A veritable smorgasbord of running!

A very busy and varied week of running for the blues and the first in some time not dominated by the weather!

Starting (nearly) as always with parkrun, Martin Owen ran 24:30 at Ipswich followed by Alison Clarke in 34:18.

At Colchester Castle Malcolm Jarvis was first home for the blues in 22:10 followed by Meera Rajoo-Oakley in 23:20, Duncan Scott in 24:14, Russell Clarke 24:27, Scott Young 27:04, James McCullagh 28:08 and Claudia Keitch 30:07.

Running solo (at least for the blues) was Rob Blackman who finished in 20:42 over at Bury St Edmunds.

Over at Clacton Seafront, Jason Cook finished in 19:23 (new PB!) followed by Ray Baggs in 20:22, Patrick Reynolds 21:46, Stewart Baggs 34:32, Heather England 35:36, Brian Telford 35:45 and Rebecca England 37:51

Brian Telford at Clacton Seafront

Preparing themselves for Grizzly on Sunday, 8 of our blues took to the Esplanade in Seaton, Devon. Justine Sheekey was not only first blue home, but also first lady in a time of 21:41 – well done Justine! Next to finish was Charlie Keitch in 21:53 followed by Fiona Gosling in 27:07, Donna Harris 28:21, Mark Harris 29:20, Dave Jones 29:21, Helene Tyler 31:39 and Emma Welham 32:19.

Rob Dyer was the sole Bentley representative at Kesgrave, finishing in 22:41 and earning himself a new PB in the process.

Inga Hayden-Cooper completed Harwich parkrun in 24:18 with Stephen Walsh finishing in 24:42 and Gary Cole in 33:40.

Highwoods parkrun celebrated their 1st birthday on Saturday and there were 9 of you there to join in the celebrations! Robin Oakley was the first blue to cross the line in 20:52 followed by Paul Connell in 21:03, Daniel Whymark 23:30, Anthea Colsell 27:37 and Holly Colsell 29:25 (new PB!). Next to finished were Mags Komorowska and Tom Komorowski, crossing the line together in 29:35. Following them were Debs Hollidge in 31:35 and
Teresa Farmer in 47:11.

Richard Moor ran his first Hunstanton Promenade parkrun, finishing in 20:30.

Celebrating the second anniversary of their very first event, the Hare and Tortoise Rayne Challenge 2020 saw runners complete as many 3.28 mile (or 5.3km in real money!) laps as possible in 6 hours. Accepting the challenge on behalf of our ladies were Sarah Davison and Anna Young – Sarah claiming first place (5th overall) with a distance of 29.52 miles in 5:09:38 and Anna claiming 3rd (7th overall), also with a distance of 29.52 miles, in 5:40:16. That’s cracking running both of you, well done! Paul Davison was the sole Bentley male finishing in 2nd place (and 2nd overall) with a distance of 36.08 miles in 5:43 – well done Paul!

Martin Owen ran the Cambridge Half Marathon in a very respectable time of 1:47:13. According to Martin this was a “Lovely scenic course, if a little tight at times.”. Well done Martin!

With more than 3000ft of elevation, beach, bog and the infamous ‘stairway to heaven’, the Grizzly more than lives up to it’s name. Despite all of this, 15 of you accepted the challenge and more importantly, 15 of you finished! Finishing times were as follows; Tim Ballard 03:03:50; Charlie Keitch 03:16:11; Chris Warren 03:16:10; Justine Sheekey 04:21:53; Gemma Camp 04:44:38; Fiona Gosling 05:11:31; David Jones 05:28:54; Donna Harris 05:46:02; Mark Harris 05:46:02; Leoni Harvey 05:46:32; Veronica Alexander 06:02:32; Sarah Greenham 06:02:34; Emma Welham 06:07:00; Helene Tyler 06:14:33 and Teresa Jones 06:14:33. According to Helene, this year’s race was ‘harder and muddier than last year’ with Tim adding that it was ‘relentlessly demanding’. A massive well done to you all!

Sunday also saw the final running of this season’s cross country, this time at Hadleigh. Despite our Pool ‘A’ status being assured for next season, you didn’t rest on your laurels with the men finishing 4th and women 5th, combining for 4th place overall consolidating our 5th place in the league.

Scoring seniors were as follows (with full results at http://www.nessxc.org.uk/results-senior.htm):

Men; Mark Jasper (24), Rob Blackman (27), Jon Mann (32), Danny Draper (36), Craig Mitchell (39), Robin Oakley (44), Jason Cook (46) and Paul Connell (54).

Women; Emily Zethraeus (3), Meera Rajoo-Oakley (17), Mags Komorowska (26), Hien Hoang (28), Tricia Stacey (32) and Toni Wilson (37).

For the juniors, the Bentley girls finished in 7th place and the boys in 10th, giving a combined score of 17 and a season score of 72, netting a 7th place league finish – well done juniors!

Well done everyone on another great week of running. It looks like spring might very nearly be upon us and with it some warmer and more settled weather. Happy running all!