August into September Blues.

Lots of activity this week Bentley, so let’s go with the race report

Wednesday Essex Trail Events Farmhouse Inn Trail Run.

Starting off with this trail run,on the Wednesday night at the Farmhouse Inn, in the small village of Monk Street, which is about two miles from Thaxted, for the last summer evening trail of these events. There were two races, a 4.5 mile run, and a 7.5 mile run. Milly and Phil Presland stormed to victory in the shorter 4.5 mile race in a time of (46:13), with all winners getting a bottle of wine!

Phil and Milly Presland with winnings.

Vicky Presland and Debs Cubberley came 19th and 20th in the longer version of the Essex Trail Run – 7.5m (well nearly 8 apparently!) in (1:23). Debs said it was a nice course but the farmer had just ploughed his fields so lots of mud made trainers very heavy!

Sue Wright and John Bush ran together the run 7.5 mile course, and finished 50th and 51st in 2:21:06. However, an infamous telegraph pole with a number 9 on it couldn’t be found for ages, which meant it got too dark, so eventually after a call to Debs and the organisers, Thunderbird Three came out to rescue Sue and John and take them to the finish, having in the end ran around 10 miles! Despite all this John said it was a nice course and enjoyed it.

Chamonix UTMB festival of running.

The amazing John Booty took another trip to Chamonix, a wonderful location in the French alps and in the shadow of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the alps, to take part in the UTMB festival of running. John this year ran the OCC, which is the smallest race in the series. Small, however, still meant 56km (35miles) with 3500 meters of accent over three brutal climbs and reaching altitudes of 2100 meters. John overcame altitude sickness, a nasty fall at about 22 miles which damaged his ankle, and cuts to hand and arms, then two further falls almost immediately afterwards. Mere mortals may have quit, but there was no way John was going to. After a final horrible bout of sickness at the final checkpoint at La Flegere, John felt much better and enjoyed the last descent into Chamonix to receive a fantastic finishers gilet, in a finish time of 11hrs 44min. A marvellous achievement, well done John.

John Booty and Finishers Gilet

Bentley also had a junior representative in Chamonix. Harry Booty ran the mini UTMB which was an 1800m run which included a nice hill climb.

Harry competing in Blue In Chamonix

Bedford Half Marathon.

Paul Hollidge, Debs Cubberley, Magdalena Komorowska , Tom Komorowski, and Tim Ballard took part in this run on the Sunday. 1952 runners finished this race. Everyone from the club did really well, on a course which was sort of flat, with grass and gravelly dirt track sections making it tougher than expected. There was also a little runner congestion / traffic as part of the course had 2 laps. Tim Ballard finished in a brilliant PB time of 1:23:25, bettering his previous best time by 16 seconds, to finish in 35th position.

In his last race as a young, free and single man, Paul Hollidge managed a superb PB by 1:16 at in an official time of 1:32:34, for 127th position. Paul continues his great form, with currently 8 PB’s at 5 different distances this year!!

In possibly her last race as a young, free and single lady, Debs Cubberley completed the race in 1:56:13, a strong run, which was well inside her 2 hour target.

Man of steel Tomasz Komorowski cycled from Colchester to Bedford the day before (c85 miles) and still ran the half marathon in 01:54:37.

Finally, the Wonderwoman that is Magdalena Komorowska ran a massive PB of 2min 10sec by clocking 01:46:00, which was also a Club Championships performance.

The Bentley Blues blues out in force in Bedford

St Neots Triathlon

Tricia Stacey had an early start to Cambridgeshire to take part in this event in St Neots. There were two Triathlon options, a sprint or Olympic. Tricia completed the sprint distance, which consisted of an open water swim in the river, a nice bike ride mainly through countryside and finished off with a little run round the park. Tricia said it was a well marshalled and organised event, and would recommend it to those looking for triathlons next season.

Maidenhead Half Marathon

Around the M25 at Maidenhead in Berkshire, saw the 8th staging of this half marathon, which is run on a fast, flat course around urban Maidenhead and scenic Cookham. Eric Shaw, despite suffering in the heat over the last 3 miles (and missing Gemma Camp keeping him company), managed an excellent time of (01:53:5) which was also a superb 2nd in age category.

Takely 10k.

Scott Young, Claudia Keitch and Adam Smith went to Takeley to run the 10k on the Sunday. This is a trail run race up the Flitch Way and through Hatfield Forest. It’s a small (500 runners) race but Scott describes it as superbly organised and well marshalled. Scott had a great race and finished about two and a half minutes better than last year in (47:51), Claudia ran (58:53) and Adam came third in (39:00). Scott says he will be back next year, so it sounds like a good race to enter if you can get in.

Purple Rayne (Hare & Tortoise).

Emma Levett-Welham and Mark T Crittenden completed the “Purple Rayne” 6 Hour timed event with Hare & Tortoise running events. The route was along part of the Flitchway, and was a well organised and friendly event. Emma and Mark both covered Half Marathon distance.

Emma and Mark with their rocking medals

Framingham 10k.

Travelling to this lovely, picturesque market town in Suffolk, with it’s delightful castle , to take part in the 10k, were John Bush and Belinda Palmer-Barnes. John and Bee finished the hilly course in times of (1:09:24) and (1:04:59) respectively.

Colne Engaine 5 and 10 Miler.

This fun run, starting from the village green in the North Essex village of Colne Engaine, as part of the Colne Engaine festival, involves either a 5 mile figure of 8 course, or run two laps for the 10 mile option. Anna Young ran the 10 mile race in (01:46:29.9). Tackling the 5 mile was Melanie Moore, who finished with (46:39).

Anna and Mel at Colne Engaine fun run

Colne River Charity Trail Fun run.

Taking part in this inaugural charity trail run was Paul Connell. The charity involved was Wivenhoe based Big Picture charity films. There was a 3 or 5 mile off road circuit option, starting and finishing by the sailing club, taking in woodland, a small bit of beach and some narrow trails. It was nicely organised, with a friendly atmosphere. It was not chip timed, just a stopwatch, but a great medal and a course map for all finishers. Paul finished the 5 mile option in second place in a time of (37:27:40).

Paul Connell finishing the Colne River run – photo courtesy of Matt Laverack

Dog Jog – Christchurch Park Ipswich.

The Canicross duo of Ben Ficken and Janice took part in this event in Ipswich. The Dog Jog is a 5k run with your dog but is more of a fun run rather than a race. Janice did her best in the warm conditions and the hills of the park, and managed to come first in a time of (21:14), to the surprise and admiration of the spectators.

Spitfire 10k Hendon

Mike Deed and Peter Benton ran the Spitfire 10KM in Hendon on Saturday. The event had special significance as this is the 100 year centinary of the RAF.The start and finish took place from the National RAF Museum, which a free to enter, fantastic venue.

With a lap inside the grounds the course headed out into the streets, which whilst flat was not the best due to kerbs and roads.Good marshalling though ensured traffic was controlled (almost).Two laps on the road were completed before heading back into the museum grounds.

The finish was the best ever, running through the hanger and under the Walrus seaplane in the photo below, where the spectators gave rapturous applause, just before crossing the line on the green outside.

Only about 750 runners are allowed, so it was a small and intimate event. Parking was on site and free also. It was £35 approx to run, plus £8 for the T shirt. Most of the proceeds went to charity, so a great cause. Peter said if you add spending time walking around the museum, overall it was a great day and great value, and a brilliant medal!. Peter finished in 12th place with a time of 42.46 and Mike in 86th with 50.44.

Peter and Mike at Hendon with Walrus

Saturday Park Run Update.

Caroline Searle was in Hampshire, and ran the Lymington Woodside parkrun, (which was a grassy sunny course) as part of a 13 mile training run, so finished in (30.40).

Ally Pally Park run (North London) .Charlie Keitch ran (19:53) at this tough, hilly run. Charlie finished fifth on what was his 24th parkrun course.

Colchester Castle Park Run. There was a good turnout of 12 blues here this week. Dave Wright was pleased with 3rd place in (19.03), with his pace starting to get there ready in time for the Cross Country season. Anthea Colsell (26.52) had a nice run with Magdalena Komorowska (26:53) (who both enjoyed coffee and cake afterwards too !) Other runners and times were Malcolm Jarvis (21:59), Meera Rajoo- Oakley (22:16) and third female overall, Russell Clarke (22:17), Richard Moor (23:27), Andy Stephens (24;21) , James McCullagh (24:57), Lee Clarkson (27:09), who ran with Chusa Batis (27:10 – which was Chusa’s best time this year, (well done Chusa), and Stephanie Mills (27:28).

Harwich Park run; up on the North Essex corner of coast, Bev Shortley continues to improve and ran a PB in (24:42). Likewise, Teresa Jones ran a PB of (30:00), and earned a bronze standard, Leoni Harvey was not far off her goal of 27 mins with (27:17), well done ladies. Dave Jones ran (29:02). Other blues there were Kevin James (22:37), Cherie Hopkins (33:34) and Sandra James (37:09).

Clacton Park Run. Ray Baggs was second with (19:41) , Tom Fowler was 5th with (21:16), Peter Reeve came in with (33:43).

Maldon Prom Park Run – Paul Connell finished in (21:06).

Sunday Junior Park Run update.

At Colchester junior Park run, Angel Jasper completed her 53rd junior parkrun and finished in her 2nd fastest time ever of (09:29), just 6 seconds off her PB. Angel achieved an outstanding 8th place overall finish out of 133 children. Angel had a brilliant run and did extremely well to catch up the leading girl on the second lap, and then sprint away from her to be the first female overall for the 4th time at Colchester junior Parkrun. Fantastic, well done Angel! Also at Colchester this week, under the watchful eye of Grandma Barbara Law, were James and Daniel Blacker. Daniel unfortunately fell but was still brave enough to get back up and finish in (14:25). James, with his first run in a long time managed an impressive 8:56 for 4th place. Well done juniors.

Angel Jasper sprinting to the finish at Colchester

So that’s it for another week. Well done all who raced. Have a great week, whether you are running , cycling, swimming, Triathloning, or whatever takes your fancy. Mainly, stay safe and good luck.