Mud, Trails and faraway tales.

Hello everyone, It didn’t look as if much was going on this week until the Saturday posts started coming in, so let’s get started with this week’s race report.

Niagara Falls Half Marathon – Ontario Canada,.

Team Culleridge (Debs Cubberley and Paul Hollidge) carried on with their joint love of running (and themselves) by taking part across the pond in this lovely route along a river trail that didn’t quite reach the famous falls. Debs and Paul ran the race in times of 1:57:11 and 1:57:12 for 81st and 82nd place, earning a really nice medal and an olive green hoodie to remember the race by

(Paul and Debs enjoying their trip by running a long way)

Mark Crittenden took part in the Splat , Quack and Go event, which takes place over the weekend at Polar Park , Hollesley near Ipswich. This event includes jumping , crawling and climbing up about 30 obstacles, over a 6km loop. Also included is carrying around a duck so with ditches , streams, and lots of mud to negotiate, it is an aptly named. For good measure, Mark also said there are millions of stingers to battle through. The beautiful surroundings and great t shirt and medal probably make it all worth i

(Mark Crittenden Splatt , quack and going this weekend)

Suffolk Trail Festival.

Another beautiful location in Suffolk, This festival includes a 12 and 24 Hour race as well as a 3k fun run. The Keitch/Young family represented Great Bentley in the tough 10k route run around the beautiful and picturesque South Suffolk villages near Lavenham. Charlie did fantastically well to win the race ! Charlie’s net time was 41:08, winning the race by 41 seconds, having taking the lead after 3km and not looking back. Scott Young ran brilliantly to finish with a sub 50 time of 49:53, in 18th place, a result Scott was very pleased with. Claudia Keitch got a sub 60 minute time of 59:08. Charlie and Scott both thought the site looked really well organised for the 12 and 24 hour race, with lots on the site for kids to do as well, so a possible future Great Bentley Club outing to look a

(Fantastic Charlie’s 10k First male trophy)

Somerset Marathon in Langport & Somerset Levels.

Paul Carlisle, Malcolm Jarvis, Hien Hoang, Magdalena Komorowska, Tomasz Komorowski, Lex Carlisle, Sue Thomas and Fiona Gosling hired a minibus and travelled to take part in this trail marathon. A great time was had by all over the weekend. For Tomasz and Mags and Hien it was their first marathon distance . Well done all, by the pictures it looked like a great club trip away.

(The travelling GBRC crew to Somerset)

Anna Young took part in the Ridley round Trail race. described as “A run , walk or crawl down memory lane,visiting a number of fantastic former Ridley’s pubs! Half marathon in length, the trail race winds it’s way through beautiful rural countryside taking in the Essex Way”. The event also raised a lot of money for the Essex Air Ambulance. Anna said it was fabulous and would highly recommend. Anna finished in 02:31:13.

Andulu Mark took part in the Shrewsbury Half marathon (on the Sunday after a quick park run the day before which left him feeling a big heavy legged) but ran the beautiful and hilly course in a great time of 01:38:38.


Capel Cheetahs hosted the Capel 5 mile Tony King Memorial race ( as well as a Fun Run) around a revised course this year, which included a short cross country as well as the usual road race. This was a great family event, with terrific support from the roadside marshalls, and in a very convenient location, as well as cake and burgers on offer afterwards.

Bentley’s 3 junior representatives excelled on the approx distance of 1k fun run race, each doing really well in their age categories, and being presented with awards after the race – including 5 bags of sweets each ! 44 children took part in total ; Angel Jasper was the 1st girl over 8 years old award, with a time of 5m 46seconds, which was 10th overall. Evie Foster was 1st in the girls under 8 category, with a time of 6m 08 seconds, and Ella Grace Simpson finished with a time of 8m 32 seconds .Well done juniors !

In the senior event, Tom Colsell ran his first 5 mile race, and finished with a time of 40:15 , which earned a place in the club championships. Anthea Colsell ran a PB of 41;56, which gained Anthea a club silver standard. Eric Shaw finished as 1st place in the male 70 age category with a time of 39:35, earning a nice trophy plus a club championships spot. Frank Gardiner ran a time of 40:30 for 1st place in the male 60 category. Wixy prepared well for the race with a session on the previous Friday and ran 41:14, Louise Upston ran 51:18, Belinda Palmer-Barnes ran 50:46, followed by John Bush in 53:53. Paul Davison ran brilliantly consistently in 33:21 to gain a silver standard and a club championship place, Sarah Fletcher ran 39:18 despite finding adapting to shorter runs difficult after her excellent marathon effort. Mark Ross ran 40:14, Neil Robins ran 46:05 with a strapped up knee for a club championship spot, and Paul Connell finished in 32:48.

(Guess the legs caption at Capel 5)

Harwich Runners Sprint Triathlon. Two of our members took part in this event at the weekend, which involved swimming 12 lengthens of Dovercourt’s 25 metre swimming pool, a 24 kilometre ride around Ramsey, Wrabness, Wix and Great Oakley, and finishing with a 5km run along the promenade in Harwich. Natalie Warriner times were ; swim 06:37, bike ride 51:46, run 25:28 total 01:25:38, Kathy Bishop swim 05:39, bike 50:22, run 25:23, total 01:21:37 – well done ladies for doing so well in this mixed discipline event.

Saturday Park Run update.

There was again no Colchester Castle Park run this week.

Wythenshawe park run (in south Manchester) . 313 runners. Andulu Mark travelled far this weekend, and finished with a massive PB, by 36 seconds of 20:04 in 14th place.

Ipswich – 283 runners. Ben Ficken and dog Janice ran the hilly cross country parkrun in a course PB of 20:52, a great time as Janice was only just back from injury.

Clacton Sea Front was the most popular parkrun for the blues this week, with 6 club runners out of the 120 total runners. Ray Baggs ran (19:23) for 3rd place, Kevin James (23:10), Brian Telford (24:45), Beverly Shortley (28:02), Alison Clarke (30;34) , Sandra James (36:57).

Harwich Parkrun (140 runners) . Richard Moor made the top 10 , (10th ) with (20;41), closely followed in 12th by Colin Farmer (20:51). Emily Zethraeus was 4th female with (21:52) and Teresa Farmer ran (30:51).

Milton Park run, in Cambridge – Rob Blackman ran his second sub 19 minute 5k with 18:57 for 12th place.

Sunday Junior Park Run

Yasmin Leek ran in the Colchester Junior park run, finishing in 17:56.

That’s all for this week folks – well done all who ran, swum, cycled, splattered this week. Who needs the World Cup ?. Okay I admit I’m watching it whilst writing this (well done Harry !!) Stay safe, and remember your post run stretches to help keep you fit and healthy to keep on running.