Christmas week Fun

The holiday season did not stop the blues from running, with several helping keep the Bentley Blues in shape.

Park run on Christmas Day

Colchester Castle Park Run.

Running as an unidentified runner was Adam Smith ! Apparently he was in first place. Other results ; Craig Mitchell 12th in 20:26, Robert Ferguson 25:48 , Anna Mills 26:36, Kathy Bishop 26:37, Stephen Walsh 26:48, Lee Clarkson 28:20, Stephanie Mills 31:48, Sue Sorrell 33:33, Belinda Palmer-Barnes 35:15

A first place for Adam Smith, with Craig Mitchell

Harwich Parkrun

Malcolm Jarvis 20:59 in 13th place, Toni Wilson 24:45, Anna Lyon 28:32

Highwoods Parkrun

Marion Simmons ran here for the first time, and really liked the course, finishing first in age group in 30:09. For Helene Tyler, likewise it was a first timer for Highwoods, running with dog Bella to 33:56. Michael Simmons 22:35 in 7th place was first blue home, followed by Paul Davison (8th) 22:58 and Paul Hollidge completing the top 10 (23:23). Paul Carlisle 25:21, Anthea Colsell (28:18), Magdalena Komorowska (28:48), Sarah Davison 28:49, Frank Gardiner (29:03) Teresa Jones 41:42 Lex Carlisle 51:11, and Dave Jones (running with Barney) 01:04:44 making up this fantastic blue turnout on the brilliant hilly course.

Highwoods parkrun first timers Helene Tyler and Bella
The Simmons and Carlisle’s enjoying Christmas at Highwoods

Banbury Parkrun.

Martin Owen was at the Banbury parkrun On Christmas Day, running with his sister, in 37:15.

Rob Dyer was back “home” at his regular Danish parkrun with 22:37 at Amagerfælled, and 7th place overall.

Boxing Day saw a couple of races .

The annual Runners vs Riders race took place in Friday Woods. As has become the usual outcome, even in the muddy conditions the riders won the event, but by all accounts it was a cracking event. Bentley runners taking part were Vicky Presland, Phil Presland, Craig Mitchell, Rob Ferguson, Paul Carlisle, Russ Sharp. Some of our juniors took part as well – Connor Sharp and Charlie Sharp.

Phil Presland racing bikes at Friday Woods

Paul Carlisle running clear on Boxing Day

Run your Box Off – Witham Boxing Day 5.

Several blues took part in the 35th annual festive run in Witham. Due to technical difficulties, unfortunately all times were gun to chip only. Nevertheless, Sarah Davison, expertly paced by Paul Davison, ran a 5 mile PB 37.27. Ryan Day found it a bit hard after Christmas but still managed 31:23. Magdalena Komorowska ran 37:20 for a spot on the Club Championships, Tomasz Komorowski ran 37:19 , Kathy Bishop ran 39:39, Alison Clark ran 49:48, Teresa Farmer 49:46 , Colin Farmer 36:21, Belinda Palmer Barnes ran 55:38, John Bush ran 58:24. Paul Davison’s time was 37:28.

Some of the Blues enjoying Boxing Day at Witham

5 Gold Rings Trail 12m trail – Ongar.

Sue Wright and Barbara ran this race hosted by Essex Trails. On a very muddy route, all was going well until the last mile for Sue and Barbara, but they then had to phone for more instructions, but this meant they clocked over 13 miles. Vicky Presland and Phil Presland also ran this race, clocking up 12.7 miles after also going a little awry. The roaring fire in the pub at the end was most welcomed.

The Great Barrow Challenge

Anna Young finished off her 2019 running on Saturday 28th with a tough little marathon – this was 4 laps multi-terrain, undulating & very slippery in places, several people losing shoes, but thankfully not Anna !

Nice medal for Anna from the Great Barrow challenge

Cambridge 10k

Leoni Harvey travelled to Cambridge on Sunday 29th to run the Cambridge Christmas 10k. This race involved a nice run around the park with a few puddles. Leoni said she struggled with the extra xmas weight but ran an excellent time of 57:35. Despite all that effort Leoni was disappointed that the race did not have any Christmas medals for the runners.

Saturday 28th December Park Run.

Colchester Castle Park Run .

Unfortunately a misplaced Marshall on the new course route meant a short distance ; nevertheless the conditions were nice, and we are grateful to all the volunteers at all these Park-runs. Times were Paul Connell 22:05, Scott Young 25:33, Russell Clarke, having felt a bit under the weather recently was pleased to be there 26:27, Claudia Keitch 27:22, Anthea Colsell, just missing the start (27:38), but caught up and was pleased to run 10 miles in total before after and including, an unwell Lee Clarkson 28:41, Teresa Farmer 28:57, Belinda Palmer-Barnes 31:31 and a buggy pushing Nick Goodman 34:55 .

Harwich parkrun

Justine Sheekey was First Lady finisher in 21:13 (more to follow next week :). Richard Moor 21:40, Anna Lyon 23:43, and Martin Owen (24:28).

Highwoods Parkrun

Dave Wright was 4th in 20 minutes exactly ! Duncan Scott 24:18, Frank Gardiner 29:53, Debs Hollidge and Paul Hollidge 29:57 together, and Helene Tyler (34:09)

Etna Parkrun.

Martin Stanwand was even further afield with parkrun tourism in Sicily at the Etna parkrun in Nicolosi. This was extra special for Martin, as it was his 50th parkrun milestone! Martin finished 4th overall in 22:35. Girlfriend Alex was not far behind in 6th with 23:01

The Blue of Bentley Martin Steinwand in Sicily – the green colour of Alexander is allowed this festive season

Clacton Seafront Parkrun

Mike Hinton (23:18), Kevin James 24:22, Fiona Gosling 28:07, Alison Clarke 29:50, Emma Welham (30:03), Claire Reynolds 33:11, Sandra James 40:26 , Dave Nugent 43:08

Parke Parkrun

Rob Ferguson got up to some festive parkrun touring on Christmas day tackling Parke prakrun. The rain meant a normally muddy course was extra muddy, and the field was brought to an almost standstill on the steep ‘bank’ 500m Rob defeated the conditions with a course PB of 22:25 and in 16th place.

Mersey Island Park Run.

Luke Groves was the sole representative, Luke finished in a time of 26:12

Junior Park Run – Sunday 29th

At Colchester Junior Park run, Angel Jasper was awarded for having completed her 100th Parkrun, at the previous weeks race on the 22nd . What a brilliant achievement Angel, congratulations ! Angel finished her 100th Parkrun in 7th place, and her 101st in 9th place in a time of 09:08 , in first female place.

Angel Jasper celebrating her achievement for 100 junior Park Runs

Angel sprinting away at the start of her 101st Junior Park Run

Sunday Social 29th

Not a race, but another super Sunday social outing by all accounts of those who decided to take on the rivers around Rowhedge !

Sunday’s are now swimming rather than running for Bentley