Bringing home the jam!

I thought that last week was a busy weekend, but this one has turned out to be just as fruitful! Before I start with this weekend’s events there is one lady who went up to Scotland last weekend and ran in the Loch Ness Marathon. Fiona Gosling completed it in 5:03:18, and still managed a 20 mile bike ride back to her campsite and some paddle boarding – hats off to you Fiona! Loch Ness Marathon is a linear race that follows the eastern side of the loch. Coincidentally it is also sponsored by a jam maker, Baxters.

Which brings me nicely on to Tiptree 10, now in its 33rd year. This is a 10 mile route with a sting in its tail as miles 8-9 bring you back up hill from Messing. This race was well attended by Bentley Blues with 20 entrants. And after some excellent running, many members did indeed take home a pot of jam! Magdalena Komorowska continues her superb form with a PB of 1:15:49 and winning her age category. Sarah Davison (1:22:14) and Inga Hayden-Cooper (1:22:49) helped bring home the ladies team prize. Well done to you all. Paul Connell also bagged himself a PB, running with the 65 minute pacer, coming home in 1:03:58. He claimed his age category too. Great running Paul.

Charlie Keitch and Craig Mitchell kindly volunteered to be pacers around the course and they came in at 1:09:16 and 1:13:14 respectively. The rest of the field ran well too with the following results: Chris Warren 1:04:59; Paul Davison 1:06:13; Rob Dyer 1:11:30; Fraser Lewis 1:20:25; Paul Arnold 1:24:17; Craig Warrington 1:24:31; Stephen Walsh 1:27:02; Caroline Talbot; 1:27:13; Hien Hoang 1:27:50; Lisa Briggs 1:28:35; Frank Gardiner 1:34:13; Yolande Arnold 1:36:40; Caroline Searle 1:42:39 and Alison Clarke 1:46:47.

Meanwhile, down the road at Colchester Zoo the postponed Colchester Stampede Half Marathon took place. This was a closed road event and therefore this pushed Tiptree 10 back by half an hour as we were not allowed to use their road closures. This goes to show the hard work behind the scenes to make sure a race runs smoothly and hopefully this clash will not happen again. We had two Bentley runners representing the club at the Stampede. Danny Draper ran an excellent time of 1:35:26 and Darren David ran his first Stampede in 2:07:47.

Also just down the road from Tiptree, but not crossing paths was the Hare and Tortoise Roman River Trails event. They offered a variety of distances. Taking on the half marathon distance were Mark Crittendon 2:48:40, Neil Robins, 2:49:09 and Leoni Harvey 2:39:08. There was also a trail 10km. Charlotte Hammond ran this after resting an injury in 1:07:11 and Sue Wray ran it with a friend in 1:14:41.

Emma Welham was up in Manchester this weekend taking on the Manchester Marathon, a popular choice of many, starting in near Old Trafford, before taking on the sights of the city centre and many of its boroughs. Emma ran this in 6:02:31, pushing on through foot pain to complete the 26.2 miles and 385 yards.

Time for parkrun, where across the country, 43 of you took part. Some Bentley Blues are not listed at GBRC runners so they may be more of you running at 9am on a Saturday and we don’t know about it – remember to link your club to your profile.

Colchester Castle: Russell Clarke 22:33; Richard Moor 22:49; Meera Rajoo-Oakley 25:38; Scott Young 26:53; Claudia Keitch 26:56; Teresa Farmer 33:15.

Clacton Seafront: Mark Jasper 18:36; Harry Swinbourne 19:46; David Balfour 23:33; Patrick Reynolds 24:01; Dave Jones 26:43; Graham Clarke 26:54; Louise Balfour 27:55; Brian Telford 28:41; Kevin James 30:15; Claire Reynolds 31:51 Stewart Baggs 38:02 Stephen Cartwright 38:40.

Highwoods: Paul Connell 22:17; Magdalena Komorowska 25:20; Helene Tyler 32:27.

Ipswich: Tim Ballard 18:35; Martin Owen 24:42.

Harwich: Stephen Walsh 26:12; Belinda Palmer-Barnes 29:29; Inga Hayden-Cooper 30:58; Gary Cooper 31:56; John Bush 34:26: Donna Harris 43:49.

Slightly further afield, Rob Blackman ran at Bury St Edmunds finishing in 20:48. Meanwhile in Sheringham, Deborah Hollidge crossed the line in 27:30, followed by Paul Hollidge in 27:31. At California Country parkrun, which is in Wokingham, Caroline Talbot and Rob Dyer crossed the line in 28:17.

Prudhoe is a town in Northumberland and is home to Prudhoe Riverside parkrun. Robin Oakley ran this in 22:02.

We had two superb results from our junior runners this weekend. Ella Simpson ran the Colchester course in a PB of 10:19 and Brody Wakeling sussed out his pre race breakfast routine and ran a PB in 10:03. Next week he is aiming for a sub 10 minute 2km! Well done to you both.

Melanie Moore ran a unique race which is called the Nodnol Nohtaram, which is the London marathon route in reverse, starting in the Mall and ending in Greenwich. She ran this in 5:08.

Claire Poole completed her last middle distance triathlon in Mumbles this weekend, finishing in 6:33:33, well done Claire, I am sure you are planning your next one already!