Maltese Falcons.

Hello Blues,you’ve been busy and enthusiastically running as usual, so let’s get on with reporting ..

Malta International Challenge Marathon.

Several of our ladies headed down to the Mediterranean Sea last week to take part in the Malta International challenge. This is a multi day event, with 3 distances on three consecutive days ,adding up to a marathon distance (42.195km), the race passing through some of Malta’s most scenic routes.

Day 1 was a 10m run, starting at 1pm . In the hot conditions, the ladies ran the hilly course in unofficial times of ; Eileen Shadford,- 1:18:47, Tricia Stacey, 1:25:49, Hien Hoang, 1:33, Toni Wilson (suffering from a cold) 1:40 & Sonia 1:55.  Day 2 Malta was the 5km leg , starting at 2pm start. Luckily it was not too for the girls , and all ran well again. Eileen 23:19, Tricia 24:26, Hien 25, Toni 26:26 & Sonia just over 30 minutes. Day 3 was a tough, very hilly half marathon. Again,the conditions were hot and dusty, but they all completed the challenging event.Times – Eileen 1:48:27, Tricia 1:55:38, Hien 2:06:13, Toni 2:16:22, Sonia 2:45. The combined challenge races  overall results then were ; Eileen Shadford 4th female overall,and 1st in age category ; Tricia Stacey 8th Female and 1st in age category ; Hien Hoang 13th female and 4th in age category; Toni Wilson 15th female and 4th in age category. A brilliant effort by all.

The conquering blues ladies in Sunny Malta

Podium for Trishia

Podium for Eileen

Closer to home, on Saturday, at the Mo Ipswich 10k Cross country race, Dave Jones finished in (54:45),  a very good time on that course.

Gemma Colling took part in the Samphire challenge, which is near to Folkestone in Kent, and is a long distance challenge endurance event. On Friday, Gemma just ! ran the standard marathon distance, and on the following day, ran 35 miles of endless mud & hills with and rain thrown in. This takes the awesome Gemma’s marathon tally to 95, nearing that magic 100 marathon club shirt goal….

NESS Cross Country 3rd round – Harwich.

Several of our ladies, juniors, and men took part in the event on Sunday. The course was muddy , and the route was different from previous years, with a hill  this time being a climb to the finish ; our 12 ladies secured a brilliant fourth place . Emily Zethraeus was First Lady home, in 8th place overall, followed by the trio of Anna Mills (40th) Magdalena Komorowska (41st)  and Anthea Colsell (42nd) who  secured her first ever point scoring position for the club in XC. 21 men ran , with Adam Smith 1st blue in 32nd, followed by Ryan Day (33rd) with David Wright,Mark Jasper, Matt Laverack, Paul Hollidge (with his first point scoring place) and Malcolm Jarvis taking the 8th place point scoring position. The men finished in 6th place in Pool A on the day, but was a great effort in difficult conditions, and the team missed a couple through injury (notably Rob Blackman with his broken collarbone , who still provided lots of encouragement on the course – best wishes for a speedy recovery Rob).

After 3 rounds of the league, Great Bentley are in 5th place in Pool A,with 6 points. Harwich are two point behind. Well done all who turned out again – the more who can turn up for these great events, the better our chances of staying in Pool A.

Our juniors did very well ; The boys finished in 9th place ,the girls in 7th ; combined we are in joint 8th place in the league – well done all those runners on Sunday : Angel Jasper, Frankie Laverack, Leni Laverack, Cienna Telford, Charlie Sharp and Harry Booty.

For the overall XC race results please see website ;

Saturday Park Run Roundup.

Colchester Castle Park Run;

Andy Stephens in (21:47) was first blue home with 36th position, Paul Davison in (23:09) enjoying getting back out there after injury, James Mccullagh in (23:37), Magdalena Komorowska in (26:25) running together with Anthea Colsell (26:25) and Sue Sorrell  in (34:01).

Clacton Sea Front;

Scott Young  in (22:46),delighted with a heady top 10 position in 7th place , Kevin James  in (23:40),Brian Telford  in (24:04), Beverly Shortley  in (25:46), Alison Clarke  in (29:57) Don Welsh  in (31:25).

Harwich Park run;

Harwich; Emily Zethraeus  in (24:08), Cherie Hipkins  in (29:24)

Mersea Island; This was the event number  100 for Mersea, and to celebrate , there was a Superheros theme. Our own Bentley superheroes Benjamin and Justiceforjanice Ficken ran  in (21:39), men’s Captain Luke Groves  in (26:20) and Emma Welham  in (30:59).


Luke and Meatball enjoying the 100th Mersea Parkrun with Bootcamp Craig

Mile End Park Run.

Russell Clarke was the Blue vested park run tourist this weekend, and worked hard to run in (21:06) an excellent time.

Junior Park RunSunday

The blue vested juniors chose to take part in the XC this weekend, rather the Junior park runs.