We may be a week into the meteorological autumn but the weather was positively summery this past week – or so I’ve been told as I was in south-eastern Spain experiencing the worst “gota fria” in 140 years. By contrast England was basking in the sunshine and the Bentley Blues were out en force.
Saturday morning saw several blue vests taking part in several local and not so local parkruns. In Highwoods David Wright was second finisher with a fantastic time of 19:09 – a course PB for him. By contrast, Leoni Harvey achieved a course PW of 1:05:35 as she managed to get slightly lost in her role of tail runner. Staying with the topic of PBs Justine Sheekey got her first sub-22 parkrun time in Harwich with 21:49. She is now 49 seconds away from her first Club Gold Standard. Also at Harwich Scott Young achieved a Club Bronze Standard with his finishing time of 22:46. Charlie Keitch paced Sam in 23:37 and Stephen Walsh tried his legs in 23:56 ahead of his 10k run the following day. In Mersea John Bush ran a time of 33:46 with Bee, who finished in 32:48.
Debs Hollidge pop over to Suffolk to run the Kesgrave parkrun. She finished in a time of 28:08, a mere 14 minutes give or take behind the first finisher in that course, who recorded the fastest parkrun in the country for that Saturday with 14:35.
Rob Ferguson was our parkrun tourist of the weekend in Haldon Forest, Devon. He was 10th finisher with a time of 21:22 in a very undulating trail course with a fantastic view over the Exe estuary.
Also running on Saturday was Anna Young, who took part in the Thrive Muddy OCR. She described the lapped event as very family friendly, with people doing as many 5k laps as they wished between 12.00h – 16.00h as they wished. Anna completed 5 laps and reported that the farm does free runs every Sunday morning, for those interested.
Saturday also saw four Bentley members tackle the Shotley 50 miler event. Tomasz Komorowski, Paul Carlisle, Paul Davison and Rob Dyer ran together the nice LDWA event in a time of 11 hours and 34 minutes. What an amazing achievement! I think my legs my go on strike and detach themselves from my body if I were to attempt such a feat.
Sunday saw several events competing for the attention of Bentley runners.
Pleshey hosted the Essex Champs Half Marathon race and our very own Barbara achieved a diamond standard and an Essex Champs Bronze award on the course. Congratulations! Ryan Day complained about tired legs on account of all the long distance marathon training he is doing and yet he achieved a Club Silver Standard with a time of 1h 24min 17s. Charlie Keitch last ran 13.1 miles in the Great North Run 2018 and struggled from mile 11 finishing in a time of 1h 26min 25s and within view of Tim Ballard, who found the race hot and with lots of little hills. Tim set out too fast and had to adjust his pace to finish in a time of 1h 26min 3s. Another Bentley runner struggling with the heat and lack of training was Emma Levett-Welham, who finished in 2h 35min 39s and credits Neil Robins for supporting her through the race. Leoni Harvey also found the race hot but managed not to get lost this time and finished in a time of 2h 12min 38s.
At Dedham 10k Paul Connell was first finisher in his age category in a time of 42:26 collecting a trophy for his efforts. Peter Benton was hot on his heels, finishing in 43:19. Anthea Colsell achieved 7th in her age category with her 53:30 finishing time. Dave Jones also took part in the event and finished in 57:02.
Magdalena Komorowska took part in the Felixtowe Coastal 10 mile race with Alison Clarke. Mags was hoping to improve her time from last year. The gun to chip time, the heat and a persistent head cold had other ideas but despite all of that she achieved a Club Silver Standard and was 2nd in her age category with a time of 1h 21min 14s.
Scott Young decided to celebrate his parkrun standard by running the Splat Quack Go in Hollesley, Suffolk, which was a mud fest by his account. And in Brightlingsea Hélène Tyler attempted her first canicross at the Jog Walk Run 4-mile race, which she completed in 51 minutes.
It looks like the Autumn running season has got to a good start with standards galore. Can’t wait to see what you lot get up to in the coming weeks!