This weekend saw the weather return to its typical British ways but hopefully it is a minor blip and not the school holiday curse!
Let’s start with a look back at the mid week race when the sun was warm and the race hotly contested. On Wednesday it was the fourth Geoff Day memorial race which is five kilometres in distance. Run once the Mickey Edwards series is over, most runners are well acquainted with the course and know where to push on and where the tougher parts are. Many of the Day family came along to race or support. For the past three years Joe Alexander has taken the men’s trophy home but with Joe not racing this year the trophy was looking for a new home. Ryan Day took the lead early on but in the end he gave the winner Adam Smith a target to chase down. Adam Smith took the men’s victory in a time of 17:32 with Ryan finishing in a time of 17:42. Third male was taken by Tim Ballard in 18:15. The female trophy was added last year and would also go to a new home this year. Meera Rajoo-Oakley finished in 22:06 followed by Vicky Presland in 22:42. Helen Carey completed the ladies trio in 23:34. Well done to everyone who raced on a hot summer evening, we saw 64 runners compete and the evening was capped off with a delicious buffet enjoyed by runners, supporters and marshals.
It has been a relatively quiet weekend for races. Geraldine Springett completed her second marathon of the year when she took part on ‘Scotland’s friendliest marathon’, the Fort William Marathon. With an total ascent of 1593 ft and mixed terrain, Geraldine reported it to be the toughest marathon ever but with a friendly atmosphere. She finished in a brilliant time of 4:33:11.
Parkrun was, as ever, in action on Saturday morning. At Colchester Castle there were six Bentley blue vests. First home was Russ Sharp in 4th place with a time of 18:37. Next in was Richard Moor 22:03 then Meera Rajoo-Oakley 22:26, Russell Clarke 25:30, James McCullagh 25:34 and Lee Clarkson in 25:44.
Over on windy Mersea Island, Vicky Presland came in 2nd lady behind her daughter in a time of 21:38 and Phil Prseland getting back into the swing of running finished in 26:23.
Finally at Harwich parkrun there were 4 Bentley blue vests. First back was Ben Ficken in 21:32. Next home was Scott Young in 23:31 followed by Kevin James in 23:41 and Sandra James in 37:51.
Yasmin Leek took part in junior parkrun in Colchester and finished in a time of 15:13 and the Wakeling siblings also took part; Laci finished in 13:07 and Brody crossed the line in 15:21.
Aside from running, there were a number of Bentley blues that took part in Prudential Ride 100, a 100 mile cycling race around London and Surrey. We even had volunteers out on the course. The weather was cruel after all of the warmth of earlier in the month and many crashed out or did not finish. Taking part in the 100 mile race were Luke Groves; Lorna Sharp; Claire Fathers; Natalie Warriner and Chusa Batis whilst Tomasz Komorowski and Lee Clarkson took part in the Ride 46 which misses out the hills of Surrey.
P.S. Next Sunday’s run has changed venue – It will be starting on the seafront by Frinton golf club at 8.30am and will be an out and back to Clacton pier in memory of Ben Quartermaine. Jennifer Aylen has organised this charity run and is asking for a £5 donation that will go to the RNLI, just one of the fantastic organisations that were part of the coordinated search for Ben. Look out for more details this week on Facebook.