|Report||Sunday turned out to be a perfect morning for running and a great turnout of 270 competitors were on the start line for the second race of the 53-12 cross country league in Ramsey. The race itself was won in a close finish by Matthew Spencer of Ipswich Jaffa who also claimed the overall team prize for the day. Taking the honours as second men’s team was the Harwich contingent though who did very well to finish ahead of a strong Springfield squad. A tight tussle saw Graeme Knott work his way calmly through the men’s field of 178 runners to finish in 4th, just ahead of Robert Reason in 5th. Mark Lloyd is becoming a force to be reckoned with over a cross country course and he finished in an excellent 16th position and two places ahead of Sam Gooding-Matthews in 18th. With 8 runners scoring in the men’s competition, Simon Day ran strongly and took 37th, Stephen Burbidge placed 41st, Mark Rutter was 46th and Andre Besant closed out in 57th. Other notable performances among the 31 male runners for Harwich were John Francis 67th, David Watkins 68th, Gary Donoghue 72nd, Rob Warner 97th and Amos Seddon in 154th.
The ladies race was also won by an Ipswich Jaffa runner with Helen Davies leading home the 92 female competitors. For Harwich, Claudine Tisbury continued her excellent form placing 9th lady. Completing the 4 scoring runners for Harwich were Madeline Lewis in 26th, Elspeth Knott in 33rd and Claire Bransby in 48th. Harwich ladies were edged into 5th place overall in the team competition. Good supporting runs were provided by Carla Holroyd 58th, Vicky McCrea 59th, Faye Brown 71st, Ann Piercy 74th, Louise Papworth 77th and Jo Higgon 79th.
By combining the male and female team places the club finished third on the day, just behind local rivals Bentley.
In the supporting junior race Harwich had twelve members taking part. First home was Archie Barrington in 21st position. Brother George Barrington was next, (34th), closely followed by Myles Doran, (36th). First Harwich girl was Sarah Hughes, (66th) and second was Paige French, (71st). Others running were Stan Sykes, (41), Matthew Kent, (51), James Cooper, (64) John Bransby, (69), Max Chilver (74), Alexander and Isabella McCreadie, (78 and 81). The Harwich team finished sixth on the day out of thirteen teams and are now sixth in the junior league table.
|Report||On Saturday the Essex Vets cross country took place at Woodford. The headliner for Harwich Runners was undoubtedly Elspeth Knott who placed 38th in the ladies race and won a County Silver Medal for her age group (FV55). The team of 4 finished 14th overall, with Sally Gillam, Ann Piercy and Louise Papworth alongside the consistently strong Knott. There were also 2 men’s teams running the same day; the V40 team finished 11th overall and was made up of Steve Cooper, Andre Besant, Richard Flutter and Ashley Thomas whilst the V50 team of Mark Rutter, John Francis, Steve Kent and Nick Beales took 10th in their age category race.|
|Report||Harwich Runners were represented at three races across East Anglia on Sunday. In Essex, Rob Reason and Elspeth Knott tackled the Chelmsford 10k. Both have been running well recently and did so again in what was a very competitive field of 408 runners. Reason’s time of 34.26 placed him 12th whilst a season best time from Knott saw her finish in 195th overall but 1st in her age category (FV60).
In Norfolk favourable conditions assisted long distance specialist Liz Smith at the Norwich Half Marathon. A time of 2.05.18 saw an improvement of 5 minutes from her previous best.
Meanwhile in Suffolk, seven Harwich Runners braved the hilly 10 mile course at Hadleigh. First home in a black and white vest was Claudine Tisbury, whose time of 71.16 ensured that she finished first in her age group (F50) and claimed 59th place overall. Phil Sanderson continues to show his improvement; he lowered his previous best time by a minute to finish in 76.48. Jeff Higgon ran well to clock a time of 78.42 whilst Steven Kent (1.28.23), Jo Higgon (1.35.49), Clare McKenna (1.38.07) and Louise Papworth (1.41.35) completed the Harwich representation amongst the 264 runners.
|Report||5 Harwich Runners were in Parkrun action both home and away this weekend. Mark Rutter decided to revisit the Bryn Bach event while visiting family in Wales. Icy conditions made for slower than usual times, yet Rutter still emerged 5th overall and the clear winner of the V50-54 age group in 18m 37s.
Closer to home, Richard Flutter made his weekly visit to the Maldon Prom event. Despite a blistering 5.40 opening mile that saw him up with the leaders, the strength sapping wind and mud underfoot eventually took their toll on Flutter, who finished 8th overall in 20m. Just the one Harwich Runner toed the line by the old bandstand at the Colchester event at Castle Park, with Peter Fraser-Hopewell finishing 55th overall out of 156 runners and 3rd in the V55-59 age group.
Highest finish position of the morning went to the in-form Mark Lloyd over at the Ipswich event. From the 164 runners tackling two muddy laps of Chantry Park, Lloyd was 3rd overall back to the cricket pavilion just 3 seconds shy of his course best in 18m 36s. His partner Carrie Hook also ran well to finish 9th lady and win the V40-44 age group.
|Report||Handicap Victory for Jack
Young Jack Barrington took the honours in the Harwich Runners Winter 5 mile Handicap on Sunday with a stunning return to form. His time of 34.55 saw him cross the line first as the runner who beat his predicted time by the largest amount. Although not quite a Personal Best for Jack, the next runners to reach the finish could claim that achievement. Next was Matt Doran in 43.35 who lowered his previous best by nearly a minute and then Malcolm Hawken who clocked 50.31.
Fourth across the line and fastest lady on the day was Madeline Lewis. Her outstanding year of running continued as she smashed almost two minutes off her previous best to finish in a time of 36.38. Completing the podium for the ladies were Elspeth Knott who ran 37.27 and Carrie Hook, another to score a huge personal best time, finishing in 38.50.
The quickest times of day were set by an in form Rob Reason who completed the 5 mile course in just 27.50. He was followed by Graeme Knott who clocked 28.57 and Sam Gooding-Matthews with 29.14. Next fastest was the impressive Mark Lloyd, his time of 29.44 lowered his previous best by 7 seconds.
In all, 27 people ran the Lawford based course faster than they had managed on a stiflingly hot evening back in July. Other notable runs amongst the 44 strong field were Phil Sanderson who lowered his best by two minutes to finish in 36.22, and other best times were recorded by Carla Holroyd in 39.09 and Miranda Rayner in 46.28. Steve Burbidge also continued his improving performances with his fastest time yet of 31.09.
|Report||While most Harwich Runners saved their legs for the popular club 5-mile handicap the following day, two members did make the weekly Parkrun last Saturday. Making a second appearance at Ipswich’s Chantry Park, Gary Donoghue showed he is well on the way to recovering from a long-term injury by finishing 29th out of the 178 participants. In the inhospitable cold conditions, Donoghue’s time of 21m 33s was only one second off his last appearance there. It was no surprise to see Richard Flutter put in another Parkrun appearance, returning to the Maldon Prom event where he lined up with 103 others. After an 18 mile cycle ride to the event, he was happy to take fifth position with a two-second personal best for the course of 19m 55s. |
|Event||Stebbing 10 mile and Stowmarket 7|
|Report||On a crisp Remembrance Day morning a number of Harwich Runners tackled courses in Stowmarket and Stebbing with both races starting after a period of silence at the start lines. The Scenic 7 mile at Stowmarket attracted 3 runners to its undulating yet attractive, fast course. First home in a black and white vest was Ian Cannons in a time of 48.30 to place an impressive 63rd out of 337 runners. He was followed across the line by an in form Paul Kerrison who knocked a whopping 8 minutes off his previous best to clock 51.19 and take 91st place overall. Completing the Harwich team on the day was Carla Holroyd who finished in a time of 57.27 and took second in her age category (F55).
Meanwhile at Stebbing, a rural 10 mile course attracted 492 runners, 4 of whom were representing Harwich. Fastest on the day was the consistently good Richard Newman in a time of 1.08.35 which took 93rd place. The other Harwich runners on the day all finished quite close together; Sally Gillam had a strong run in 1.24.43 and there were debut 10 mile runs for Julian Cordwell who clocked 1.26.44 and, continuing his return from injury, Francis Mills in 1.27.24.
|Report||Despite heavy rain this week making the courses tough going, 10 Harwich Runners were in action at Parkrun events all over East Anglia this weekend. 4 of the black and white vested athletes were at the popular Colchester event in the grounds of Castle Park. The quartet were led home by a triumphant Steve Burbidge, who chipped 11 seconds from his course best to take 8th spot overall in 19m 22s. Burbidge was followed in by teammate Andre Besant, making a solid course debut in 20m 02s for 13th spot and a 40-44 age group win. Francis Mills continued along the comeback trail after injury, finishing 63rd in 24m 01s and Edward McCreadie closed for the quartet with a huge improvement on his previous week’s race to finish in 26m 01s.
Over at the Ipswich event in Chantry Park, Jeff Higgon brought the first Harwich vest over the line in 23m 29s for 44th spot and an emphatic 60-64 age group win. He was followed home by Carrie Hook, who coped superbly with the muddy conditions to finish 10th woman overall and 1st in the 40-44 age group just 12 seconds from her course best in 24m 42s. Jo Higgon closed for the team in 29m 05s, placing her 3rd in the 50-54 age group.
The Maldon Prom event saw Harwich Runners filling both first and last positions, with Steve Hewes returning to secure a comfortable 3rd win in 17m 50s, and Richard Flutter opting for an easy training run to assist the organisers as the sweep runner at the back, pacing a junior lady to a new personal best. Finally, Steve Scutchey sought his 5km test further afield at the inaugural Blickling Park event in Norfolk. Scutchey flew the Harwich flag in style by winning the 60-64 age group in 24m 58s and placing a respectable 52nd out of an impressive field of 152 for the new event.
|Report||A record number of competitors were on the start-line for the opening race of the 53-12 cross- country league in Hylands Park, Chelmsford. Harwich Runners were missing a number of their top men and it was the women who made the limelight on a cold and blustery morning. Kate Hodgkiss raced to an inspirational 3rd place and took the numerous ditch crossing and other water strewn obstacles in her stride. After this showing Hodgkiss looks set for a great winter. Smooth striding Claudine Tisbury worked her way up to a final 16th place finish. World duathlon age group champion Elspeth Knott dug deep to end 29th and promising Madeline Lewis closed out the scoring 4 runners in 33rd. One of the runs of the morning came from Vicky McCrea, storming through the ditches for 71st. Providing good supporting runs were Claire Bransby 59th, Sally Gillam 73rd, Louise Papworth 90th, Faye Brown 91st, Jo Higgon 95th and Angela Walton 104th.
The pace was fast from the off for the men over the 5 mile course. Sam Gooding-Matthews settled into the second pack, and ran a well-judged, tactical race. Sheltering from the strong gusting wind he finished strongly in 21st. Mark Lloyd showed that his running is almost matching his renowned cycling ability, placing an excellent 24th. Having suffered long-term injury, Mark Rutter played a great team to role to secure a hard earned 53rd spot. Andre Besant placed 72nd, one place in front of back to form Justin Burls. With 8 runners to score Ben Hammond placed 76th, Richard Flutter 82nd and Ian Cannon closed out in a very good 88th. Pick of the other Harwich men’s performances were Gary Donoghue 92nd, Nick Beales 99th, Paul Crowson 147th and Philip Sanderson 149th. Team winners on the day were hosts Springfield Striders, in front of Colchester Harriers. Ipswich JAFFA filled 3rd place, while Great Bentley edged out Harwich on count back for 4th. Leaving Tiptree in the relegation spot after the opening race. Harwich Runners host the next fixture in Ramsey on Sunday 1st December, where home advantage should be in their favour.
In the supporting junior race Joseph Hammond led the small Harwich squad home in a good 33rd. Miles Doran showed he could be one to watch in 36th, followed by consistent performer Sarah Hughes 40th and John Bransby 59th. Overall the Harwich team placed 7th. Francis Mills made the journey to Bungay for a 10 kilometres race. He just missed his target of breaking 50 minutes by 15 seconds. His rime was still a 3 minutes personal best and a worthy effort over a hilly course with a strong wind to contend with.
|Report||The cancellation of the Ipswich parkrun due to fallen trees on the course after the recent storm meant there were a record 190 runners on the starting line for the Colchester Castle Park event last Saturday. First home of the three Harwich Runners among them was Michelle Greenfield. Making a tenth appearance at the event, she covered the muddy 5 kilometres in 26m 51s to place 18th woman out of 73 taking part, and second in the 35-39 age category. Edward McCreadie (27m 4s) in 109th place was the next club member to finish, closely followed by Alison Bardell (27m 24s) who was 20th woman. Richard Flutter has now taken part in 45 parkruns in total at various venues across the country. Although his training has been curtailed by injury, Flutter returned to his recent favourite haunt at Maldon Prom for the seventh time last week where he bagged a good sixth place out of a field of 67 in 20m 36s. |