Festive felicitations to all runners in blue

We are nearing the end of another great year at Great Bentley Running Club. From one mile time trials to ultras across marsh and dale we have it all. But at this time of year, we also see runners donning their best festive outfits along with their cleaned trail shoes.

We will start with our parkrun round up.

Colchester Castle:

Martin Steinward 21:31; Paul Connell 22:47; Robin Oakley 23:37; Duncan Scott 23:44; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 24:19; Scott Young 27:34 and Claudia Keitch 29:39.


Paul Davison 23:41; Tomasz Komorowski 24:06; Paul Hollidge 25:19; Magdalena Komorowska 25:57; Sarah Davison 26:03; Deborah Hollidge 30:45 and Mark Harris 32:54.

Clacton Seafront:

David Goldsmith 20:24; Jason Cook 21:25 and David Nugent 43:00.


Justine Sheekey 21:44; Kevin James 24:09; Anna Mills 24:12; Stephen Walsh 24:17 and Sandra James 47:22.

Mersea Island:

Over on Mersea Island, Craig Mitchell ran his 100th parkrun in a time of 20:24: congratulations Craig! Other runners included John Ferdinand 32:35; Luke Groves 32:37 and Zoe Reynolds 38:28.


Now further afield:

Sizewell, Suffolk – Russell Clark 23:14;

Coldham’s Common, Cambridge – Fiona Gosling 29:39

Heaton, Manchester – Mark Hinton 34:36

Fælledparken parkrun, Copenhagen – Rob Dyer 21:31

Even further afield, Chusa Batis revisited the Solidarity Run in Spain running the 10km distance valiantly after being unwell all week. She finished in 54:12. Well done Chusa, rest up now and Feliz Navidad to you.

chusa 10k

Topday Events hold an off road trail run called Elves 11 near Maldon, just before Christmas and we had a few Bentley elves taking part. Well done to Neil Robins, Emma Levett-Welham and Leoni Harvey for completing the very waterlogged 11 mile course.

Finally, a quick mention to Vicky and Phil Presland for offering a mix of running routes on Sunday for our intrepid Sunday morning runners, looks like fun was had by all and the hospitality matched the smiles in this photo!


It has been a pleasure to coach many of you this year and watch all your achievements and occasionally get to write about them in the race report. However you are spending the next few days, I wish you a peaceful, happy time and here’s to a successful 2020 for Great Bentley Running Club.