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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.
Date02-12-19
EventEssex Vets Cross Country
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/essex-xc-champs-november-2019
ReportOn Saturday, three members of Harwich Runner Juniors made their way to Writtle College for the Junior and Veterans cross country. Included in this event are races for U13 and U15 boys and girls. Because of the age restrictions, this event was not open to most of the club. The weather was very cold and the ground muddy from all the rain we have had recently. The route incorporated a lap of a lake which was very slippery and then a tricky uphill section which saw many runners clutching at the grass to pull themselves up. Eleanor Newman was first off running 3km in the U13 girls race; she completed the distance in 17 minutes and 1 second. Next up was Max Stapleton, running 4km in 18m 58s in the boys U15 race and then Dalia Jaballah who ran a strong 20m 28s in the girls 4km U15 race. The trio ran extremely well against some really strong fields. In the senior races, there were three runners in the Female over 40s category. Christina Pretty continues to pack the races in, finishing 103rd overall here. Gina Jaballah also competed and there was success for Martha Spooner who was the only runner, and therefore winner, in the FV70 group. There were also two Men’s races. One, over approximately 5 miles, for competitors aged 40-49 and the other for the over 50s. Harwich are reaping the benefits of Rob Reason turning 40 recently and he placed 6th overall in the first race in a very swift 31m 43s. Jason Meachen continued his good form with an impressive 38th place (35m 26s) whilst Simon Day continues to impress at the end of what has been a very busy year for him, taking 54th here. Matt Doran also represented the club in this race in what was another very strong field.
Date24-11-19
EventClub Winter Handicap
Results
ReportMore recently 44 members of the club ran a 5 mile handicap race over at Lawford. With runners attempting to beat their carefully calculated estimated time, the runner who beats it by the biggest margin is declared the winner. On this occasion it was Zoe Orr who finished much quicker than anticipated in 52 minutes 15 seconds. Emma Duffy, who recorded a big new personal best of 44m 18s, and Roly Knott were second and third respectively. Conditions were good and many runners either beat or got very close to their previous best times with over half beating their predicted times. Among those who recorded new best times on the flat course were current runner of the month Francis Mills (33m 50s), Jez Downs (38m 53s) and Christina Pretty (46m 56s). Also managing PBs were Chris Payne (32m 35s), Karen Stapleton (36m 34s), Matthew Pumfrey (35m 51s) and Muriel Lovering (42m 32s). There was a big improvement for young Michael Knowles to 33m 58s with further improvements for Valentina Burley and Steve Manley. A few runners ran their first 5 mile race for the club; they were Jodi Thomas, Jennifer Griffiths, Bethany Godfrey, Craig Manley and Gareth Jones. Fastest time of the day was set by Rob Reason who whizzed round in 27m 40s whilst Madeline Lewis was quickest lady in 35 minutes exactly.
Date17-11-19
EventHadleigh 10 mile & 5 mile Road Races
Resultshttp://www.hadleighhares.co.uk/hadleigh-5-10/4586877273
ReportLast weekend a number of runners decided to tackle the hilly 10 mile course at Hadleigh. There were 248 runners finishing the course on a cold bright Sunday morning. The first Harwich Runner across the finish line was the in form Jason Meachen in a really impressive 64 minutes 16 seconds. Meachen snatched 21st place overall. Madeline Lewis was first in her age category FV40 and 59th overall; her time of 72m 46s was only 11 seconds short of matching her personal best time set at Great Baddow in May this year. Third in the same age group was Karen Stapleton who completed her first 10 mile run in Harwich colours in a very decent 74m 48s. Also completing his first 10 mile race for the club was Trevor Lewis who did well to just duck inside the 80 minute mark, managing that with 9 seconds to spare. There was a new personal best time for Ian Bolton in 83m 33s whilst Peter Fraser-Hopewell negotiated the course one minute faster than he did last year, recording 83m 37s. Anne Herbert was second in her age group (FV60) in a strong 91m 2s and there were good quality runs for Justin Cooper-Keeble (76m 14s) and, in his quickest time since 2017, Dennis Warner (80m 26s). Helen Benham, Ruth Benham and Jean Weir completed the Harwich contingent on what was a good day for the club. There was also a 5 mile race on offer and Michelle Cooper-Keeble opted for that, finishing in 54m 59s.
Date10-11-19
EventStebbing 10
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/stebbing-rememberance-day-10-miler
ReportThere was a really high quality field out at the Stebbing 10 mile race last Sunday. 26 of the 505 runners completed the course in less than an hour and the final one of those to do so was the first Harwich Runner to complete the course. Returning from injury Stephen Peck ran an impressive 59 minutes 44 seconds to confirm his recuperation. Next through was Simon Day in a strong 63m 45s, his quickest time for the distance since 2017. Phil Sanderson and Kim Pretty both just ducked inside the 80 minute mark (79m 3s and 79m 12s respectively) and a personal best for Pretty. Muriel Lovering completed the distance for the first time in a Harwich vest in 94m 29s with Christina Pretty not too far behind in 97m 22s. Kelly Peck was also running her first 10 mile race for the club and managed 1 hour 42m 19s
Date10-11-19
EventStowmarket Striders Scenic 7
Results
ReportA couple of members of Harwich Runners travelled to Stowmarket for their Scenic 7 mile race. On the undulating course Matthew Pumfrey completed the not often raced distance in 52 minutes 10 seconds whilst Jez Downs finished in 56m 40s. Meanwhile Justin and Michelle Cooper-Keeble decided to take on a 10km race at Saffron Walden. Justin was 4th in the MV40 category in a decent 43m 39s and Michelle finished in 1h 6m 34s Anne Herbert was involved in something different last Sunday, tackling a 6 hour remembrance race at Brightlingsea which was a trail run.
Date03-11-19
EventEllison Solicitors XC League
Resultshttp://www.nessxc.org.uk/
ReportThe second race in the Ellisons Solicitors cross country series for 2019-20 took place at Hilly Fields in Colchester last Sunday. Harwich Runners had a far better result than the first race, finishing first team in pool B and leaping to the top of the group in the overall standings. On the 5 mile course for the ladies, Madeline Lewis again led the way, finishing 16th out of the 115 runners in that race. Strong runs by Karen Stapleton in 23rd and Ellie Burke in 39th put the trio ahead of closest challengers Tiptree in pool B. There were crucial supporting runs from Claire Bransby, Hannah Jarvis and Helen Benham. In the men’s race, Harwich had 25 of the 214 runners and the first black and white vest across the finish line was Graeme Knott in 22nd. Among the 6 scorers it was good to see two runners making their debuts for Harwich in this series with strong placings for both Edmund Beaton in 40th and Jon Battram in 59th.Completing the scoring team for Harwich were the resurgent Jason Meachen in 46th, Simon Day in 50th and Sam Gooding-Matthews in 72nd. There were strong runs from Chris Payne, Charlie McCarthy and Mark Higgs. Both the men’s and ladies teams finished first in their categories, giving Harwich Runners a really positive result. There was also a Junior race run over an approximate 1 mile distance, a really healthy 158. Dalia Jaballah warmed up for the race by being first finisher at the 5km parkrun the day before and ran well again here, finishing 11th overall and 7th in her FU15 age category. Daisy Ward also ran well and was just a couple of places further back. Eleanor Newman put in a good performance in the FU13 group. Eryn Lewis had another good run in the FU11 category where Sophie Cripps and Isabella Ward also represented the club. For the boys, Charlie Newman again ran well in the MU11 category finishing 7th. This was a popular category for Harwich Runners with Harry Tyrell, Jack Manley, Bertie Lewis, Warren Mann and Omar Jaballah all competing. Max Stapleton finished 31st boy overall running in the U15 group and adult parkrun regulars Harry Pitham and Michael Knowles both performed well in the MU17 category. Elsewhere Jean Weir took on a 10km in Leeds, finishing well in 65m 14s.
Date20-10-19
EventEllison Solicitors XC League
Resultshttp://www.nessxc.org.uk/
ReportLast weekend 283 adults and 107 juniors turned up at Gosfield for the opening meeting in the latest cross country series. Harwich were looking for an immediate return to Pool A having dropped down a level last season. The ladies started well; Madeline Lewis was 10th overall with Karen Stapleton not too far behind in 16th. Completing the scoring trio was Claire Bransby and this team did enough to win the ladies category in Pool B. There was a strong run from Victoria McCrea whilst Nicola Ward, Alison Evans and Muriel Lovering all completed their first cross country for the club. The men’s team was missing a few numbers but those who ran performed well. Simon Day was the first black and white vest home in 42nd, just 3 places ahead of Sam Gooding -Matthews. Charlie McCarthy, Mark Higgs and Ben Hammond all scored points for the team as did Andrew Wiliamson. There were good runs from Phil Sanderson and Trevor Lewis with Richard Beevor completing his first cross country in Harwich colours. This team of six placed 4th in their pool but the combined team effort leaves Harwich in 3rd after the first race. There was a healthy contingent of juniors from Harwich running their one mile race. Dalia Jaballah was 8th girl overall and 4th in the FU15 category; Daisy Ward also placed well in this group. Eleanor Newman went really well in the FU13 age group, finishing 20th overall out of the 56 girls. There were also strong runs in the FU11 category by Jemima Garner, Eryn Lewis, Sophie Cripps and Isabella Ward. For the boys, Max Stapleton was Harwich’s highest finisher in 24th. Bertie Lewis also ran in the MU15 group. There was a Harwich winner in the MU11 category with Charlie Newman finishing first. Warren Mann and Omar Jaballah were also really well placed in this category with others appearing including Harry Tyrell and Harry Almond

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