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Date15-03-20
EventEssex 2020 Road Relays
Resultshttps://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=355451
ReportThe 2020 edition of the Essex Road relays took place last weekend at Colchester with a large collection of the county’s best runners in attendance. Harwich managed to field 6 teams in total, 3 male and 3 female, all running legs of 5km in distance. In the ladies race there were teams in the Open, V40 and V60 categories. The open team was led out by Nicola Challis in a decent 24 minutes 46 seconds with Jodi Thomas (26m 4s) and then Helen Benham who was the fastest Harwich lady on the day in 23m 54s. Their combined time of 1 hour 14m 44s placed them 27th overall ladies team. The V60 team came a close second in their category to a team from Orion Harriers. Elspeth Knott, Anne Herbert and Christina Pretty were the trio who all performed well in that category. The V40 team were up against some strong competition, with Colchester Harriers taking the top two spots but Valentina Burley, Muriel Oatham and Claire Lawrence all ran well for Harwich. Of the 3 men’s teams for Harwich, two ran in the Open category. The first quartet had an opening leg by Sam Gooding-Matthews who completed his leg in 19m 52s. Harry Pitham continues to show much promise, he was next to go in 20m 9s with Josh Newlyn following him and clocking a swift 18m 21s. Taking the anchor leg was Jason Meachen who again showed his strength with a time of 18m 35s. This team placed 17th overall in the men’s competition. The second team in the open competition got off to a very fast start with Matthew Friend recording the quickest time by any Harwich Runner on the day with an excellent 17m 19s leaving the team 12th after the opening leg. Ben Hammond, Jules Lawrence and Robin Brookes completed this quartet of runners who eventually finished 25th out of the 34 open teams. The other male team was a collection of V50runners consisting of Gary Donoghue, Steve Manley and Kim Pretty.
Date08-03-20
EventEllison Solicitors XC League
Resultshttp://www.nessxc.org.uk/
ReportThe final race in the Ellison’s Solicitors Cross Country League took place last Sunday at Hadleigh. The hilly course challenged the runners but the team from Harwich Runners performed well, winning promotion back to Pool A at the first attempt. In the men’s race Josh Newlyn made a very welcome first appearance of the season and was the first runner from Harwich to finish, taking 21st place. Rem’a Eagle in only his second ever cross country race for the club was just two places further back. In form Jason Meachen grabbed 26th place whilst Simon Day, one of only two men to complete all five races this season, was in 37th position. Chris Payne in 49th and Charlie McCarthy, the other man to run all five races, in 71st completed the six scorers for the men’s team. Andrew Williamson produced a strong supporting run with Stephen Manley, Gary Donoghue and Dennis Warner also representing the club well. This strong performance from the men’s team saw them top Pool B. In the ladies race, there were six members of Harwich running in the smallest field of the season. The only lady to complete all five races this season was Karen Stapleton who, fresh from a parkrun best the day before, was once again the first black and white vest across the finish line in 15th place. Helen Benham in 23rd and debutante Melanie Lear in 43rd completed the scoring trio for the club. Muriel Lovering, Beth Godfrey and Gina Jaballah also supported the effort with good runs on the day. The ladies team finished second on the day in Pool B, only just behind Halstead. The combined scores of both teams saw Harwich triumph on the day and most importantly retain their position at the top of the group to secure promotion back to Pool A for next season. Harwich Runners were well represented in the accompanying 1 mile junior race with 6 of the 50 finishers. Max Stapleton was again first to finish in 18th with Michael Knowles in 25th. Almost half of the field were in the MU11 category where Charlie Newman finished 5th with good runs again from Omar Jaballah, Warren Mann and Jack Manley. Of the 47 girls who ran, 5 were from Harwich with Dalia Jaballah again leading the way. Going from strength to strength Dalia finished 13th overall. Daisy Ward produced another good run to take 17th. Jemima Garner is one to watch, she was 5th in the FU11 category where Sophie Cripps also had a good run. Eleanor Newman was also 5th in her age group, FU13. Over the season the Juniors combined scores saw them finish 4th overall out of the 11 teams, a really encouraging result given that only the two Colchester teams and Ipswich were ahead of them. Away from cross country action, globe trotting athlete Paul Brown was in The Hague in the Netherlands where he completed their half marathon in 1 hour 58 minutes and 24 seconds. Also tackling a half marathon was Verity Webber who ran a time of 2h 24m 46s at Cambridge.
Date01-03-20
EventEssex 20
Resultshttp://www.essexroadrunning.org.uk/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&view=category&catid=13&Itemid=470
ReportThe 20 mile race at Rochford also doubled as the Essex County Championship race for that distance. Attracting many of the best runners in the county, there were four members of Harwich Runners among the 347 finishers. Stephen Peck completed the course in 1 hour 59 minutes 44 seconds, a time which earned him 31st place overall and he won a bronze medal for the MV40 category. Matthew Friend has run many races for the club now but this was his first over the 20 mile distance. He showed he is on really good form, reaching the finishing line in an impressive 2h 3m 37s. Also in action, Simon Day is running well again this year and managed to beat his time on the same course from last year by 9 seconds; Day clocked 2h 9m 50s on this occasion. The final member of the club racing at Rochford was Jeff Higgon who finished 3rd in his MV65 category in a time of 3h 3m 11s. Muriel Lovering travelled to London to tackle the Vitality Big Half Marathon at Greenwich. In her second half marathon of the calendar year she clocked 2h 8m 45s, a very similar time to her recent effort at Great Bentley.
Date23-02-20
EventTarpley 10 / 20m
Resultshttps://www.racesonline.uk/results/2020-2/tarpley-10-2020/
ReportAway from the cross country excitement at Ardleigh, a few runners travelled to Beyton near Bury St. Edmunds for the Tarpley 10 and 20 mile races. Rob Reason led the way in the 10 mile race finishing first overall in a good time of 58 minutes 1 second on the undulating course. Reason was 30 seconds clear of his nearest challenger. There was a six minute on Ruth Benham’s previous best as she clocked 1 hour 25m 24s whilst Helen Benham improved by over 4 minutes to 1h 22m 54s. Alison Evans and Muriel Lovering also took on this challenge. Opting for the longer 20 mile option was Stuart Weaver who completed the distance in 2 hours 44m 45s.
Date23-02-20
EventEllison Solicitors XC League
Resultshttp://www.nessxc.org.uk/
ReportThe main event of last weekend was the resumption of the Ellison’s Solicitors Cross Country league. Harwich Runners hosted the event for the first time at Ardleigh with an impressive 332 runners keen to try out the new course. In the men’s race there were 164 finishers with 20 representing the host club Harwich. The first three finishers for Harwich also happened to be the same first three from the previous mornings park run but in reverse order. Graeme Knott therefore was the first black and white vest to cross the finish line in 12th place. Knott was followed by a strong debut run from Rem’a Eagle in 27th who just edged ahead of Jason Meachen by one place. Mark Lloyd returned to cross country action for the first time in over a year and claimed a very respectable 40th place finish. Simon Day in 41st and Sam Gooding-Matthews in 44th completed a very satisfactory six scorers. There were also strong supporting runs on their debuts by both Tom Hancock and Nick Lawrie. In the ladies race, Harwich had 10 of the 86 finishers. Karen Stapleton was first back for the host club in 21st followed by another good performance by Victoria Mccrea in 34th. Claire Bransby continued her good form with a 44th place finish with Tracy Lawrie completing the scoring quartet on her debut for the club in 49th. Carrie Hook was competing in her first cross country in over a year whilst there were first time runs by Bethany Godfrey, Holly Gooding and Jodi Thomas. Harwich’s men’s team comfortably topped pool Band combined with the ladies 4th place position were overall winners of the second pool. They retain a 4 point lead in pool B as they seek promotion back to Pool A. There was also a Junior race featuring 40 boys and 42 girls. Dalia Jaballah was the first Harwich Runner across the finish line in the girls race claiming 10th place. Daisy Ward was a short way back in 18th. There was an excellent run from Jemima Garner in the popular U11 category as she finished 23rd overall with Sophie Cripps and Erin Reid also running for the hosts in this age group. In the boys race, promising runner Max Stapleton finished 12th overall with Michael Knowles just behind in 17th. There were also 3 runners in the U11 category with Omar Jaballah finishing ahead of Harry Tyrell and Warren Mann.
Date02-02-20
EventGreat Bentley Half Marathon
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/great-bentley-half-marathon2
ReportAs usual entries for the Great Bentley half Marathon proved extremely popular with the full entry limit selling out within a couple of hours of becoming available. In the end 691 runners managed to complete the 13.1 mile distance on the day with 22 members of Harwich Runners among them. Conditions were good with earlier rain passing although most runners would have found the wind unhelpful, picking up towards the end of the run. Stephen Peck was the first Harwich Runner to reach the finish line on the village green. He was 16th overall in a time of 1 hour 16 minutes 39 seconds. Peck was the first finisher in the MV40 category and Harwich also claimed 2nd place in this category with Rob Reason only a short way behind in 1h 17m 14s. Jason Meachen had done a 48 mile ultra marathon the weekend before but had recovered enough to record an excellent time of 1h 21m 44s; finishing 39th overall and 4th in his age group of MV45. Simon Day was next home in 44th posting 1h 23m 11s and showing that he is looking set for another strong year. Jeff Higgon had a solid run to take 2nd in his age group (MV65) recording an impressive 1h 57m. Three of the Harwich Runner contingent managed Personal Best times on the mostly flat course. Steve Manley bettered his only other half marathon time, from the hilly Ipswich course last September, by a huge 25 minutes to record 1h 50m 20s. On the day he finished just a few seconds ahead of Helen Benham who managed to lower her previous best by over 6 minutes. Also recording a new best time was Ruth Benham who beat her Ipswich 2017 time by over 3 minutes to post 2h 1m 21s. Other notable runs came from Stuart Raffle who was just 8 seconds slower than at the same race 12 months earlier and Ian Bolton who was not too far off his best set at Colchester last March. Elsewhere recently Lee Allen travelled to Freethorpe in Norfolk completing a 10 mile race in 71m 18s as he works towards a marathon later in the year and Harry Young took on a challenging 10k at Hadleigh.
Date25-01-20
EventPeddars Way 48
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/peddars-way-ultra
ReportLast weekend, Jason Meachen tackled his first ever ultra marathon. He opted to make his debut at the Peddars Way course across Norfolk. A trail run that starts at the Suffolk border at Knettishall Heath and makes its way over approximately 48 miles to the North Norfolk coast at Holme-next-the-Sea. Ending the race in a highly respectable 37th place out of 151 finishers, Meachen covered the distance (and possibly a few meandering miles more according to his watch) in a very decent 8 hours 6 minutes and 55 seconds.
Date12-01-20
EventEllison Solicitors XC League
Resultshttp://www.nessxc.org.uk/results-senior.htm
ReportA good number of runners made their way down the A12 to Writtle to represent Harwich Runners at the third cross country race of the season. In the men’s race, run over a 5 mile distance, there were 18 from Harwich in a field of 177. There were some quality runners at the top end of the race with the first Harwich Runner home being Graeme Knott in a decent 8th place. Matthew Friend was next back in a good 20th only a short way ahead of Jason Meachen in 26th. Strong runs from Simon Day and Sam Gooding-Matthews set the men up for a good team showing and Richard Newman completed the scoring six in 65th. There were first time runs from Craig Manley and Gareth Jones whilst Gary Donoghue returned from injury for his first cross country in 3 years. The men were first in Pool B ahead of promotion rivals Tiptree.. For the ladies, 7 of the 90 runners were representing the black and white vest. Karen Stapleton continues to run well and was first back for Harwich in 14th place. Madeline Lewis in 28th, Helen Benham in 35th and Victoria McCrea in 45th were all part of the scoring quartet for the club. The ladies finished second on the day. Overall the combined Harwich Runners team won Pool B ahead of Tiptree on the day and now sit with a 3 point lead at the half way point of the season. There was also a Junior race run over an approximate one mile distance. For the boys, the U15 group was really strong with 9 of the top 20 overall, this included Max Stapleton in 18th. Michael Knowles also placed inside the first 20 overall running in the U17 group whilst there were some exceptional performances in the U11 category. Bertie Lewis was 3rd in that category with Charlie Newman also placed nicely in 6th. Omar Jaballah, Warren Mann and Jack Manley also represented the club well. Harwich Runners had 14 of the 97 juniors representing them. Seven girls ran with Dalia Jaballah and Daisy Ward finishing close together in 14th and 15th overall. Eleanor Newman and Harriet Dobson went well in the U13 group. The U11 category saw a good run from Eryn Lewis and a debut from Erin Reid. Of the 11 clubs, Harwich Juniors sit in a really credible 4th place. The next race in the Ellisons Solicitors Cross Country series takes place on February 9th at Colchester
Date26-12-19
EventBoxing Day 5
Results
ReportThe race calendar is never particularly full over the Christmas period. One event that is popular each year though is the Boxing Day 5 mile race at Witham. This year it attracted 378 finishers of which 3 had travelled from Harwich. Ian Cannons produced his fastest 5 mile time of the year and his quickest in the last 18 months. Cannons time of 37 minutes 4 seconds placed him 104th overall. James Olley ran a solid 38m 35s to place 133rd. Matt Doran, meanwhile was running his 4th race over this distance in the second half of this year and those races have all been consistent, within 39 seconds of each other. He managed 41m 34s at Witham.
Date08-12-19
EventBentley 10 Mile Inter-club
Results
ReportLast weekend Harwich Runners travelled to Great Bromley to take on neighbouring club Great Bentley in the now annual 10 mile challenge race. Harwich had 32 finishers with Great Bentley having 41 finishers. The extra numbers for the host club proved crucial in the overall points count with Bentley prevailing to win the challenge. The first two runners home were both from the visiting Harwich club with Stephen Peck crossing the line first in a time of 58 minutes 42 seconds. Peck is really returning to form now after some injury worries earlier in the year. Next to finish was Graeme Knott who just missed out on a sub 1 hour time by 36 seconds. Jason Meachen won a hard fought duel to take 4th in 63m 52s followed by good performances from Simon Harrison (6th in 64m 29s) and Robin Brookes (7th in 66m 51s) placing them in the top 10 finishers in the field of 73 finishers. There were several runners making their debut over this distance in a black and white vest. Chris Payne finished in 70m 18 whilst young Harry Pitham again showed his potential with a fine showing of 71m 4s. Matthew Pumfrey, Steve Manley, Valentina Burley, Alison Evans and Jodi Thomas were also competing in a 10 mile race for the first time. Conditions were windy which didn’t help the runners in a couple of exposed areas of the course. Nevertheless a number of runners did manage to complete the distance faster than ever before. Current runner of the month Francis Mills completed the course in 71m 14s whilst Trevor Lewis was almost a minute quicker than at Hadleigh last month. Claire Bransby, Ian Bolton, Muriel Lovering and Anne Herbert all recorded their quickest ever times whilst the biggest improvement was by Jez Downs who knocked over 5 minutes off his previous best to record 84m 57s. Other notable performances were by Richard Newman who managed 66m 2s in his first 10 mile race since 2014. Will Roxby-Clarke was 36 seconds quicker than he had managed here last year. Fastest lady on the day was Emily Zethraeus of Bentley who managed 71m 39s whilst Karen Stapleton was the third fastest lady on the day in 75m 4s, just ahead of Madeline Lewis.

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