With this weekend being a cross country weekend, it was a rather quiet week for other events. In fact, technically, there were no other races at all! There will be a separate race report for Sunday’s cross country event, so no spoilers are to be found here. So without further ado, let us move on to the weekend’s parkruns. Clacton Seafront was this week’s second most popular parkrun venue with five Bentley blues toeing the start line. Most of the seafront regulars took on the three-lap course. The five were: Heather England (32:47), Brian Telford (24:03), Ray Baggs (20:15), Sandra James (38:16) and Kevin James (24:53).
Colchester Castle parkrun was this week’s most popular parkrun venue among Bentley runners. Nine of us took on the challenging 5k course. First home this week was Anna Mills (22:59), who was just 20 seconds off her course PB that she set on Christmas Day 2015. Many of the Colchester Castle regulars were in action: Scott Young (26:32), Russell Clarke (26:28), Magdalena Komorowska (32:47) and Tomasz Komorowski (32:48) all took part, as did the not so regular Gemma Camp, who made her parkrun debut, finishing in 25:03.
The theme at Colchester Castle parkrun this week was ‘parkrun sandwiches’ (the act of including a parkrun as the middle section of a longer run). First to report on completing such an undertaking was Lee Clarkson, who clocked 24:05 in his 5k, which was part of an overall 9 mile run. Paul Hollidge recorded 26:39 at the same event, his being part of a 20 mile run. Charlie Keitch saved his legs for the following morning’s cross country race, finishing the parkrun in 26:12, while pushing his son Cassius in his buggy.
At Harwich parkrun, Richard Moor continued on his road to recovery. One week on from his 22:46 at the famously fast and flat York parkrun, Richard completed Harwich parkrun just four seconds slower, in 22:50. Allowing for the climb at the end, that’s surely an even better time than he achieved the week before. We didn’t have any parkrun tourism this week. Jack Wicks and Louise Upston came closest when they returned to Basildon parkrun. Louise completed the course in 33:09 and Jack in 29:14. There were two Bentley juniors in action at this weekend’s junior parkrun events. Isabella Jones (20:35) and George Jones (14:57) both completed Colchester junior parkrun. That concludes this week’s (non) race report. Stay tuned for Matt K’s cross country report.