All trails lead here…

All trails lead here…

It seemed as if nearly every day in the last week had an event of some sort on… with so many different events and courses to choose from, it truly is a blessed time to be a Bentley runner.

Heat 1, Micky Edwards 5k.

Let’s start by winding back to Wednesday, and the first of two club race events that we were fortunate to have this week, and that was Heat 1 of the Micky Edwards 5k 2019 handicap series;

There were some impressive performances on the night, and the competition is now in full flow; current positions in the series and results from the heat can be found on this link ;

I will just mention a couple of PBs and standards from the race;

Nikki Laverack, 26:49 and a bronze standard,

Maria Thorn, bronze standards with 32:36

Tim Ballard, 17:24, club champs spot, and just 6 seconds short of gold standard;

If I have missed anyone else; sorry!

Nikki Laverack smiling her way to Bronze at ME

Saturday Park Run update;

Colchester Castle Park Run;

It was brilliant seeing Jack Wicks (30:21) and Louise Upston with (39:03) back to taking on the tough hilly Castle Park course. Leading the blues was Rob Ferguson in (21:18) , with James Mccullagh in (25:16) and Paul Connell in (31:53). Special thanks to Eric Shaw once more for his marshalling and his sterling support for us runners.

Clacton Sea Front;

Ray Baggs in (20:46) , Patrick Reynolds with an impressive (21:26) ,Brian Telford in (24:35), Kevin James in (29:20), Alison Clarke in (30:44) Laura Warren in (30:54) Heather England in (33:20) Claire Reynolds in (34:12) Sandra James in (39:57) and Rebecca England in (45:06).


Malcolm Jarvis in 13th place with (21:19), Teresa Farmer in (28:54)

Highwoods Park Run;

Three blue first timers at the Hilly XC type course this week; David Burrows in (22:26) , Mark Stevenson in (22:38) Shawn Leek in (29:55). Tomasz Komorowski in (22:53) Scott Young with a course PB in (24:17) , and Magdalena Komorowska skipping up the hill in (25:02) .

Westmill Park Run;

More parkrun tourism for Mrs H. Debs Hollidge took part in this great little course in Hertfordshire, comprising 2 laps, mainly off road and undulating. Debs finished 30th out of 76 runners in a time of 27:38.

Hampstead Heath Park Run;

On a course that shares its home with the Parliament Hill Cross Country, Charlie Keitch set himself up nicely to tackle this tough course, by tackling the beers and a curry the night before, and finishing in a more than respectable 11th place, in (20:00).

Beeston Park Run

A nice family outing to Nottingham for the Warriners, with Craig Warriner running in 28:22.

Kesgrave Park Run.

Rob Blackman in (21:24)

Felixstowe Park Run.

Rob Dyer in (26:21)

Junior Park Run.

Over at the seafront at Clacton, Cienna Telford ran a new PB time of 10:34, for 2nd place female, and 7th overall position.

Meanwhile, Angel Jasper took on some junior Parkrun tourism and travelled to Great Notley. This was only Angel’s 3rd time she has run here. Yet to the astonishment of proud Dad Mark, Angel ran a brilliant 09.03 seconds, not only a course PB, but an all time Junior Parkrun PB. Out of 92 children, Angel was 8th overall, 3rd girl overall and 1st girl overall in her age group… Well done Angel, you are on fire at the moment!

Paras 10 Mile; Colchester.

In its 6th year the event is a testing 10-mile route on the local training area, located at Colchester Garrison in Essex.There were2 main races, the Para 10 Tab, and the Paras 10 running race.

TAB stands for Tactical Advance to Battle. The Parachute Regiment challenges you to attempt the 10 Mile ‘P’ Company Cross Country Route, carrying a bergen (rucksack) weighing 35lb (excluding food water) and wearing long trousers with ‘military style’ or hiking boots with ankle support.

Lee Clarkson took part in the TAB race. Lee had been training “hard”, eating well, apparently had given up beer over the last few months , with the aim to complete the course within the time the paratroopers need to do it (1h: 50). All that hard work and suffering without beer paid off, as Lee did brilliantly to finish in 65th position overall with a time of 01:45:25.

The Booty family headed to this event. GBRC’s John Booty made para selection with a

PB of 14minutes on last year, in 1:37:07 and 38th position. 2 other Booty brothers also took part under the team “Kiss My Booty”, but were robbed from winning the event, having actually beat the winning team by 10 minutes but may have been the fact we didn’t field 4 members knocked them out.

Taking part in the 10-mile race (which covers the same course) were Kim Booty (plus sidekicks the hounds) who ran 1:43:32, Kim describes the event as fantastic and her favourite.

Chusa Batis found it was harder than she remembered from 3 years ago, ran to 66th position overall, in 1:30:31, and was most pleased to have minimum sunburn.

Luke Groves and Meatball grabbed their slice of fame by leading the race (for the first 100m). They also made the ITV news, with a video showing them both running across the wooden bridge. Luke and Meatball finished in 1:34:24.

Lee with Tab

Kim Booty and them hounds

Meatball (and Luke) leading the Paras10 race

Nuclear Rush 2019 weekend.

This 2-day event took place in Brentwood, with various courses, distances obstacles and mud to do battle with.

On Saturday, Emma Young ran the 7K course on Saturday and in 2:14:12, in position 349th out of 2154 runners, 83rd female out of 909 and came 10th in age category (18-24) out of 97 others. Then on the Sunday, Emma finished the course in 1:54:34, in 72nd position out of 941 runners, 11th female out of 454 1st in my age category out of 55 others! Great efforts from Emma, who put her nuclear races season pass 18th birthday present to very good use!

Kevin Pyle took part in the 12k on the Saturday, and the 7k race on the Sunday. For Kevin, this was very special, as he ran with his not so baby boy, who tried every obstacle Nuclear threw at him and smashed most of them!

Emma Young enjoying the the slide!

Kevin Pyle and son Nuking it at Brentwood

Noah’s Ark 12 miles cross country Challenge

This 12-mile, self-navigating trail run took Mark Crittendon, Neil Robins, Teresa Jones and Dave Jones on a beautiful and scenic route around Brantham, East Bergholt & Flatford. With only beer stops and sheep to encounter, our crew highly recommended this run to others in GBRC.

The GBRC crew completed in a moving (i.e. pub stops excluded) time of 2.21.20.

One of a few necessary stops on Noahs run

Alton Water 10k.

Taking on this picturesque, mainly trail run and surprisingly hilly route were Rob Dyer and Rich Moor. Rob said by his GPS the route was a little less than 10k, ran 47:26, which was a comfortably PB by nearly 2 minutes. Rich Moor ran 47.40

Colchester Zoo 10k Stampede.

This was the second year of this race, which runs through the Zoo for 1k before heading out onto the closed roads before finishing back inside the Zoo.

Anthea Colsell, taking part in her furthest run since the London Marathon, got a stitch at 5 miles, nursed a niggling IT band, was very happy with 54min. Magdalena Komorowska was also very pleaded to finish in 48:06, for 3rd in my age category. Chusa Batis followed up her exploits from the Paras 10k the previous day (having accidentally entered two events on two consecutive days) decided to ignore the watch and just see how her legs wanted to go. This strategy worked, as Chusa ran an impressive 49:28.

The lovely beast that is Don Welsh, once more made his mark on the race in his favoured 666 number (this time 1666) , with a fiery time of 01:03:40.

Other blue vests were Bev Shortley (52:47) 6th in age category, Darren Willey 53:59 and Sue Sorell with 01:04:45.

Anthea stampeding through the Zoo

Don, Mr 666

Dobs Weir – Hertfordshire.

Paul and Debs Hollidge continued their Herfordshire weekend. Paul ran day two of the Dobbs Weir trail marathon, completing the marathon distance in 5:07:59, with a Marshall at the start doing his best to increase the distance and time by sending Paul in the wrong direction near the start. Debs ran the 10-mile race and completed the undulating trail in 1:39:27. Both H’s enjoyed some great scenery and perfect running conditions.

Great Baddow 10.

Ade Cherry is a big fan of this event and used for it for pacing practice for future races. Ade ran, 1.24.48, and was very pleased to be 12 seconds under target.

Manningtree 10k.

The currently irresistible force that is Tim Ballard had a dilemma over which of the the sheer number of local races at the weekend to run in. Tim decided to opt for the most local to him, which was the inaugural Manningtree 10k road race. The choice was a great one for Tim, as he finished the scenic and hilly two lap route in 1st place, and with a new 10k PB of 37:35.

Tim Ballard and winning bling

GBRC Trail run Round 2 – Brantham.

What a blessed club we are, with a second club run series held in the same week. The second round of the series took place with a super 5 mile (Rodger’s 5 miles being almost 6) navigation run from Brantham Village hall, heading north before looping back round towards the railway line. One of the things I love about these trail runs is that are you never really know where you are until the end is in sight (well that’s my experience anyway!). The instructions, course, location and food laid on for us all were brilliant as usual. Thanks all of the organisers.

Speedy Sarah leading the way at trail run

After another tremendous week of running, well done to all took part or assisted. To all club members, both new and old, keep safe and continue to cheer and support one another.