Marathon.. or Maraton?,

Marathon…or Maraton this week?

Well, once more it was a brilliant week of running, for many of the blues, with memorable events, trips, achievements and camaraderie. So, without further ado, Lets Krac on …

Starting with

Saturday Park Run update;

Saturday was a bit cold and windy, but still there was a fair turnout of blue vests.

Colchester Castle Park Run;

A relatively quiet week for the blues at this usually popular run. Duncan Scott was first blue home in (21:37) Russell Clarke in (23:26) Anna Lyon in (25:39) James McCullagh in (26:54) Stephanie Mills in (27:58) Louise Upston in (39:45).

Clacton Sea Front;

On the windy seafront, Ray Baggs grabbed a first place with (20:52), followed by Patrick Reynolds in (21:44) Kevin James in (23:43), Brian Telford in (24:33), Jem Gibson in (25:23) Fiona Gosling in (29:36) Sandra James in (40:00).


The “Jones” duo ventured once more to Harwich – Comeback girl Teresa Jones in ran (33:10), with Dave Jones closely following in (33:11).

Mersea Island;

Luke Groves warmed up for London, by running in (28:01).

Highwoods Park Run;

Two Bentley first timers at the Hilly, cross country type course. Tim Ballard was 3rd finisher, in (19:25) taking delight in keeping the green vested Harriers behind him (even though it’s not a race). Davina Swindell, running with Dog Charlie, was also 3rd (lady), finishing in (25:51). Davina and Charlie loved the course, being perfect for Canicross, and Charlie couldn’t help but treat it as a race. Craig Mitchell, acting as a pacer, ran 22.48.

Davina and Charlie blazing through highwoods

Guildford Park Run;

The Hollidge’s travelled down south to Surrey at the weekend, and on the Saturday took part in the Stoke Park Park run in Guildford. This course is 2 laps of a large field / park. Trying to avoid storm Hannah, Debs and Paul finished together in an easy (27:41), before Debs took part in a swimming competition and Paul headed off to the South Downs way for a long training run.

The H’s in a bit of Parkrun tourism

Park Run Krakow;

The first leg of this running trip to Poland, on a course that makes Colchester’s park runs look flat, saw warm up runs for the bigger event the following day; Paul Davison ran in (25:06), Tomasz Komorowski in (29:12), Magdalena Komorowska in (35:39) Sarah Davison in (35:40) and Frank Gardiner in (35:44)

Blues (and pinks?) in Poland

Clare Castle Park Run;

There was a family trip to this nice little course in Suffolk. Charlie Keitch was pleased with a first finisher token with a time of (19:30), even though this was a bit slower than he would like, it was a good time as he is struggling a bit with an injury. Claudia Keitch ran in (27:49). Scott Young took part in his 192nd Park run, finished in (25:59) after running with Claudia for the first two laps, but didn’t want to be lapped by Charlie!

Junior Park Run.

At Colchester, there were 97 children taking part. For the blues, Brody Wakeling ran his second best time with 12:00 on the dot, with big Sister Lacy Wakeling 14:00 equally on the dot.

Taking part in her 72nd Junior Parkrun was Angel Jasper. Angel ran at a fantastically fast pace, to not only stun proudly watching Dad Mark, but be the first-place Female finisher (and 6th place overall), with a new PB time of 09m 10s, a huge improvement of 8 seconds on previous best 2k time.

Over at the seafront at Clacton, Poppy Welham ran to a new PB time of 15:30, with Albie Welham running the course for the first time in 25:20.

Well done Juniors, keep up the momentum.

Now, for the main event(s), on this famous day on the sporting calendar

London Marathon

The 39th staging of this event saw a record 42,906 starting the race, with 42,549 completing the 26.2 miles, reaching the Mall, and crossing the finishing line opposite Buckingham Palace. This year also saw the £1 billion pound mark passed in terms of money raised for charity since the event started in 1981.

Starting with the coach trip there (ably organised once more by Eric Shaw) it really was a perfect day for the Bentley blues who took part, or spectated, with the weather being far kinder than last year, crowds, organisation, music to help you along, and coach on the way home.

In terms of how our runners got on, they are listed in alphabetical order, because it’s easiest for me!

Chusa Batis was running in her 10th marathon, and first post injury. Hoping to go sub 4 hours, Chusa finished in 03:50:21, which was a full 20 minutes quicker than her previous Marathon (which was London also). Running so quickly that she got her first ever running blister has its perks, as this time gained Chusa her first club gold standard.

Paul Blackwell had it easy this week, with just the one marathon to run (incidentally his 178th) with a time of 04:51:38 and plenty of time to look out for the celebrities taking part! This got Paul onto the club championships.

Helen Carey finished in an impressive 03:55:19.

Anthea Colsell was very happy to run a super quick 04:05:52, this was despite having to persevere with a hip injury sustained in the race (lucky having the paracetamol) and gained a silver standard.

Anthea Colsell with medal and goodies

Super-mum Alison Day, running her first marathon since giving birth to her son 16 months ago, ran 03:48:55, to gain a bronze standard.

A man who loves a beer, but has forfeited this pleasure for several weeks, Luke Groves, who had been waiting 10 long years to run in this Marathon, finished the job in a magical 15 minute PB time of 04:15:59. This was topped by Luke receiving a special “London Classics” medal, awarded to participants who complete the triple events of the Ride London-Surrey 100, the 2 mile Swim London, and of course the 26.2 mile London Marathon. Marvellous Luke.

Luke, medals and a quenching of thirst

Craig Mitchell had a great day out, running to a time of 03:55:44.

Ladies captain, Meera Rajoo-Oakley, completed her triple London Marathon set, with a fantastic PB time of 03:35:22, which moved Meera (I think) up to 8th on the all – time top 10 club performances for the distance. Perfectly justified in being smug Meera!

Prosecco, Medal, Meera

The amazing Eileen Shadford ran 3:24:27, a PB of 4 minutes from London 2016. A truly outstanding performance. Eileen was not sure how this happened, but the rest of the club know that Eileen is a marvellous runner, as well as being on a hot streak of form. This was a Club Championships spot, and a move up the top 10 Club performances of all time to 4th position.

Nina Simmons had a great race, to finish with 04:48:51

Nina Simmons enjoying London

Kevin Stevens ran 03:37:20

Anna Young had a fantastic day participating, weaving and high fiving, and capped it off with an unexpected PB of 04:03:17. This earned Anna, who seems to be running nearly all the time, a very thoroughly deserved gold standard.


The Blue Party that travelled to Poland had an equally brilliant day, taking part in the Krakow Marathon. (Cracovia Maraton).

This was the 18th edition of this race, held in this beautiful city, and is one of the most popular running events in Poland. It is also the running event which brings the biggest number of international participants to Poland. By the accounts of our runners, this was an extremely well organised event. Whilst the it rained throughout, this did not dampen the spirits of our intrepid blues taking part in this marathon.

Sarah Davison (who enjoys keeping Eric Shaw busy lately writing standards), ran a six-minute PB time of 03:57:16, with yet another gold standard. Husband Paul Davison was six seconds slower, despite crossing the line together with Sarah! Keeping up the theme, Magdalena Komorowska ran with husband Tomasz Komorowski, who was running his first marathon. Both crossing the finish line in a super time of 03:49:35. Ably supported by Tomasz, this time earned Magdalena a gold standard, and importantly a good for age qualification time for the London Marathon. The ever consistent and solid Frank Gardiner had a good race too, finishing with 05:25:35, and enjoying the liquid (rain) during the race and almost looked happy enjoying the post-race liquid(s) afterwards as the Polish adventure continued for our heroes in blue. A race to look out for again next year blues?

Sarah and Paul enjoying the rain

In unison in Krakow

Liquid lunch after Marathon

Well done to all who ran last week, or who helped out or supported others in another fantastic week. To all club members, keep safe and injury free if possible; Mickey Edwards season starts this week, for me a fantastic event that injury deprived me of last year, probably by not stretching or cooling down – so remember, take care of yourselves, and listen to our team of brilliant coaches..