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Date06-10-19
EventSouthend 10k
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/southend-10k3
ReportAt the Southend 10km race, Rob Reason placed 16th in a very competitive field which saw 1437 runners brave the elements to cross the line. Reason completed the challenge in a very swift 34m 59s Justin Cooper-Keeble was running his 6th race over this distance this year and his times have been quite consistent, managing 45m 4s here. Nicola Reason completed her first 10km race in a good 56m 40 whilst Michelle Cooper-Keeble posted her quickest time for the distance since 2017 with 64m 58s
Date06-10-19
EventColchester Stampede 1/2 Marathon
Resultshttps://results.racetimers.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16487&RId=2087
ReportIn the rain last Sunday at the Colchester Zoo Stampede half marathon there were 7 club members among the 808 finishers. The course started and finished inside the zoo grounds and Matthew Friend secured a huge new personal best time of 1 hour 16 minutes 31 seconds to place 3rd overall. His improvement was by almost 4 minutes. Next home in a black and white vest was Lee Allen in 39th position who posted a decent 1h 34m 18s. There were debut half marathons for two runners with bright prospects. Rem’a Eagle and Harry Pitham both completed the course in a very encouraging time of 1h 42m 57s. Ian Bolton almost matched his time from the Colchester half marathon in March as he finished in 1h 55m 11s whilst Helen and Ruth Benham ran together, finishing in 2h 3m 20s which was also a new personal best time for Ruth.
Date06-10-19
EventMartlesham 10k
Resultshttps://frr.org.uk/2019/10/martlesham-results-2/
ReportAlso taking on a 10km race was Simon Harrison who finished 19th out of 299 finishers at Martlesham in a time of 39m 13s. Taking on one of the other distances on offer was Becky McCorquodale who, undeterred by the heavy rain, stormed to a new club record for her age group (FV45) for the 5km distance. She whizzed round in a new personal best time of 20m 29s to better the previous record set in 1996 by Elspeth Knott.
Date30-09-19
EventIpswich Jaffa 40 lap track race
Results
ReportLast Monday saw the now annual running of the Ipswich Jaffa 40 lap track relay race. The event also took part in pouring rain and this year saw Harwich have two teams competing. The teams were mixed with a junior, a lady and a veteran required in each team of six. Team one saw a fastest lap from Robin Brookes of 73 seconds, although Jason Meachen almost matched that with a 74 second opening lap. Madeline Lewis posted a fastest lap of 82 seconds and youngster Michael Knowles managed an impressive fastest lap of 76 seconds. Consistency was the key word here; Meachen’s, Knowles’ and Matthew Pumfrey’s 8 laps were all within 5 seconds of each other whilst Lewis and Brookes both completed all of their 8 laps within a 6 second range. In the other team, Will Roxby-Clarke clocked the fastest lap of 73 seconds. There were good performances by Anne Herbert, Kim Pretty and Katie Holmes. Jez Downs ran each of his laps within 4 seconds of each other whilst junior Eryn Lewis ran excellently managing a fastest lap of 94 seconds.
Date22-09-19
EventSimplyhealth Great East Run
Resultshttps://www.greatrun.org/myresults/full-search
ReportLast weekend plenty of Harwich Runners members took on half marathons. Most of those were at Ipswich for the Great East Run. Warm conditions and a couple of serious hills combined to make it not a day for personal best times. The only one of the 20 runners who managed that was Kelly Peck who improved on her only other half marathon at Great Bentley earlier in the year by over 7 minutes to finish in 2 hours 26 minutes 51 seconds. There were two runners making their half marathon debut in a Harwich vest, Steve Manley (2h 15m 51s) and Rebecca Rodger (2h 55m 8s). With almost 3000 runners the event had some real quality at the top end with Harwich’s Rob Reason managing an excellent 7th in 77m 19s. Elsewhere there was a stunning performance by Jason Meachen who is getting back to his best with a time of 84m 40s here. Also going well were Mark Higgs, Jeff Higgon, Helen Benham and Valentina Burley. Travelling a little further afield, David Pleace also made his debut half marathon run but he opted to go to Portugal. A time of 2h 18m in the Porto Half marathon was a decent result.
Date15-09-19
EventFelixstowe Coastal 10 mile
Resultshttps://www.racesonline.uk/results/2019-results/felixstowe-10-coastal/
ReportWith a good number of runners otherwise occupied by the Round Norfolk Relay, only a couple of members of Harwich Runners made the trip to Felixstowe for their annual 10 mile race. There was considerable success for Matthew Friend who finished 4th overall in a field of 452 runners in a time of 58 minutes 16 seconds. This represented an improvement of 4 minutes from his previous best time at Great Bentley last year. Also Friend became only the third member of the club, after Stephen Peck and Rob Reason, to complete a race of this distance in under an hour since 2015. The other member of Harwich Runners in action was Phil Sanderson, competing his third race over the distance in the last 10 months and, with a very similar time to his previous two efforts, he finished in 78m 38s.
Date14-09-19
EventRound Norfolk Relay
Resultshttp://www.roundnorfolkrelay.com/results_main_page.php
ReportHarwich Runners entered a team into the Round Norfolk Relay again this year. The 198 mile course follows the county boundary and is split into 17 stages of varying lengths. The challenging course covers a variety of terrains and involves running at unusual times of the day and night for the runners. Richard Newman got the team underway with a very early start on the Saturday morning from Kings Lynn. A strong start from Newman placed the team 35th out of the 59 teams, coincidentally the exact same position that the team would end up at on the finish line 25 hours later. The next legs were covered by Matt Doran, Claire Coe and Andre Besant before Graeme Knott became the highest placed runner so far taking 14th place on his 10.81 mile leg between Cley and Cromer. Paul Smith and Sarah Roxby-Clarke moved the team round to Lessingham from where Will Roxby-Clarke had a storming run to finish 17th on his leg. Stephen Peck then placed 13th on a 16.6 mile leg through to Belton before handing on to the in form Jason Meachen who carried the team impressively on to Earsham, a further 18.13 miles on. A strong showing from Justin Burls followed before Becky McCorquodale tackled the longest leg of the race, a 19.67 mile distance between Scole and Thetford. McCorquodale covered the distance in impressive fashion, finishing as 3rd lady and 2nd in the Female Masters category. Dennis Warner was next up, followed by Elspeth Knott who won the Masters Ladies prize for achieving the highest age-grading performance of the event. Newcomer Jodi Thomas carried the team on to Downham Market, handing on to Claire Bransby and then Robin Brookes who brought the team all the way back to Kings Lynn. The combined efforts of the team saw them finish in a time of 27 hours 5 minutes and 36 seconds. A prize is also awarded to the team who manage to predict their finish time closest. This was not won by Harwich who were 21 minutes outside of their estimated time. Riverside Runners from St Neots were the fastest team on the day in 20 hours 40 minutes.
Date30-07-19
EventHarwich 5k Series 5
Resultshttps://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2019/race5.php
ReportDuring the Harwich 5km series this summer the famous seafront wind had been conspicuous by it’s absence. It waited until the final race to make an appearance and really made it’s presence known. This made for an interesting race with runners able to produce a quick first half of the race followed by a battle into the wind on the way back. As a result only 6 of the 146 runners managed to beat their predicted time. The winner is the runner who manages to do that by the biggest margin and on this occasion it was Edmund Beaton, closely followed by Christopher Tye. 64 of the runners came from host club Harwich and in stark contrast to the previous 4 races in the series there was only one personal best recorded. That honour fell to Martha Spooner who joined the club this year and has steadily improved with each race, moving from 42 minutes 58 seconds in race 1 to 40m 11s in this last race. Whilst there were no other personal bests or even season bests there were a few others who came close. In form Claire Bransby ran 24m 8s, Ian Cannons 22m 31s, Julian Cordwell 30m 16s and Tanya Cane with 28m 35s were all close to their season best times. Also putting in strong performances were Richard Newman, Michelle Cooper-Keeble and Steve Manley. Simon Day remarkably managed to run inside 19 minutes despite having completed a marathon run in less than 3 hours only a couple of days previously. Fastest time on the night was recorded by Danny Millward of Colchester who managed a decent 17m 4s in the testing conditions. Fastest lady was Emma Drury of Sudbury who posted 19m 56s. With points awarded depending on finish positions the overall winner has now been determined. This year following an impressive return to form, Jason Meachen was the series winner. He started with a 20m 39s run in race 2 and improved to post two sub 19 minute times in the final two races. Claire Bransby was the leading female points scorer, just ahead of Harwich Runner newcomer Louise Brundle. 259 runners took part in at least one race with 66 completing all 5 of the runs between May and July Rob Reason posted the fastest time of the series with his impressive 16m 32s in race 4.. In the accompanying Junior race, run over a 1 mile distance with the youngsters trying to beat their predicted times, the winner was James Clarke whose rapid time of 6m 56s pulled him clear of second placed Mistie Henington and third placed Caitlin Harrison. Fastest girl on the night was Daisy Ward who ran her mile in 7m 8s whilst the fastest boy was Archie Henington in 6m 18s. 48 Juniors took part in at least one race and the overall winners of the series were Bertie Lewis and Alexandra Burls.
Date26-07-19
EventIpswich Twilight 10k
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/ipswich-twilight-10k-2019
ReportLast Friday a few runners from Harwich were among those in a very high quality field at the Ipswich Twilight 10k race. There was success for Becky McCorquodale who was first in her FV45 age group in 44m 18s. Also victorious was Madeline Lewis who won the Fv40 category in 45m 46s. Andrew Williamson managed a personal best time of 43m 56s, his second PB of the week, with other notable outings from Justin Cooper-Keeble, Alan Gardner and Karl Leach
Date23-07-19
EventSummer Handicap Race
Results
ReportLast week saw members of Harwich Runners test themselves over a couple of different distances. The first race was a 5 mile handicap race at Lawford for club members only. With runners trying to beat carefully calculated predicted times, the overall winner was the runner who beat that time by the most. This year the win was claimed by Jez Downs who arrived at the finish line first. His time of 38 minutes 59 seconds was also quicker than his previous best time set at Wix two years ago. Returning from injury Paul Brown was second with Niall Burke taking an impressive third. Despite the warm conditions there were a few personal best times set and some other notable performances. Quickest runner on the night was Matthew Friend who improved his own previous best time by 7 seconds to post 29m 2s around the lanes behind Lawford. Next quickest was Steve Cooper in 29m 5s with Graeme Knott completing the top 3 with a time of 29m 17s. There were also new personal best times recorded by Alan Gardner (35m 29s), Trevor Lewis (36m 20s), Steve Manley (39m 59s) and Muriel Lovering (42m 45s). Others completing the distance faster than ever before were Victoria McCrea (41m 18s), Rebecca McCrea (48m 21s) and Kelly Peck (47m 51s). Karen Stapleton matched her previous best of 37m 55s and was third fastest lady behind Becky McCorquodale (36m 32s) and Madeline Lewis (35m 46s). Jason Meachen’s time of 30m 54s was his fastest over 5 miles since 2012 whilst Simon Harrison managed his quickest time since Wix in 2015. Simon Day ran 30 minutes exactly whilst other strong performers were Ian Bolton, Claire Bransby and Anne Herbert. Among those making their debut at the event were Andrew Williamson, who managed a new personal best, Claire Coe, Heidi Seddon and Matthew Pumfrey.

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