The focus this week was well and truly on the 3rd race in the cross country series with an otherwise very quiet race calendar.
Kicking off as we often do with parkrun, Martin Owen ran Ipswich parkrun in 24:19.
At Colchester Castle, Jonathan Mann was first Bentley home in 19:35 (setting a new PB!) followed by Malcolm Jarvis in 21:45, Duncan Scott 22:08, Paul Connell 22:31 and Russell Clarke in 23:24. Scott Young finished in 27:09, Claudia Keitch in 28:33, Jack Wicks 33:05, James McCullagh 38:17, Louise Upston 38:39 and Teresa Farmer in 52:13.
9 blues were in attendance at Clacton Seafront parkrun with David Goldsmith first through the funnel in 20:25. Next to finish was Mike Hinton in 22:55, Patrick Reynolds in 23:50, Brian Telford 25:28 and Alison Clarke in 29:46. Laura Warren crossed the line in 31:19, Heather England in 37:06, Rebecca England in 37:12 (setting a new PB, well done!) and Sandra James in 41:34.
Up the coast at Harwich parkrun Justine Sheekey finished in 24:02 followed by Stephen Walsh 24:58 and, tabbing her way round, Anna Young in 33:30.
Running their first Lowestoft parkruns, Rob Dyer and Caroline Talbot finished in 27:39 and 27:42 respectively.
Luke Groves (and Meatball) ran his 90th parkrun at Mersea Island, finishing in 30:49.
At Felixstowe parkrun, Jason Bennett finished in 25:30.
Last, but by no means least, Highwoods parkrun saw 7 blues run with John Booty finishing in 21:23 followed by Robin Oakley in 21:29 and Paul Hollidge in 23:45. Next home were Kathy Bishop 26:54, Anthea Colsell 28:00,
Tom Komorowski 28:00 and Debs Hollidge in 29:19. The OCD in Tom was more than satisfied today as he came home in 50th place in his 25th Highwoods run, and in a nice round time to boot!
There were no juniors running parkrun on Sunday as they all appeared to have gone to cross country instead!
It was the turn of Springfield Striders to host the 3rd race in the Ellisons Solicitors Cross Country League, the event taking place at Writtle University College near Chelmsford.
Bentley women finished 3rd (just 3 points behind Colchester Harriers) and the men finished 5th to give the blues a combined 4th place. We are now 4th in the league.
In the junior race, the boys finished with 7 points and the girls with 8, giving a combined total of 15 points. This puts the juniors 7th in the league.
Scoring men and women are listed below with their respective positions in brackets. Full results, as usual, can be found at http://www.nessxc.org.uk
Men: Dave Wright (18), Charlie Keitch (27), Mark Jasper (31), Craig Mitchell (44), Danny Draper (46), Jason Cook (50), Robin Oakley (51), Jon Mann (54).
Women: Emily Zethraeus (6), Vicky Presland (11), Justine Sheekey (17), Meera Rajoo-Oakley (26).
Well that just about wraps up quite a short report this week but with some fabulous running as always. Try to stay dry and not get blown away with all the stormy weather we are currently experiencing! Happy running everyone!