Run, Run, Run, Run, Wedding, Run…….

Well this week has seen a diverse set of races being undertaken by our happy blue runners from parkruns through to half marathons and some triathlons thrown in to boot.  So where to start well probably where there was a sea of blue vests and that was a local race which is always a cracker, Langham’s 10k. The race which is run in aid of the Friends of Langham school is always a well attended event and normally sees some quick times recorded and this year is no exception.

I’m going to start with the ladies and a few PB’s and standards firstly, Gold which goes to Bev Shortley who finished in a great time of 51:24, then we have Anthea Colsell with a silver standard, she smashed her PB running over 2 minutes faster than a couple of weeks ago finishing “sub 50” in 49:45.  Leoni Harvey also “trimmed” a mere 3 and a half minutes off her time at Langham last year finishing in 58:06.  Eileen Shadford running a Season’s Best (SB) (thanks for that suggestion Barbara!) and her 2nd fastest ever securing 2nd place in her age category in a superb 46:18, also recording a SB was Meera Rajoo-Oakley (44:22) this was also her fastest run since 2015.  Jennifer Aylen (48:28), Belinda Palmer-Barnes (1:03:04), Alison Clarke (1:02:22), Teresa Jones (1:04:55), Teresa Farmer (1:05:27), Sandra James (1:13:19) and Cherie Hipkin (1:14:15) completed a mass turn out for the ladies.

Anthea[Anthea Colsell “running” Langham 10k]

Not to be outdone our men had 11 runners at Langham too with Peter Benton crossing the line first for our men in 41:56, there were superb sub 45 minute runs from Colin Farmer (42:34), Andy Stephens (43:13) and Russell Clarke (43:33). Breaking the 50 minute mark were Rich Moor (46:41), Kevin James (47:28), James McCullugh (49:22) and Charles Williams (49:58).  David Jones had another great run (1:00:40), he keeps posting some excellent results and I’m sure he’ll be under an hour for 10k soon.  Our final mens’ runner was John Bush who finished in 1:07:46.

We had two runners who went “Oooop North” for the Great North Run and to toe the line with Sir Mo and 57,000 other runners.  Unfortunately, neither recorded the time that they were looking for but both said that the race delivered on everything else.  Charlie Keitch ran 1:28:25 and Ade Cherry recorded 2:13:04 for the half marathon.  Also running a “half” was Scott Young who took part in the inaugural Stampede half marathon at Colchester Zoo.   The race is carried out on closed roads around the zoo whilst starting and finishing in the zoo, Young was happy with his race finishing in 1:49:58.  Kathy Bishop ran the Northampton half marathon and finished as 2nd lady in her age group bagging a PB into the bargain in a brilliant 1:51:02.

[“Adrian” and “Charles” (whoever they are!) at GNR and the Stampede Medal Double]

Trail running was the name of the game for a few of our runners with Matt Jones and Neil Robins taking part in the Chappel Ale Trail organised by the Chappel Ale festival (not sure what the appeal was on this one!) – the 5 mile ish self navigation run around Chappel and Wakes Colne finishes at the beer festival (again I can’t see the attraction….). Continuing their winning streak at the Essex Trail event were Phil and Milly Presland who won the 4 mile route whilst Vicky Presland, Geraldine Springett, Sue Wright and Barbara Law completed the longer 7.5 mile route. Sunday also saw the Brightlingsea Charity 4 mile run take place with Ben Ficken and trusty canine Janice and Mark Crittenden both recording 4.2 miles on their watches. Ficken and Janice finished 2nd in 28:51 and Crittenden working back from injury finished in 45:33.

Onto the multi event races over the weekend Andrew Hart completed a 5k swim and a 21k run with a 5th overall and 2nd age category placing in 3 hours and 1 minute; all in readiness for a 42k race along the River Dart in a couple of weeks time.  Luke “Captain” Groves completed the Vitruvian Half Ironman distance Triathlon (Swim, Bike, Run) at Rutland Water completing his Plan A of a sub 6 hour finish which he accomplished in a fantastic time of 5:48 which is a great finale to his 12 months of training up to this event.

So I think that is about it other than the rounds of parkrun and really there is only 1 place to start on that journey which is over at South Woodham Ferrets (sorry that’s Ferrers!) where we had 20 runners all celebrating Paul and Debs marriage the previous day.  There were quite a few hangovers to be seen from a number of our runners however, we had first place overall from Russ Sharp (18:59) and first lady Milly Presland (20:24).  Phil Presland wrote the race report for the event this week so please have a look at the story of the run here

That only left a few runners around the local parkrun events which saw 4 runners at both Clacton Prom; Brian Telford (24:22), Heather England (31:56), Peter Reeve (34:15) and Rebecca England (38:39); and Harwich; Ben Ficken (19:52), Kevin James (22:50), Stephen Walsh (23:07) and Sandra James (33:17).   Colchester Castle saw just 2 Bentley runners this week, Malcolm Jarvis (21:32) and Andy Stephens (31:34), whilst Paul Connell ran Maldon Prom in 21:31 and Rob Blackman the Kesgrave 5k in 19:33.

Sunday also sees the junior version of parkrun and this week Clacton saw a couple of our juniors run the 2k course Cienna Telford ran her 10th parkrun finishing 4th in 11:56 and Rhianna Reeve run her first parkrun finishing 7th in 13:23.  Running her 54th parkrun at Colchester and recording a new PB finishing 10th in 9:18 was Angel Jasper who was the 1st girl in her age group and the 2nd girl overall – fantastic running!

Finally, as the race report becomes the wedding announcements I can’t pass this week without congratulating this weeks newly weds Mr and Mrs Hollidge.  Paul and Debs tied the knot on Friday in beautiful surroundings at Three Rivers Golf and Country Club in Cold Norton, just a stones throw from South Woodham Ferrers.  Congratulations to you both!

Paul and Debs[Congratulations to the happy couple Paul and Debs]