The second week in January, a quiet week in terms of races, as an exceedingly high number of Bentley Blues donned their vests for Cross Country in Ipswich on Sunday.
Paul Blackwell took to the warmer climes of Florida to take part in the Walt Disney World Marathon Festival. Paul ran marathon 160 in temperatures in the eighties. It was ran early in the day to avoid runners being out in the heat too long. Paul classed it as one for the bucket list.
On Saturday parkrun was frequented, as usual, by many Bentley runners. Colchester Castle parkrun is experiencing bumper numbers and talk of a second Colchester course has been in the papers. Out of 525 runners there were 11 Bentley runners. First home was Robin Oakley on 20:02, edging ever closer to that elusive sub 20 CCPR time (he already has a sub 20 at Chelmsford on a flat course); Charlie Keitch in 21:01; Andy Stephens 21:26; Richard Moor 23:12; Tomasz Komorowski 23:20; Russell Clarke 23:24; Stephen Walsh 25:03; Deborah Hollidge 27:19; Paul Hollidge 27:22; Magdalena Komorowska 27:41; Anthea Colsell 27:42 and Jack Wicks in 30:54.
Scott Young took to the towpaths of Durham to record his best time for a while in 22:06. He then had a cool down walk to get back to the start which was tens minutes from the finish!
Over in Clacton Brian Telford ran in 24:42; Rob Dyer 25:21; Leoini Harevy 28:08; Kevin James 30:33; Heather England 30:48; Alison Clarke 31:08; Mark Crittenden 31:12; Claire Reynolds 34:15 and Rebecca England 39:32.
Harwich was nearly devoid of Blues this week but for Emily Zethraeus who ran 32:06.
Emma Welham and Dave Jones ran at Mersea Island Island parkrun and completed the course in 30:49 and 33:59 respectively.
James and Daniel Blacker made it to Colchester Junior parkrun on Sunday and ran the 2 km course in 9:05 and 14:36. Well done boys!
Some of our juniors decided to head to Cross Country, having heard that they had the chance to bounce on the giant pillow afterwards! We had a bumper turnout for Cross Country this Sunday which was on an altered course at Suffolk Food Hall, hosted by Ipswich Jaffa. Our juniors came eighth whilst our females came 3rd overall and the men came 4th, keeping us 5th overall but with a 3 point lead over our rivals. Emily Zethraeus came 6th in the ladies race with Vicky Presland 22nd. Our other two scorers were Meera Rajoo-Oakley in 28th and Eileen Shadford in 33rd place. Well done to all the other ladies, many who played a vital role in making scorers from other teams come further down the list, especially Anna Mills and Helen Carey who kept the 4th scorer for the 4th placed team at bay!
In the men’s race the scorers were Adam Smith 26th, David Wright 35th, Tim Ballard 49th, Charlie Keitch 71st Mark Jaspar 77th Dan Clayton 84th Robin Oakley 91st and Andy Hart in 95th place. Again another well done to all men who raced and helped keep other teams behind them.
Final word goes to John and Kim Booty who went with their dogs to take part in the Fido Forest Frenzy in Kings Forest. John took part with two dogs leaving Kim with just one, but fun was had by all and the dogs earned themselves some treats in their goody bags at the end!