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Date18-06-24
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2024/race3.php
Report
Date28-05-24
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2024/race2.php
Report
Date07-05-24
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2024/race1.php
Report
Date02-12-23
EventEssex Vets XC Championship
Results
ReportAt the weekend, Harwich Runners competed in the Essex County Vets cross-country championships held at Writtle University. The club was represented in the V50 and V60 Team categories, as well as individuals in the V70 category. It was a very successful day for the club, taking home eleven Essex County medals. The V60 Mens team claimed Bronze county medals, led across the line first by Tim Brand. William Haining was second home closely followed by Kim Pretty half a minute later. Scoring was completed for the four-man team by Phil Sanderson. Although competing in the V60 team, William Haining, finished in second place in the V65 category, individual results, claiming the Essex County Silver medal. Jeff Higgon ran solo for Harwich Runners in the V70 age category and finished with a third podium place and a Bronze medal for his efforts. An individual Silver medal for the female V70 category was also brought away by Harwich Runners, this time by Elspeth Knott. Elspeths run also counted towards the female team score for the V60 Team category, who between them, were honoured with Gold county medals. The first Harwich Runner home in this Team category was Alison Evans, who also gained an individual Silver medal for her 2nd place finisher out of all V60 female runners competing. The third finisher for Harwich after Elspeth was Christina Pretty, and the fourth and final scorer was Ann Piercy. In the V50 mens category, a team from Harwich finished 7th out of 11 teams. Mark Lloyd came in 10th in this category, with supporting runs in the team from Robin Brookes, Charlie McCarthy, and Richard Newman. Temperatures stayed at a low 0 / -1 degrees C on this misty morning but at least the ground was quite frozen giving some relief from what was previously a muddy course earlier in the cross-country season.
Date25-07-23
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2023/race5.php
Report
Date04-07-23
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2023/race4.php
Report
Date18-06-23
EventWeekend races
Results
ReportThe 2023 Sprint triathlon hosted by Harwich Runners took place on a warm June morning last Sunday. There were 163 competitors tackling the 300-metre swim in Dovercourt pool followed by a 24km bike ride and a 5km run. The race was won for the third staging in succession by Gavin Race. He had a strong swim, completing the distance in exactly 5 minutes before being the fastest of all entrants on the bike leg (36 minutes 34 seconds) and then followed that with the second quickest 5km run of the day in 17m 12s. With a couple of quick transitions, his time of 60 minutes and 25 seconds was a 4-second improvement on last year. Sam Gooding Matthews put in three solid stages to finish 10th overall in 70m 11s whilst there were category wins for Archie Barrington, Ian Cannons, Tim Brand, Jeff Higgon, Elspeth Knott and Martha Spooner. Katie Holmes was the quickest of all athletes in the pool with a remarkable time of just 4m 14s to complete the stage. Two days later, Harwich Runners hosted the third race in the popular 5km series with runners trying to beat their by now fairly accurate predicted times. Nivalda Dines of Boxted was the overall winner beating her previous series best by over 2 minutes. 60 of the 165 runners came from the host club and despite the omnipresent wind and warm weather, a good number of runners improved their previous quickest times. Holly Gooding, fresh from her efforts at the triathlon, improved her previous best 5km time by 25 seconds to post 26m 10s. There were also new personal best times recorded by Jack Howlett (18m 9s), Keith Bretton (18m 42s) and Julie Manning (30m 17s). It was a good evening for the youngsters with Harry Tilley (17m 39s), Tom Richardson (18m 55s) and Oliver Semple (21m 40s) all posting best times for the course. Several runners were performing well after the triathlon with good performances by Karl Eastwell, Ruby Francis, Elspeth Knott, Tim Brand, Martha Spooner, and Jeff Higgon. Owen Goldsmith just missed out on a new best time following his exertions at an Ultramarathon and a half marathon over the preceding weekend. The fastest runs on the night were by Jason Gunn of Colchester (17m 2s) and Helen Davies of Ipswich (17m 38s) In the accompanying Junior race, run over a one-mile distance, again with runners trying to beat predicted times, there was a series best 43 finishers. The quickest mile time was posted by James Clarke of Colchester with a time of 6m 1s. Of the Harwich juniors, there were a few new best times, including Poppy Tilley, Oliver Scrivener, Isaac Tovey, Darcy Smith and Indigo Morrison. The next race in the series will take place on July 4th. Then, on Friday the 4th race in the Friday Five series took place with four runners from Harwich making the journey up to Bury St Edmunds. Jeff Higgon was in action again, posting 41m 40s on the hilly course to finish first in his age category (MV70). Both Kim Pretty (MV65) and Christina Pretty (FV60) were 4th in their respective categories whilst there was another strong run by Katie Holmes (41m 36s). There are two more races in this series at Stowmarket and Great Bentley.
Date13-06-23
EventHarwich 5k Series
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2023/race3.php
Report
Date11-06-23
EventWeekend races
Results
ReportWhilst most of the attention was on the Harwich triathlon on Sunday, a few members of Harwich Runners ventured off to take part in other events. Firstly, on Friday night at the third race in the Friday 5-mile series at Framlingham, Kim Pretty recorded his fastest time of the three races so far crossing the line in exactly 37 minutes which placed him 5th in his MV65 age group. Christina Pretty has posted similar times in all three races and placed 3rd in the FV60 category with a time of 44m 53s. On Sunday there were 2k, 5k and 10k races on offer at Boxted and the four runners from Harwich all opted for the longer of the three distances. In form, Valentina Burley was the first in a black and white vest to reach the finish line as the temperatures rose. Her time of 57m 2s also took 3rd place in the Fv50 age category. One place behind was Ian Bolton whilst Shaun Tye and Olyver Meddings were also amongst the 266 runners. Owen Goldsmith continued his gruelling schedule of ultra-distance races. On Saturday he supported a friend in the Greensand Country Ultra Trail race a single loop 50km ultra-marathon through Bedfordshires countryside. They completed the 31-mile route in 7h 10m 37s. The 32-degree heat meant that whilst 119 runners did finish another 19 pulled out due to the conditions. The next day Goldsmith was in Southend for the half marathon, 13.1 miles, again the high temperatures made conditions far from ideal for fast running. The event, now in its 27th year has raised over £1.3 million for Havens Hospices. The two-lap course takes runners along the scenic coast with views over the Thames Estuary, on roads closed to traffic. Tired legs from the previous day and the weather conditions meant it was sensible to opt for a steady run. Finishing 173rd out of 1510 in a time of 1h 40m 19s was a good result considering some finished in over 3 hours.
Date28-05-23
Eventvarious
Results
ReportLast weekend was a warm one for running but Tom Hancock travelled up to Scotland to take on the Edinburgh marathon. Coming just one month after he had managed to duck just inside the 3-hour mark at London, Hancock still managed a very impressive time of 3 hours 8 minutes 37 seconds at Edinburgh on a day that was getting continuously warmer. On Friday evening, the first in the hugely popular Friday 5 series took place at Kirton near Felixstowe. The fast 5-mile course attracted 448 finishers and saw some very fast times. Five of the runners were from the Harwich club and there were some great achievements amongst them. Kim Pretty’s time of 37m 2s was not his quickest but it did place him 3rd in the MV65 category. In contrast, Katie Holmes did record a new personal best time of 38m 59s, beating her previous best time set in 2018. Jeff Higgon managed to win his category (MV70) with a time of 39m 54s in what was his quickest time for this distance since 2017. Both Christina Pretty and Alison Evans placed well inside the top 10 in their FV60 group. Pretty ran her quickest 5-mile time since Wix in 2021 whilst Evans posted a good competitive time of 44m 15s. The next event in the 6-race series is at Sudbury on June 2nd. On Saturday Owen Goldsmith continued his Ultra distance running. This time his challenge was The Fox Ultra, 62k, (38.5 miles). The race circumnavigated Guildford, clockwise (via Godalming, Puttenham, Worplesdon, Send, Clandon and Blackheath). Goldsmith finished 38th out of 198 competitors in 6h 35m.

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