Race Report – April Post Marathon Blues

After the excitement of last week’s marathon’s this was a much quieter week on the race front; but as usual there were plenty of blue vests around at the weekend.

The Frinton on Sea Half Marathon was the main attraction for the blue vests this week, This year, this friendly and well priced event was updated to include chip timing (as well as race timing), with a changed, more simplified route, which took the runners along the promenade, up to the Naze Tower at Walton, and back. In breezy conditions at the seaside, the following results were achieved ;

Paul Davison continued his comeback with an impressive time of 01:31:23 , for 14th place and and a PB by over 3 minutes. Andy Stephens was not far behind, also running to a brilliant 3 and a half minute PB in 01:32:09. Jennifer Aylen enjoyed running locally with the blue vests, to a great time of 01:48:36. Sarah Fletcher used the event as good marathon training, and enjoyed being able to sprint past people in the last mile, for a time of 01:51:48. Magdalena Komorowska, running what Mags described as her toughest run so far, aided and ably supported by the magnificent Tomasz Komorowska, finished in a brilliant 12th place female, in a PB time of 01:48:11, earning Mags yet another standard (Silver) to add to her recent collection. Side by side Tomasz finished in an 01:48:11.

Also at this location was a 2 mile fun run, again starting from the cricket club. Angel Jasper, for the juniors, ran the course in 18:02, alongside Dad Mark Jasper.

(Mags, Paul, Sarah, and Tomasz enjoying the trip to Frinton)

Swimathon. On Friday, Ben Ficken took part in a Swimathon event at Walton swimming pool, swimming 5km (200 lengths) in 01:59:20 – but definitely not endorsing some rather expensive brand new goggles by a certain brand beginning with Z. Ben’s eyes had sufficiently cleared of chlorine to run in the morning (see below)

Saturday Park Run update

For our tourism spot this week , Nick Goodman took part in the Peacehaven Park Run (near Brighton) along with 119 other runners, finishing the 3 lap course with (27:47) in 36th place.

At the Maldon Prom Park Run this week there were 291 runners, James McCullagh being the sole Bentley runner, with (22.04) in 21st place.

At Clacton Seafront this week there were 108 runners. 5 of our ladies took on the run. Heather England was First Lady home in (31.26), followed by Alison Clarke (31:37) Liz Jones (31:39), the almost ever present park runner Sandra James (34:31) and Rebecca England (43:18) . Ray Baggs grabbed yet another Clacton podium (2nd place) with (19.48) . Jim Gibson completed the blue turnout with a course PB in (24.51) .

Further up coast at the Harwich run there were 119 runners. John Bush enjoyed the flat course, finishing with (31:59). Ben Ficken (along with Janice) ran to 5th place with (20.22).

At Colchester Castle there was a usual large turnout of 408 runners. Seven of the blues turned up to run in fairly cold but nice conditions, with great encouragement provided by race director Meera and Eric Shaw and Craig Mitchell at the not so mad gate. Richard Moor continued his path to getting back to his speedy best with a time of (21:52). Chusa Bautista Fructuoso walked to a time of (43;25) as again on the comeback to fitness, and was pleased to be 3 minutes quicker than the previous week. Scott Young and Paul Hollidge chatted all their way round to both (26:44). Claudia Keitch ran to a time of (29:22). Ryan Day ran to 5th place in (18;17) – with an impressive first mile in 05:26 perhaps taking it’s toll (probably trying to sprint away from his older brother Bradley, who although not a club member, also decided to give Park Run a try). Paul Connell completed the Blue turnout running (19.21).

Mersey Island – There were no representatives from the Club here this week, but just to note that the Brightlingsea ferry boat is looking to run special trips on the Saturday morning across to the Island so runners can take part; for those in the area this may be quite a nice option.

Junior Park Run Update – Sunday

Clacton: this new course on the seafront saw participants taking part in it’s third event. For the junior blues, Darcey Jones ran (18;07), George Jones ran (14:52),Clara Jones (20;02) and Isabella Jones (13:10)… all the above course PBs !

At Colchester at the recreation ground, Laci Wakeling ran the course in 14:20.

Once again, well done all you runners, and volunteers this week. Stay safe, try and keep fit, and mostly all keep on enjoying. It should be a good week for running and the Bank Holiday weather looks promising at the moment …