Flying at festivals of running!

Thank you to Lisa, Emma, Leoni and Charlie for joining the race report team, and for GBRC runners for getting out to the events to give us somthing to write about.

Let’s start with parkruns. At this week’s Colchester Castle parkrun, Danny Draper ran 20:43; Rich Moor 23:04; Anna Mills 28:49 and Marion Simmons 28:56. At Highwoods parkrun Malcolm Jarvis ran in 24:42; Scott Young 27:46; Claudia Keitch 27:53 and Paul Hollidge with Betsie the labradoodle 41:49.

By the sea at Clacton parkrun, Mark Jasper ran 18:58; Harry Swinbourne 19:00; David Balfour 25:01; Dave Jones 25:35; Stephen Walsh 25:36; Louise Balfour 28:32; Patrick Reynolds 28:48; Catherine Ott 29:06; Alison Clarke 29:53 Teresa Jones 32:16; Emma Welham 33:43 and Stephen Cartwright 39:42.

At Harwich parkrun, Leoni Harvey ran 26:37; Gary Cooper 31:34; Kevin James 32:34 and Dave Nugent 41:10. Up the coast at Felixstowe parkrun Caroline Talbot and Rob Dyer both ran in 26:47.

Further down the coastline in Burnham on Crouch, Sue Wray ran in 27:39 meanwhile further afield, again down by the sea, Paul Connell ran Worthing parkrun in 19:00 stating it was a superb out and back seafront course.

There are still many races from last year that are finally happening this year. This weekend,Martin Owen got round to running Bedford Spring Half Marathon from May 2020. The postponed race was merged with their Festival of Running this year, so over a weekend they had a 5km, Half and 10km on Saturday, with 20 miles and their usual half on the Sunday. Martin made sure left plenty of time to get there so when he was early and realised that the half started at 11:30am, he entered the 5km at 9am and did the double! 5km in 26:21 and the spring half in 1:55.27. This earned him tired legs and three medals! Looking at the schedule for the weekend, Bedford pulled out all the stops to create a festival atmosphere.

Not to be outdone by Bedford, Milton Keynes also had a Festival of Running, albeit all on one day rather than three. They offered the same distances, 5k, 10k, 13.1 miles and 20 miles, which made for a busy race course. Magdalena Komorowska and Frank Gardiner ventured to the home of the concrete cows (although disappointingly the route does not pass them) to take part in the 20 mile race, which involved a large double lapped loop. Magdalena crossed the line with a PB in 2:50:40 and Frank finished in 3:49:52.

Framlingham Flyers put on the 36th Framlingham 10k on Sunday. There were six Bentley Blue runners braving the 11:00am start in the heat to complete a hilly double lapped course – well I suppose the sing does say – ‘the castle on the hill’! Lisa Briggs was pleased to finally race in her blue vest and doubly pleased to take 10 seconds off her PB with a time of 53:12. Rob Dyer ran in 47:11, Paul Davison and Sarah Davison running together in 49:33, Caroline Talbot in 56:38 and Kieron Hayes in 1:01:06.

In the capital, the London Summer Run took place, this a 10k run organised to raise money for Cancer Research, inspired by the London Winter Run which has been going since 2015. The race started in Trafalgar Square and finished in Whitehall. Martin and Sammy Cotton took part along with John Bush and Belinda Palmer-Barnes. Sammy finished in 1:06:33 whilst Martin ran in 1:03:40. John ran in 1:13:04 and Bee in 1:04:40.

Our junior representatives had a busy weekend. A charity run was organised in Harwich which Brody Wakeling and Cienna Telford took part in. Brody came 2nd in his 800m race but took home the Best Male Performance trophy for his determination to close the gap with the race winner. Cienna also ran really well in her race.

Brody then took on Clacton junior parkrun on Sunday in a new personal best of 10:51, well done Brody!

The Essex Way relay took place on Sunday. It is an 82 mile route that has been broken down into ten more manageable chunks. Craig Mitchell, Doug McGillivray and Rachel Rodgers took part along with a number of our second claim runners. Craig ran the first leg from Epping to Chipping Ongar, which is 7.5 miles in 55:32 and Rachel ran the 9th stage which is from Bradfield to Ramsey in just over an hour. As this is a relay, with many teams taking part, results had not been collated at time of writing, but as far as I know they came fifth out of 52 teams, great result!

In other sporting news, Don Welsh was able to take part in Pedal to Paris in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. He has trained hard for this and he made it safely to the Arc de Triomphe as seen in the picture below.