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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.
Date09-10-21
EventParkruns
Results
ReportIt has now been twelve weeks since Parkruns returned to Dovercourt Cliff Park. During that period members of Harwich Runners have been the first finisher on nine occasions. On Saturday it was club member, Sean Smith’s third time as the first finisher. His time of 17m 32s was almost three minutes ahead of the runner from Colchester Harriers in second place. Mark Higgs finished in fifth place overall, second Harwich finisher, in 20m 48s. Lady club member, Karen Stapleton, has been the first female four times since the return of the Harwich Parkrun. On Saturday her time was 22m 25s, for her fifth top position. The next female club member to finish was Louise Tovey, 23m 24s, third lady. There was also new course Personal Bests for Nicola Gooding, 27m 25s and Fiona Gillies, 30m 45s.
Date18-09-21
EventParkruns
ResultsParkrun report 18th September 2021
ReportThis week Harwich Runners had the top three finishers at Harwich parkrun. Matthew Friend was first in a time of 17 minutes and 19 seconds. He was closely followed by Sean Smith who set a new personal best of 17:33; 23 seconds faster than his previous best time set on the 14th August. Max Stapleton was third in 19:34. Karen Stapleton was the first lady to finish in 22:02, and Nicola Challis was second in 23:26. Kim Pretty set another new PB of 21 minutes exactly. He also had the highest age-graded mens’ score and was first in his age category. Claudine Benstead had the highest ladies’ age-graded score and finished first in her age category; in 25:34. Two other club members set new PBs; Ben Tovey ran 26:02, over a minute faster than his previous best, and Katrina Olive ran 32:5, a four-second improvement. Several other ladies also finished first in their age categories: Mathusha Thirukkumaran (in her first Harwich parkrun), Valentina Burley, Ann Piercy and Martha Spooner. Out of Harwich: Rachel Jarvis and Amos Seddon were at Colchester Castle parkrun. Rachel was 5th lady to finish in 24:22, and Amos (of course) broke another age-category record finishing in 29 minutes and three seconds. Nicola Reason was at Felixstowe where she finished as 7th lady overall in 26:12. Sarah Roxby-Clarke was at Highwoods parkrun where she was the 8th lady to finish in 29:58. Victoria McCrea was in Glasgow at Queen’s parkrun (30:44) and Sally Gillam was in Paris where she also finished 8th lady in 26:28.
Date11-09-21
EventParkruns
ResultsParkrun report 11th September 2021
ReportMany club members turned out for the “Championship Challenge” parkrun on Saturday. Everyone who ran or volunteered received 10 points in the club league challenge. The first finisher was Chris Barker in 18 minutes and 33 seconds, which was a new personal best time for him. Ian Flook was the next club member to finish in 19:40, 5th place overall and first in his age category. Karen Stapleton was the second lady overall and first lady club member; finishing in 21:53 and also top of her age category. Nicola Challis was third in 23 minutes and 24 seconds. However, the outstanding ladies’ performance of the day saw Elspeth Knott set a new course record for her age category, of 26 minutes and 16 seconds. She also had the top ladies’ age-graded score. Several runners set new Harwich parkrun course PBs. Matthew Pumfrey ran 20:46 to finish 10th overall, 12 seconds faster than his previous best time set in September 2019. Kim Pretty completed the course 10 seconds faster than a month ago to record another new PB of 21:07, finishing top in his age category and with the top mens’ age-graded score. Allister Prow ran 23:39 which was an 11 second improvement on his previous best set at the end of July. Christina Pretty ran five seconds faster than her time a fortnight ago to record another new fastest corse time of 26:06; her third PB since parkrun restarted. She was also top in her age category. Other club members who also finished first in their age categories were Michael Knowles, Rem’A Eagle, Louise Tovey, Lisa Rawlings (running her first ever Harwich parkrun), Andrew Williamson, Alison Evans, Phil Sanderson, Anne Herbert and Roly Knott. Away from Harwich. Charlie McCarthy and Amos Seddon were at Clacton Seafront. Charlie finished 5th in 21 minutes and 15 seconds. Amos finished in 29 minutes and 17 seconds, setting a new course record for his age category: his third different parkrun course record since the events restarted in late July. Rachel Jarvis was at Colchester Castle where she was the 6th lady to finish in 24:37. Two Harwich runners were abroad: Sally Gillam was the 6th lady to finish at parkrun du Bois de Boulogne, in Paris, in 26 minutes and 46 seconds, and Archie Barrington finished 4th overall at Carine Glades parkrun in 19:24.
Date04-09-21
EventParkruns
Results
Report Parkrun report 4th September 2021 A strong headwind on the way back meant there were very few fast times at Harwich parkrun last Saturday. Once again, Chris Barker was first to finish in 18:54. Nick Lawrie was the second club member home in fourth place, in 20:07. Karen Stapleton was the first lady to finish in 22:32, and Nicola Challis was third (23:46). Rachel Cutler was the only club member to set a new PB, of 36 minutes and 28 seconds. Club members who finished first in their age categories were Rem’A Eagle, Matthew Pumfrey, Louise Tovey, Ian Bolton, Dennis Warner and Jo Higgon. Away from Harwich, Amos Seddon was at Bushy parkrun (the home of parkrun) celebrating a special event for over-80s runners. He finished in 28 minutes and 42 seconds. Nicola Everett was at Ipswich (28:54), Victoria McCrea was at Millon parkrun (26.51), Rachel Jarvis was at Colchester Castle (24:51) Anne Piercy was at Sizewell (32:36) and Nicola Reason was at Clacton Seafront where she was the 11th lady to finish in 27 minutes and 14 seconds, a new course PB for her. And out in Australia, Archie Barrington ran 19:50 to finish 6th overall at his local parkrun, Carine Glades.
Date28-08-21
EventParkruns
Results
ReportLast Saturday Chris Barker was the first finisher at Harwich parkrun in 18 minutes and 41 seconds, five seconds slower than the PB he set last week. Simon Day was third overall in 19:28 and Max Stapleton was 5th in 19:36: all three finished first in their respective age categories. Nicola Challis was the second lady to finish and first for Harwich Runners, finishing in 23:32 and also top of her age category. Four runners set new personal bests. Christina Pretty finished in 26:11, Roger Olive in 26:57, Nicola Gooding in 27:58 and Clare Fraser Hopewell in 30:55. Several other club members finished first in their age categories: Rem’A Eagle, Holly Gooding, Louise Tovey, Stuart Raffle, Gary Donoghue, Kim Pretty, Elspeth Knott and Roly Knott. Kim also had the highest mens’ age-graded score. The outstanding Harwich Runners’ performance, however, took place in Colchester at Highwoods parkrun. Amos Seddon broke the course record for his age category by over 8 minutes, running 31 minutes and nine seconds. Jon Battram was also at Highwoods and finished 6th overall in 22:19. Other Harwich Runners were at various parkruns across the country. Keith Bretton and Charlie McCarthy were at Clacton Seafront parkrun. Keith finished in 6th place overall, in a time of 19 minutes and 46 seconds which was a new course PB for him. Charlie finished in 12th place in 20:51. Muriel was at Ipswich where she finished in 32 minutes and 19 seconds (the Chantry Park course is highly recommended as practice for the cross-country season). Allister Prow was in Exeter at the Riverside parkrun and ran 26:08 and Victoria McCrea was in Perth where she ran a time of 26:57.

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