A Towering week of running

Kicking off with Friday evening, and it was “Friday 5”, at Framlingham.

(narrative mainly courtesy of Colin Farmer…)

This is the second race in the series and Great Bentley just had enough runners to try and achieve as many points as possible. The weather conditions were better than expected, no heavy down pours and only rain towards the end of the race. The wind was still strong, but it is a fairly flat course and our runners still improved on times from the first race. No Charlie Keitch for this race unfortunately, but we had Paul Connell to bring the team home for the men in (33:05) and Emily Zethraeus for the women in (34:04). Magdalena was our second female home with a time of (36:53), which was a PB of 31 seconds, despite Mags not feeling well all week. Hien Hoang, came next, followed by Sue Wright (in a gold standard time of 48:57) and Teresa Farmer (49:14). Sue finished ahead of Teresa this time, but Teresa ran well enough to a new pb. Over to the men, Duncan Scott showed consistency by coming home again as second Bentley runner with (34:23) a new pb by 13 seconds from the previous week. Colin Farmer came third in (35:36), Rob Dyer fourth with another new pb of (36:31) and fifth Frank Gardner (43:11) gained some points for our team. The atmosphere with the team was very relaxed and we even cheered on Robs’ girl friend who runs for another team and nearly beat Frank over the line. Bury is a very scenic course to run in a few weeks’ time, but we have the hilly Sudbury next Friday (14th).

Most of the Blues at Framlingham

Saturday Park Run update;

Colchester Castle Park Run was not run this weekend.

Clacton Sea Front;

A brutal wind here saw Ray Baggs in (20:46) for 5th position, Kevin James in (23:53) Emma Wakeling, (27:08), first in age category despite chatting with Brian Telford (27:11) all the way round, and Sandra James in (40:03).


Russell Clarke, in (21:24), for 16th position, with Dave Jones (27:27), Leoni Harvey (28:21) and Emily Zethraeus pushing the buggy to (29:57).

Highwoods Park Run;

On a wet, windy, and pretty cold Highwoods course, were Rich Moor (24:14), Rob Ferguson (25:33), Stephen Walsh (25:49), Anna Mills (26:56).

Felixstowe Parkrun;

Rob Dyer continued his busy weekend of running with (23:31).

Lingwood Park Run;

James McCullagh (24:19)

Kingsway parkrun;

Taking advantage of some parkrun tourism at Kingsway parkrun in Gloucestershire, whilst supporting Paul’s tower quest, were Vicky Presland (23.26), Phil Presland (24.46) and Debs Hollidge (28.37).

Blickling Park Run;

Shawn Leek (27:54).

Junior Park Run.

Representing Bentley at Colchester were Angel Jasper, who finished with a time of 09:15, and Cienna with 11:03.

At Clacton, Rhianna Reeve finished in 15:45.

Race to the Tower 2019.

Taking on this epic challenge and running to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity, was our brilliant men’s Vice-Captain Paul Hollidge.

Paul trained very hard for this event, which is a race which kicked off and is part of the 2019 Threshold Trail Series; a DOUBLE marathon in the rolling green hills of the Cotswolds, a beautiful part of the magnificent British countryside.

Rain the night before and at the start meant it was very slippery under foot on some of the steep climbs and descents, but fortunately the rain held off during the race.

Ably supported in various sections of the race by Vicky and Phil Presland and proud wife Debs, Paul tackled the event (which included 7515-foot elevation, and an evil hill up to the finish with an 800’ climb), to finish 128th out of 676 runners, in a time of 12:03:22.

A huge congratulations to Paul who accomplished this remarkable feat, and so far, has raised a fantastic £1,100 for this charity which means a lot to Paul personally.

Paul having reached the summit

Support during the race from Debs

Essex Summer XC Series.

Taking on the second race of the Essex Summer XC series, at a new venue for this year, at Belhus Park, was Meera Rajoo-Oakley. Meera said that it was a great 10k course, with two laps of 5k, going through woods, meadows, and past a lake.

Having been pre-warned the course was a bit long, and given the tricky terrain, Meera paced well, managing to get both laps within 2 seconds of each other, and finished 12th female in 48:56, which was progress on her journey back to her best. Ladies Captain Meera recommends this race, and the series, to other GBRC members.

Boxted 10k and 5k and 2k.

This is a popular event on the calendar, with an atmosphere likened to a school fete, usually well organised, marshalled, and with great support from the local community around Boxted.

The 10k is a tough hilly course, and Sunday morning was particularly tough, as the sun was out, and the temperature was rising. Surviving the hot conditions were, Dave Wright, who finished in a superb 8th place in 39:52, Lizzie Rose, who ran (01:23:00), Rob Dyer ran (58:11.16), Kevin Stephens (54:26), Kirsty Preece (59:25), Darren Horner (59:26),

In the 2km ; David’s son Elliot ran his first race in this event (with Dave running with him ) and finished in 17:40, well done Elliot.

David and “lad” at Boxted

Hare and Tortoise Cartoon Capers, Clacton

Taking part in this timed, themed event on a lovely seaside course on Sunday were four of our Blues, who tackled the half marathon distance. Emma Levett-Welham ran 18 miles! (meantime completing number 8 in her 12 in 12 half marathon challenge). Clare Poole and Christina Foreman also managed a half marathon, and finished with not only a lovely medal, but some well-earned treats.

Christina and Clare at the Caper

Emma Levett-Welham flying down the prom

Run the Res – Layer de la Haye.

This inaugural race was a 10-mile chip timed multi-terrain around Abberton Reservoir, starting and finishing from the Abberton Reservoir visitor centre. It was a marvellous route, mostly off road, skirting the villages of Little Wigborough, Peldon, Abberton and Layer. The route was undulating, with superb views and scenery, and involved bridleways, stiles, gates to negotiate and some sheep to say hello to. The course was well signposted, some with motivational content, plenty of Marshalls and three water stations (including jelly beans) handed out.

Representing the blues were Rodger Alexander, who finished first in his age category with chip time of (01:21:43), Gary Hill (01:40:12), Alison Clarke (02:03:25), Sue Wright (02:05:51) and Paul Connell (01:16:45), who ran with a non-club friend, Vicky Bird, who came in as first female.

Well done to our own Craig Mitchell for creating and setting up another super event supporting the local community, as well as being race director. Definitely a race that would be good to see on the annual calendar.

Rodger Alexander, checking out a trail run!

Gary Hill, enjoying the Res and views

Some of the Blues at the finish, with guest Vicky Bird

Southend Half Marathon.

The Davison’s travelled to the south Essex coast to take on this half marathon. On a hot day, Sarah Davison finished in 01:53:16. Paul Davison, had thoughts of sub 1:30, but the heat meant, mid-way through the race, expectations had to be lowered; however, at mile 11, realising a silver standard of 01:34 was possibly still on, Paul gave it gave it everything, including a grand sprint finish in heat, to clock 1:33:43. This effort and exertion almost wiped Paul out, but he was delighted with the time ; until later when they got home, Paul checked and saw he already had the silver! At least you were honest and revealed the tale to us Paul!

Cateran Yomp, Scotland

One of the newer members to our club, Laura Cook was in Scotland taking part in the Cateran Yomp trail, which is a 24hr hike where they complete up to 54 miles. Laura’s group, dressed as their group name “The Crayons” got silver, having completed 36 miles. Well done Laura and fellow Crayons!

Once more, well done to all runners, walkers, cyclists and volunteers, or supporters who were able to get out and enjoy last week’s events. We are fortunate to have such a range of events to take part in these days, as well of course as being part of a fantastic club…Rock on yer Blues!