A near and very far broad ranging week

Starting with;

Saturday Park Run update;

Colchester Castle Park Run;

A hiccup with the scoring meant all runners were given the same time , when the first results came out ; The below are the ones listed now, so they may still be incorrect ; Rob Ferguson in (20:24), for a top 20 finish, Malcolm Jarvis in (22:14) Russell Clarke in (22:26) Meera Rajoo-Oakley in (24:02) , Scott Young in (26:53) Marion Simmons in (27:11) Claudia Keitch in (28:28) Stephanie Mills in (28:37) Teresa Farmer in (30:15), which was a course PB for Teresa.

Clacton Sea Front;

Patrick Reynolds in (21:16) Kevin James in (25:28) Dave Jones in (28:07) Fiona Gosling in (29:08) Emma Welham in (30:41) Alison Clarke in (31:22), Teresa Jones had a steady run with her friend in (34:48) Sandra James in (44:35).

Teresa Jones, taking it steady at Clacton


Emily Zethraeus in (21:57), 3rd place female.

Highwoods Park Run;

Davina Swindell in (27:34), Anthea Colsell took dog Jed to do his first run here with a time of (39:07). Debs Hollidge with Miss Tillie as “Dog-Tail “walker in (55:39). Tillie was very pleased to walk as it was very hot running those hills on Saturday!

Mersea Island;

Ella Simpson in (43:07) Janine Simpson in (43:08). Kim Booty and hound ran (28:24) in the heat, with a sausage at the end making it worth the effort.

Maldon Prom Park Run;

Paul Connell in (19:48)

Kingsbury Water parkrun;

Darren Willey in (25:31)

Junior Park Run.

At Colchester, Angel Jasper finished with a time of 09:14. Over at the seafront at Clacton, Cienna Telford ran a time 0f 10:56 for 11th place overall, and 4th female. Brody Wakeling took on this course for the first time, and ran 12:38, with sister Lacy in 13:45.

Edinburgh Marathon.

Ade Cherry chose this event to take on his first ever marathon. The Scottish weather was having a typically diverse day, with torrential rain, hail, a brutal headwind, as well as some summer sun in the mix. The headwind cost Ade a bit of time as you would expect, nevertheless Ade broke the Sub 4-hour mark, finishing in a superb time of 3.53.51. Ade had trained very hard for this race, and his efforts paid off by both having a great race, and still being able to walk at the end! Ade deserves the satisfying smile of achievement that will be with him for weeks.

Ade with super Medal, and richly earned post race refreshment

Hatfield Broad Oak 10k.

For the 34th staging of this race, there was a good turn-out of blue vests for this race, which is by all accounts popular with other runners too – by various comments perhaps too popular now, and the facilities have not grown with the popularity. However, it is a family event, where the whole village seems to turn out, and is run on closed roads, with nice medals and T-Shirts, and great marshalling, so probably is one to put on your to do list if you don’t mind toilet queues and chasing down your medal at the finish. (also, apparently it’s a “Frank favourite”). First blue shirt home on the day was Paul Davison, in 41:45. It’s great seeing Paul running so well, and in so many events and varying distances, after the difficulties he had with injuries the previous couple of years. Tomasz Komorowski and Kathy Bishop, not content with running a mere 10k race, decided to include a round trip bike ride of c90 miles to the event. Tom finished in 48:34, Kathy in 48:57. Paul and Debs Hollidge ran together in 54:52 and 54:53 chip times respectively, which was quicker than Debs did the last time she ran the race in 2015. Kevin Pyle finished in 48:53. John Bush ran in 01:11:04, Belinda Palmer-Barnes finished in 01:03:32, Rob Dyer improved on his 10k PB from just the previous week, with an excellent 46:36. Sue Wright felt she lacked energy on the day, being more used to running longer distances, but fortunately buddy Barbara Law was there to get Sue around. Sue and Barbara’s finished both in 01:10:03. New Marathon man Gary Hill really liked the race, despite the fact it was very busy, finishing in 55:27. Meera Rajoo-Oakley did enjoy the race, and will be back next year to do the last 2 miles more justice…. Meera finished with a time of 47:42 and was pleased to be in the top 50 women out of over 500, and was first blue female home. Meera’s one disappointment was that the clouds came out just as she finished, so couldn’t enjoy her ice-cream in the sun. Frank Gardiner finished one of his favourites in 54:36.

A sample of the blue at HBO

Mayflower Half Marathon

Mark Crittendon, (02:48) Neil Robins (02:36), Teresa Jones (02:39) and Dave Jones (02:23) , Emma Levett-Welham (02:48), Nikki Laverack (02:32) and Luke Groves (02:19) took on this event, a beautiful and scenic trail route around Brantham, East Bergholt & Flatford. This by all accounts was a lovely local event, with 119 runners taking part in total. There were plenty of water stations (or beer stops depending on your preference) and only sheep to encounter, our crew highly recommended this run to others in GBRC. For Emma Levett-Welham, it was tough after 9 miles, after struggling with dehydration and hay fever, so very well done to Emma for completing number 7 in her 12 in 12 half marathon challenge. Mark Crittendon also did very well to complete the long distance in the heat, having suffered from a different (self-inflicted pints the night before) type of dehydration.

Our crew at the Mayflower start,

London Vitality 10k.

10,000 people took on this major event in London. Following pretty closely in the footsteps of Mo Farah and Steph Twell was Craig Mitchell. Craig is in cracking form at the moment, getting stronger, fitter and faster, and ran a superb PB time of 38:16.

Great Wall Marathon.

The Great Wall Marathon is an annual marathon race, traditionally held on the third Saturday of May along and on a section of the Great Wall of China East of Beijing. The first race was run in 1999, and now has several hundred participants. The course is much tougher than traditional marathons with participants challenged by 5,164 stone steps and many steep ascents and descents.
Bentley’s own Fiona Gosling travelled all that way, having been inspired by many at the club to take on this amazing and epic challenge. Fiona finished with a net time of 6:52:34, official time of 6:53:20. Congratulations Fiona from all at the club for taking on and completing this tough marathon. What an adventure!

Fiona all all the tea needed in China, with marvellous medal

Angles Way Ultra 50k.

Anna Young, despite struggling with breathing problems, didn’t give up, and persevered through this epic event. Whilst disappointed not to have been faster, Anna was very happy to complete the challenge.

Ultra Anna

Well done everyone who raced, or just went out for a run, or joined in a club session this week.Keep safe, train sensibly if you can, and try and remain injury free.