As I sit down to write this the weather is foul and I am glad to be resting from the efforts of the weekend!
Let’s start with Mickey Edwards. There was a good turnout from everyone, even though the rain was adamant it joined in. Rob Dyer got a PB with 21:59. All results can be found for heat 3 on website.
Moving on to Thursday, it was race three in the Maldon 5km series organised by Tiptree Road Runners. Caroline Searle ran it in 26:24, two seconds slower than race two, but slowly improving overall min mile pace which is her aim for this series.
Friday 31st May saw the first Friday Five of the 2019 season at Kirton held by Felixstowe Runners. There was a good turnout from the Bentley Blues. Charlie was first home in 31:29. Emily Zethraeus was first Bentley lady home in 34:22. Duncan Scott ran his first 5 miler in 34:36. Michael Simmons ran 34:43; Colin Farmer 36:28; Rob Dyer (PB) 37:12; Magdalena Komorowska 37:26; Hien Hoang 39:40; Brian Telford 40:17; Frank Gardiner 43:24; Marion Simmons 45:16; Teresa Farmer 49:30; and Sue Wright in 50:54.
Saturday saw the weekly outing to a parkrun near you. And you were not alone, there were 168,829 runners taking part in British parkruns this weekend.
Colchester Castle: Charlie Keitch 21:51; Robert Ferguson 23:05; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 24:00; Nick Goodman 24:19; Scott Young 25:44; Deborah Hollidge 27:14; Claudia Keitch 28:22; Dave Jones 29:17; Natalie Warriner 29:39; Craig Warriner 29:40; Kathy Bishop 30:00; Leoni Harvey 30:46 and Emma Welham in 31:15
Clacton Seafront: Craig Mitchell ran out a first place in 18:37. Patrick Reynolds 20:58; Amy Young 24:57; Andy Stephens 25:44; Richard Osborne 31:36; Kevin James 33:41; Claire Reynolds 37:42; Sandra James 40:06 and Dave Nugent in 46:40.
Highwoods: Russell Clarke 25:04; Magdalena Komorowska 26:12 and Phil Presland in 26:20. Maldon Prom: Paul Connell 19:31. Great Notley: Malcolm Jarvis 25:41. Kesgrave: Rob Dyer 28:45. Finally, a little bit of parkrun tourism from Kevin Pyle in Hastings in a time of 21:20.
Saturday also saw the start of a 24 hour race held at Culford School in Suffolk. ROC24 could be entered as a solo runner or as part of a team. We had four solo runners taking part. Gemma Colling ran 72 miles and came 3rd female. Anna Young also ran, finishing 17 laps as she felt able to adjust her race plan over the 24 hours and came 4th female. Meryl and Keith Scrivener did 8 laps to each complete 32 miles. Well done to you all!
Paul Blackwell ran his 180th marathon over the weekend at a Phoenix running event, doing a half marathon also. Janine Simpson ran two marathons over the weekend earning herself a lovely pair of 3d phoenix medals.
Sunday saw the second day of record temperatures for 2019. Just in time for the Stour Valley marathon, actually measuring in at about 27 miles making it an undulating ultra. Despite the warm conditions there was a good Bentley Blue turnout. We had a top ten finisher in Tim Ballard 3:53:48 and Vicky Presland was third female home in 4:33:54. Chris Warren ran in 4:10:38; Paul Davison 4:55:42; Paul Carlisle 4:59:51; Tomasz Komorowski 5:02:56; Andy Stephens 5:10:06; Anthea Colsell 6:15:23; Anna Lyon 6:15:28; Helen Carey 6:15:32 and Caroline Searle in 6:37:14.
The hot weather on Sunday did not stop Poppy Welham getting a PB at Clacton Seafront junior parkrun in a time of 15:22. Well done Poppy! Rhianna Reeve ran in 14:19 and over in Colchester Angel Jasper ran 9:12 over the 2km course.
A quick reiteration of words said by both captains in their newsletters, when it is hot, drink before you are thirsty and remember to hydrate well in the lead up to a run, be it training or racing.