High Fives – km and miles!

We are nearing the longest day of the year and so there are more daylight hours available to put in some good training sessions and races. That said, this has been a quieter week for Great Bentley blues though!

The Friday Five series has now reached the half way point. This Friday was the turn of Framlingham Flyers to put on the five mile race and seven Bentley Blues made the trip up to Ed Sheeran’s stomping ground to see the castle on the hill! Magdalena continued her good form with a second PB of the week, after knocking time off her 5km PB at Mickey Edwards 22:34,  with a time of 37:36, an improvement of 38 seconds. Charlie Keitch was looking for a PB but it was not to be this time and he came across the finishing line in a time of 31:00. Rob Blackman ran a PB in 31:50 on a course he considered decent. Other Bentley Blues were  Hein Hoang 39:12, Frank Gardiner 41:09, Martin West 44:30 and John Bush 51:11.

Magdalena is currently in the top 15 females for the series too! 4 out of the 6 races will count towards this series.

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Few of the Framlingham Five finishers.


Parkrun seemed to be popular this week and there were local and international 5km runs undertaken on Saturday. Parkrun tourism was essential this week as Colchester Castle Park had an event on that meant that parkrun was not held there.

Clacton Seafront parkrun:

Rag Baggs 19:17, Kevin James 23:16, Brian Telford 25:15, Beverly Shortley 27:08, Heather England 30:13, Sandra James 36:10 and Rebecca England 39:07.

Harwich parkrun:

Andy Stephens ran a parkrun PB of 20:40 and celebrated with a sea swim, Rich Moor 20:55, Ben Ficken 21:18, Charlie Keitch 21:55, Emily Zethraeus 24:25, Claudia Keitch 27:57, Teresa Farmer 30:09 and Leoni Harvey 30:37.

Mersea Island parkrun:

James McCullagh 24:05, Russell Clarke 24:06, Jack Wicks 28:06 and Louise Upston and Betty in 33:05.

Louise and Betty

Louise and Betty enjoying Cudmore Grove.

Corby parkrun saw Larry Wise run 27:28 whilst over in Maldon Kathy Bishop ran in 24:16. Liz Jones went to Great Notley and ran 32:22.

The furthest tourism parkrun in the UK goes to Jason Skelton who ran Peter Pan parkrun near Hull in 21:20.

Meanwhile Paul Hollidge and Debs Cubberley went international and found a parkrun in Canada. Canada is a relative newcomer to parkrun and currently has 16 locations. Meadowvale parkrun is 11 parkruns old and in a field of 41 runners Paul ran 20:41 and Debs ran a new 5km PB in 24:07.

meadowvale parkrun

Paul and Debs found fellow Brits with their parkrun barcodes in their luggage too!

Junior parkruns:

Angel Jasper is enjoying running at Clacton Junior parkrun and she was first girl home this week in 9:46, well done Angel!

Over in Colchester it was #100 and Laci and Brody Wakeling both ran PBs. Laci knocked nearly a minute off her previous best with 12:46 and Brody ran 40 seconds quicker in 13:51. This was his first run after injury. Well done both of you! Yasmin Leek also ran well and finished in 15:38.