Your Wix Fix in the Sun!

This weekend saw the annual Bentley Blues outing to Wix 5, a race put on by Harwich Runners, a deceptively undulating run, but one that we love.

Colin Farmer has kindly contributed these words:

There was an interclub battle for the M50 Club champ spot between Michael Simmons and Peter Benton. Tactics started at the carpark with mind games and on the start line Peter kept to himself. In the race Michael was chasing Peter down, whereas Peter was doing his utmost to stay out of the wind, turn corners as quickly as possible so that Michael would not know how far ahead he was. In the end Michael struggled the last bit so enabling Peter to win the race easily. A great achievement by Peter as he beat last years’ time by 1 minute. So nearly taking all the M50 champ spots bar one and another jointly held with Michael. Michael really enjoyed the battle.

Teresa Farmer achieved a new pb (48:59:61) by 14 seconds and knocked 1 min 21 seconds off her time from last year.

Justin Sheekey ran her first 5 mile race in a fantastic time of (35:25:72) gaining a gold standard for her age bracket and missing out by 12 seconds to get in the GBRC top 10 all time list.

Other notable runs include:

Anthea Colsell who got a new PB by almost 2 minutes in 39.30. Tommy, running for Harriers, finished in 30:12 and came first in Male under 20. Sarah Davison got a 4 second PB with a time of 38:01. Leoni Harvey has overcome injuries in recent times to gain a PB of 43:26. Emma Levett-Welham dropped around 3 minutes from her previous five mile time and crossed the line in 48:44.  Neil Robins gained a PB of 85 seconds finishing in 42:58. Peter Benton crossed the line in 32:39, a PB.

Three years ago this was Tim Ballard’s first race and he finished around 37 minutes. Three years later he got a PB by 14 seconds to take him under 30 minutes for the first time with a time of 29:54. He was also 12th overall.

Final mention goes to Keith Scrivener , who along with Tomasz Komorowski completed the course with the support of everyone that passed them.

For full list of results do please visit –

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Whilst many of you were enjoying the sun in Wix, Sue Wright went to enjoy the sun in Felsted, taking part in an Essex Trail event – Felsted Trio trail 4, 7, 12. Sue Wright opted for the 7, and finished in 1:41:28 after encountering a snake.

Now for some races further afield; two marathons happening on a Saturday, which never seems to be as popular a race day as a Sunday. First down to Beachy Head in East Sussex, where Anna Young ran the 39th Beachy Head Marathon, formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon. This race starts off with an up hill and Anna reported that it was very congested from the start and it didn’t even out for quite a while. That said, she would like to do it again! Her time for this attempt was 5:42:49. Well done Anna!

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Meanwhile over in Snowdonia, Eileen Shadford was watching the weather forecast and hoping for it to clear. Luckily it did and this meant ideal conditions for the 37th Snowdonia Marathon. This has plenty of long stretches of up and down and off road sections too but it is a great marathon. Put Mount Snowdon in the middle, start in Llanberis and run around the roads and passes that go round the base of the mountain. The last part from mile 21 is up and through a quarry before a slippery downhill fell run back to Llanberis. Eileen was aiming for a second coaster to make a pair and she achieved this in style with a course PB of 3:48:42. Well done Eileen!

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Now for some international running; with no parkrun in Miami, Paul and Deborah Hollidge found a half marathon to do instead, the Miami Beach Halloween Half no less! It starts early to avoid the heat and many people choose to dress according to the theme. It was an out and back course and the Hollidges crossed the line in 2:09:51.

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Plenty of parkrun action this weekend, as usual.

Rob Dyer ran in Ipswich, crossing the line in 25:43. Meanwhile over in Castle Park we had Robin Oakley 21:09; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 23:03; Rich Moor 23:37; Chusa Batis 24:00; Russell Clarke 27:10; Scott Young 27:19; Claudia Keitch; 28:07; Stephen Walsh 28: 44; Leoni Harvey 33:43; Helene Tyler 34:24 (pacing) and Neil Robins 37:23 (pacing).

Rob Blackman ran in Bury St Edmunds and finished in 27:06. Down at the seafront in Clacton, Jason Cook ran in 20:37; David Goldsmith 21:41; Alison Clarke 30:38 and Claire Reynolds 40:11. Along the coast in Harwich, Dave Nugent ran in 45:29. At Mersea Island, Belinda Palmer Barnes 32:58; Zoe Reynolds 33:47 and John Bush 35:44.

Rob Ferguson found his way to Somerdale Pavilion parkrun in Bristol which has the unique curly wurly path to make a field more interesting. He ran it in 22:37.

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Up in Norfolk, Charlie Keitch found a relatively new parkrun. He ran Sloughbottom parkrun in 18:39.

We had a great junior Bentley Blue turnout at Colchester parkrun on Sunday. Angel Jasper ran in 8:47 and was first girl over the line. Brody Wakeling ran in 12:13; Laci Wakeling 14:08; Isabella Jones 20:01; Darcey Jones 20:49; George Jones 21:46 and Clara Jones 21:57.

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Whilst I was finding your race results on Facebook, I read the tragic news about Darren Willey. Many of you will have trained, raced and laughed with him and will have many memories to hold on to. We send all our condolences to his family and friends. I have been sent a couple of photos of Darren that I wish to share with you, they show his dedication to his running and to his family, he always looked out for his daughter at the end of a race to share the finish line with her.