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Whats going on...

Well further to comments at the AGM I'm having a play to try and make this page more of a current news "what's going on" for Harwich Runners. So far I've added a Twitter feed & facebook is sitting in the background. A short version of the events calendar is on its way....

Upcoming events

24-02-19Tarpley 10/2010 and 20 milesThurston College
03-03-19Roding Valley Half Marathon13.1 milesAshton Playing Fields
03-03-19Essex 20m20 milesRochford
16-03-19Essex Road Relays5kHarwich Rugby Club
17-03-19Colchester 15 or 7.515m or 7.5mLangham Village Hall

Tuesday training

DateTraining Description
19-02-196.30 Hills 8.00 Hill reps on time Coach Steve

Event reports

EventGreat Bentley Half Marathon
ReportLast Sunday saw the latest running of the extremely popular Great Bentley Half Marathon. The 800 entries had sold out in around 2 hours back in October but a good number of Harwich Runners had managed to secure their place on the start line. For the first time in many years the conditions were kind to the runners who normally have to contend with strong wind and often snow on the exposed, winding country road route. This led to a number of excellent performances, many personal bests (PBs) and a few club records tumbled. First home in the black and white vest was Rob Reason in 74 minutes 12 seconds in 11th place, closely followed by Stephen Peck in 14th. Peck’s time of 74m 34s was enough to see him finish second in his age category (MV40), smash his previous best by 2 minutes and in the process lower his own club record for that age group. That set the tone of the day. Mark Rutter cut it fine to grab the MV55 club record; his time of 89m 49s beat a 19 year old standard by just 2 seconds. 2018s most improved runner Lee Allen set a new PB of 86m 59s. Chris Payne ran his fastest half marathon in a Harwich vest (93m 18s) and there was a big PB for Will Roxby-Clarke who lowered his PB by almost 4 minutes to 97m 26s. Madeline Lewis took over 3 minutes off her PB to finish in 1 hour 40m 52s and there were also new PBs for Nicola Challis in 1h 46m 57s and Emma MacKillop who was running only her second half marathon and managed 1h 42m 3s. Not missing out on the PB party was Jules Lawrence who improved by 2 minutes to 1h 45m 51s. Several runners were taking on a half marathon for the first time in Harwich colours including Allan Bush who recorded a very decent 97m 14. Others racing the distance for the first time were Kelly Peck, Angela Walton, Dean Splarn, Karen Barker and Muriel Lovering. There were also strong runs from marathon hopefuls Simon Day (82m 45s) and Robin Brookes (85m 25s) whilst Simon Harrison almost matched his time from last year here (85m 17s). Other club members among the 666 finishers completing the 13.1 mile course were Valentina Burley, Stuart Raffle, Jez Downs and Lian Meachen. Meanwhile Steve Cooper travelled to Chichester to take part in an exceptionally high quality 10k race. Cooper did well to record a time of 35m 54s which placed him 106th

Whats happened to the old running man, well he's still going but now hidden away here