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Date09-07-19
EventHarwich 5k Series 4
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2019/race4.php
ReportThe fourth race in the Harwich 5km series took place on the promenade last week. With runners trying to beat a carefully calculated predicted time, 69 of the 167 finishers managed to succeed with that target. With the overall winner being the runner who beat their predicted time by the biggest margin rewarding improvement, the winner this time was Sharon Cox. Second place went to newcomer Jay Rusecki with Harwich’s Tracey George in 3rd. 77 of the finishers were from local club Harwich Runners and, despite conditions being maybe not quite as favourable as the previous races in the series, it was good to see a healthy number of personal best times being recorded. Trevor Lewis improved by 6 seconds to 21 minutes 1 second, Nicola Challis knocked off another 14 seconds to post 22m 22s and young Harry Pitham continues to show improvement having improved a full minute from the first race to now boast a personal best of 19m 19s. Others leaving with new best times included Steve Manley (23m 43s), his third in three races, Mike Isted (25m 5s) , Karl Leach (24m 18s) and Christina Pretty (28m 36s). Some of the newer members of the club continue to progress with gains made by Tanya Cane (28m 19s), Louise Brundle (28m 34s), Martha Spooner (40m 26s), Jennifer Griffiths (32m 4s) and Alison Evans (27m 28s). Deborah Smith got her third best time in a row, as did Vhaire Stewart whilst Kathy Barfield has impressively reduced her time from 29m 9s to 28m 11s over the four races. Fastest runner on the night was Harwich’s Rob Reason who zipped round the course in a decent 16m 32s. Fastest lady was Heidi Steele of Colchester Harriers who posted 18m 36s. There were a few impressive season best times produced too. Among them a return to form for Jason Meachen (18m 50s) , Katie Holmes (24m 54s), Claire Bransby (24m 1s) and, tantalisingly close to his previous best, Robin Brookes managed 18m 9s. In the accompanying Junior run where the youngsters had to try and beat their predicted times over a 1 mile off road course, there was victory for Max Stapleton whose time of 7m 18s proved decisive. Second was Jack Manley with Eryn Lewis in third. Dalia Jaballah was the fastest girl in 7m 29s whilst the fastest overall time of any of the 27 competitors was by Peter Hughes with an impressive 6m 44s. The final race in the series takes place on Tuesday 30th July.
Date05-07-19
EventGreat Bentley Friday 5
Resultshttps://www.racesonline.uk/results/2019-results/friday-5s/great-bentley/?fbclid=IwAR05HPPL_jsFh5RpEflGDDejBWoTRZZbnivb6uyJNqrx3wBDSFkkt9iT8gk
ReportThe final race in the Friday 5 mile race series took place last week with the only Essex based race based at Great Bentley. There were 425 finishers and over 10% of them (46) were from Harwich Runners. On a warm night Personal bests were few and far between as the runners tested themselves on the country lanes around Great Bentley village. Rob Reason was the first Harwich Runner to finish; he took an excellent 5th place overall in a good time of 27 minutes 23 seconds. Next back to the finish at the village hall was Matthew Friend and he did post a new Personal Best, chipping over a minute off his previous best from last year to complete the course in an impressive 29m 9s. Archie Barrington is another in his best ever form, improving to 30m 45s this time. The fast, flat course also helped Christina Pretty (47m 11s) and Karl Leach (42m 46s) record their best ever times for this distance. Anne Herbert is running really well at the moment and finished 2nd in the FV60 category in a time of 41m 12s. There was also a strong run by Madeline Lewis whose time of 35m 47s placed her 4th in the FV40 group . Others finishing in the top 10 in their age groups were Karen Stapleton, Kim Pretty, Claire Bransby, Jeff Higgon, Sally Gillam, Valentina Burley and Jo Higgon There were a few runners making their first 5 mile appearances in a black and white vest; these included Gina Jaballah, Stuart Raffle, Jacky Lingley, Muriel Lovering and, making his step up from the juniors, Michael Knowles. Elsewhere last weekend, Claire Lawrence took on a 10km race up at Holkham. She completed the course in 64m 15s.
Date23-06-19
EventHarwich Runners Sprint Triathalon
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/triathlon_old/2019/sprint_results.php
ReportThe Harwich Sprint triathlon took place last week with 145 athletes testing themselves on the course which started and finished at Dovercourt swimming pool. Starting off with 12 lengths of the 25m pool, the action then moved on to a 24km bike leg which took in nearby Ramsey and Wrabness before finishing with a 5km run along the promenade. The quickest time of all participants was recorded by Harwich’s Gavin Race. Race was 9th fastest on the swim leg, completing the 300m distance in 4 minutes 48 seconds. He was then a narrow 2nd on the bike, just 18 seconds behind the quickest rider but then put in a decisive run, completing the 5km course quicker than anyone else in just 17m 15s. Race’s total time, including transitions was 61m 18s almost a minute faster than Euan Davies in second place. In total 23 members of Harwich Runners were among the finishers. Next quickest was Justin Burls in 8th place overall in 70m 38s who proved to be very fast on transitions between activities. There were age group wins for Justin Burls, Archie Barrington (72m 27s), Tim Brand (72m 18s), Jo Higgon (87m 33s), Elspeth Knott (80m 18s) and Jeff Higgon (82m 20s) Elspeth Knott was Harwich’s highest placed female recording an impressive total time of 80m 18s, doing especially well on the bike leg. Peter Fraser Hopewell was second in his age group (86m 38s) as were Jules Lawrence (74m 56s) and Vicky McCrea (89m 31s). Helen Benham recorded an overall time of 86m 3s in her first ever Triathlon and was also second in her age category.
Date18-06-19
EventHarwich 5k Series 3
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2019/race3.php
ReportThe third race in the Harwich 5km series took place last week on the promenade. The runners were all looking to beat their respective predicted times and the pre-storm conditions proved ideal as 105 of the 178 finishers managed to do just that. The overall winner was the person who beat their estimated time by the biggest margin and on this occasion it was Claire Coe from host club Harwich. Melanie Lear was second with Daniel Holliday in third. Matthew Friend is in fine form at the moment. After clocking 17 minutes 40 seconds in the first race of the series, Friend smashed that time registering 17m 12s this time round. Archie Barrington entered the series with a best time of 18m 34s but managed to run inside 18 minutes for the very first time as a fast start saw him finish with a wonderful time of 17m 50s. Verity Webber, Claire Lawrence, Alan Gardner and Anne Herbert have registered personal best times in each of the three races in the series so far. New to the series this year, Andrew Williamson has now lowered his best time to 20m 25s whilst Matthew Pumfrey similarly now boasts a best of 20m 39s. Antony Westgate has improved to 23m 5s and Francine Battram to 29m 8s. Trevor Lewis improved by 4 seconds to 21m 7s whilst there were also personal best times for James Olley (22m 10s), Paul Smith (24m) and Karen Stapleton (22m 6s). Also running faster for this distance than ever before were Steve Manley, Karl Leach and Muriel Lovering. Valentina Burley is having a good year; she entered the series with a best time of 25m 48s and recorded 24m 42s last week. Newcomers Vhaire Stewart, Claire Coe and Louise Brundle all ran their quickest ever times whilst there were also new best times for Christina Pretty, Kelly Peck and Kathy Barfield. In total 30 of the 82 members of Harwich Runners who completed the race registered new personal best times. Fastest runner on the night was Rob Reason of Harwich who whizzed round the course in 16m 37s whilst the quickest lady on the night was Laura Shewbridge of Hadleigh in a very good 18m 19s. In the accompanying Junior race, the youngsters were also trying to beat their predicted times over a one mile course. Jack Manley managed that by the biggest margin to win the race ahead of Jude Lynch and Mistie Henington. Quickest boy on the night was Archie Henington who completed his mile in a swift 6m 10s whilst fastest girl was Harwich’s Daisy Ward who managed 7m 19s. There were series best times for many here, including Alexandria Burls, Ruby MacKillop, Dalia Jaballah and Lucy Gooding-Matthews.
Date28-05-19
EventHarwich 5k Series 2
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2019/race2.php
ReportThe second race in the Harwich 5k series took place last week and conditions on the promenade were again favourable for runners. Run on a handicap basis with runners looking to beat their predicted times the overall winner was Barbara Law of Great Bentley who beat her estimated time by the biggest margin of all 167 finishers. Karen Barker of Harwich was second with Scott Chapman third. 69 of the runners were from local club Harwich with a number of personal best (PB) times being recorded. Jon Battram recorded his fastest time in a Harwich vest with an impressive 18 minutes 11 seconds. Up and coming youngster Rem’a Eagle is improving rapidly and ducked inside 19 minutes for the first time (18m 46s) whilst another showing good promise is Harry Pitham who completed the course in 19m 35s. Anne Herbert is having a terrific season lowering her PB to 24m 45s whilst there were also improvements shown by Alan Gardner (20m 50s), Antony Westgate (23m 16s), Matthew Pumfrey (21m 8s) and Jules Lawrence (22m 25s). Another runner in top form is Valentina Burley who now boasts a new PB of 25m 13s. Also coming away with new PBs were Verity Webber (27m 24s), Samie Franklin (25m 52s), Paul Smith (24m 26s) and Nicola Challis (22m 36s). Some of the newer members of the club improved from the first race including Tanya Cane (28m 47s), Katrina Sharman Olive (39m 26s), Sue John (33m 59s), Martha Spooner (41m 48s), Fiona Caslake (39m 28s) and Louise Brundle (29m 21s). With PBs throughout the field there were also celebrations for Kathy Barfield, Kelly Peck, Karen Barker and Andrew Williamson. Running their first 5k series race in a Harwich vest were Alison Evans and Michael Isted and they were among the 105 runners who beat their predicted times. Fastest runner on the night was Paul Wain of Ipswich who posted a speedy 17m 6s whilst the quickest female running was Aiko Henington of Colchester with a time of 18m 49s. In the accompanying Junior race run over a 1 mile distance and also on a handicap basis, the race winner was Bertie Lewis who ran 8m 6s followed by Jake and Liam Bretton. Fastest boy on the night was Archie Henington who sped round the off road course in 6m 17s whilst the fastest girl was Daisy Ward in 17m 7s. There were 28 youngsters running in total many of whom are regulars at the Junior parkrun on a Sunday morning.
Date26-05-19
EventMayflower XC run/walk
Results
ReportMeanwhile a number of other members of Harwich Runners completed the annual Mayflower walk/run which takes in a distance of approximately 13 miles between Harwich and Manningtree. The mostly off road route is an interesting challenge and the first to finish this year was Allen Smalls of Colchester in 1h 29m. Third finisher was Harwich’s Gavin Race who completed the course in 1h 34m. Valentina Burley continued her busy schedule finishing in 2h 7m whilst there were also outings for Kim and Christina Pretty, Jeff and Jo Higgon, Deborah Smith and Andrew Thorn.
Date19-05-19
EventBaddow 10
Resultshttp://racetimingsolutions.racetecresults.com/results.aspx?CId=16269&RId=1052
ReportMadeline Lewis travelled to Great Baddow for a 10 mile race there. She recorded a new personal best time of 72m 35s. Becky McCorquodale continued her busy schedule at the same venue with a decent 80m 32s showing. Also running here was Sam Edwards, completing her first ever 10 mile race in club colours in 95m 42s
Date19-05-19
EventWoodbridge 10k
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/woodbridge-10k2
ReportA far more established 10km race is at Woodbridge. Steve Cooper was in attendance there and finished 9th overall in a time of 36m 1s. Cooper also bagged 1st place in the MV45 age group
Date19-05-19
EventManningtree 10k
Resultshttps://www.webscorer.com/racedetails?raceid=181148&did=200358
ReportThere were 30 runners in the 5k and 57 in the 10k race. Chris Payne was 6th in the longer option, finishing in 41m 36s whilst Matthew Pumfrey managed 45m 30s. Matt Doran completed the course in 50m 21s and Claire Bransby crossed the finish line in 52m 48s, Jeff Higgon ran a good 53m 50s whilst Jo Higgon followed up the previous weeks marathon effort with a time here of 59m 28s.
Date19-05-19
EventManningtree 5k
Resultshttps://www.webscorer.com/racedetails?raceid=181148&did=200357
ReportIn a new event at Manningtree there were 5km and 10km options. Michael Ball was in action again, taking 4th in 22m 29s. Katie Holmes was 5th female finisher in 27m 18s. There were 30 runners in the 5k and 57 in the 10k race.

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