Wednesday, September 20, 2017
   
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Bentley half and Boggling times

The Bentley half marathon is popular in the race goers’ calendar as it is fast and flat and comes at a good time in Spring marathon training. It is also a great race to run as well and was not as windy this year. Several great times were posted, including a few PBs.
26 Striders ran, breaking down into 17 men and 9 women. The fast men were out in force and Peter Robinson (3rd), Alex Manton (5th) and Tom Cammack (7th) scooped the male team prize. Antony Goodall in 12th was 2nd M40. First strider lady was Nicky Hands in 1.45 followed by Heather Eastwood in 1.47.
 
For 6 other Striders it was the Braintree Bog-gle trail race, organised by Mid Essex Casuals. First Strider was Julian Catmull in 4.21and first lady Strider was Kirsty Williams in 4.48.
 
And because the 53-12 report has not yet been done for our race at Writtle, which incidentally was a great course which was enjoyed by all (I think!).
First Strider from a squad of 21 was James Smith in 2nd and the rest of the scoring team were Greg Deacon in 6th, Chris Burgoyne 7th, Alex Manton 12th, James wright 22nd, Stuart Raven 29th, Alex Benson 32nd and Paul Jeggo 34th. The men were 2nd behind Ipswich Jaffa on the day.
 
First Strider lady from a squad of 11 was Sam Bilbie in 3rd and joining Sam on the scoring team were Emily Smith in 11th, Donna Morris in 38th and Sharon Bannister in 51st. The ladies were 5th in Pool A on the day and the club now stand at 4th in the league with one fixture to go on 19th February at Witham.
 
A small but perfectly formed team of 3 juniors also ran; our juniors seemed to be the smallest ones there and are all in U11 category. Dylan Robins had another great run, coming 2nd in his age group and 20th overall against some much older runners. Gaby Bilbie was a respectable 4th in her age group and Taylor Gooding 6th. Strider juniors are 7th in the league.
 
Well done to everyone who ran this and last weekend and also to all those who helped at our cross country.