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Date19-02-17
Event53-12 Witham XC
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/
ReportIt was a sad day for Harwich Runners. Despite a good showing in the final race the club finished the 53-12 cross country series at the bottom of Pool A and were relegated. Neighbouring club Great Bentley pulled off an incredible result to take 2nd on the day and render the efforts of the 41 who turned out in Harwich colours insufficient. Harwich managed to get all 8 scoring men home in the first 52 places, far better than any of the previous 5 races this season yet the men finished 5th. Rob Reason was the highest placed finisher for Harwich in 7th place followed by Simon Day who showed excellent improvements over the 6 races and claimed 19th in the final race at Witham. Graeme Knott (24th) and Sam Gooding-Matthews (52nd) claimed scoring spots despite recent absences from racing whilst Steve Cooper went well in 30th. There were solid runs for two runners preparing for marathons with Stuart Weaver taking 49th, just behind Robin Brookes in 45th. One of the finds of this series has been Stephen Peck whose placing of 42nd here underlines his progress since joining the club late last year. Outside the scoring places, Chris Payne, Will Roxby-Clarke and Matt Doran ran well whilst there was a debut outing from Niall Burke. In the ladies race, Kate Hodgkiss recorded her best position of the series in 5th with the consistently strong Sophie Scott next home for the black and white vests in 17th. Madeline Lewis was next in 20th followed by Ellie Haynes making a sparkling debut in a Harwich vest finishing well in 35th. There were also good performances from Elspeth Knott, penny Barrington and a welcome return for Sally Gillam. There were 8 runners who were ever present at all 6 races. Sophie Scott was the only lady to achieve this feat. Alongside scorers Day, Brookes and Weaver, John Francis, Jeff Higgon, Kieran Callaghan and Julian Cordwell completed all the races this series. In the accompanying junior race, over a one mile distance there were three girls in the U11 category. Daisy Ward continues to show huge promise taking 8th whilst there were really strong runs from Eleanor Newman and Bella Ward. Samuel Bastow and Corey Hare both ran well in the MU11 group whilst there was a top ten place in the U13 category for Tony Greenwood where James Cooper also ran. Archie Barrington was the highest placed Harwich Junior, taking 17th overall.
Date18-02-17
EventParkrun
Results
Report The conditions for this weeks Parkrun were a lot better; it was about 5 degrees with very little wind which showed in the results with 27 PBs, 105 runners, of whom 11 were first timers. Nick Davies brought the field home in 18:19 which was also a PB, Mark Rutter of Harwich Runners was second in 18:29 and Warren Byrd was third in 19:22. For the ladies the first two places went to Harwich club members, Ann Piercy was first in 24:58, Nicola Flatt was second in 25:05 and Helen Ivory, with a PB was third in 25:28. Two club members were amongst those who achieved PBs this week, Tracey George recorded 29.18 and Michael Ball improved by 20 seconds to finish in 24.44.
Date11-02-17
EventParkrun
Results
ReportSaturday was a bitterly cold morning and sleet was in the air as the parkrun was being set up. The sleet continued and turned to snow by the 9 o clock start time. However there were 68 park runners that turned out and braved the conditions, 3 of which were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests, (PB). Sam Gardiner led the field out of the park and onto the prom but it was Harwich Runners Simon Day who returned first with a PB of 17:52. Gardiner of Colchester and Tendring AC was second in 18:41 and Warren Byrd was third in 19:41. Nicola Pyle was first lady finisher in 22:29, Sally Gillam, also of Harwich Runners was second in 25:18 and Jemma Kerridge in a PB time of 26.01 was third. Simon Harrison has been unable to run since May last year due to injury, his return on Saturday was rewarded with a fourth place finish in 19.18. Fellow club member Aaron Rudkin, despite the conditions and having run a half marathon in Spain the Sunday before still managed a PB and 5th finish in 19.27. The only other club member to set a new PB was Christina Pretty, her previous best was set in December, she reduced this by 9 seconds to record 28.49. Thanks must go to the marshals and photographers that also turned out and braved the cold weather allowing the parkrun to take place, also congratulations to club members Archie Barrington and Valentina Burley who completed their 50th parkrun on Saturday.
Date05-02-17
EventGreat Bentley Half Marathon
Resultshttp://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=191836
ReportThe Great Bentley half marathon sold out within a day of entries opening this year and 20 Harwich Runners managed to book their place on the starting line. There was a high quality field present and Rob Reason took full advantage of the good race conditions to bag a hard fought 4th place in a time of 74 minutes 47 seconds, his fastest since the 2013 edition on the same course. There were many personal best (PB) times recorded; Mark Lloyd sliced 2 minutes off his previous best to record 76m 22s and won his age category (MV45) finishing in 11th place overall whilst Simon Day took 21st in an excellent new PB of 78m 43s and was 5th in the MV40 group. Newcomer Stuart Weaver ran his first half marathon in Harwich colours crossing the finish line on the village green in 86m 46 and Simon Harrison managed 87m 43s in his first race since May. Another recent recruit, Stephen Peck was running his first ever half marathon and recorded and excellent 92m 53s just ahead of Justin Burls in 94m 15s. Francis Mills has improved performances greatly recently and his time here of 96m 50s beat his previous best by over 2 minutes. Another big PB was recorded by fast improving Jez Downs who broke through the 2 hour barrier for the first time in 1h 56m 12s. Others running their first half marathon in Harwich black and white were Sophie Scott who completed the 13.1 mile course in 1h 42m 2s, Tracey George with 2h 26m 50s and Scott Luckey who clocked 1h 51m 28s. Jeff Higgon ran his quickest time for the distance in two years and Ann Piercy was 2nd in her age group (FV60) and hasn’t run a faster time since 2013. Clair Block in 2h 12m 43s produced a good display beating last years time at Ipswich by 17 minutes. Faye Brown was among those preparing for an upcoming marathon whilst it was also good to see Cath Breckell and Miranda Rayner back in race action Elsewhere recently Dennis Warner finished a hot half marathon race in Brisbane in 1h 56m.
Date05-02-17
EventTorremolinos half marathon
Resultshttp://www.pmdt.es/pmdt/eventos/2017/785_resultados.pdf
ReportHarwich Runners were represented at two overseas races recently. Aaron Rudkin and Paul Brown jetted off to Spain to take part in the Torremolinos half marathon. On a hot day, Rudkin completed the 13.1 mile course in 1 hour 34 minutes whilst Brown managed 1h 52m. A little further afield Dennis Warner took on another half marathon whilst in Australia. This time it was in a place called Portarlington, a little way outside of Melbourne. Facing travel logistical challenges needing to finish the slightly long and off road course in time to catch the last ferry home, Warner ran an inspired 1h 45m to reach the boat with 5 minutes to spare. Closer to home, Sally Gillam is back running and after finishing second in the Harwich parkrun on the Saturday she tackled a 30km race at Stamford on the Sunday. A really strong performance saw Gillam clock a time of 2h 53m 12s to finish 16th in her age group (FV50).
Date04-02-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportOnce again, for the local Parkrun the weather conditions were perfect for a PB and there were 34 achieved of the 102 who took part. Heading the field was Harwich Runner Mark Rutter in a time of 18:32 second with a PB was Nick Davies in 18:45 and third, also with a PB was John Tiniakos JNR in 19:41. For the ladies, Nicola Pyle was first in 21:46, second was Harwich Runner, Madeline Lewis in 22:27 and third with a PB was fellow club member, Ellie Haynes in 23:06. Club members finishing in the top ten were, Archie Barrington, 6th, Joe Francis 9th and Norman Gooch, 10th. Five more club members set PBs this week, Niall Burke, 23.07, Jez Downs, 23.53, Michael Ball, 25.04 and Anna Young, 27.26. Valentina Burley has been trying to better her best time set last October, coming very close to it almost every week. This week she achieved it knocking 19 seconds off to record 26.23. Harwich Runners taking part in Parkruns away from Harwich, included this week, Peter Fraser Hopewell, (23.35) and Kieran Callaghan, (23.45) at Colchester. Dennis and Di Warner continue to run events in Australia, this week it was the Kamay Parkrun. Dennis was 12th finisher in 22.28 and Di recorded 34.01.
Date29-01-17
Event53-12 Springfield XC
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/
ReportDespite a good turnout and a number of excellent performances, the 5th race in the 53-12 cross country season did not produce a good result for Harwich Runners. 24 men and 8 ladies made the journey south for the Springfield hosted race. Rob Reason was in the top 5 for the 3rd time this season whilst in form Simon Day recorded his highest ever finish position of 17th. Steve Cooper made a very welcome first appearance of the series, taking 30th and there were also top 50 places for Sam Gooding-Matthews, Stuart Weaver and Robin Brookes. John Francis and Aaron Rudkin completed the scoring eight. Many others recorded their highest finish position of the series so far with notable performances from Francis Mills, Justin Cooper-Keeble and the ever present Jeff Higgon. In the ladies race Sophie Scott led home the black and white vests in a best equalling 14th place. Madeline Lewis and newcomer Charlotte Hodgson both finished well within the top 30 and the final member of the scoring quartet was Penny Barrington in 53rd. Both men’s and ladies teams were placed 6th and that was the overall finish position for the team. In the Junior race, 97 youngsters ran with the highest placed Harwich Runner being Archie Barrington in 16th, he was also 7th in his age group (MU17). Michael Knowles continues to impress, taking 6th in the MU13 category. Tony Greenwood, Alexander McCreadie and James Cooper also ran well in that group. Eddie Cannons had a good outing in the MU11 group finishing ahead of clubmates Corey Hare and Eddison Barker. Isabella McCreadie was the only Harwich Runner in the FU13 group, finishing 8th with Eleanor Newman the only other girl running for Harwich, doing very well to take 11th in the FU11 category. With just one race left in the series on 19th February, it is now a crucial one for Harwich who need to outscore Great Bentley to remain in the top Pool.
Date28-01-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAlthough there was a cross country race the next day 25 members of Harwich Runners took part in the local Parkrun. First club member to finish was Ian Cannons in 4th place in a new personal best of 20.46. Norman Gooch, (21.04), Phil Sanderson, (22.04), Joe Francis, (22.07), Francis Mills, (22.12) and Steve Manley, (23.24) all finished in the top 15. In 16th place and second lady was Ellie Hayes in a new PB time of 23.31. Also achieving a PB was Niall Burke finishing 18th in 23.40. Ann Piercy was once again third lady finisher in a time of 25.28. Club members running in Parkruns in other areas included, Charlie McCarthy at Clacton, (21.17). At Colchester, Peter Fraser Hopewell, (23.38) and Kieran Callaghan, (23.55). Further afield Vicky McCrea was at Walsall, (25.21) and in Australia Dennis and Di Warner did the Yamba event. Dennis finished 8th in 22.13 and Di was 29th in 32.38.
Date22-01-17
Event53-12 Ipswich XC
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/
ReportOn a bitterly cold morning, 28 men and 8 ladies travelled to Wherstead to take on the 4th race in the 53-12 cross country series. The event was hosted by Ipswich Jaffa who won the overall race but Harwich Runners also had a good day with both the men’s and ladies teams finishing 3rd. In the ladies race there were 93 runners with Kate Hodgkiss finishing 7th for Harwich despite a fall in which she cut her knee. Sophie Scott is marathon training and that strength is now showing as she took 16th. New recruit Charlotte Hodgson showed much promise finishing 25th on her debut with Madeline Lewis completing the scoring team of 4 in 28th. There was another strong run from Elspeth Knott and Hannah Jarvis made her first appearance of the series. In the men’s race, Rob Reason worked his way wonderfully through the field to finish 2nd over the approximate 5 mile distance. Mark Lloyd in 18th and Simon Day in 24th set Harwich up for a good result. Stephen Peck matched his previous best placing of 50th whilst Robin Brookes and Stuart Weaver were again well placed. Mark Rutter and John Francis completed the scoring team with all 8 finishing within the first 64 places. There were debut runs for Joe Francis and Anthony Hare although one of the performances of the day came from Francis Mills who finished in his highest ever position. There were also excellent showings from Ian Cannons and Will Roxby-Clarke. The overall 3rd place finish keeps Harwich in with a chance of finishing in the top half of the table . In the accompanying junior run, Archie Barrington finished 18th overall and 7th in the MU17 group. Michael Knowles ran well to take 6th in the MU15 category where Alexander McCreadie, William Turner, James Cooper and Tony Greenwood all competed. Samuel Bastow was the youngest and highest placed runner in the MU11 group for Harwich finishing ahead of clubmates Corey Hare, Eddie Cannons and Eddison Barker. The ten boys were joined by girls. Annabel Brookes and Isabella McCreadie both did well in the FU13 group. Daisy Ward had a successful day, finishing 12th in the FU11 category with young Bella Ward performing superbly against older children. The 5th race in the series takes place at Springfield this Sunday. Elsewhere Jez Downs travelled to Farnborough for a half marathon; he recorded a 6 minute Personal Best clocking 2 hours 1 minute and 26 seconds.
Date21-01-17
EventParkrun
Results
ReportThis weeks parkrun saw 113 individuals taking part, 17 of them achieving personal best times and 9 of whom were running at Harwich for the first time. First back to the bandstand this week was Simon Day (VM40-44) of Harwich Runners, in 18:22 this is his 5th win in 19 appearances. The second runner home was Pablo Aranda who is in the area to learn English and new to parkrun. The third back was Lee Kennedy (SM30-34) with a time of 20:22 For the ladies results, the first back was Nicola Pyle (VW50-54) of the Springfield Striders RC (10th overall) with a time of 22:33. Ellie Haynes (SW25-29) was second (15th overall) over the line in 23:34. Ellie only joined Harwich Runners this month, Saturdays run was a PB for her. Antoinette Wilson (VW55-59) of Great Bentley RC, was third (17th overall) over the line in 23:50 she has been first to finish on 3 previous occasions. PBs this week for members of Harwich Runners were gained by, Nigel Griggs,24.19, Andrew Thorn, 25.09, and Helen Benham. Helen has set a PB six times in her last eight Parkruns and now has a best time of 25.41.

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