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Date26-07-22
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2022/race5.php
Report
Date05-07-22
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2022/race4.php
Report
Date14-06-22
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2022/race3.php
Report
Date24-05-22
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2022/race2.php
Report
Date03-05-22
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2022/race1.php
Report
Date07-11-21
EventSpringfield XC
Results
ReportLast weekend saw the return of the Cross-Country league. After missing an entire winter last time round this run at Springfield was the first cross country league race since March 2020. Harwich Runners were well represented in both the Mens, Ladies and Junior races. Harwich were returning to Pool A where the first 8 men and 4 women score points for the team and the standard was very high. First to finish for the men in a field of 204 runners in a black and white vest was Stephen Peck in 8th. Matthew Friend was next home in 29th followed by strong runs from Nick Lawrie and Robin Brookes. Gary Donoghue, who had run a 10k PB of 40m 49s the day before at Victoria Park, was among the scorers in 74th and the Harwich scoring team was completed by Charlie McCarthy, Richard Newman and Simon Day. There were also strong supporting runs from Will Roxby-Clarke, Francis Mills and Andre Besant whilst Richard White competed in his first cross country race for the club. In the ladies race, Harwich had an impressive 17 ladies in the field of 126 which was their highest for many years. Karen Stapleton recorded her highest ever finishing position of 12th and was joined in the scoring positions by Nicola Challis (31st), Tracy Lawrie (53rd) and Penny Barrington (56th). Jodi Thomas and Alison Evans had really string runs and there were debut cross country runs for Natalie Carmichael, Jenny Evans, Mary Kennedy, Jenny Griffiths and Jean Weir With a difficult transition back to the top Pool always likely, the Harwich team placed 6th of the 6 teams, with Colchester Harriers the early leaders. For the Juniors, the race was over approximately a one mile distance. There were 8 girls from Harwich in the field of 53 with the highest placed finisher overall being Jemima Garner in 11th place. She was 5th in an U13 category which also saw Bella Ward running. Eleanor Newman was 5th in the U15 group whilst Daisy Ward was 1st in the U17 category. There were also 4 girls representing the club for the first time, all at the U11 age; Nancy Garner, Poppy Turner, Isabelle Race and Ruby Williams were the debutantes. In the boys race, Max Stapleton was 9th overall and 3rd in the U17 category. Thomas Richardson, Omar Jaballah and Jack Rowland, with his first race for Harwich, were also in action. The boys and girls both finished 4th as did the overall Junior team
Date31-10-21
EventWix 5
Results
ReportThe Wix 5 mile returned at the weekend after a years absence. This year it was deemed a ‘green’ race with runners encouraged to arrive at the race by means other than a car. Most opted for a cycle, run, cycle approach which meant that the majority of the runners also were from the local area. Conditions were not ideal on the day with high winds and rain making for a challenging race. Thomas Colsell of Colchester Harriers was the clear winner, finishing a minute clear of his nearest challenger in 27m 42s. First Harwich Runner across the line was Matthew Friend who posted a decent 29m 22s to place 4th overall. Nick Lawrie was 1st in the MV40 age group and 6th overall in 31m 16s. Tom Hancock placed 8th in the race and was third in the MV50 category in 31m 32s in his first 5-mile race for the club. The first lady to finish was Lucy Cowlin of Sudbury in 36m 36s only 2 seconds clear of the next lady home. Valentina Burley was first in her age category (FV50) with Claire Bransby 2nd there and Christina Pretty was the winner of the FV60 category. Also finishing as category age winners were Gary Donoghue in the MV55 group, still retaining his marathon fitness with a sound 33m 17s, Kim Pretty in the MV65 age group and Glyn Peck still managing an impressive 52m 56s to take the MV75 category. Personal best times were always going to be at a premium given the conditions but there were a couple. Bethany Godfrey’s time of 49m 46s was around 5 minutes quicker than her previous best. Gina Patrick in 55m 58s, Sarah Roxby-Clarke (45m 19s) and Jodi Thomas (42m 6s) also managed personal best times. Making his debut for the club was David Rout (48m 2s) whilst Holly Gooding completed her first 5-mile race for the club in 49m 39s and similarly Nicola Gooding slightly faster in 49m 23s
Date16-10-21
EventAll Races
Results
ReportIt was a busy weekend of racing with various local options available. Jo Maasz chose to travel to Cambridge for a half marathon there. It was her second half marathon this month and her second personal best. She recorded a time of 1 hour 52 minutes 57 seconds which was 5 seconds quicker than her time at Chelmsford two weeks ago. Meanwhile at Chelmsford this week there was a marathon taking place. Stephen Peck finished 7th out of the 536 runners who completed the 26.2-mile distance and was 3rd in the MV40 age category. His time of 2h 43m 57s was a new club record for his age and would surely have been even quicker had he not had some trouble with cramp during the race. Completing his first marathon for the club was Tom Hancock. He was 4th in the MV50 group and his splendid time of 3h 6m 31s was faster than he had been expecting. Harwich’s third runner on the day was Nick Lawrie who would surely have run much faster than his eventual time of 3h 55m 59s but for an injury developed just after halfway. A little closer by, three Harwich Runners members took on the Capel 5 mile near Ipswich. Niall Burke has hit some form, finishing here in 36m 58s which was a personal best for him by 7 seconds. Jeff Higgon remains consistent with a good time of 41m 51s, placing him 4th in his age group (MV60) and Miranda Rayner also ran well in 55m 23s. A little further afield, Sally Gillam completed a 10km championship course in France and was pleased with both the favourable conditions and her performance, clocking a strong 52m 05s to place 3rd in the FV55 age category. Harwich Runners were also in action at the Saturday Harwich Parkrun. Karen Stapleton was second lady finisher in a new Personal Best, (PB), time of 21m 28s. There was also new course PB’s for Neil McCrea, 27m 48s and Bethany Godfrey, 28m 41s, an improvement of 1m 11s on her previous best. The first male finisher for the club was, Mark Higgs in fifth place, (20m 33s), closely followed by Simon Day in sixth place, (20m 55s). Of the 122 finishers on Saturday 48 were club members.
Date10-10-21
EventColchester Stampede Half marathon
Results
ReportChris Barker was back at the zoo for the Colchester Stampede half marathon. Barker completed the undulating course in an impressive 1h 26m 27s to take 7th place overall.
Date10-10-21
EventTiptree 10
Results
ReportThis weekend saw the return of the Tiptree 10 mile race and 255 runners took up the challenge. First Harwich runner home was Robin Brookes in 19th place, clocking a decent time of 1 hour 5 minutes and 53 seconds. Amazingly only seven short days after completing the London Marathon, three club members ran again here and all of them recorded new personal best times for the distance. Gary Donoghue (1h 8m 15s), Kim Pretty (1h 15m 12s) and Christina Pretty (1h 28m 53s) were those recovering quickly to impress again so soon. Phil Sanderson ran his quickest 10 mile race (1h 14m 29) since his effort on this same course7 years previously. There were also impressive PBs for Valentina Burley (1h 24m 16s) and Alison Evans (1h 30m 31s); both knocking over 4 minutes off their previous best times. There was also a PB for Muriel Lovering, 1h 32m 52s. Several runners were completing the distance for the first time in a Harwich vest; Charlie McCarthy, Emma Duffy, Rebecca McCrea, Gina Patrick and Jacky Lingley. There was a decent run by Simon Day who placed 30th in 1h 8m 33s and by Karen Stapleton who managed 1h 15m 48s whilst it was good to see Steve Manley back in action here too (1h 23m 43s). Others completing the distance on the warm Sunday morning were Ian Bolton, Helen Benham, Ruth Benham, Jean Weir, Claire Bransby and Kevin Fitchett.

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