May any more run? BGT (Bentley’s Great Turnout)

Wow- another week gone, fabulous sunshine, very hot, and loads of Great Bentley runners out and about at various locations and differing events – so much to write about again !

Let us crack on, and start with the Wednesday night, and the fabulous Micky Edward’s 5k club run , for club runners only- the first handicap race after the previous baseline run. There was a big turnout at the village hall, and some great support on the night from the Marshall’s who volunteered. Thanks also to Chris Warren and Luke Groves. The results of the heat are on the facebook page and the website, with some brilliant performances. I will just mention a few here ;

The top 3 for heat 1 were Dave Jones in 1st place collecting the 50 points, followed by Fiona Gosling in 2nd and Leoni Harvey in third. PBs I know of over the race were achieved by ; Mark Jasper, with a brilliant 17.59, joining the sub 18 club ! . Tim Ballard ran 18.17, a PB by 8 seconds. Jack Wicks ran the course in 23.33, a massive 42 seconds quicker than he has ever run over the distance.(and collecting 38 points in the process) Magdalena Komorowska went sub 23 for the first time with another PB of 22:59. Nina Simmons ran in 26:33, a 1:42 improvement on the first race, getting 46 points.Tommy Colsell got a PB of 23.11 with a brilliant run for his age, and Mum Anthea grabbed a course PB of 24.02. Adam Smith was the fastest runner on the night, recording a time of 17.45.

Thanks also to Eric Shaw for the great photos of everyone !

(Some action shots from Mickey Edwards – and some smiles )

On Friday -we had the first “Friday 5” series race of the year, at Sudbury, hosted by Sudbury joggers. These Friday 5 mile racers are usually good events that are run over a couple of months in the Spring / Summer, with a variety of different courses. There was a good Bentley blue turnout on Friday, with plenty of PBs achieved. Tackling the hilly course were Charlie Kietch 31:32 (earning Charlie another club championship spot , plus a silver standard), John Bush 51:55, Magdalena Komoroska (39:32), Tom Komorowski with another PB for the now famous club couple of 38:52. Helene Tyler, on her first run back from injury finished in 56 minutes. Jack Wicks smashed his 5 mile PB by 1:19 seconds with a time of 41:11. Ladies captain Meera Rajoo-Oakley ran a PB of 35:14 on the tough course, a super effort earning Meera a club champs spot as well ! On a night for the Captains, Men’s captain Luke Groves also ran a great PB of 40:51, hot and humid brings out the best in the blues apparently (or maybe the air turned blue during the difficult conditions). Completing the Blue line up were Rob Blackman ran (32:57), Hien Hoang (41:13), Frank Gardiner (56:18) .

(Blue was the colour at Sudbury on Friday)

Sunday –

The Mayflower Trail Half marathon / walk took place. This route follows part of the scenic Essex Way between Harwich and Manningtree, a well organised event run by the Rotary club of Stour Valley Manningtree.

Tim Ballard continued his impressive streak , finishing the trail run in 1:31:50,and taking second place, and was even leading for several miles. Davina Swindell ran the race in 2:17:26, enjoying the course despite the heat and thoroughly recommended it.Also those enjoying the scenery and company on the tough run were Claire Groves, Meera Rajoo-Oakley, Eileen Shadford , Tricia Stacey, Sue Wright , Sue Perman and Barbara Law.

(The blue team at Harwich ready for the trail run)

Edinburgh Half Marathon – Andy Stephens travelled to Scotland to take part in the race, and ran a fantastic time of (01:31:16), a PB of 80 seconds.

Gemma Colling took on an extraordinary double marathon challenge on the Sunday – Gravesend in the morning , then Walton on Thames in the afternoon. Gemma described it as by far the hardest thing she has done running wise – but felt very exhilarated at the end, unsurprisingly after doing this !

Bank Holiday Monday – The popular Hatfield Broad Oak 10k took place, now in it’s 33rd year, held in the medieval village, running on country roads fully closed to traffic. In very hot conditions, Charlie Kietch ran (39:56), Scott Young (48:00) dead.(Thankfully not nearly as dead as he felt like last year !). John Bush and Belinda Palmer Barnes both ran (1:23:14) and Mark Crittenden (01:05:39). Well done for running in the heat, the reward was a nice Pink t shirt for the finishers.

(John Bush and Belinda-Palmer Barnes showing off the pink t shirts)

Vitality London 10k also on the Monday.

Ade Cherry, Tomasz Komorowska and Mags Komorowski travelled to London for this race, to run alongside Mo Farah , Jo Pavey and a host of other elite athletes. The course passes many famous London landmarks, including Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, with the runners running along the strand twice. Magdalena ran a course PB of 50:46 , Tomasz ran another PB of 51:29. Ade ran an impressive 46:00, just missing a PB in the hot conditions, but grabbed a club bronze standard, as well as a nice medal!

(Ade Cherry with the nice medal from the Vitality run)

Helene Tyler took part in the 17 and a half mile Rutland Water Circular walk , also in very hot conditions.

Saturday Park Run Update ;

Harwich Park run – 140 took part this week, in what was a popular run this weekend for the blues – John Bush finished with (32:38), Matthew Jones ran in (22:05) for his fastest 5k of the year. Emma Levett-Welham ran Harwich for the first time, obviously enjoyed it by running another brilliant PB of (30:30), getting closer to Emma’s sub 30 goal .. great running keep pushing Emma! Milly Presland was First Lady home in (19:43 – with the Colchester Harriers hat on but that’s okay by me!). Mum Vicky Presland ran a fast (20:37) to consolidate the club championship 5k slot, Debs Cubberley ran (25:09) to grab sixth lady slot, Katie Presland dusted of the exam pressure to run (27:16). No idea where Phil Presland was, perhaps sat in the car quaking in his running shoes at the thought of the scary rides later that day at Pleasurewood hills. Paul Davison continued his sub 20 minute 5k comeback running (19:58) for 8th position, Sarah Fletcher ran the waterfront run in (23:21) for 5th lady home. Tom Fowler ran impressively to (19:44) for first blue home in 7th place.

Down the coast at Clacton,10 Bentley runners enjoyed the morning amongst the 131 runners in total. Russell Clarke was just outside the top 10, in 11th place with (22:17). Nick Goodman ran (22:27), James McCullagh ran (22:38) , Kevin James (22:57), Sandra James (35:50) , Brian Telford (24:09), Jem Gibson (25:11), Alison Clark (30:47), David Nugent (40:26). Ray Baggs was first blue home this week, in 3rd place with (20:03).

Colchester Castle Park Run ; Six Bentley runners helped make up the 324 runners taking part in the hilly but pleasant course. Scott Young stretched to beat Charlie to the bar code with (25:34) identical times for the brothers. Richard Moor was first blue home in a time of (21:55). Malcolm Jarvis finished with (22;21) . Magdalena Komorowska ran a steady (26:02) after Friday, as did Tomasz Komorowski with (28:30). Meera Rajoo-Oakley ran in (28:31) with Shawn Leek finishing in (29:11).

Maldon Prom Park Run. Paul Connell, trying in vain to keep up with the big boys, finished in fourth place with (18.48). NB Paul’s wife Tracey (not a club member but my report lol) took part in her first ever part run – recording a 5k PB of (28.28).

Winchester park run – 357 runners took part on the flat and grassy course, one of whom was Park Run tourist Caroline Searle, who finished in (26:39).

Sunday – Junior Park run update ;

At Clacton junior park run the previous week (20th May), Angel Jasper ran brilliantly to 5th position overall, and second female home, with a brand new PB of 9m 44 seconds, which beat her old best by 9 seconds !

This week, in windy conditions on the seafront on Sunday, Angel finished in 4th place, her highest ever park run position, with a time of 9m 59s. Angel was 2nd girl overall, and first in her age group. Well done Angel, great work ! George Jones finished in (16:23) , Isabella Jones ran (19:21) and Darcey Jones ran (19:25).

At Colchester Junior Park run , Yasmin Leek ran a time of (18:23). Milly Presland won the race in (07.07).

Well done everyone – keep on running, keep hydrated and stay safe !