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Date14-10-18
EventTiptree 10 miles
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/tiptree-102
ReportA group of runners from Harwich travelled to the popular Tiptree 10 mile event. The scenic and undulating course provided some notable performances. Stephen Peck has not raced much since the Halstead marathon in May but decided to test himself on this course. Peck finished 8th overall in a high quality field in a spectacular time of 56 minutes 46 seconds and was second in his age group on the day. He also claimed a new Harwich Runners club record in the MV40 category. Claudine Benstead had another terrific run, claiming victory in the FV55 group with a stunning 70m 46s effort. It was her best time over the distance since 2015 and just short of her own club record. Lee Allen produced a new personal best time of 67m 18s, bettering his time from Chelmsford last November and finished a little way ahead of Simon Day in 67m 55s. Also recording his fastest time over this distance was Andrew Thorn whose time of 81m 12s was far quicker than he managed at Witham earlier in the year. There were also good performances from both Jeff and Jo Higgon and a wonderful return to action for Paul Brown who has had an extremely lengthy injury forced spell out of running.
Date16-09-18
EventRound Norfolk Relay
Resultshttp://www.roundnorfolkrelay.com/results_main_page.php
ReportHarwich Runners managed to assemble a team for the Round Norfolk Relay again this year. It is a 17 stage relay race starting and finishing at Kings Lynn and navigates the 198 miles around the county’s border. As well as being a test to see which team is fastest, a more realistic prize was available for the team that could predict their finish time most accurately. Harwich did not win this prize however as their runners collectively were almost 22 minutes faster than predicted. Mike Ball got the journey underway with a dawn start on the Saturday before passing on to Ellie Burke who ran her 14 mile leg 10 minutes faster than predicted in 1 hour 56 minutes 20 seconds. Anna Anderson, Niall Burke and Richard Newman all ran to form before David Pleace negotiated his almost 8 mile leg over 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Will Roxby-Clarke then gained a minute on a 9 mile leg finishing in Lessingham and with the team going well, decent runs from Sarah Roxby-Clarke and Matt Doran consolidated the good performance and took the race into Saturday evening. Stephen Peck was then 5th fastest over the second longest leg of day, covering just over 18 miles in a wonderful 1h 56m 46s bringing the team into Earsham. New member Paul Smith ran leg 11 as Saturday became Sunday and then it was Simon Day to tackle the longest leg of the race. Day covered the 19.67 miles from Scole to Thetford in an impressive 2h 13m, almost 9 minutes quicker than predicted. Robin Brookes was next to go before Justin Cooper-Keeble gained another two minutes as the team reached Wissington. Then the team finished in style. First Faye Elliott ran her 10.59 mile leg over 6 minutes quicker than expected to put the team back ahead of schedule. Then Elspeth Knott claimed the prize for the best Ladies Master graded performance with a strong 16th leg. Finally Jason Meachen rounded the race off with a quick final 11.73 mile leg gaining the team more time in the process . A total time taken of 27 hours 48 minutes 53 seconds was a success for the club who finished 45th out of the 60 competing teams.
Date16-09-18
EventDedham 10k plus Fun Run 3k
Resultshttps://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/dedhamrun/2018
ReportAt Dedham, five Harwich runners were among the 353 finishers in the popular 10km event. Claudine Benstead was a comfortable winner in her age group (FV50) in a swift 43m 33s. There were also good runs from Thomas Blake (47m 12s) and Alan Gardner (48m 31s).
Date16-09-18
EventGreat East Run
Resultshttps://www.greatrun.org/myresults/advanced-search
ReportThe Great East Run in Ipswich attracted a big crowd to the half marathon event which starts and finishes at the Portman Road football ground. Of the 2559 finishers, 19 of them were from Harwich Runners. First black and white vest across the line in 40th place overall was Simon Harrison, finishing in 1 hour 27 minutes 28 seconds. Next back was in-form Becky McCorquodale. Her impressive time of 1h 33m 33s was her quickest since 2013 and proved enough to take 6th place overall and 1st place in her FV45 category as well as claiming a new club record for her age group. Lee Allen was close behind in 1h 33m 59s, completing his first half marathon in the clubs colours. Other notable achievements on the challenging course, which includes a long climb just after the 7 mile mark, included third place category finishes for both Jeff Higgon (MV65) and Charlotte Hodgson (FV40). Nicola Challis was one of the few to achieve a new personal best in the warm conditions managing 1h 48m 50s, an improvement of almost 3 minutes. Andrew Carter (1h 50m 48s) and Christina Pretty (2h 18m 36s) also recorded new best times. Completing her first half marathon in Harwich colours was Emma MacKillop (1h 49m) whilst there were also strong runs from Karen Stapleton, Ian Bolton and Ruth Benham.
Date09-09-18
EventLangham 10km / 5k /2k
Resultshttp://www.langham10km.org.uk/results/Langham10k2018.pdf
ReportLast week a number of Harwich Runners members tackled the popular races at Langham. Started as a 10km race the day now also offers a 5km option too. Attracting 84 runners, the 5km race saw some quick times, one of which was set by 4th place Steve Cooper in 17 minutes 43 seconds. Lee Allen managed 20m 34s and Jeremy Downs 24m 21s but both runners were also preparing to run the later 10km distance. Becky McCorquodale is in great form at the moment; clocking 20m 45s here it was her fastest 5km run for many years and allowed her to win her age group (FV40) as well as finish as 2nd lady overall. Carrie Hook also recorded her best time since coming back from a lengthy injury. In the 10km race Lee Allen (42m 26s) and Jeremy Downs (59m 10s) ran again. Claudine Tisbury was first in her age group (FV55). Emma MacKillop (47m 24s) , Karen Barker (79m 38s) and Kelly Peck (67m 32s) were racing the distance for the first time in a Harwich vest Sarah Roxby-Clarke ran her quickest since 2014 and there were new personal best times for both Christina Pretty and Kim Pretty.
Date09-09-18
EventHarlow 10 miles
Results
ReportMark Higgs was among the many thousands of runners at the Great North Run. He completed the half marathon distance in 1 hour 51 minutes 15 seconds. Closer to home Matthew Friend completed the Colchester Zoo Stampede Half marathon in a new personal best time of 1h31m 29s. He finished 14th overall out of 555 finishers in the course which started and finished at the zoo itself. Meanwhile Allan Bush was Harwich’s only representative at the Harlow 10 mile race; finishing well in 1h 16m 17s
Date02-09-18
EventEssex Way relay
Results
ReportHarwich Runners entered three teams into the latest edition of the Essex Way run. Split over ten legs of varying distance the off road route takes the teams from Epping all the way through to Harwich, a total of nearly 82 miles. The ladies team finished 6th in their category. Both Kate Hodgkiss and Becky McCorquodale were the fastest ladies on their respective legs. Elspeth Knott and Sally Gillam had got the team off to a good start before Hodgkiss lifted the team to 7th . Ellie Haynes took the team into 6th a position consolidated with strong runs from Karen Stapleton and Emma McKillop. The West Bergholt to Dedham leg is the longest at just over 11 miles and that was tackled superbly by McCorquodale. The team never relinquished 6th place with final legs from Anna Anderson, Samie Franklin and bringing the team back home to Harwich Valentina Burley. Harwich’s mixed team produced some fine displays with Graeme Knott 3rd fastest of all the 73 teams on his 9.5 mile leg and Rob Reason 4th over the final Ramsey to Harwich leg, an effort which gained the team four places to finish 20th out of the 52 mixed teams. There were also strong runs in this team from Will Roxby-Clarke and Allan Bush. Andre Besant also ran well here despite having also done the first leg of the day for the Harwich vets team. Sadly missing one runner cost the vets team a better position; Besant and Jason Meachen had elevated the team to 1st in their category before losing ground without a runner on leg 3. There were good runs by Charlie McCarthy, Justin Burls and Robin Brookes though to give the team a respectable mid-category finish.
Date26-08-18
EventMERSEA ISLAND LIONS CLUB 5/10 MILES ROAD RACE
Results
ReportOver the bank holiday weekend the Mersea 5 and 10 mile races took place. Two members of Harwich Runners tackled the 10 mile option. Jeff Higgon completed the course in 1 hour 23 minutes 18 seconds, a time which placed him 3rd in his age group. Jo Higgon finished the same distance in 1h 37m 15s. Meanwhile a few club members opted for the 5 mile race. First of those to cross the finish line was Samie Franklin, completing her fourth 5 mile race since June in her quickest time yet of 43m 30s. Katie Holmes ran a solid 44m 25s whilst Sarah Roxby-Clarke continued her busy year of racing with a decent 49m 12s
Date03-08-18
EventIpswich Twilight 10k
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/ipswich-twilight-10k2
ReportFour members of Harwich Runners were among the 1295 finishers at the high quality Ipswich Twilight 10km race. Becky McCorquodale had a good evening; she finished 1st in the FV45 category and claimed a new club record for that group of 43m 5s. Simon Day (39m 37s and Lee Allen (40m 46s) both had decent results in the heat whilst Claire Bransby’s time of 51m 40s was her quickest of the five 10km races she has completed this year.
Date31-07-18
EventHarwich 5k Race 5
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2018/race5.php
ReportThe final race in the Harwich 5km series took place last Tuesday. On a warm night the 116 runners were looking to beat their predicted times and the runner who achieved that by the biggest margin this time was Teresa Farmer. Fastest runner on the night was Graeme Knott who had a good battle with Stephen Peck. Knott crossed the line in 16 minutes 54 seconds just 4 seconds ahead of his Harwich Runners clubmate. There were also season best times for Framlingham’s Adam Howlett and Harwich’s Rob Reason who posted 17m 5s. There were a few personal best times set on the night. Angela Walton improved in each race from 31m 31s in race 1 to 28m 3s at the latest one. Kathy Barfield also manged to achieve that feat improving 3 minutes over the 5 races and her efforts were rewarded with the Director’s Cup. Kim Pretty set a new personal best of 23m 49s as did newcomer Emma MacKillop who managed 23m 18s. Also completing the distance faster than before in Harwich colours were Niall Burke, Sam Edwards and Michael Knowles. There were season best times for Andy Farthing, Nicola Challis, Justin Burls and Julian Cordwell. Richard Newman and Carrie Hook continued their comebacks from injury with encouraging performances and there was a welcome return to action for Sally Gillam. Running in a Harwich vest for the first time were Scott Brian who posted an encouraging 20m 56s and Paul Smith (24m 43s) Overall series winners were also decided in the final race with Daniel Jennings and Katie Holmes emerging victorious. Daniel Jennings achieved the rare feat of improving in each of the 5 races. In the accompanying Junior run where the youngsters race over a 1 mile distance the runner who beat their predicted time by the most was Alfie Kearsley. Daisy Ward ran her fastest mile of the series (7m 9s) and was the quickest girl on the night. Eddison Barker zipped round his mile in 6m 26s and was the fastest boy. There were also best times for Jamie Carter and Alexandria Burls.. Series winners for the juniors were Harrison Cumner for the boys with Millie Henington and Daisy Ward for the girls.

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