It takes more than rain to dampen the Bentley spirit (luckily!)

After a quiet January on the races front, February is already shaping up to be an exciting month. Before we get to the main event of the weekend (and of the local running calendar, if we do say so ourselves), let’s start with parkrun.

54 of our members took part in 8 different parkruns. At Highwoods parkrun, Mags celebrated her 100th (parkrun, not birthday – though, confusingly, it was also her birthday). There was a large Bentley turnout, which I’m sure was not at all related to the celebratory cake that Mags provided. 3 members achieved course PBs – Jon Mann (20:25), Rob Dyer (22:30) and Caroline Talbot (26:31). Jon and Paul Connell (20:43) finished in the top 5, Vicky Presland was third lady (22:59) and Fraser Lewis and his canine companion were first dog (23:53).

Other parkrun PBs from the weekend include Louise Balfour at Harwich (27:04) and David Nugent at Colchester Castle (50:41).

Sunday saw the return of the club’s very own half marathon, after Covid prevented it going ahead in 2021. 609 runners braved the less-than-desirable weather conditions to complete the race. Well done to all of our runners, who did us proud with great performances, despite the conditions. They were:

Tim Ballard (1:23:32), Harry Swinbourne (1:23:37), Richard Heath (1:25:40), Charlie Keitch (1:26:37) David Wright (1:37:36), Mags Komorowska (1:43:29), Phil Gilsenan (1:43:47), Kathy Bishop (1:53:27), Fiona Gosling (2:11:02), Norma Smith (2:15:27) and Zoe Reynolds (3:13:29).

Paul C extended a well-deserved thank you to everyone involved in the organisation and delivery of the event. The Facebook group was filled with praise from runners about how well-organised the event was and how supportive all the marshals were. There was general agreement that we should attempt to better organise the weather next year, and we like a challenge, so we’ll give it a go. It also wouldn’t be a Bentley event without a plethora of cake and the bakers and cake stall helpers certainly didn’t let us down, raising a fantastic £364.58 for The Royal British Legion.

Thank you to Motion in Focus for the running photos used in this race report. Take a look at all their photos from our half marathon.