Yet another week of great running from the Bentley Blues. Everyone’s race calendars seem to be bursting at the seams! I shall start this week’s report with the latest Friday 5 series. This series is proving as popular as always and is producing some great times. Lisa Briggs was able to conquer the Framlingham 5 mile course with a new PB of 38:26. Bev Shortley gained a PB and a 5 star standard for her sub 40 minute time of 39:26. Well done ladies. Looking at recent five mile times, I am also led to believe that it might be a PB for Hien Hoang too, with 38:31. There are two races left in the series, and there was a recent call out for marshals for the final race, hosted by us, which can not go ahead without volunteers, so please find the email and reply to Scott if you can help.
Earlier in the week, whilst lots of us were battling it out with the second Mickey Edwards race, Meera Rajoo-Oakley ran in the Essex 5km championships, finishing with a time of 23:10:10. Meera says her pacing was not quite right, but she was pleased to not come last. It was a competitive field, and the men’s times are worth a look at on their social media pages.
Saturday saw many of us take to the 9am start lines around the county as well as further afield. Results can be found here. Caroline Searle (30:38), visited a nearly brand new parkrun in Maidstone, Kent. Mote Park parkrun ran for the second time. It was similar to CCPR, in the fact it had an out and back, followed by two loops before a sprint finish (hampered by a large pump!) Richard Heath was in Norwich to run Catton parkrun in 20:20. Matthew Grant ran Victoria Dock parkrun (31:31), a double out and back course along the dock in London. On Sunday, Master Xander Briggs ran a PB at Colchester junior park run in 13:57. This was his 3rd PB in 3 consecutive weeks!
On Sunday, Brian Telford held Maisie’s five mile charity run for the Brain Tumour charity. He had a record turnout of over 70 runners and 29 walkers and raised over £1000.
Boxted Runners are a relatively new local club, formed in 2017, and they host a 2k, 5k and 10k race. On Sunday we had a good turnout for the 10k race with results found here. It was an undulating course, well done to all who took part. Patrick Auer took home his age category prize for the 5k race, he ran in 22:56 and was the sole participant for GBRC at this distance. Ella Simpson was first home for her age category in the 2km race with a time of 10:23. Jocelynn Mills ran in 18:27 and was chuffed with her medal.
Finally, Vicky Presland is branching out to the pool and bike prepping for her big race. She came home second lady in the Sudbury Tri, organised by Paul Arnold in a time of 1:13:06.