It ain’t half hot mum!

The week that delivered with the hottest day of the year (so far) also delivered some great running…

A dry but cool (at least to those of us marshaling) evening provided the setting for the 4th and final round in this year’s Mickey Edwards series. With the points as of yet unreleased, we will have to wait until Wednesday to find out the overall series winner. A big shout out however must go to new member Justine Sheekey who with a 22:23 finish, gained her first club standard (and a silver one at that) on her very first outing as a Blue – congratulations and welcome Justine! Current series leader Bev Shortley knocked a massive 20 seconds of her previous PB with a 23:47 with Nicki Laverack also gaining a new PB at 25:57. First home was Adam Smith at 17 minutes 24 seconds. Lots of really strong performances this week (as always!) – well done to all that ran!

Friday soon comes around (although not soon enough you could argue!) and with it, another Friday 5 – this time around hosted by Stowmarket Striders. As before, Colin has written a superb report so without further ado, I shall hand over the mic for the next section…

Tension is building at the penultimate race of the series as the results came out in the week for the Bury race. Emily is currently first lady and Mags is fifth. In their age categories Emily is first and so is Mags. Colin in his age category is third so we have three Bentley runners in the top three. I hope we have at least one in the top three at the end of the series. There will be a constant clicking on the Friday five website with a few curses willing the position results to be published this week. As a team we have dropped one place to seventh.

GBRC at the Stowmarket Friday 5

The only junior we had running at Stowmarket was Lienna Telford (23rd out of 50) in the 1k race.

On to the race which had a small hill at the start in the park with the sheep, then downhill to just past the four mile point and a hill at the end. The end hill was a killer. It was actually more undulating and with it being a windy evening it was one of three tough races the other two being Sudbury and Bury.

As the race was a gun to chip time all references will be gun to chip in previous races. Emily ZethraeuSTAR (34:12) found the race harder compared to Sudbury and Bury but came home as third female in her age category. MagsNIFICENT (37:33 ; 34 seconds faster than last year) on the other hand improved and ended up second in her age category. Teresa Farmer (50:57) and Sue Wright (48:40) are having a little battle. Two races apiece, with the decider at Bentley. Sue missed one but was very impressive in this race with her quickest time to date by 42 seconds. Colin Farmer (35:40) was slightly disappointed after the race as he wanted to beat Chris, a Bungay Black Dog runner who overtook him half way round. It was Colins’ fastest time of the series so far by 2 seconds. Next for the guys was Tomasz (36:36 PB). Mags did not even know Tomasz was entered, she kept pestering him to enter but he said he would not be able to get there. Love for you! Followed by Rob Dyer (36:48) second fastest time, missing out by 3 seconds. Then Brian Telford (40:01) the quickest time of the three races he has done. Making up the male team was Frank Gardner (43:50) who found it easier than Bury, not so hot. Thanks to Tomasz for entering late Thursday night as the men would have been one short for the team. Ladies were one short, but I think we will stay seventh.

Just like to mention those that have done all races so far Emily, Mags, Teresa and Colin, Rob and Frank. You get a series medal if you have completed four out of the six.

If you would like to do a Friday 5 race but find the travelling distance to the ones in the series too far then have a look at Brantham on the 19th July. It is not part of the series and gets about 200 plus runners. There will be a few Bentley runners there and maybe a bite to eat after.

Thanks Colin! Now onto the weekend…

You might have thought that the hottest day of the year (so far) would see you donning flip-flops rather than running shoes but 23 of you grabbed your barcodes and headed down to your local (or not so local) park.

First Blue home at Colchester Castle was Scott Young in 28:12, followed by Claudia Keitch at 29:23. A stones-throw away at Highwoods saw Meera Rajoo-Oakley bag 25:11, Tom Komorowski 25:33 and Andy Stephens 28:43.

Clacton Seafront enjoyed the biggest Bentley contingent this week headed up by Ray Baggs at 20:45 followed by Kevin James in 24:38 and Bev Shortley in 26:07 (placing 4th female and 1st in her age category). Emma Welham finished in 30:31, Kieron Hayes in 30:46 and Stewart Baggs in 34:38. Slightly up the coast in Harwich, Leoni Harvey finished in 28:12.

Continung the seaside theme, Anna Lyon finished in 30:22 at a paced Mersea Island event. Chusa Batis narrowly missed out on her sub 24 minute target to finish in 24:19. Her efforts being undone, quite literally, by a wayward shoelace – a great recovery though by all accounts!

Kesgrave parkrun welcomed 4 blues this week; Bobby Neill 25:57, Shawn Leek 27:32, Flynn Neill 31:39 and Jamie Neill 31:45.

Enjoying a spot of East End tourism (and presumably some jellied eels too?) down in Mile End, Vicky Presland finshed in 25:03, Phil Presland in 25:05 (suffering a bout of man-flu apparently). Deborah Hollidge came first in her age category with a 27:58 followed by Paul Hollidge in 28:10. This was Paul’s first run since his double-marathon and a fall at work – hope you weren’t too sore afterwards Paul!

Much further afield in Fairview Park, Dublin, Paul Connell continued his birthday celebrations by finishing in 22:07. Rumour has it he may have had a Guinness or two later in the day!

A pint also waited James Royce at the end of the LamarshTrail Half Marathon, although it did take him 2hr42 to earn it! Who knew you could pack nearly 1200ft of elevation into a local half?!

Over in Wales, Hélène Tyler completed the Snowdonia 100k Challenge over 3 days (Friday to Sunday). Not one for the faint hearted apparently! Well done Hélène!

Angel Jasper finished 1st female and equalled her Junior parkrun time of 08:57 at Colchester on Sunday morning. Over at Clacton Rhianna Reeve finished in 13:55. Well done both of you!

On Sunday, and slightly closer to home, Neil Robins ran the Nayland 10k with Leoni Harvey in 1:10:32 ,followed by Teresa Jones in 1:20:46. David Wright finished in 42:12 to claim 3rd place – congratulations David!

Emma Wakeling ran the Horndon 10km on Sunday morning on a course which includes the famous hill not once but twice! Braving the heat she finished in 56:37 to leave her just a tantalising 0.2 miles short of her target of 100 miles in June (did you sneak in the 0.2 later in the day Emma?)!

The North Downs Run takes in 1940ft of elevation around a 30k circular route starting and finishing in Gravesend, Kent. Representing the Blues were; Mags & Sarah Davison (3:34:13), Paul Davison (2:44:19), Claire Poole (4:17:35), Kevin James (3:21:27), Patrick Reynolds (3:21:26), Paul Carlisle (3:02:32), Tom Komorowski (3:04:42) and Eileen Shadford (3:02:29). Rob Dyer hid at the back of the photo I was using for reference and so I couldn’t read his number to get his time – sorry Rob! Mags says this was ‘a very well organised event’ with ‘an amazing bunch of people’!

Another cracking week for Bentley – well done to everyone that ran, whatever the race and whatever the distance! If Carlsberg did running clubs…