Easter Bunnies, Tits, Eggs and Phoenixes

Wow, Easter is a busy time of year for Bentley runners! Let’s start with a parkrun round up.

Firstly, over to Harwich where there was a 50th parkrun and two 5km PBs to be celebrated. Emma Wakeling took on her 50th parkrun and earned herself a silver standard at the same time. She ran across the line in 24:32. Tomasz Komorowski and Sarah Davison both bagged PBs with times of 22:07 and 22:08 respectively. Paul Davison ran in 19:54; James Royce 20:16; Emily Zethraeus 22:33; Kathy Bishop 23:07; Dave Jones 24:15; Magdalena Komorowska 24:33; Neil Robins 27:43; Anna Young 28:46; Zoe Reynolds 29:45; Emma Levett-Welham 29:46 and Teresa Jones 30:58.

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At Colchester Castle parkrun Richard Moor ran in 22:30; Scott Young 27:35; Claudia Keitch 28:22; Frank Gardiner 29:31; Lyn Hemeury 30:26 and Teresa Farmer 31:33.

Up at Highwoods David Wright ran in at 19:25; John Booty 20:46; Stephen Walsh 27:11 and Deborah Hollidge (and a less than co-operative Tilly) 30:28. Special mention to the Colsells : Holly’s first parkrun ran in 34:14 and Tom in 21:29.

At Maldon Prom parkrun Rob Dyer ran 5km in 22:02; Russell Clarke 24:24 and James McCullagh in 24:33.

Enjoying the sunshine at Clacton Seafront parkrun were Kevin Pyle who ran in 21:53; Tom Fowler 22:26; Patrick Reynolds 22:45; Kevin James 23:43; Brian Telford 24:10 and Fiona Gosling 31:25.

Easter Weekend means lots of parkrun tourism. Charlie Keitch was running a 19:27 min 5km in Newark Upon Trent, after an early morning start. Ruth Metcalfe was in Hampstead Heath and ran in 55:32. Robert Ferguson was in Devon, running a trail like parkrun at Killerton, where he was 27th out of 501 runners finishing in 20:01 at the popular National Trust property. At Fell Foot parkrun in the Lake District, Anna Lyon ran in 25:18 and at Poolsbrook parkrun, Larry Wise ran home in 27:32.

Easter Sunday did not stop our junior runners at Junior parkrun. Angel Jasper went over to Great Notley and came in at 09:24. Brody Wakeling was looking to outdo his sister for bragging rights and he did this in style at Colchester  junior parkrun with a PB by 1:11 running home in 11:38. Laci Wakeling, gracious in defeat, helped a younger friend round in 13:22. Finally over in Clacton there was excitement in the Welham household as Albie proudly took his parkrun barcode to Clacton junior parkrun as he is now four. He finished in 25:20. Sister Poppy ran in 15:30 which was a PB by nearly one minute. Well done everyone!

Good Friday is when Sudbury Joggers hold their Five Mile fun run. This year we had four Bentley Blues running in this undulating race. Magdalena Komorowska ran it in 39:07; Belinda Palmer-Barnes 52:30; Sue Sorrell 53:57 and John Bush in 57:07.

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Mid Essex Casuals host a long weekend of trail runs of varying routes. A bumper turnout on day one, Good Friday, caused queues in the sunshine. Opting for the half marathon distance were Tom Komorowski; Paul and Deborah Hollidge and Vicky Presland. They completed the trail in 2:21:45 and were pleased to have a well earned ice cold drink ready for them at the pub when they finished!

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Vicky Presland, and her sister Julia, went back for more eggstravaganza fun on Easter Sunday and ran the 7.5 mile trail in Felsted finishing within the top third of the field in 1:12:31. Vicky finished 100th in the race series over the Easter weekend, well done Vicky!

Not wanting to miss out Eileen Shadford, Tonie Wilson and Tricia Stacey took part in the last race in Great Waltham on Easter Monday running the 6 mile trail in 1:06:09, 1:05:52 and 1:05:47 respectively.

Down in Devon, Rob Ferguson ran the ‘pancake flat’ FAST Friday 10km in Exeter coming in 37th out over 250 runner in 41: 22.

Paul Blackwell has been busy this week running successive marathons. He started last Saturday and is aiming to complete 10 in 10 Phoenix Gauntlet marathons earning different medals each day.

I started this report on Saturday, so I am pleased I can update that Paul Blackwell completed his feat to be a Ten in Ten runner (TIT – Ten marathons in Ten Days, well done Paul!)

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Meanwhile, over in Spain, Lee Clarkson ran his second fastest timed 10km in 43:04 and Chusa Batis came third in her age category with a time of 49:07 at El Campello 10k, just north of Alicante . Both of these times were achieved after a late flight and little sleep.

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The Easter report would not be complete without a mention of the Easter Bunny Doubles, a relay run around the countryside of Great Bromley. Photos show that there was a very competitive element to the race and Scott Young managed to defend his 2018 title alongside Kevin Pyle. Magdalena Komorowska and Graham Semple were runners up with Rachel Chadwick and Tom Moore coming third. It was a close competition with 10 minutes between all 17 teams. All results can be seen below.

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A late entry on the results page last week saw Anna Young practising for the Easter Bunny run by taking part in the Easter Bunny Fun Run in Thetford on Sunday 14th, finishing second lady and 12th overall. Anna ran with her daughter Emma.

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As Bugs Bunny would say – That’s all folks!