Men’s Newsletter – July

Apologies that the newsletter is a bit (more) late than usual, its been a bit busy recently what with weekly Mickey Edwards to deal with. Talking of Mickey Edwards its good to see so many of you taking part and getting some green times around the lanes of Great Bentley. Although its not totally back to normal I hope you are enjoying racing again. There have been some great improvements in time over the 2 races we’ve had so far which is the main goal of the handicap system so fingers crossed you’ll carry on seeing your times improve.

The trail runs are onto their 3rd round and having done the most recent one on Sunday (I know its in August!) I can tell you that its another great course just lacking kissing gates and stiles that I like to see so I can take a breather! Well done Rodger on another great course – I didn’t realise there was so many wooded areas around the outskirts of Ipswich.

Whilst looking at fast times please remember to claim your club standards by emailing Eric at or for a club champs place email Paul Davison at – you’ll need to have a timed course and be wearing your Great Bentley vest or t-shirt.

Races have come back thick and fast and its good to see you out there and performing, Charlie Keitch has been doing some 10k’s on at the Suffolk Trail Festival that saw him on the podium in 3rd place and then at Nayland where the course was a bit long where he finished in 47:31. Also running at Nayland was Mark Crittenden who completed the long 10k in 1:12:43, “Critters” also ran the Colchester Orbital half marathon and was joined by Neil Robins and Leoni Harvey. Felsted also held their 10k which was on a blisteringly hot day in July where the temperature reached well over 30 degrees, this didn’t stop Dave Jones going round in 56:06.

The half marathon distance also saw Martin Owen out and racing again this tie at Leamington Spa where he finished in 1:57:22. David Wright was tempted by the 20 miles on offer over at Layer with the latest of Craigs events, he grabbed a 3rd place finish in 2:32:35. There wouldn’t be an increase in distance without mentioning Paul Davison who ran the 24 hour event at the Suffolk Trail Festival where he completed 100 miles in just over 20 hours, a mammoth effort and a fantastic result. What do you do after running 100 miles – well you go and do 50k a couple of weeks later which is exactly what Paul did completing the Writtle Round narrative trail in 5:52 which saw wife Sarah pip him to the post. Your free weekly timed Parkruns have also returned with many of you taking part on the various routes around the county including those at Harwich, Clacton, Highwoods, Castle park and Mersea.

The Essex Way took the interest towards the beginning of July which saw the course which runs from Epping to Harwich on a self navigational trail Paul Carlisle, Rodger Alexander and Matt Laverack were joined by Mags Komorowska, Sarah Davison and Helen Carey to run the course over 3 days which is just over a marathon per day. Well done all of you a great thing to have completed.

So our runner of the month for July didn’t think he would be doing any running for the foreseeable future when he was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism (PE) towards the end of last year. However, Neil didn’t take this lying down and it was good to see him out on the trails early in the year which culminated in him joining Leoni and Mark Crittenden on the Colchester Orbital half marathon at the start of July. We have had plenty of excellent performances in July but when Paul and I discussed the runner of the month there was little competition – well done Neil Robins a thoroughly deserved runner of the month.