The week got to a frosty start with the threat of impending doom in the form of a “snowgeddon” coming from every news channel available. Yes – it was cold, yes – we had a little bit of the white stuff. But the weather gods must be fans of good running and good cake because Sunday arrived and it was everything that a glorious winter day should be: cold, crisp and bright. And so, the sold-out event that is the Great Bentley Half Marathon got underway. As usual, the support around the course from the army of volunteers was top-class and I would like to take this opportunity to say to all of them, on behalf of the report writing squad: thank you. I have no scientific evidence to support my theory that this outstanding support helped many runners achieve a PB but I will say it anyway. At the finish line there were tears of joy and of pain, there were sweaty hugs and dazed faces, there were stumbles and a few “voms” and there was the amazing feel of achievement that comes from undertaking to do something that challenges you and see it to the end.
Ramadan Osman (Colchester Harriers AC) was first to cross the line in a fantastic time of 1h 8m 53s. First lady spot went to Helen Davis from Ipswich Jaffa RC who with 1h 12m 49s achieved 9th place overall. I bet they were scared there wouldn’t be any cake left by the time they made it made it back to the hall and that horrible thought made them run faster (again – I’ve got no evidence to support this claim other than the fact that I saw the cake spread and … wow! We outdid ourselves yet again).
A few Bentley runners were lucky to get a spot on the race and enjoyed the home support. David Green finished 5th in 1h 10m 54s. Next up was Adam Smith in 1h 24m 39s. Mark Stevenson was third Bentley male to cross the line in 1h 42m 5s. Then we had Janine Simpson who was very happy with her time of 1h 55m 46s, which earned her a silver club standard. Dave Jones was next with 2h 5m 10s, not a PB but an improvement nevertheless. And rounding up the Bentley representation and achieving a massive PB was Emma Levett-Welham, who was ecstatic finishing in 2h 23m 31s. Amazing work Emma!
Once again, well done to all runners who took place and thank you so much to all the volunteers who gave up their time on Sunday to make this the fantastic event that it is.
There were other races happening on Sunday, believe it or not, and Rachel Giles was in one of them. She took part in the London Winter Run, a 10 km race encompassing many of the city landmarks. She completed the course in aid of Cancer Research 54:39 and described it as being a fab event with a great atmosphere.
In the cold and frosty Suffolk countryside Anna Young took part in the Great Barrow 5k and 10k challenge. Conditions were tricky but she bagged a third lady finishing spot in the 5k with a time of 28:59 and, not happy with that, a 4th place in the 10k in 1h 4m 5s. Anna described the event, which is held on the first Sunday of each month, as friendly with approximately a 50-50 mix of trail and road and a compulsory hug at the finishing line. What’s not to like!?
Saturday saw Clacton Promenade parkrun cancelled due to the icy conditions but other parkruns went ahead.
At Harwich, Emily Zethraeus was the sole Bentley runner. She achieved a 1st lady spot and 4th overall with a time of 20:46. Great work Emily and congratulations on achieving the coveted Runner of the Month accolade!
At Colchester Castle parkrun eleven blue vests defied the cold. Richard moor was first to crossed the line in 21:57. Next was Malcolm Jarvis (22:10) followed by first Bentley Babe, Meera Rajoo-Oakley (23:38). Other runners were Robert Ferguson (24:12), Stephen Walsh (24:51), Anna Mills (25:01), Russel Clarke (25:53), Anthea Colsell (27:13), Frank Gardiner (27:15), Scott Young (27:39) and Claudia Keitch (28:09).
Angel Jasper was our Junior parkrunner on Sunday completing the race around The Rec in 9:37.
Meanwhile, not strictly racing but rather running for pasteis de nata, a yummy Portuguese sweet speciality, we have Mags and Tomasz Komorowscy, who are enjoying their holidays in Lisbon running up and down the many hills the city has to offer. I’m sure there must be an easier way to catch the sights!