The ‘We know how to put on a race’, race report!

Just to keep up with tradition let’s start with Saturday’s parkrun adventures where 37 Bentley members joined in with the fun – all staying close to home this week. 14 of those 37 decided Colchester Castle was the place to be and I put this high turnout to be linked to the Run for Gem fundraiser 5Km that took place straight afterwards. Gem was well-known in the Colchester running community and sadly died of a brain tumour, just a few years ago. Run for Gem has become an annual event, raising money for Brain Tumour Research and St Helena’s Hospice.

Photo credited to LW Photography

So regarding Colchester Castle parkrun, we had two of our family make the top 10 – well done to Jon Mann (19.35) and Paul Connell just one second behind. That must have been quite a sprint finish. Simon Leggett (22.17), Charlie Keitch (23.36), Robin Oakley (23.39) – another closely fought Bentley battle. Meera was the 1st Bentley lady home in 27.12 – no doubt saving her legs for the Cross Country the following day…, then we had Leoni (27.49), Wicksy (28.16), Charlotte Hammond (28.32), Dave Jones (28.47, Russell Clarke (29.14), Karen Skene (29.26), Teresa Farmer (34.50) and Teresa Jones (39.33).

6 of us took on Clacton Seafront this week and it was an all-male turnout with Harry Swinbourne the 1st blue (22.48), followed by Scott Brian (22.10), Scott Young (25.00), Brian Telford (Telofrd on the results? (25.47)), Graham Clarke (28.19) and Alan Johnson (29.25).

Further along the coast in Harwich we had just two runners Martin Owen who snatched 9th place (23.33) and Steven Walsh (24.29).

Highwoods also saw 2 runners and only 37 overall! Great to see Martin Steinward running again and a decent time for that course and top 10 finish leads me to hope his injury is behind him (24.12) and Debs Hollidge (28.38).

Anna Mills flew the Bentley flag solo at Alton Water (29.50) and there was a double date at the newish Markshall Estate run with Paul Davison bagging 6th place (20.03), Rob Dyer (21.44), Sarah Davison (25.58) and Caroline Talbot (30.23).

Not surprisingly there is not much to report on the Junior race as I have nabbed any child even the slightest bit interested in running and have persuaded them to do Cross Country instead… bribing them with a breakfast bap – like the witch in Hansel and Gretel. I’m glad to say it appears to be working our 13 Juniors did us proud on Sunday. I will however still mention the one child who did Colchester Junior parkrun (he is not old enough for X-C yet!), Rodger Ferguson in 11.13. Don’t worry I will be coming for him next year!

Not of Eric’s standard and not of the whole team but the best i can offer!

So speaking of X-Country it really would appear our amazingly well organised yet evil course was the place to be on Sunday as no other races appear to have taken place. We lived up to the high expectations we set 2 years prior, when Covid was just a twinkle in an eye. We baked up a storm, provided second to none marshalling expertise and raced our legs off. What a team we are! I should add my juniors complained about the brutality of those hills but it has not put my newcomer brother and sister off – they cannot wait for the next one.

The Brodinator -Determined to draw even with the mud this time!

I want to echo in this report what has already been said elsewhere – thank you core team for the hours of effort you put in behind the scenes to show the other clubs just how to do it! Also thanks to my fellow bakers – our efforts raised an impressive £321.68 for Alresford Kitten and Feral Centre.

The only thing more blinding than the sun that day!