GO Bentley..phew

As the seemingly endless hot weather continues, there was plenty of action to write about for the Bentley blues this week.

On the Sunday, the usual morning club session was moved to be a run in memory of teenager Ben Quartemaine who tragically lost his life at Clacton Pier the previous week. Bentley runner Jennifer Aylen galvanised over 40 people to take part in the run to raise money for the local Clacton RNLI lifeboat. Over £250 was raised on the day. Well done all who took part in the hot conditions, in this obviously poignant event.

(Plenty of blues shirts at Clacton / Frinton on Sunday).

Harwich 5k series.

The Harwich 5k summer series concluded on Tuesday ; how quickly has the time gone ! This is a popular series, with a handicap time, similar to our own Micky Edwards series, and good value for money entry fee, and is well organised. This report author was very disappointed to only be able to run the first race before injury, as it is a nice course. Glancing through the final table, (best of four out of 5 races) GBRC runners points scores are as follows ; Men : Colin Farmer , 715 points for 7th place . Rich Moor 691 , Kevin James 687, Ray Baggs 673 , Peter Reeve 621 , Stuart Baggs 588 , Eric Shaw 459, John Bush 430, Dave Nugent 311, Paul Connell 182 John Cooke 178 and Graham Clarke 119. Ladies , Teresa Farmer 733 points in 9th place, Barbara Law 681, Sandra James 652, Magdalena Komorowska 548 , Tricia Stacey 536 , Belinda Palmer-Barnes 532. This is a series I shall definitely put my name down for again next year.

Norwich 10k.

At Norwich on Sunday, Andy Fuller completed in the Norwich 10k. 5,509 runners took part. Andy ran as the Bentley club representative, in the hot conditions to a time of 1:00:44, it is brilliant to see Andy back racing again.

(Andy Fuller in action at the Norwich 10k).

New York – Road Runners Manhattan 7 mile race.

Across the pond, in action in New York’s Central Park was Caroline Searle, who was up early for an 8am Start for this inaugural 7 mile race. With hot conditions making it feel like home, Caroline ran a time of 1:08:05, and collected a finishers T Shirt, apple and bagel, plus a nice and welcoming cold flannel. Caroline enjoyed the well organised race, but not the USA’s treatment of portable loos.

(Club coach Caroline Searle with a Manhattan skyline and bagel)

Ipswich Twilight 10k on Friday.

This run through the streets of Ipswich proved a popular Friday night for the blue vests, perhaps looking to take inspiration from the several elite runners who run this evening event. By all accounts it was a good, well organised and supported event. It seemed to work as several good times, PBs and standards were achieved. Paul Hollidge ran a superb PB by 2 minutes and 16 seconds in (42:16). This great time earned Paul a silver standard, and kudos from bride to be Debs Cubberley, who said it was worth all the moaning and stressing. Charlie Keitch ran a brilliant (38:37) for a first PB in two years, and the first time breaking the 39 minute barrier. Debs Cubberley ran (53:02) and recommends it to all of us that have not run the race yet. John Bush ran in (66:41) and enjoyed it despite the heat. Russell Clarke ran an unofficial (45:26) . July club runner of the month Tim Ballard continued his amazing year with (37:50) a massive 10k PB, despite having to avoid loose dogs and chainsmokers. This also updated the club championships 10k position for Tim. Jamie Neill was very pleased to run his first race in over a year with a time of (48:58). Tomasz Komorowski achieved a 10k PB with (49:05) , Magdalena Komorowska was first blue lady home in (48:07), her second best 10k. Hien Hoang ran in (49:05) and grabbed a club silver standard. Frank Gardiner ran (52:13) Elaine Haggarty finished in (01:8:20)

(Some of the twilight blues at Ipswich – Hien Hoang, Frank Gardiner, Magdalena Komorowska, Tom Komorowski, and July male ROM Tim Ballard).

Norwich 50 mile sportive bike ride.

It doesn’t always have to be about running, and cross training is a good thing apparently – and just being outdoors and taking part is good for your soul. Luke Groves took part (without his sidekick Steve Black) in the Norfolk 50 mile sportive on the Sunday, and finished with a 50 mile Pb ride (despite riding 55 miles !) on a nice course, and earned as well a double sided medal and a beer to finish .

(The Great Captain Luke Groves with Norfolk beer and bling)

Scouting for Girls and Boys Trail.

Meera Rajoo-Oakley and Robin Oakley ran this 5.2 mile trail run hosted by Mid Essex casuals in aid of the air ambulance and local scout groups. Meera finished in (45:46) for First Lady home. Finishers of the race were awarded a ploughman’s lunch and a choice of ale bottles at the end !

Saturday – Park Run Update.

Colchester Castle Park run was a popular destination for blue vested runners this week ; a lot of them there for the start of Paul Hollidge’ stag do day ! Paul and best man Scott Young are pictured below, in rather fetching attire , not really appropriate for running in hot conditions . Many runners were also recovering from the Ipswich 10k the evening before. Scott and Paul ran together and finished in a times of (26:50) and (26:52) respectively. Vicky Presland ran in (21:58) for second place female. Phil Presland continued his recovery from injury with (25:47). Charlie Keitch with Cassius in the buggy finished in (21:39) . The long list of other Bentley runners and times were Lee Clarkson (26:46) , Darren Willey (27:37), Luke Groves (28:01), Tomasz Komorowski (28:01), Debs Cubberley (28:02) Claudia Keitch (28:51) , Russell Clarke (29:13), Anthea Colsell (29:39) , son Tom was there in his green harriers colours /! , Belinda Palmer-Barnes (34:52) , John Bush (35:57), and Paul Connell who ran a slightly painful (21:04) but took it out on cart 5 later in the day. Paul Hollidge completed his successful couple of days by ending up with the quickest time in his go cart stag do later in the afternoon. Also, thanks again to Eric Shaw for the marshalling support at the gate.

Harwich Park Run.

At the Harwich waterfront run, the three Bentley runners were Sandra James (39:20) , Kevin James (23:01) , and Emily Zethraeus who finished as 2nd female with an impressive (21:32).

Clacton Sea Front Park run.

Ray Baggs grabbed another podium on the seafront with (20:13) getting third, Kieron Hayes (28:25), Dave Jones ran (31:54) and Teresa Jones finished with (33:08). Bev Shortly continued her fine form with (26:42), almost enough for a gold standard. Andrew Hart took part in his first ever Parkrun , but enjoyed the run and was pleased with (21:45) in his comeback from injury.

Chelmsford Park Run

The two Oakley’s took part here; Robin Oakley was absolutely delighted to achieve his goal of sub 20 for a 5k with (19:47) so a new PB. Ladies captain Meera Rajoo-Oakley was the slow Oak on the day with (22:54) but was too proud of Mr Oakley to care. Robin’s time earns a bronze standard !

Parke Park run

Ben Ficken and Janice took part in the appropriately names Parke park run , which is on the edge of Dartmoor. This was the toughest 5k and Parkrun that Ben and Janice have ever run, with steep climbs , and twists and turns and mud to contend with. They were therefore both very pleased to finish in (22:44) for 22nd place overall, and Janice first dog home.

Ashton Court Park Run.

Andy Stephens ran the course which in Bristol in a time of (24:24)

(The gallant Scott and Paul at CCPR)

Junior Park Run Update.

Colchester Junior park run involved the Wakeling siblings. Laci finished with a time of 15:42, Brody finished in 18:19.

Clacton Junior run this week included Angel Jasper completing in her 50th Junior park run ! Congratulations Angel on reaching this fabulous milestone. Angel ran a time of 10:22 and finished in 8th place.

That’s it for this week. Well done to all you inspirational Great Bentley runners. Have another great week, but keep safe, stay hydrated, and remember to do your stretches after running !