Prep, parkrun takeover and Perry!

Spring has continued to grace us with it’s presence this week, even though it has been cooler, it has got many of you out running and racing.

Firstly, parkrun round up:

This Saturday saw a Great Bentley take over at Mersea parkrun. As well as marshals we had many pacers running and helping people towards five km pbs. Craig Mitchell was first home in 18:55; Malcolm Jarvis 22:42; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 24:10; James Royce 24:55; Tomasz Komorowski 25:59; Rob Dyer 27:05; Kim Booty 28:01, Emma Wakeling 28:38; Fiona Gosling 31:45; Dave Jones 36:42; Barbara Law 39:53 and Claudia Keitch 51:11.


Colchester Castle: First home Richard Moor in 21:51; Andy Stephens 27:58 and Louise Upston 41:16.

Maldon: Paul and Sarah Davison went to Maldon Promenade and ran 20:14 and 23:36 respectively.

Clacton Seafront: Kevin James finished in 24:15 followed by Brian Telford 25:24; Beverly Shortley 25:54; Patrick Reynolds 27:41; Claire Reynolds 31:05 and Sandra James in 40:29.

Harwich: Emily Zethraeus was first lady home in 20:26 followed by Anna Young 27:54 and Cherie Hipkins 39:11.

Corby: Larry Wise ran in 29:20.

Junior parkrun: Angel Jasper ran Colchester’s course in 9:28.

In other races:

Ben Ficken and Janice travelled to Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk to take part in the Dunerunner Nelson Knee Nobbler Race 1. They opted for the 10km route, the first half of which was ran on soft sand. Janice got an award for being third dog home on the longer route. Well done to both of you in your last race as Great Bentley members.

Five mile races continue to grow in popularity. This weekend was the turn of Braintree Five which started at Chelmsford City racecourse. We had four Bentley Blue representatives. Charlie Keitch, fresh from a break in Germany, ran the five mile course in 32:06. Eileen Shadford ran in 36:43, Toni Wilson ran in 41:13 and Anna Young ran in 43:05.


Marathon preparation is in the latter stages for many of you. Seeking a race environment, three Bentley Blues headed over to Windsor to take part in a 20 mile lapped race around Dorney Lake, famed for being the venue for London 2012 Olympic rowing. Magdalena Komorowska finished in 2:54:25 whilst Anthea Colsell finished in 3:03:12 and Frank Gardiner completed the 20 mile course in 3:35:34.

marathon prep

Finally it was the first GBRC Trail of the year. Starting off with a 7 and bit miler around the Ramsey and Wrabness countryside, there was a good turnout, despite the clocks springing forwards. There were views a plenty, including the infamous Perry Grayson house. Results were not out at time of writing.