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Date18-02-18
Event53-12 XC Hadleigh
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/results-senior.htm
ReportHarwich Runners secured promotion back to Pool A of the 53-12 Cross Country championship at the first attempt and in the most commanding way possible. Five wins from five races left the rest of Pool B trailing and with one race remaining no one can now stop Harwich finishing top. Harwich took a slightly depleted team of 27 runners across to Hadleigh but still won Pool B comfortably. Although the weather was kind, there was plenty of mud underfoot and the slightly long course also contained some extra hills to challenge the runners. In the ladies race, Kate Hodgkiss finished a good 5th overall with Madeline Lewis also securing a place inside the top 20. Elspeth Knott completed the scoring trio for Harwich with the combined score safely ahead of nearest challengers Halstead. There were strong supporting runs from Nicola Flatt and Helen Benham which helped the team too. In the men’s race, the first black and white vest across the finish line was Rob Reason in 6th place whilst Graeme Knott also managed a top 10 placing. There was an impressive debut run for recent recruit Tim Brand who finished ahead of young Archie Barrington; both will be pleased with a place inside the first 30 finishers. With six men to score, Stuart Weaver and Charlie McCarthy completed the line up with all home within the first 64 places. Mark Rutter backed up the scoring team well and there was a good debut for Craig Robinson. Other notable performances saw a welcome return to race action for Richard Newman and a strong run from Mike Ball in his first race this season. In the accompanying Junior race Michael Knowles was the highest placed finisher for Harwich, taking 13th place overall and 8th in the MU15 category. Alexander McCreadie had a good run in the same category. The promising Eddison Barker had a terrific run to take 21st overall with a good run also from Eddie Cannons in the same MU13 group. Young Jamie Carter was again the highest placed representative of year 4 taking an impressive 43rd overall. Charlie Richardson, Charlie Newman and Samuel Barstow also did well for Harwich in the MU11 age range. Of the 54 girls that ran, 6 were from Harwich with Daisy Ward placed highest. There were also strong runs from Jemima Garner, Eleanor Newman, Isabella Ward, Molly Richardson and Eryn Lewis all in the FU11 category. Away from the Hadleigh mud, Valentina Burley travelled to Berkshire for the Wokingham half marathon. Hindered by a cold she did really well to post 1 hour 59 minutes 30 seconds, just 20 seconds outside of her personal best. David and Katherine Pleace took part in a charity 10 mile event at Dunton near Basildon. David completed the distance in 1h 47 with Katherine posting 2 hours exactly.
Date10-02-18
EventPark Run
Results
ReportIcy conditions on Saturday meant some Parkrun events were called off for safety reasons. At Harwich puddles of water on the paths that had frozen overnight meant the start had to be moved on to the grass. Despite the cold morning 118 people completed the 5k course, the largest turnout since September last year. First back to the bandstand was Andy Blackman, his second visit to the area. His time of 19m 28s was a Personal Best, (PB). Second finisher, Michael Greenfield, also recorded a PB, 19m 36s, his quickest since July last year. Third finisher was Mark Rutter of Harwich Runners in 19m 47s. First finishing junior was also a local club member, Michael Knowles, sixth finisher overall in 21m 4s. Harwich Runners ladies filled two of the top three female positions. Helen Benham ran her quickest since August last year to finish in 24m 6s, a new best for her, and finished third lady. First lady for the twenty eighth time in 21m 30s was Claudine Benstead. Second female finisher was Great Bentley runner Kathy Bishop in 23m 47s, her quickest run ever at any of the 55 Parkruns she has taken part in. Two Harwich club members ran PBs this week, Jacqui Kettle, knocked an impressive 59 seconds off her previous best to record 29m 1s, her first sub 30 minute run. Mike Ball has improved each week now for four weeks; his new best set on Saturday is 21m 8s, a big improvement since his first run in September 2016 when he finished in 26m 19s. Other club members took part in Parkruns in other parts of the country. Christina and Kim Pretty did the York Parkrun; Christina finished in 30m 1s and Kim 24m 20s. Amos Seddon ran at the Mile End event, (London), in 25m 22s. Of the 389 finishers at the Colchester Parkrun two were Harwich club members. Carrie Hook continued her return from injury to run 27m 8s and Mark Lloyd finished in second place in 18m 18s. This weekend Harwich Runners will be in cross country action at Hadleigh, (Suffolk), competing in the fifth of six races in the 53-12 league. Having won the first four races they will be hoping for another win to secure their promotion to the higher league next season.
Date04-02-18
EventGreat Bentley Half Marathon
Resultshttp://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=226546
ReportIt was a successful morning for Harwich Runners at the Great Bentley Half Marathon with several personal best (PB) times being achieved as well as other accolades. The popular race sold out within two hours this year but 16 Harwich Runners were able to secure places and complete the 13.1 mile countryside course. Rob Reason ran almost the same time as he did here last year, finishing 9th in a very strong field in 1 hour 14 minutes 51 seconds. Continually improving Stephen Peck ran a stunning new PB of 1h 16m 36s. Peck was 14th overall but also managed to claim 1st place in the MV40 category and a new club record for that age group. Next home was Mark Lloyd who is going well again, completing the course in 1h 17m 45s. These three runners won the male team award by virtue of having 3 runners finish before any other club. Simon Harrison ran his fastest time for two years (1h 25m 06) whilst Stuart Weaver continued his marathon preparation with a solid 1h 29m 19s. Conditions were not ideal with the runners being treated to cold wind and the occasional snow flurry. Running their first ever half marathons were Kris Dalby, who ducked under the 2 hour mark, and Karen Stapleton who recorded a good debut time of 1h 51m 46s. Nicola Flatt continues to improve and sliced another 3 minutes off her PB to post 1h 51m 43s. There were also new best times for Anna Young and Lian Meachen. Anne Herbert was agonisingly 11 seconds over the 2 hours, Faye Elliott did well to record 2h 11m so soon after returning from her honeymoon and there was a first appearance in a Harwich shirt for Jules Lawrence who grabbed a PB of 1h 47m 50s. Matt Doran and Tracey George were also happy to complete another half marathon. Elsewhere Will Roxby-Clarke travelled to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park and came home with a 10km PB, improving 90 seconds from his previous best to 43m 6s. Sarah Roxby-Clarke managed 30 minutes exactly for the 5k race at the same venue. Also in action was Vicky McCrea who ran a decent 44m 6s over 5 miles at Alsager.
Date03-02-18
EventPark Run
Results
ReportLast weekend was very successful for Harwich Runners, with top three ladies positions and top two male finishers at the Harwich Parkrun, first team at the Great Bentley half marathon and personal bests, (PBs), galore at a number of distances. On Saturday Steve Cooper was first finisher at the local Parkrun in a course PB of 17.51. Archie Barrington, again finished second, this week in 18.55. Claudine Benstead was first female finisher for the 27th time in 21.35. Ruth Benham was second in 24.13 and Helen Benham was third in 24.38. This week there was PBs for Mike Ball, 21.13, Kim Pretty, 23.32 and Valentina Burley, 25.40 and Michael Knowles 20.54.
Date27-01-18
EventPark Run
Results
ReportThose taking part in this weeks Harwich Parkrun were greeted with near perfect running conditions. One hundred and six people completed the 5k course, twelve were at Harwich for the first time and of those twelve, six were doing their first ever Parkrun. The conditions meant nineteen achieved a new Personal Best, (PB). Thirty Seven members of Harwich Runners took part and once again they occupied some of the top finishing positions. First club finisher was sixteen year old Archie Barrington in second place, (19.12). First and third positions were filled by members of Ipswich Jaffa, and Colchester Harriers, Steve Langley, (19.03), and Chris Manby, (19.30). First Lady finisher was also a member of the Colchester club, Rebecca Cooke in a PB time of 19.46. Second and Third Lady finisher were Harwich Club members, Karen Stapleton, 23.42 and Ruth Benham, 24.55. Second male club member to finish was Ian Flook, last week’s winner but this week pushing a buggy, ninth overall in 21.09. Mike Ball was third club finisher in a new PB time of 21.36. Close behind was Ian Cannon and Alan Gardner, thirteenth and fourteenth finishers. All finishers are split into age groups of five years, Valentina Burley, who was fourth lady finisher, won her age group. Other club members who were first in their age were, Jeff Higgon, Jo Higgon, and Ann Piercy. Trevor Matthews has run three times at the Harwich event and improved every time, his PB now stands at 29.48. Lian Meachen also achieved another PB this week, (30.20), her second in three weeks and her third in January. Kim Pretty set a new PB of 23.50 during November, the following week he frustratingly equalled it. Mid December he knocked off one second, (23.49), this week he did exactly the same as in November equalled his PB, but he did have the consolation of winning his age group, (60-65). Some other members competed in Parkruns elsewhere, Amos Seddon at Colchester, 25.45. Hannah Jarvis was at Great Notley where she finished in 26.58. Mark Rutter travelled the longest distance, to South Wales for the Bryn Bach Parkrun, of the 102 finishers he was fifth in 19.51. Sarah and Will Roxby-Clarke would appear to be trying a new Parkrun every Saturday, this week it was the Valentine Parkrun near Ilford where 272 finished. Will was eleventh finisher in 21.08 and Sarah recorded 33.28. On Sunday two club members completed the Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k, a multi terrain race. James Olley finished in 59.51 and Anna Young 63.31.
Date21-01-18
EventBenfleet 15 Mile
Resultshttps://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/Benfleet-15/2018
ReportOn a cold, wet weekend there were a few members of Harwich Runners out at races. At the Benfleet 15 mile, Will Roxby-Clarke continued his good form by posting 2 hours 6 minutes 33 seconds to finish 184th in a good field of 649 runners. Anna Young did well to post 2h 32m 19s and Tracey George completed the Harwich contingent at this rarely raced distance with a time of 3h 35m 56s. Meanwhile Stuart Weaver has made a good start to the year. He travelled to Kent to tackle the Canterbury 10 mile race. On an undulating course and in difficult conditions Weaver crossed the line in a very good 1h 6m 50s to take 89th place in a strong field of 1390 runners. Also recently Claire Bransby was in Norfolk for the Snetterton 10km race where her time of 53m 5s was quicker than she has managed for that distance in the last 5 years.
Date20-01-18
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the local Parkrun 33 members took part despite the rain and took some of the top places. Ian Flook was first finisher in 19.51. Junior member Michael Knowles finished fourth, his highest position ever in and new Personal Best time of 20.54. Ruth Benham was first Lady in 26.14, closely followed by Valentina Burley in 26.20. Sarah Roxby-Clarke travelled to the Parkrun at Thetford and finished in 32.08 and Bill Haining choose the Great Cornard Parkrun for his second race since returning from injury where he recorded 22.10. At the clubs awards presentation evening, Stephen Peck was the one to come away with the most trophies. He was the Championship Challenge Division One winner, Best New Member, winner of the Race Performance of the year trophy and Most Improved Runner of the year. Others to win awards included, Claudine Benstead who was winner of the Premier Division, most improved cross country runners were Alice Cole and Francis Mills. The Triathlon Trophy went to Justin Burls and Archie Barrington won the Paarlauf Trophy and was winner of the winter 5 mile handicap race. The club members voted Peter Gooding Club Person of the Year and the Janet Thomas Thank You cup went to Claire Gooding-Matthews for services to the club.
Date14-01-18
Event53-12 XC Ipswich
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/results-senior.htm
ReportHarwich Runners’ charge back towards Pool A of the 53-12 Cross country league continued on Sunday with a fine performance in muddy conditions at Ipswich. The club finished victorious in both the men’s and ladies categories in Pool B and have now won the first four of the six races in this group. With the first six scoring men accumulating points, Harwich had those six home within the first 38 runners in a field approaching 200. Leading the way in 4th was the in form Steve Cooper again just one place ahead of Rob Reason. Stephen Peck and Graeme Knott both finished within the top 20 with Mark Lloyd and Simon Day completing the scoring six. There were excellent supporting runs from Gary Parker in 40th and Archie Barrington just two places further back. Stuart Weaver, Robin Brookes and James Olley were making their first appearance of the season, there was a debut from Andrew Carter and a notably excellent performance from Will Roxby-Clarke. Alongside the 26 men representing the black and white vest of Harwich, there were 7 ladies. The scoring trio comprised Kate Hodgkiss who finished 8th followed by Madeline Lewis and Ellie Haynes, both of whom were inside the top 30. There were strong runs also from Nicola Flatt and Alison Evans. The overall victory leaves Harwich 5 points clear at the top of Pool B and the club will be looking forward to the 5th race in the series which is on 18th February at Halstead. In the accompanying Junior race which attracted an impressive 130 runners, Michael Knowles was 6th in the MU15 category and Harwich’s highest placed junior in 15th overall. Eddison Barker was in the top 10 for the MU13 group whilst Charlie Newman was the highest placed finisher from school year 3. There was also another strong run from the talented Jamie Carter. Jemima Gardner was the highest placed year 4 girl with Eleanor Newman, Eryn Lewis and Isabella Ward also running in the FU11 category. Daisy Ward finished 5th in the FU13 group. Elsewhere Sarah Roxby-Clarke completed an event called the Chase the Moon 10k at the Olympic Park. Her time of 62 minutes 16 seconds was her fastest since 2014.
Date13-01-18
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the Harwich Parkrun on Saturday, Harwich Runners dominated the top male, female and junior positions, plus five members achieved personal bests, (PBs). First finisher was Mark Lloyd in 18.07, second was Simon Day in 18.30. The ladies were led home by Kate Hodgkiss in 21.00 and Karen Stapleton was third in 23.17. First finishing juniors were Michael Knowles, tenth finisher overall, (21.19). Second was Jamie Carter in 22.38. Mike Ball continued his run of PBs, (21.45), as did Kris Dalby, (25.30). Christina Pretty went under 28 minutes for the first time to set a new best of 27.54. Junior member Aidan Downs ran his fastest since November 2016 to record a new PB of 28.05. Not to be outdone, Aidans mum, Lian Meachen, also set a new best of 30.35.
Date06-01-18
EventEssex Cross Country Championships
Results
ReportThe main event last weekend was the Essex Cross Country Championships at Great Notley. Harwich Runners were well represented on a day where muddy conditions made running hard work. The ladies finished a highly respectable 13th out of the 28 teams with Kate Hodgkiss leading the way in 35th place overall. Also claiming points for Harwich were Ellie Haynes, Nicola Flatt and, welcome new club addition, Alison Evans. There were also good supporting runs from Elspeth Knott, Helen Benham and Anne Herbert. In a very high quality field for the Senior Men, Steve Cooper was Harwich’s highest finisher coming 17th overall, two places ahead of Rob Reason. Simon Day had a strong run to take 66th and there were further scoring contributions from Charlie McCarthy, Ian Cannons and Matt Doran. Michael Ball and Niall Burke also put in solid runs. The scoring men placed 16th out of the 25 competing teams. Harry Young ran in the under 20 race with Archie Barrington representing the club in the under 17 equivalent. The club will be looking to consolidate their place at the top of pool B in the 53-12 cross country league with Ipswich hosting the next race. Elsewhere, Anna Young completed the Kings Forest 10km at Bury St Edmunds in 55 minutes 46 seconds finishing 59th out of 185 runners.

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