Race Report

Kicking off the running week on Wednesday evening with a (head)torchlit tour of Chelmer Village were Phil and Vicky Presland, John Bush, Belinda Palmer-Barnes and Sue Wright. The Essex Trail Events Tarmac Twister was a 6 mile narrative trail run following roads and paths, the Strava map of which “would make for very interesting viewing!” according to Phil. Phil and Vicky finished in 55:43, bagging 17th and 18th places with Sue, John and Belinda finishing in 1hr19, a 13 minute improvement on last year.

Wednesday evening also saw the final event of the club’s Trail Run Series – a 5 mile self-navigating run from the Village Hall. A good number of Blues (together with some Purple guests!) braved the weather to enjoy this although some took the instructions a little too literally with Mark Crittenden refusing to let someone’s garden and house get in the way! Results were not available at the time of writing this and will be eagerly anticipated I’m sure with the current standings close at the top end of both the mens and ladies leaderboards!

Moving on to Saturday, Rob Ferguson ran Bath Skyline parkun in 21:32. Finishing in 29th place, this was Rob’s first time at Bath.

The Blues were well represented at Colchester Castle parkrun with Robin Oakley finishing in 20:15, followed by Meera Rajoo-Oakley in 23:03, Richard Moor 23:07, Lee Clarkson 23:57 and Chusa Batis in 24:03. Next were Anna Lyon in 24:13, Anna Mills 25:19, Stephanie Mills 27:41 and Belinda Palmer-Barnes in 31:41.

Paul Connell was the sole Blue over at Maldon Prom, coming home in 11th place with a time of 20:40.

Tom Fowler claimed 4th place at Clacton Seafront parkrun with a time of 21:32. Next Bentley home was mens captain Scott Young in 24:08 followed by Kevin James in 24:10, Patrick Reynolds 28:40 and Alison Clarke in 30:24. Claire Reynolds finished in 31:50, Heather England 32:10 and Sandra James in 38:52.

Rob Dyer was the solo Blue at Great Notley, finishing in 22:37 to bag a new PB. Well done Rob!

Down on the Somerset coast, Rob Blackman ran at Burnham and Highbridge parkrun for the second time and claimed a new PB with a time of 20:39.

Back in Essex at Harwich parkrun, Antoinette Wilson finished in 24:51 followed by Leoni Harvey in 28:03.

Taking on the Highwoods hills this week were Paul Hollidge, finishing in 27:15 followed by Debs Hollidge 30:23 and Fiona Gosling in 33:35. Next home were Teresa Farmer in 42:34 and Colin Farmer in 42:36.

On Sunday morning over at Clacton, our juniors were represented by Poppy and Albie Welham, finishing in 14:22 and 16:08 respectively. Well done to you both!

Chelmsford Marathon is always a local favourite. It’s a well organised (not to mention flat!) event which is always well supported. The clash with the first XC of the season though saw just two blues travel down the A12 this year. Ryan Day finished in 2:55:32, followed by Peter Benton in 3:45:19. Ryan has earned himself a spot in the club’s top 10 marathon performances with that cracking time! Congratulation Ryan!

Travelling a little further afield (Poznan in Poland to be precise) were Bentley’s own Famous Five; Mags and Tom, Kathy Bishop, Sarah and Paul Davison. For an entry fee of around £17, runners enjoy free travel all weekend, a pasta meal on Saturday night with another at the end of the race, a t-shirt and a medal – what’s not to like!

The Famous Five before Poznan Marathon
Tom and Mags show off their medals!

Mags finished in 3:58:43 followed by Tom in 4:08:15. Mags said it was her “hardest challenge by far but it was scenic and well organised”.

Sarah Davison, running her 4th marathon, claimed a new PB with 3:53:00. Well done Sarah! Husband Paul finished in 3:40:48 despite a toilet stop at mile 16! Kathy Bishop finished in 4:05:15. Well done to all of you – fantastic times all round!

Sunday saw the eagerly anticipated return of Cross Country with the new season kicking off where the last finished in the grounds of Gosfield School, Halstead. The event went smoother than last time for the 41 Blues in attendance who put in some cracking performances to earn 5th place for the men and 4th place for the women – an overall 5th place for the club. The Juniors were out in force too with the girls earning 5th place and the boys 9th.

Well done to everyone who got out there an ran over the course of the week. Autumn is well and truly upon us so dig out that hi-vis and those lights and stay safe!