As the long summer evenings continue, it seems to be one of those unusual weeks where we had more weekday racing action than weekend racing action.
Tuesday night saw the final race of the Sue McCann 5k handicap series take place in Harwich. Charlie Keitch finished in 18:27, giving him a clean sweep of five sub-19 minute times for the series. Grainne Hallahan finished on a high with a PB of 22:46, achieving a PB in each race after the first one. Congratulations to everyone who took part in this series!
The blues turned out in force on Wednesday evening to support the club’s annual Geoff Day Memorial 5k race. The men’s trophy went to Mark Jasper and the ladies’ trophy to Magdalena Komorowska, who took the wins in 17:23 and 22:38 respectively. I’d also like to extend another shout out to Charlie Keitch, who not only finished third and recorded yet another sub 19 time, he also ran even faster than the night before, with a time of 18:19.
The Brantham 5 mile took place on Friday. This is a friendly local race with a great community feel – but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security, as feedback was that the organisers have ‘tweaked’ the route to add yet another hill to the already plentiful amount on the course! Tim Ballard finished second in a fantastic time of 29:13. The other Bentley finishers were: Charlie Keitch (31:24), Magdalena Komorowska (38:18), Meera Rajoo-Oakley (39:21), David Balfour (41:49), Darrin Sadler (42:40), Louise Balfour (45:34), Alison Clarke (49:34) and Frank Gardiner (53:20).
At parkrun, Donna Harris celebrated her 100th parkrun at Clacton Seafront, returning to the location where she did her first parkrun, and there was a great Bentley turnout there to help her celebrate.
Martin Owen visited Lowestoft parkrun to complete all of the parkruns in Suffolk, as well as it being his 40th different parkrun location. He’ll now be setting his sights on completing all the parkruns in Essex. Does this man never rest?! Grainne Hallahan and her daughter Ivy-Rose completed Mersea Island parkrun, where Ivy-Rose was rewarded with a PB of 32:38.
You can find the full parkrun results for Saturday in our consolidated club report.
In an odd turn of events, I thought that we had no race results to report from Sunday – until Strava informed me that the father-daughter duo of David and Maddy Allen had been off on their triathlon travels again. David completed the Cowman middle distance triathlon (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21.2km run) in 5:04:09 and Maddy completed the Calfman (900m swim, 46km bike, 10km run) in 2:59:15. I’m sure this is a very normal Sunday in the Allen household, but it sounds like a great achievement to me!
Well done everyone on your achievements this week, and I look forward to seeing many of you at Ekiden this coming Sunday.