Men’s May Newsletter 2018


It looks like the good weather is here to stay and you’ve come out in force to tackle many events over May. We’ve had 100 parkruns accomplished, many many pb’s smashed, triathlon debuts and new members to the ’my wife runs faster than me’ club.

New Members:

The club wouldn’t be anything without its members…. welcome to the following: James Carter, Maison Urwin, Andy Edwards, Mark Gare and of course Tom Colsell. It’s a great time of year to join the club with many fantastic events taking place such as the GBRC trail runs, Micky Edwards etc…. I look forward to seeing what you all get up to! Remember to say hello to Rita in the kitchen on Wednesday’s and you may even get a biscuit!


The beginning of May saw scorching temperatures once again but this didn’t deter Paul Hollidge who earnt a pb at Alton Water 10k – not the easiest run when root dodging! John ‘Johnny Boy’ Bush decided to stay local and tackle the inaugural Witham 10 which I’ve heard was hilly and tough but something a few more Bentley boys can tackle next year maybe? It’s on my wish list! The first Micky Edwards run produced some amazing times with Peter Benton running a pb, Mike Deed earning a bronze standard and Paul Davison a silver standard.

Colchester 10k once again returned for its 10th year and Bentley were represented well. Firstly, I wanted to acknowledge Lee Clarkson who yet again put others before himself to pace runners in 50 minutes and he did it spot on as always. If you need a pacer, Lee is your man. Wixy smashed his 10k pb and Paul Davison earned himself another standard this time of the silver variety. The outstanding performance of the day however must go to Michael Sommerlad who eyed up this race for club champs and he achieved just that! Set yourself a goal and go get it. Well done Michael – an inspiration. Thanks to Marion for pacing him.


Michael Sommerlad at Colchester 10k

Ade ‘Fizz Bomb’ Cherry returned to action at the Baddow 10 miler claiming a 5 minute pb and bronze standard – more fast stuff to come from him this year I’m sure. Now onto a slightly longer distance at Halstead and Essex marathon where the weather made for almost perfect running conditions. This undulating (1100ft total elevation) and challenging course once ranked 3rd best marathon in the country and when you’ve seen the route you’ll know why. Stunning scenes, precise organisation and generous water/feed stations (these are the races people remember). Stunning performances on the day from Charlie Keitch (bronze standard) and Nick Goodman running in a 14 min pb. The star of the marathon however in my opinion was Paul Carlisle who earnt a 7 min pb and silver standard – great stuff indeed.

Back to shorter distance and a fantastic achievement by Tim Ballard at the Witchfinder 5k trail who finished first earning himself a trophy and malt loaf. I do love a bit of malt loaf. Ray Baggs finished second.

The third weekend in May was a very busy one…. Boxted 10k saw David Wright earn a silver standard and Michael Deed a bronze – very nice medal too I have to say. The rearranged Colchester Stampede 10k took place as well with Russell Clarke smashing his pb. Andy Stevens stopped 9k in for a chat as he was running off a hangover – what a legend. A very successful event from the sounds of it and again another great medal. Finally, this weekend saw Steve ‘swims like a seahorse’ Black, make his triathlon debut (he didn’t DNS?!) at Hanningfield sprint in a very respectful time. Apparently Ant and Dec raced the same day? Anyway… we look forward to seeing Steve’s attempt at team GB qualification at Leeds Olympic Tri later in June!


Steve contemplating entering the water at Hanningfield reservoir, Essex

Micky Edwards round 2 saw another 60 runners turn out for 5k glory; Tim Ballard and Wixy bagging pb’s. Michael Sommerlad proudly represented the Male 85 category once again and earned a club champs spot. Current Micky Edwards standings can be viewed here:

Congratulations to Dave Jones who was a heat winner and currently leading with 50 points after knocking off an impressive 4 minutes 41 seconds from his baseline run. Adam Smith was the fastest runner on the night with a time of 17:45. Next Micky Edwards race is June 6th.

The new Friday 5 route took place in Sudbury to kick-start the series and we had a decent Bentley turn out. The route was hilly to say the least…..Charlie Keitch managed a silver standard and we saw pb’s from Wixy and Tomasz.

The bank Holiday fun continued with Andy Stevens travelling to Edinburgh for a half marathon and a pb, Tim Ballard finishing second at the Mayflower HM, Tomasz bagging a 10k pb at the Vitality 10k (although Mags still beat him: welcome to the club Tomasz).  Last but not least, Ade Cherry earned another bronze standard, also at the Vitality 10k.

Club Champs:

Congrats to the following for earning a place on the club champs during May:

– Tom Colsell: 5k 23:11 (Junior)

– Charlie Keitch: 5 mile 31:32 (Senior)

– Charlie Keitch: 10k 39:56 (Senior)

– Mark Jasper: 5k 17:59 (Male 40)

– David Wright: 10k 39:46 (Male 40)

– Ade Cherry: 10 mile 1:16:19 (Male 45)

– Peter Benton: 5k 19:58 (Male 55)

– Paul Carlisle: Marathon 3:41:51 (Male 55)

– Kieron Hayes: 5 mile 43:26 (Male 65)

– Eric Shaw: 5k 24:28 (Male 70)

– Michael Sommerlad: 5k 49:30 (Male 85)

– Michael Sommerlad: 10k 1:50:31 (Male 85)


Charlie and his human Davina took on the 6 mile event at Thorpeness – a great performance after a having hydrotherapy and returning to form – they finished 2nd. Very sorry to hear that Ben and his fluffy sidekick Janice had a disappointing DNS at parkrun this month… maybe her owner will be more motivated in the future? On a better note Ben and Janice knocked a minute off their Para 10 time from the previous year and finished 4th dog.

For those interested to know… I’ve been told that the Mayflower half marathon was very dog friendly so one to keep in mind for the future!

Medal Envy:

Medals during May looked wicked and here are my favourites:


Top left Vitality, top right Stampede, bottom left Colchester and bottom right Boxsted

Lots of medal envy this month and interestingly all 10k distance … favourite has to go to the Stampede 10k medal – next year that baby is mine!

Future Events:

Here’s a few events taking place in June, many of which you can still enter:

June 1: Felixstowe Friday 5

June 2: HR24

June 3: Dedham Vale vine and wine run (10k) / Maisie 5mile charity run / SVM

June 6: Micky Edwards 3

June 8: Framlingham Friday 5

June 9: Mersea parkun celebrates 70 years of the NHS / Endure (Reading)

June 10: Leeds Triathlon / Southend Half Marathon

June 17: Harwich Triathlon

June 22: Saint Edmunds Pacers Friday 5

June 24: GBRC Trail run (9 miles) / Hare & Tortoise Hong Kong Phooey Challenge   Event / Mersea Round The Island / Trifarm Triathlon

June 27: Micky Edwards 4

June 29: Stowmarket Friday 5

June 30: Essex Castle bike ride

…to name a few

I know that many Bentley members are at HR24 but on June 3rd the Maisie 5 mile charity run organised by our very own Brian Telford is taking place. Please go along and support, it’s a 10am start from Vista Road, Promenade, Clacton (entry is £5). This is a fast and flat pb course and you’ll be supporting the brain tumour charity.

It’s round 3 of the GBRC trail run organised by Rodger and this one starts at Alton Water on June 24th (9 miles)…..looks like we have a team of 3 in the lead consisting of Paul Connell, Charlie Keitch and Chris Warren (all on 200 points) – keep ahead of Paul Carlisle whatever you do! For those that still haven’t had a bash at these fantastic self-navigated trail runs….come along they’re for all abilities and done in teams so no one is left behind.

Have a look at the Friday 5 series everyone…great races. It looks like Felixstowe has sold out but there are still spaces at Framlingham, Saint Edmunds and Stowmarket races:


I wanted to wish Michael Simmons a speedy recovery from his knee operation. I see from social media that he has been racing other injured folk on crutches and is planning his return to triathlon training soon (he needs a new bike)…. Don’t fear about Wednesday training, Michael has planned some great sessions whilst he’s away for us LIRFs to carry out. Michael is also now another new member to the ‘my wife runs faster than me club’!! Get well soon!

As always… we never leave anyone behind at training. Please wear high viz even if it’s over that snazzy new technical t shirt you’ve earnt from the previous weekends racing!

Other News:

Subs – thanks to everyone who have paid up!

Great News, our own Friday 5 mile run on July 6th has sold out!! Russ and Paul will be in touch in the coming weeks to ask for volunteers to help with marshalling etc. This is also when you can put your name down for the ballot to run. Watch this space.

Barbara is organising a new light weight Bentley jacket so please see her if you would like to order one….

For those that have missed the memo, Colchester 15 has been rearranged to September 30th 2018 and NOT the previous date in October. Communication from the organisers seems to be lacking.


Scott and I really had our work cut out this month with so many standards and pb’s set. Tim Ballard has had an amazing month of running finishing 1st at the Witchfinder and 2nd at the Mayflower HM, Paul Davison has continued his awesome running form by claiming two silver standards and Michael Sommerlad demonstrated what the spirit of running is all about.

However when it came down to it, two Bentley boys really stood out; Paul Carlisle for his fantastic performance at Halstead marathon earning a pb and silver standard to boot, and Jack ‘Wixy’ Wicks for setting 3 personal bests within a month.

1 pb can be difficult enough but 3 is a great effort…. It has to go to Wixy! Keep up the good running I’m sure you will smash more pb’s soon. Hard work pays off!


Congratulations Wixy!