Where shall we run to this week – Morocco anyone?

There is probably only one place to start this weeks report and that is from the far flung Homestead caravan park in Weeley which is the location for HR24.  For the uninitiated this is a 24 hour race where laps are the name of the game, each lap is approximately 2.5 miles and can be run in teams or as Solo runners. The course is a tricky cross-country/shingle mash up with a few small hills into the bargain. Bentley Blue were out in force with 6 teams and 14 solo runners a small village which contained a well stocked kitchen which this year had a fridge added to its repertoire which already included a kitchen sink.  Phil Presland has counted all the miles and we covered a staggering 1595 miles between us – that is enough for us to have run to watch Helene cross the desert!

The roll call for our solo runners in no particular order were Barbara Law (22 laps), Ben Ficken (34), Davina Swindell (24), Gemma Colling (26), Janine Simpson (36), John Bush (15), John Gwillam (28), Keith Scrivener (11), Meryl Scrivener (11), Neil Robins (14), Paul Carlisle (30), Rodger Alexander (15), Shawn Leek (18) and Sue Wright (21). I would like to point you once again towards Keith and Meryl Scriviner who were both injured leading up to the weekend and set out just to watch and encourage others but found themselves swept along with the event and decided to set out on one lap…….they finished with another 10 on top of that one and a further marathon each Keith’s 148th and Meryl’s 5th into the bargain.  Janine Simpson came within a time count back of winning the ladies solo event and had to settle for second with her 36 laps or 90 miles. Well done to all you solo runners I know you all had different targets and I hope that you all achieved them you certainly deserved to.

So to the teams then; we had “Great Bentley Expectations” (Vicky Presland, Tonie Wilson, Eileen Shadford, Geraldine Springett and Anthea Colsell) who won the ladies teams of 3-5 event with 63 laps between them, Charlie Keitch’s “Running Out of Ideas” team (Malcolm Jarvis, Paul Hollidge, Matt Laverick and Tom Fowler joining Charlie) managed to retain their men’s crown with 70 laps.  Team “Helene the Queen of the Desert” (Phil Presland, Peter Benton, Scott Young, Helene Tyler and Gary Hill) made 55 laps of the circuit, almost “Running Away With It” were Debs Cubberley, Alison Clarke, Liz Jones, Julia Finch, Helen Carey and Caroline Searle in second place in the ladies 6-8 teams and 54 laps, the cunningly named “Wixy” (Jack Wicks, Louise Upston, Rob Blackman, Emma Wakeling and Jamie Neill) completed 57 laps and secured 3rd place in the mixed 3-5 event.  Finally, “Tight Butts and Sweaty Nuts” (Sarah Flecher, Paul Davison, Nick Goodman, Kathy Bishop and Tim Ballard) completed 70 laps and took 1st place in the mixed 3-5 team event. There is one other member to mention and thats Anna Young who ran as a pair in the team Bent’wich United, she completed around 52 miles (which is about 21 laps) and secured 1st place in the mixed duo category.

I can’t move on without mentioning the support crew from GBRC; so firstly take a bow Russ Sharp, Luke Groves and Richard Clarke (the kitchen crew) who had food and drink on tap throughout the 24 hours cries of “Malt Loaf” are still causing people sleepless nights! Having their support makes the event so much easier for all the runners who really don’t have to think about anything other than running.  Then there was Paul carlisle and Rodger Alexander who organise and set up the “village” – Rodger had everything covered including the sink and fridge but forgot his own sleeping bag! Eric Shaw was almost a permanent resident taking photographs and encouraging people around whilst Steve Black performed miracles on people’s legs I even heard Sarah Fletcher suggest that his massage reduced her mileage splits by 30 seconds – I don’t think he was that good! Finally, thanks to Vicky and Phil Presland for sorting the food and the teams a thankless task at times but very much appreciated.

Sunday also saw the Stour Valley Marathon being run and back for a 3rd time was Meera Rajoo-Oakley who had set herself a target of a 4 1/2 hour finish time however, as this is a trail marathon there are many varaibles that make any target time a very hard thing to achieve.  Meera however, finished in a great time of 4:34:40 and declared herself very happy with being 4th lady and 25th overall and claims she was endebted to Andulu Mark for keeping her going. On the reverse side of that Andulu who finished himself in 4:35 thanked Meera for her navigational skills so all in all sounds like another example great GBRC teamwork!

Meera and Andy

[Meera and Andulu complete the Stour Valley Marathon]

Paul Blackwell didn’t miss out on another marathon adventure and took himself off to Kent for the Dambusters Marathan to add another notch to his growing list of marathons.  Sunday also saw the annual running of Maisie’s run on Clacton seafront which is organised by Brian Telford and raises money for charity – the 5 mile run had good reprsentation from the club again despite all of the other events going on, if you haven’t done this before make sure you get the date in the diary for 2019 its a great run.


[GBRC take on the Maisie 5 miles]

The running week had started early with the Harwich 5k series race 2 on Tuesday evening, this is a similar event to our own Mickey Edwards, its a timed handicap race along the Harwich Seafront where runners are set off based on their previous race finish time which should mean that everyone crosses the line at the same time; which of course doesn’t happen, what does happen though is that your times improve over the series (hopefully)! We had plenty of Blue vests out at Harwich Dave Nugent (41:14), Eric Shaw (24:23), Ray Baggs (19:29), Sandra James (35:52), Stuart Baggs (35:46), John Bush (30:17), Kevin James (23:13), Peter Reeve (33:42), Magdalena Komorowska (23:36), Colin Farmer (21:53), Belinda Plamer-Barnes (31:20), Tricia Stacey (23:52) and Barbara Law (30:12).

Kirton was the location for this weeks Friday 5 race and Jack “PB” Wicks ran another personal best taking 43 seconds off his previous time finishing in 40:28, his sights are clearly set on that sub 40 time which will surely come.  Magdalena Komorowska had another great race finishing in 38:14 her second fastest over 5 miles, Marion Simmons was “happy” with her finish of 42:39. Frank Gardiner (41:40), Martin West (44:47) and Nina Simmons (48:14) completed our representation at the Felixstowe Road Runners event.

With all those events going on the representation at this weeks parkruns were greatly reduced with 11 runners turning out across 3 local runs this weekend.  5 of these runners were seen in Castle Park in Colchester; completing his 100th parkrun off a 45 minute boot camp was Lee Clarkson who finished in 27:37, Russell Clarke was our first runner home in 22:19 followed by James McCullugh (22:32), Jake Darkins (27:40) and on the comeback trail Chusa Batis (29:53).  Over at Clacton Seafront our two runners were Kevin James (25:22) and Dave Nugent (40:45) whilst our final 4 runners could be found at Harwich with Emily Zethraeus (21:45) leading home Matt Jones (21:54); his first sub 22 run this year; Teresa Farmer (30:12) and Colin Farmer (30:13).

There has been some great running again this week by everyone – make sure you keep yourself stretched and hydrated!