Trail running was on the cards this week for some of you with Mid Essex Casuals continuing to put on races with interesting names. First up on Wednesday was the Western Whirligig 3. John Bush and Belinda Palmer-Barnes opted for the 6 mile route, which was marked out with flour. It ran through woods and across fields and they finished in 1:35:31.
Mid Essex Casuals crept across the border into Suffolk for their latest trail race – The Wonder – A View. The Wonder is actually a folly that makes a house look like a church – once upon a time it was a landmark advertised to visit by Shell! Our runners, Paul Hollidge and Deborah Cubberley would have seen it fleetingly through the trees as they headed out on mile two of this 9.75 mile race. They came 15th and 16th out of 40 finishers and Debs was second lady home. Mid Essex Casuals put a lot of different distance races and for a very reasonable price. They seem to be mostly pay on the day so do keep them in mind if you are looking for something different to do. Their website is http://www.midessexcasuals.org.uk or go to http://www.tra-uk.org/home which allows you to search for events.
Kim Chatting carried on racing in Switzerland and she had a different landmark to look at – Matterhorn. Kim ran in the Matterhorn Ultraks Mountain race which was 32 km with 2000 metres of ascent. She reported that it was a fantastic course with challenging ascents and descents, crossing rivers and a suspension bridge all in the shadow of the Matterhorn. This race needed poles and nerves of steel from the look of the official photos. Well done Kim for completing the race within your target time of six hours.
Mersea Island 5 and 10 mile race takes place on the Sunday of the Bank Holiday weekend. It can be hit an miss weather wise and the wind seemed to help one of our runners and hold back another. In the 10 mile race Charlie Keitch took along his continued form and pulled a PB out of the bag with a time of 1:04:37. He was the 8th male. Meera Rajoo-Oakley was the 5th female home in a time of 1:15:24. She was closing in on her PB but the wind got her in mile 9. Frank Gardiner sped up once it started raining, according to Meera, and finished in 1:28:38. In the 5 mile race Tricia Stacey was 5th lady home in 38:58 and Sue Sorrell finshed in 51:17.
It was a shame to see that Paul Blackwell could not complete his 10 in 10 challenge this year. Well done to Paul for completing four ultras in four days and I am sure you will be back to complete this one another time.
And now to parkrun updates:
Colchester Castle parkrun was held on the orange route this week. James McCullagh was first Bentley blue home in 25:30 followed by Russell Clark in 25:32. Next home finishing together were Chusa and Magdalena in a time of 28:11. Scott Young and Tomasz Komorowski also finished together in 28:47 closely followed by Claudia Keitch in 28:50.
In Chantry Park, Ipswich, Ben Ficken finshed in 21:06 and John Bush came home in 32:51.
Mersea Island saw Anthea Colsell finish in 24:54 and come in 45th out of 142 runners.
Meanwhile further along the coast there were four Bentley blues at Clacton Seafront parkrun. Kevin James was first home in 23:33. Brian Telford finished in 25:10, Bev Shortley in 25:53 which was a new PB, well done Bev, and Sandra James in 37:13.
Harwich is proving to continue to be a popular parkrun destination for Bentley blues. This week we saw 8 runners complete the relatively flat course. First home was Malcolm Jarvis in 21:34. He was followed home by Emily Zethraeus in 23:04, Toni Wilson 24:37, Deborah Cubberley 26:01, Dave Jones 27:55, which is a new PB, well done Dave. He ran with Leoni Harvey 27:56. Teresa Jones finished in 30:21 which was also a PB, well done Theresa, and Cherie Hipkins finished in 34:50.
There was one tourist parkrun this week over on the Isle of Wight at the Medina parkrun. Larry Wise finished in 29:33.
At Colchester junior parkrun Angel Jasper was running her 52nd parkrun. Recently she has been running Clacton junior parkrun but this week she returned to Colchester and she had a brilliant run finishing 1st girl and just 12th overall in a run where she was chasing down CATS and Harriers! She was 8 seconds off her all time parkrun PB too. Yasmin Leek is not far behind Angel with 48 parkruns completed. She ran home in 14:38. Well done to both of you.
On a final note, congratulations to two Bentley blues who tied the knot this weekend. Sarah Fletcher is now Sarah Davison. Many best wishes Sarah and Paul!