Awards, Fundraising and a whole load of parkrunning

So this week saw the Annual GBRC Awards and I was gutted I couldn’t attend the shenanigans but I had been invited to a Cancer Research charity boxing night where my friend was fighting so I had a valid excuse! The photos show a good night was had by all and a great social run and breakfast the next day. Congratulations to all those who were recognised for their hard work and club support and thank you to all those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make it happen.

A pair of stunners

I will now jump back in time to Saturday and the club’s favourite parkrun. Can I ask that the club doesn’t get any bigger please? Have you any idea how much time it takes to give you all a mention…give this report writing malarkey a go and you will see for yourself! Obviously I don’t mean it – I love seeing all the new members and your achievements, we are such a brilliant, inclusive club its no wonder we have grown so much in recent times.

Any way I’m getting around to it and am going to start with the parkruns where a solo Bentley blue took part. First up is Bushy parkrun where Joshua Melville-Jackson completed in 19.59 – sub 20 by a whisker! Then Martin Owen took on Bury St Edmunds (24:05) a 2 lapper which will get a bit sticky in winter and Paul Connell snuck in the top 10 at Maldon with a time of 19:43. An incredible 547 runners took part in Chelmsford Central with just Matthew Knowles representing the club (32:38).  Caroline Talbot ran at Felixstowe (25:13), Markshall Estate saw David Wright earn 2nd place (19:07) and Richard Flutter took 4th place at Oswestry cross country parkrun (20.54) (please don’t forget to add Great Bentley as your club on your parkrun profile – it makes it easier for us race reporters to pick you up).

Now for the pairs! Great Notley was the place to be for Tim Clifton (27:16) and Grainne Hallahan (27:29) and the Hollidges returned to North Walsham both finishing with the same time (28:41).

And now for the parkruns where Bentleys turned up in their droves:

Firm favourite Colchester Castle saw Craig finish in 19:00 dead – 8th position, Charlie was next  (19:51), then Harry Swinbourne (19:52), Richard Heath (20:10), Wicksy (23:35) and a whopping PB and first time under 24 mins cracking job! Then there was  Rob Ferguson (23:45), followed by our first female – Meera getting back to the top of her game (24:16), Claudia Keitch (27:55), Belinda Palmer-Barnes (30:05), Sue Wray (31:33), Charlotte Hammond (31:34), Teresa Farmer (33:39) and then GBRC junior Yasmin ran around with her dad Shaun Leek (36:47 and 36:48 respectively)

At Clacton Seafront not for the first time and I doubt for the last, Mark Jasper bounded home in 1st place (18:10) just 3 seconds off his PB, 2nd place was also a Bentley – Rob Blackman (19:30), Russel Clarke (22:48), then it was a Patrick photo finish with Patrick Auer  and Patrick Reynolds both clocking the same time (24:46), Brian Telford pushing young Maximus who went off too quick to 25:51, Scott Brian (26:15), Darren David (27:04), Fiona Gosling (28:51), me – actually running rather than jeffing and knocking almost 3 mins off my post treatment PB for this course (31:55), Alan Johnson (35:50) and Stephen Cartwright (39:32).

Max regretting setting off too fast!

Highwoods saw Paul DAVISON finish in 2nd place (21:03), John BOOTY in 6th place (21:52) Tomasz (23:47) Jonathan BRIGGS   (24:18), Malcolm JARVIS (24:23), Donna HARRIS (43:43) and Samantha COTTON (43:45)

At Harwich one of our Tim Ballards was in 5th place (18:23), Richard Moor also made the top 10 (21:15) Inga was 4th female (23:24), Stephen WALSH (24:55) and then Gary Cooper (38:04)

Now I want to give a shout out to four fantastic girls who took on a challenge over the weekend to raise money to support the people of Ukraine both Maddy Allen and Milly Presland run / have run for the club and are amazing. They ran 4km every 4 hours for 48 hours for ActionAid and have so far raised an incredible £1,575! You can still donate to this worthy cause here

Still smiling at 20km in

Finally I want to mention that next Saturday is Emma Welham’s Autism Anglia parkrun takeover at Colchester Castle Park. There are some roles up for grabs so if you can support in  any way please just let her know! Remember to wear your silly socks and donate to this worthy charity.

That’s all folks!