Colchester junior parkrun: Rufus Keitch (14:04), George Jones (14:22) and Isabella Jones (17:16). That concludes this week’s race report. Check back soon for the full cross-country report. Until then, happy running!