In the run up to Christmas there was still time for some festive running.
A quiet mid-week on the racing front but in true GBRC spirit there was a good turnout for a fish and chip dinner and run around Great Bentley to see the Christmas lights on Wednesday.
[Festive run to the fish and chip van.]
There was more festive cheer at parkrun on Saturday, the final one before the 25th. Some of you chose to run in fancy dress which didn’t put a damper on your times!
At Colchester Castle parkrun there was a brilliant turnout from Great Bentley with 15 crossing the finish line by the bandstand. First home was Charlie Keitch in 20:09 closely followed by Paul Connell in 20:12. First female home for Great Bentley was Magdalena Komorowska in 26:24. Nick Goodman ran in 23:48; Frank Gardiner 26:23; Lee Clarkson 26:47; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 26:59 in dead heat with Anna Mills 26:59; Scott Young 27:09; Paul Hollidge 27:12; Claudia Keitch 27:58; Deborah Cubberley 28:02; Natalie Warriner 28:27; Jake Darkins 28:33 and Helene Tyler 32:49.
[Some of Great Bentley cohort at Colchester Castle parkrun 23rd December.]
The Essex seaside parkrun venues were popular once again with Bentley runners. At Clacton seafront Ray Baggs was the first Bentley runner home in 19:41. He was second runner overall. Brian Telford finished in 23:28; Kevin James 24:43; Robert Thorpe 27:18 and Sandra James 45:24.
At Harwich parkrun Toni Wilson finished in 25:54 and Leoni Harvey 29:53. Over at Cudmore Grove Country park on Mersea Island Ben Ficken and Janice ran the 5km route in 22:28.
There was one tourist run from a Bentley blue this weekend with Caroline Searle returning for the fourth time to Lymington Woodside parkrun finishing in 27:13.
Paul Blackwell has added two marathons to his ever-growing collection over the last couple of weekends running the Usual Suspects on the 17th December and Dymchurch Marathon on 23rd December.
Christmas Eve saw a couple of local races with unusual distances. At the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook there was a 6km charity fun run in aid of Mind. Anna Mills, Sam Godden, Martin Owen, and Kathy Bishop took on this two-lap course around the school grounds.
Over in Maldon there were some elves lurking! Not 11 Elves but Elves 11-mile trail run organised by Top Day events. With only 100 entrants there was a good turnout from Great Bentley. Phil and Vicky Presland took part in this narrative trail race which was 95% off road and ran home in 1:47:19 Vicky was 5th lady home. Paul Carlisle, Paul Hollidge and Deborah Cubberley followed close behind the Preslands time wise with 1:53:39, Anthea Consell, Belinda Palmer-Barnes 2:35:34; Helene Tyler 2:54:58 and John Bush in 2:55:00.
[A selection of photos from Elves 11]
A very happy and peaceful festive break to you all. I am sure there will be time for some running knowing the passion you all have for getting out there and clocking up the miles!
Report by Caroline Searle