Relaying the message – running is…

…great, especially in a blue vest!

This week has seen a lot of developments across the world with regards to health and sport. There have been highs and lows as races have been called off or postponed until later in the year or even next year. Getting outdoors is a good form of well being, be it for a walk, cycle or run, so if you are able to do any of these, make the most of our beautiful corner of Essex. Enjoy the daffodils, the blossom and if far enough out of a town, the potential of young animals in fields! Lambs frolicking always make me smile.

We had 33 registered Bentley runners taking part in parkrun this weekend.

Colchester Castle:

Danny Draper 20:15; Russell Clarke 23:06; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 24:03; Scott Young 27:34; Claudia Keitch 30:17; Jack Wicks 30:46; Luke Groves 31:38 and Louise Upston in 34:08.


Daniel Wymark 24:26; Paul Hollidge 25:21; Tomasz Komorowski 25:22; Magdalena Komorowska 27:28 and Frank Gardiner 27:28.


Richard Moor ran in 22:20 and Anna Young ran in 35:33, with a bergen on. There was a charity run later which Anna also took part in in around 33 minutes.

Clacton Seafront:

Ray Baggs 20:13; Patrick Reynolds 24:19; Kevin James 24:19; Stewart Baggs 35:06; Peter Reeve 37:04; Sandra James 41:20 and Dave Nugent in 41:58.


Rob Dyer ran in 21:57 and Caroline Talbot ran in 25:51 (PB). Both were chasing standards; one was victorious on this occasion!


Paul Connell went and found some muddy paths in Maldon, finishing in 20:28.

We had a few Bentley Blues a bit further afield, starting with Helene, who went to Chelmsford with Bella and finished in 31:11. Rob Blackman ran 27:49 in Bury St. Edmunds, whilst the Presland family were up in Liverpool for the English Schools XC Championships and ran at Princes Park parkrun, one I have enjoyed as it is a flat course. Vicky ran in 24:53 and Phil in 24:54.

On Sunday, Poppy and Albie Welham took part in Clacton junior parkrun, finishing in 14:58 and 15:31 which was a PB. Well done Albie!

Over on a blustery Mersea Island, Sue Wright and Barbara Law ran the 8.5 mile Mersea Mix organised by Essex Trail Events. They were pleased not to get lost!

Meera Rajoo-Oakley (51:00), John Bush (1:17:22), and Anna Young (1:17:23) ventured back in time to West Stow Country Park, where they took part in the Beowulf 10km, a trail run through the park and forest.

Deborah and Paul Hollidge decided to do the Brentwood Half Marathon virtually and ran the 13.1 miles a little closer to home.

Finally, over to the Essex Road Relays, held in Colchester this year, which consists of a 5 (and a reported bit extra) km team relay. Each runner does 5km, with male open teams putting in four racers, male vet teams three, and female teams three. Rather than write each person down, I have added in the photos of each category which has runners name, time and team position on. Holly Colsell ran a PB on the slightly long course, so something to aim for Holly at your next 5km race! Well done to all runners that took part, it is a great event to be part of.

female 50

female 40

male 60

male 50

male 40

male opem


Magdalena asked for a caption: “It’s alright Magdalena,” said Sarah soothingly, ” It was apparently slightly longer, your watch isn’t broken!”

Please keep safe out there, enjoy your training, take your rest days and keep being the brilliant Bentley Blues!