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Date12-11-17
EventStebbing Remembrance Day 10M
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/stebbing-remembrance-day-10
ReportAt the Stebbing 10 mile race, Tracey George ran her fastest 10 mile race in a black and white vest finishing in a shade over 1 hour 49 minutes. Christina Pretty was running the distance for the first time since joining the club crossing the line in 1h 40m 47s.
Date12-11-17
EventScenic 7
Resultshttp://stowmarketstriders.org.uk/sites/default/files/rptOpenScenic72017.pdf
ReportThere aren’t too many 7 mile races around but the Scenic 7 at Stowmarket has been a popular fixture in the calendar for a number of years now. Attracting a strong field on a cold morning, Harwich Runners provided two of the 423 finishers. After joining the club earlier this year Lee Allen has made really good progress and it was no surprise to see him finish high up in 33rd in a very decent time of 46 minutes 57 seconds. Anna Young also took on the rural, undulating course also finishing in the top half of the field in a whisker over the hour mark.
Date05-11-17
Event53-12 XC Harwich
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/results-senior.htm
Report The second race in the 53-12 Cross country season took place last Sunday and was hosted by Harwich Runners at Ramsey. Having won their first race in Pool B, the host club were looking to consolidate their position as early leaders. On a dry fresh morning, there was huge success for the men with three local runners placed inside the top six places on the 5 mile course. Steve Cooper and Rob Reason were again 4th and 5th, albeit the other way round from the first race at Writtle, and Graeme Knott ran his first race of the series finishing 6th. Behind these there were strong runs from Stephen Peck in 15th and Mark Lloyd in 23rd. Simon Day completed the scoring six, finishing ahead of Archie Barrington in 47th. The men comfortably won the Pool B race ahead of Halstead. There were also strong runs from Chris Payne, Mark Higgs and Niall Burke who all improved on their positions from the previous week and a debut for Simon Garner. In the ladies race, Kate Hodgkiss again led the way for Harwich taking an impressive 4th place. Claudine Benstead had a strong run in 15th and Ellie Haynes rounded off the scoring team with a terrific performance to take 23rd. Also going well was Nicola Flatt and Helen Benham. The ladies finished a narrow second to Tiptree but the combined score saw Harwich claim the Pool victory for the second time in two races. In the Junior race, run over a shorter mile and a half distance, 111 youngsters took part including 13 from Harwich. Michael Knowles was placed highest for the second race in a row, taking 18th overall and 8th in the MU15 group. Eddison Barker was 7th in his age category (MU13). Daisy Ward ran well to take 6th in the FU13 group with Isabella McCreadie also looking strong. There was a stunning run from Jemmima Gardner to take 6th in the youngest age group (FU11). Jamie Carter continues to impress again finishing highest of all the Year 4 representatives on show and a promising debut from Awarren Mann.
Date04-11-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportSaturdays Parkrun was certainly not set up for lots of new PBs with a tough out leg into the wind; however 14 of the 107 who took part achieved that. Like last week, Josh Newlyn (19:16) and Harwich Runner, Claudine Benstead (22:53) returned home as first Male and first Female. Second and third home were also Harwich Runners. Mark Rutter was second in a time of 19:24 followed by Simon Harrison in 19:26. Second female back was also a Harwich club member, Alison Evans, in a time of 24:10. Lian Meachen is starting to hit form again and even with 2 weeks away on Holiday, returned for her 4th consecutive PB in 32:07. She was the only member of Harwich Runners to achieve a PB this week.
Date29-10-17
Event53-12 XC Springfield
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/results-senior.htm
ReportLast weekend the 53-12 cross country season got underway again with the first 5 mile race organised by Springfield Striders near Chelmsford. Following the disappointment of relegation last season Harwich Runners took their place in Pool B and will be looking for an instant return to the higher league. It started well with 33 runners turning out to support the cause at the first race. Rob Reason was 4th overall with Steve Cooper hot on his heels in 5th. Mark Lloyd had a strong run to finish 21st and Simon Day continued his good form in 38th. Completing the scoring 6 for Harwich were Gary Parker and, going well in his first senior race, Archie Barrington. The men were clear winners in Pool B with almost half the number of points of second placed Halstead. Chris Elliott was the only male debutant; others who ran well were Mark Higgs, recording his best placing, Chris Payne and Will Roxby-Clarke. The ladies race was a lot closer with Harwich and Tiptree ending level on points. The black and white vests won on countback with the three scoring ladies all finishing in the top 30. Kate Hodgkiss finished 7th with Claudine Benstead and Madeline Lewis completing a strong trio. Nicola Flatt continued her recent good form in her first cross country race whilst there was also a strong performance from Ellie Haynes. The combined scores give Harwich an early lead in Pool B. The next race in the series is this Sunday, hosted by Harwich at Ramsey. In the junior race, run over a 1 mile distance, Harwich were well represented. In the MU15 category, Michael Knowles was 8th and was Harwich’s highest placed finisher overall in 19th. Eddison Barker was in the top ten in the MU13 group. Jamie Carter had an impressive run, 6th in the MU11 category and 40th overall despite but was the quickest runner of all those in school year 4. Samuel Barstow, Gabe Hammond and Branden Howle. Daisy Ward was 7th in the FU13 group with Isabella McCreadie also going well whilst there was an impressive debut for Jemima Gardner in the FU11 category. She was ranked 7th but was the quickest school year 4 girl running. There was also a debut for Eryn Lewis in the same age group. Elsewhere Stuart Weaver took 8th place in the Bury St Edmonds marathon in an impressive 3 hours 15 minutes.
Date28-10-17
EventPark Run
Results
Report
Date27-10-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportSaturday morning was not especially suited to posting fast times, but in spite of the less than favourable conditions, nearly a quarter of the runners taking part managed to improve their fastest time on the Harwich parkrun circuit. For Harwich Runners, it would appear the male members were saving themselves for the cross country race the next day as not one finished in the first five this week. The ladies faired better with Claudine Benstead once again finishing in top position, (21:03).Third position went to Karen Stapleton, who finished just under the 23 minutes mark on 22:56. Improving week on week is club member, Michael Ball. Four PBs is five outings is just reward for hard training during the week. This weeks finishing time of 22:14 was his best yet. Crossing the line in positions 26 and 27 were fellow members, Alison Evans and Kim Pretty. Both set new bests this week, 24.05 for Evans ten seconds off her best, and for Pretty, another 7 second improvement finishing in 24.20.
Date22-10-17
EventChelmsford Marathon
Resultshttps://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/the-chelmsford-marathon/2017
ReportOn a windy Sunday morning 4 members of Harwich Runners headed down the A12 to Chelmsford for their latest running challenges. Stephen Peck had chosen this for his first ever attempt at a marathon and after a lot of hard work in training and some very impressive results at shorter distances it was always going to be a result worth looking out for. In the end Peck excelled, finishing 6th out of a field of 570 runners in a terrific time of 2 hours 51 minutes 48 seconds. In the last 5 years only club record holder Rob Reason has run faster for the full marathon distance. The other 3 club members opted for the shorter 5km race on offer. Having recorded a new personal best two weeks ago at Martlesham near Ipswich, Nicola Flatt managed to improve again. Paced round by coach Steve Cooper, Flatt sliced another 17 seconds off her time to post 23m 7s. There was also a strong performance by Kieran Callaghan who finished well in 23m 33s, with all 3 runners finishing inside the top 30 in a field of just over 200 runners.
Date21-10-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt this weeks Parkrun, after months of benign conditions it was a gentle reminder of how tough the Harwich parkrun can be during the autumn and winter months. Storm Brian was scheduled to arrive later in the day and by 09:00 the wind was already blowing strongly along the promenade. Luckily high tide wasnt until early afternoon; otherwise the runners would have to contend with large waves crashing over the sea-defences. Even the top runners found the conditions challenging. First runner back was Harwich Runner, Simon Day in 19.01. Second place also went to a club member, Simon Harrison in 19.37. All of the first three ladies to finish were Harwich Runners. Claudine Benstead was first on 21:20. Next lady back was Karen Stapleton in a time of 23:25. Personal bests were few and far between this week; Alison Evans was the only club member to record a new best. Evans ran the best parkrun of her career in spite of the challenging conditions. Digging deep when it mattered most and feeding off the efforts of runners around her spurred her on in the final section of the run. She was rewarded with third placed lady in a new PB, beating her previous fastest time by 5 seconds to record a new record time of 24:15. The travelling fair had taken root in Cliff Park, but had little effect on the parkrun as the pathways were kept clear. This Saturday all should be back to normal and hopefully the weather will be more suitable for running.
Date15-10-17
EventWix 5M
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_wix5/2017/wix_results_2017.php
ReportSunday was a warm and breezy day but 340 runners from across the region turned out for the latest edition of the Wix 5 mile race organised by the Harwich Runners club. Tim Woulfe of Braintree was 3rd last year but claimed victory this time over a minute clear of his closest challenger in 27m 20s. Fastest lady for the second year running was Elizabeth Davies of Springfield in 28m 35s on the fast course. Alongside all the organisers, helpers and marshals the host club also managed to provide 47 runners into the event. Highest placed among them and showing a real return to form with his quickest time for the distance since 2013 was Steve Cooper who placed 4th overall in 28m 41s. He was also the winner of the MV40 category. Also recording their best time in a number of years, since 2012 in fact, was Claire Bransby. New recruit Alan Gardner was making his debut in a Harwich vest and ran well to post 38m 22s whilst a number of other runners recorded new personal best times. Michael Ball improved 4 minutes from his previous best showing in Harwich colours (39m 24s) whilst Jez Downs ran under 40 minutes for the first time, recording 39m 11s. There were big improvements also for Nicola Flatt, John Tiniakos, Kelly Peck, Alison Evans, Alison Manley and Andrew Thorn. Claudine Benstead emerged victorious in the FV55 category, winning that by almost 3 minutes with Harwich duo Alison Evans and Anne Herbert also pacing in the top 5. Elspeth Knott was a clear winner in the FV65 group and in a surprisingly competitive MV70 group, Glyn Peck finished 4th in a good 46m 43s.

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