It Shire was a Fun week

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Spring is in the air again, and the nights are getting longer. As usual the Bentley contingent were very busy and out enjoying themselves in various events

Three Shires Challenge.

Several adventurous Bentley blues travelled to take part in this challenge, organised by Staffordshire LDWA. (Long distance walkers association). This was a self navigation route, taking on 30 miles, with 5000 ft of elevation. The route took in dales, glorious views, and stunning scenery. Despite an anxious moment on the Friday, when our members opened the door to a deserted village hall base, and thought they may have been the only participants, this was a brilliant, but very arduous challenge, taking several hours to complete. Tomasz commented that there was plenty of food at checkpoints with buffet meal at the finish – so this in itself could appeal to other blues who may fancy a challenge next year…

The Bentley Blues at the 3 Shires

Paul Carlisle and a smiling Rodger Alexander. Must have been fun.

Weekly Park Run Update.

Colchester Castle Park Run ; Robin Oakley achieved his long term target of sub 20 for this run, at his 117th attempt, finishing in a superbly quick (19:57). Danny Draper was next blue, with a course PB of (20:49). Robert Ferguson in (20:55) Richard Moor in (21:37) Meera Rajoo-Oakley in (23:47) Andy Stephens in (24:30) Russell Clarke in (24:49) Lee Clarkson sprint finished in (27:00) to get ahead of Chusa Batis in (27:02), and Sue Sorrell in (32:18).

Clacton Sea Front; blues times on the sea front this week ; Patrick Reynolds in (21:13) Kevin Pyle in (22:01) Brian Telford, still on the road to recovery ran (24:32) Claire Reynolds in (30:39) Kevin James in (30:48) Heather England in (32:59) Sandra James in (39:33) Rebecca England in (41:32).

Harwich; Malcolm Jarvis has been showing great form recently, ran in (20:48) Emily Zethraeus in (24:09), Toni Wilson in (24:51) Anna Young in (30:47) John Bush in (33:14) Belinda Palmer-Barnes in (33:27) , Ruth Metcalfe in (36:46).

Mersea Island; Trecking to the woods course were Emma Wakeling in (25:47) Teresa Jones in (39:43) Dave Jones in (40:19).

Lincoln was Parkrun tourism for Alison Clarke in (29:44).

Highwoods Parkrun. Encouragingly, Great Bentley stalwart and inspirational running lady Vicky Presland, after a period of injury, was able to run trouble free in (24:06). A relatively easy time for Vicky, but brilliant that Vicky is back running and enjoying it. James Royce in (21:26) Magdalena Komorowska in (25:01) Luke Groves, and Meatball in (26:33).Paul Connell in (20:28).

Manchester Marathon.

Two blues travelled to take part in this event, which each year is growing in participants. 20,000 took part this year, with a fantastic atmosphere generated by the Mancunian crowd (they must have been locals). Gary Hill ran 04:56, a great effort considering Gary had no real quality training. This was Gary’s second quickest marathon. Seems like Gary uses Marathon races as training, as he’s off to Brighton next week for another one! Meantime, current male runner of the year Tim Ballard continues to astonish us all. Despite suffering a little hamstring trouble in the last 4 miles, Tim ran the marathon in 02:56:34, a PB by 15 minutes, which earned a coveted 7th place on the GBRC all time top. Amazing.

Run Layer 5.

This inaugural race, in the pretty village of Layer de la Haye, organised by our very own Craig Mitchell, attracted 247 runners. This was a super event, with a friendly and family atmosphere , as well as community feel to it. This I think was shown with the mix it of runners : there were 150 ladies, and 97 men. 17 of these runners were from Bentley. The weather was kind, apart from some rain at the end, but this did not dampen the enthusiasm of the runners,organisers and support along the way.

Another club legend, Barbara Law, took an age category win, running in 58:10.18. It’s always great seeing Barbara taking part in so many events. Partner in crime Sue Wright ran 55:36:7. Both ladies then continued the day by running back to Lexden, in what was by then rather miserable rainy weather. Another lady who it was great to see back running after long term injury was Teresa Jones, who ran 1:06:59.2. Neil Robins , running with son Matthew, was pleased to run 53:55.2, in what felt like relative ease. Charlie Keitch wanted to run a bit faster, still ran the challenging course in 33:48:1,for 11th place. John Booty, running on his own rather than in Canicross mode, was delighted to make the top 20, running an impressive 36:05.9, for 18th place. Kevin Pyle finished with 37:25.5, Lee Clarkson in 37:30.7, Chusa Batis had a busy weekend of running, ran the challenging course in 42:40.5, Anna Young worked hard and enjoyed the muddy water dip parts for 44:01.5. Luke Groves in the final stages of London Marathon training, ran 44:32.7 alongside buddy for the race Magdalena Komorowska (44: 32.8). Anthea Colsell ran 44:38.9, David Jones, pushed along by Anthea, Luke and Magdalena blitzed his sub 50 target, with 44:56.0,John Ferdinand ran in 51:44:6. Mark Crittenden wanted under 50 minutes, but was happy he ran 52:40, as he’d had a bit of a late night before! Kim Louise Booty ran 53:49 and enjoyed the course, and like everyone, hopes the run becomes an annual event. Emma Welham continues to impress, and take part in numerous races and cracking up the miles to run 53:10.0. The almost always running and enjoying the events Belinda Palmer-Barnes and John Bush ran the race : Bee finished in 58:12:10  and John in 59:46:40. Paul Connell ran 33:31:9.

Also at Layer, there was the Fun Run, aimed particularly at juniors. Laci and Brody Wakeling took on the Layer fun, with Mum Emma running with them. They finished in 11.20,with Brody was trying to overtake everyone! They all loved the race and the beautiful surroundings. A fab and fantastic day.

Junior Park Run.

At Colchester Angel Jasper took part in her 70th Parkrun , finishing in 10th place with a time of 09:25

Norwich Half – Leoni Harvey travelled to Norwich for this half marathon. Leoni easily beat her goal of 02:05:00 with a super 02:03:27, earning Leoni a bronze Standard. Leoni was delighted to be back to the level she was at before dreaded injury struck.

Leoni’s Medal from the Norwich Half

That’s it for last week’s report, great running everyone of you. Happy running, training, or whatever else you are doing.