GBRC – Halfway through January!

Hello all,

There were not too many races to report on this week; but there were still plenty of blue shirts out; especially at Cross Country on Sunday (but the XC races are reported separately).

Paul Blackwell added yet another Marathon, on the Saturday, running the Cakeathon Marathon at the Betteshanger Country Park, near Deal in East Kent, the course described as a wide gently undulating trail around the edge of the reserve that is traffic free and ideal for a nice trail run.

This race consisted of completing as many or few as you wished of a 4.37 mile loop, within at 6 hour time limit ; with a  cake theme ; an ideal race apparently for those who share a love of running and eating cake!  Maybe a race for lots of GBRC members to consider me thinks…. 😊  . A nice appropriate medal on offer too.

 [Paul’s Medal from the Cakeathon race in Kent]

Paul Blackwell Cakeathon Medal

Ben Ficken  and the faithful Janice ran Saturday in the The King’s Forest,  for Fido’s Forest Frenzy canicross race, at Thetford Forest.  The route was actually close to 12km, even though described as a mere 10k. Ben and Janice finished the quite bumpy and partly wet and muddy, therefore challenging race, in 51:25 a very credible 10th out of 82. Well done Janice for running all that way with soggy paws.

Saturday – Park Run update;

Clacton Park run; The ever-brilliant Ray Baggs once again did the blue shirt proud at this course, with yet another finish under 20 minutes, with 19.49, for 3rd place. Also on the coastal course were Kieron Hayes finishing in (28.30) and Alison Clarke with (30.57).

Colchester Castle Park run was a popular event for the Blue shirts this week  (and indeed the general public, with a record 492 running);

Richard Moor continues his recovery from injury, seemingly improving each week with a quick (22;21) finishing just outside the top 50 places.The usual suspects on this course looked like they ganged up for a mini club competition; Paul Hollidge (27:16) Tomasz Komorowski, (27:24), Scott Young (27:28), Magdalena Komorowska (27:30), tied with Deb Cubberley (27:30).

Malcolm Jarvis finished in (27:52) , followed home by James McCullagh (28:04), Leoni Harvey  (29:20), Belinda Palmer-Barnes (32:03) and Luke Groves (32:04)   .Craig Warriner was first blue finisher dipping under the 20 minutes (19:57)   and into 10th place.

Andy Stephens was the sole club representative at Mersea Island, completing the woods / park course in (30.38).

Geraldine Springett took in some parkrun tourism, tackling the hilly Ruchill run up in Glasgow. The course was hilly,with 3 very undulating laps, so difficult to get a Personal Best; Geraldine therefore did very well to run the course in  (24:19) finishing 8th lady and 1st in her age group – giving time to enjoy the great view of Glasgow at the top.

Junior Park Run on the Sunday 14th January.

There were no Juniors from the Club at Colchester – they were saving all their energy for the following day at XC in Ipswich ?!

Well done all Great Bentley runners last week – and good luck for any racing being done this week …