Grizzly and bear it!

This week brought about some windy weather, luckily no snow for us, but it didn’t stop Bentley blues getting out there and joining in a run, race or endurance event.

I will start with parkrun. With an extra one in the area to choose from it was good to see that running in Colchester alone, at a parkrun, at 9am on Saturday were 556 keen individuals. The social side of running is so important as well as the competitive side. I decided to try out what Highwoods parkrun had to offer; I concur with our Ladies’ captain that it will be a great XC training tool. This weekend it had it all, views, mud, wind and friendly faces. I liked the one lap aspect of the course and it offers something different from Colchester Castle. A great addition to the parkrun list.


Deborah Hollidge and Tillie got a course PB with Paul joining them in 27:40. Other GBRC representatives were Paul Connell in 5th place with 20:40; Russell Clarke 22:51; Jason Skelton 25:18; James McCullagh 26:14 and Caroline Searle 31:23.


Colchester Castle:

Danny Draper 21:31; Andy Stephens 21:35; Anna Mills 25:19; Natalie Warriner 26:33; Scott Young 27:23; Claudia Keitch 28:01; Anthea Colsell 28:22 and Teresa Farmer in 31:33.

Clacton Seafront:

Ray Baggs 20:59; Kevin James 24:40; Emma Welham 29:39 Alison Clarke 31:01; Sandra James 38:20; Claire Reynolds 42:41 and Dave Nugent 50:46.


Leoni Harvey 28:43; Mark Crittenden 29:07 and Cherie Hipkins in 31:36.

We also had two parkrun tourism venues for this week. Richard Moor went to Havant parkrun and ran their 5km route in 22:42 whilst down in Devon, three Bentley Blues had a little warm up run on the Saturday at Seaton parkrun. Tomasz Komorowski ran in 22:52; Paul Carlisle 24:01 and Rob Dyer in 26:32.

Paul Blackwell continues to get those miles in, and this week it was marathon 166. He ran in the Samphire Endurance Run.


Luke Groves decided to join Mo with a bit of pre-marathon race preparation at the Vitality Big Half. Billed as London’s community half, the 13.1-mile race starts by Tower Bridge and finishes at the iconic Cutty Sark. Luke was aiming for a sub 1:55 and he managed it in 1:54:18, a PB of 5 minutes, well done Luke!

Now, down to Devon. Last year the Grizzly became the grizzly as half of the distance was taken off the course for safety reasons. This year though it was back with a capital G! Eleven Bentley Blues took part in Grizzly 2019 “Trails of the Unexpected” ; a 20 mile race which has it all – beaches, bogs, hills, shingle and streams! Two took part in the Cub race. Don Welsh and Brian Telford took on the Cub and finished in a time of 2:19:28 and 2:19:29 respectively whilst running the Grizzly were:

Rob Blackman 3:04:16; Paul Carlisle  3:39:7; Rob Dyer 3:56:04; Hien Hoang 4:15:47; Emma Wakeling 4:15:48 Tomasz Komorowski 4:27:59 Magdalena Komorowska 4:27:59; Frank Gardiner 4:52:11; Dave Jones 5:14:54; Vicki Law 5:2648; Helene Tyler 5:38:11 and Barbara Law in 5:39:39.

Barbara’s grandchildren joined in with Grizfest. James ran in the Junior Cub race and finished in 9:36 and came 21st out of 128 runners. Daniel ran in the fun run and finished 30th out 125 runners in 11:46. Well done boys!

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