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Date19-06-18
EventHarwich 5k Race 3
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2018/race3.php
Report
Date02-06-18
EventHR24
Resultshttps://harwichrunners.co.uk/hr24/index.php
ReportHarwich Runners staged and participated in a different type of event last weekend. They invited runners to discover how many miles they could cover in a 24 hour period, either on their own or as part of a team. The response was terrific with 54 runners taking on the challenge as a solo runner and 53 teams of between 2 and 8 people taking part. Taking place on a 2.5 mile off road course at Weeley the event ran from noon Saturday and was blessed with warm, dry conditions. The solo runner who completed the furthest distance was Nate Filer. His 46 laps equated to a colossal distance of 115 miles covered in the 24 hour period. Five members of host club Harwich also entered as solo runners. James Mann completed 67.5 miles whilst both Penny Barrington and Clair Block managed 50 miles each. Clare McKenna (27.5 miles) and Dean Splarn (22.5 miles) were the other two tackling the challenge on their own. Of the teams that entered there was no surprise that the team which covered the most distance was one of the teams with the maximum number of 8 members. They were from Harwich and between them they completed an impressive 200 miles in the time. Rob Reason, Steve Cooper and Simon Day all completed 30 miles each with Robin Brookes, Graeme Knott, Kate Hodgkiss, Claudine Benstead and Justin Cooper-Keeble all adding valuable miles to the total. Another team of 8 from Harwich managed to clock up 132.5 miles between them. Kris Dalby, Becky McCorquodale and Lian Meachen all ran 20 miles each supported by David Pleace, Marcus Turner, Katherine Pleace, Jason Meachen and Jez Downs. There were two teams of 6 comprised solely of Harwich runners. The all-female team of Madeline Lewis, Nicola Flatt, Claire Bransby, Helen Benham, Anne Herbert and Ruth Benham all ran at least 25 miles each and completing 152.5 miles between them. Sadly Lewis missed out on an extra lap for the team, being timed out with mere metres of the lap to complete. Managing 160 miles between them were Elspeth Knott, Matt Doran, Ian Cannons and Will Roxby-Clarke who all ran 27.5 miles each with a further 25 being added by Sarah Roxby-Clarke and Richard Newman. Fastest lap of the day was by in form Harwich Runner Gavin Race, who sped round in 14m 4s to help his social team. Andrew Thorn and Anna Young tackled the challenge as a duo. Thorn completed 40 miles and Young 52.5 giving them an impressive 92.5 miles between them. Finally a team of 4 runners consisting of Jeff Higgon, Ann Piercy, Jo Higgon and Katie Holmes picked off a very good 117.5 miles in total.
Date29-05-18
EventHarwich 5k Race 2
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2018/race2.php
ReportThe second race in the Harwich 5k handicap series took place on the promenade last Tuesday. With a strong wind for the 156 runners to battle against in during the first half conditions were not perfect for fast times although there were a number of good performances and some personal bests recorded. The overall winner is the person who beats their predicted time by the biggest margin and on this occasion it was Matt Doran from Harwich. Barbara Law from Great Bentley was the first lady across the line. Half the field did still manage to beat their predicted time. Fastest runner on the night was Harwich’s Steve Cooper who did exceptionally well to duck a couple of seconds under 17 minutes which he hadn’t managed since 2008. Cooper crossed the line 18 seconds clear of the next fastest finisher recording the best time of the series so far. Quickest lady for the second race in succession was Aiko Henington from Colchester who completed the course in 18 minutes 43 seconds. Biggest personal best times of the day were recorded by Gavin Race who improved a further 24 seconds from the first race to finish third fastest in 17m 16s and Lee Allen who recorded a magnificent 19m 1s. Archie Barrington has bettered the 19 minute mark on the parkrun course and managed it at the series for the first time with 18m 52s. Running a stunning 80 seconds faster than ever before was Harry Young who now boasts a personal best time of 22m 7s. Also recording new best times were Anne Herbert (25m 8s), Andrew Thorn (23m 40s) and Lian Meachen (31m 32s). Kris Dalby continues to improve with a showing of 26m 5s on the night whilst new Harwich Runners club members Samantha Edwards, Karl Leach, Simon Garner and Karen Barker continue to improve. Mark Rutter is returning to form, bettering his own MV55 club record by another 17 seconds (18m 50s). In the accompanying Junior race, 22 youngsters ran the one mile course. Aidan Downs beat his predicted time by the most, enjoying crossing the line first and stopping the watch at 7m 7s comfortably clear of Eleanor Newman in second place. Fastest girl on the night was Amy Thompson who sped round in 6m 53s just 2 seconds slower than the fastest boy Archie Henington.
Date26-05-18
EventThe Aspall 2018 Debenham Run
Results
ReportBecky McCorquodale took on an off road 5k race at Debenham near Ipswich. She placed well, 5th overall and 2nd lady in a time of 23m 8s.
Date25-05-18
EventSudbury Friday 5
Resultshttps://www.racesonline.uk/results/2018-results/sudbury-friday5/
ReportIan Cottee was the clubs sole representative at the Sudbury 5 mile race on the Friday. His time of 37 minutes 40 seconds placed him 139th of the 343 runners tackling the course.
Date20-05-18
EventBoxted 10k
Resultshttps://boxted10k.co.uk/2018-10k-results
ReportFurther success for the club came at the new Boxted 10k where the race was won by Graeme Knott in 37m 29s, a minute clear of his nearest challenger. Another course with some climbs saw Lee Allen complete his 3rd race over this distance in the last six weeks, finishing 12th in 42m 1s. There were also age group wins for Kate Hodgkiss (FV35) and Claudine Benstead (FV55). Anna Anderson and Sarah Roxby-Clarke also completed this race that is bound to become a popular fixture in the race calendar.
Date20-05-18
EventWitchfinder Trail Run
Resultshttps://www.webscorer.com/racedetails?raceid=137386
ReportMeanwhile Madeline Lewis opted for the first Witch Finder 5k which started from Acorn Village near Mistley. She finished 5th overall and was the first lady to complete the course in 22m 45s.
Date20-05-18
EventColchester Zoo Stampede
Resultshttp://results.racetimers.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16487&RId=4205
ReportAnother 10k race taking place last Sunday was the rearranged Colchester Zoo Stampede. Starting and finishing in the zoo itself there was a huge field of over a thousand runners taking on this unusual challenge. Stuart Raffle was the highest placed runner from Harwich, coming 40th in his first race over this distance for the club in a good 42m 58. Alan Gardner was another running his third 10k of the year, finishing in 46m 55. Ruth Benham managed a new personal best on this course (54m 47s) just ahead of sister-in-law Helen Benham (55m 30)
Date13-05-18
EventHalstead & Essex Marathon
Resultshttps://www.halsteadroadrunners.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Halstead-Marathon-2018-Results.pdf
ReportThe Halstead marathon attracted 374 runners to its undulating but scenic route. Stephen Peck was running his second marathon and finished the day with several achievements. His previous run at Chelmsford last year saw him debut with a sub 3 hour time but he improved on that at Halstead to post a new best of 2 hours 44 minutes and 20 seconds. That was enough to place him in second place overall in the race and with race winner Matt Spencer from Bungay hailing from outside the county, Peck also becomes Essex county champion for 2018 for the distance. Added to this Peck also set a new club record for the MV40 category over the marathon distance, bettering Peter Gooding’s previous mark by just 24 seconds. Also taking up the challenge was Mike Ball who finished in an excellent 3h 59m 11s in his first ever marathon.
Date13-05-18
EventColchester10k
Resultshttp://colchester10k.com/results/colchester-10k-results-2018/
ReportA field of 774 lined up near Colchester Garrison for their fast 10km course. Ten of those were from Harwich including Lee Allen who notched a PB of 39m 37s. There were also PBs for James Taylor and Jacqui Kettle. Claudine Benstead won the FV55 category in 42m 28s whilst Bill Haining recently back from a two year injury lay off won the MV60 group in 43m 47s. There were also debuts in a Harwich vest for Karl Leach and Dean Splarn.

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