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Date20-06-17
EventHarwich 5k Series 3
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2017/race3.php
ReportThe third race in the Harwich 5km handicap series took place last Tuesday night on the promenade. A headwind in the first half of the race was replaced by the remaining heat of the day in the second, a combination which most runners did not find conducive to fast times. The overall winner of the race was Sue Wright from Great Bentley who was the runner who beat her handicap by the biggest margin. Jeff Higgon of Harwich and Christopher Bing of Ipswich were 2nd and 3rd respectively. Fastest runner on the night and fastest lady was Elizabeth Davies in a stunning 17 minutes 3 seconds, just 2 seconds ahead of fastest male and quickest Harwich Runner Graeme Knott who improved 15 seconds from the previous race in the series. There were encouraging times despite the conditions for Mark Lloyd (17m 51s), Nicola Reason (26m 47s) and Chris Payne (20m 36s) in their first outing of the series. There were a few personal best times set by Harwich Runners. Jez Downs chipped 3 seconds off his previous best to post 24m 35s and Anne Herbert is in top form improving slightly to 26m 1s. There were also new best times set for several runners competing in their first series in a black and white vest including the promising Mark Higgs (20m 40s), Alexander McCreadie (22m 58s) and Niall Burke (22m 32s). Elsewhere a clutch of runners recorded a series best time. These included Scott Luckey, Neil Bridges, Richard Griggs and Claire Bransby. In the accompanying junior race run over a 1 mile course also on a handicap system, there was a popular victory for Eryn Lewis who whizzed round in her fastest time of the series in 9m 18s. Many of the youngsters were able to improve their times from previous races including fastest boy Eddison Barker (7m 20s) and fastest girl Mazy Chinery (7m 26s). Others showing improvements were Alexandria Burls, Bella Ward, Darcy Peck, Eddie Cannons and Jamie Carter.
Date18-06-17
EventHarwich Sprint Triathlon
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/triathlon_old/2017/sprint_results.php
ReportOn Sunday the hot and sunny weather continued for the Harwich Runners Sprint Triathlon. Based at Dovercourt Swimming Pool the competitors take in 12 lengths of its 25 metre pool as the first phase of the event. After the swim they embark on a 24 Kilometre bike ride which takes them out of Harwich towards the villages of Ramsey and Wrabness and on to Wix and Great Oakley and finally back to the swimming pool where they will enter the transition area once again, dismount and prepare for a 5K run along Dovercourt promenade. To put on any event of this nature takes a lot of commitment from club members plus friends and relatives, even so 18 members were able to compete, some of whom had also helped to set up for the race early in the morning. The fastest time was recorded by James Hayward of Ipswich Tri Club, 61.09. Simon Day placed second for the second time in two days, finishing in 62.57; he was also first in his age group. Other club members to finish first in age group were, Sam Gooding-Matthews, 8th overall, in 67.09. Regular age group winners, Elspeth Knott, 79.20 and Jeff Higgon, 81.15, once again took first place. Young Archie Barrington exceeded his own expectation to finish his first Triathlon in 78.17, a time he will certainly improve on in the future. Three club members came second in their age groups. Claire Bransby, 84.55, Justin Burls, 70.08 and Peter Fraser-Hopewell, 92.10. The feedback from the competitors has been very favourable, praising those who put on the event, the slick organisation, supportive and smiling marshals on the route. Many are already asking about entering the event next year. Comments which reflect the hard work put in by the main race organisers Dennis and Di Warner.
Date17-06-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportIt was a very warm and sunny morning for the Harwich Park Run on Saturday. This week 124 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 13 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 14 different clubs took part including 32 members of Harwich Runners. Three members improved their best times, Joe Francis recorded a 17 second PB, finishing 5th in 20.37. Kate Hodgkiss was first finishing lady, 4th overall, in a new course best for her, 20.08. Claudine Benstead was second lady finisher in 21.06 which was also a PB for her. Simon Day who had the Harwich Sprint Triathlon the following day settled for second place in 18.56.
Date10-06-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt Saturdays Parkrun last weeks winner, Simon Harrison, finished second in 19.17. Club mate Simon Day was this weeks first finisher in 18.41. Harwich Runners occupied all of the top 3 position with Archie Barrington finishing next in 20.13. The club ladies claimed first and third positions with Claudine Benstead finishing first again in 21.20 and Ellie Haynes in third place, (23.37). Two club members achieved PBs, Niall Burke reduced his best to 22.58 and Kim Pretty recorded 26.12.
Date03-06-17
EventHR24
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/hr24/
ReportHarwich Runners organised an event with a difference last weekend at Weeley. Brainchild of Steve Burbidge the HR24 gave runners the opportunity to complete as many 2.5 mile laps as possible within a 24 hour period either as a solo runner or as part of a team. 43 runners decided to take on the event as a solo runner with David Green emerging victorious completing an incredible 45 laps or 112.5 miles, 5 miles more than second placed Sean Smith. Three members of Harwich also opted for this challenge with Ann Piercy completing a stunning 67.5 miles to finish as third lady. Ultra distance specialist James Mann managed 60 miles whilst Claire Bransby set out to walk 50 miles which she completed in a little over 14 hours. Unsurprisingly one of the teams with the maximum number of 8 people allowed completed the most laps. This team was comprised of 8 Harwich Runners who were also responsible for setting up and running the chip timing system at the event. Team Chip managed an impressive 190 miles with Simon Day picking up a big 42.5 miles with Graeme Knott, Kate Hodgkiss, Kieran Callaghan and Robin Brookes also contributing 25 miles or more each and further valuable miles added by Elspeth Knott, Ian Cannons and Will Roxby-Clarke. Sam Gooding-Matthews organised another team of Harwich Runners and was one of 4 people in that team of 6 who covered over 30 miles in the 24 hour period; the others were Andre Besant, Scott Luckey and Mark Lloyd. Further contributions from Andy Thorne and Harry Young meant they were the team of 6 which covered the most distance, totalling 175 miles between them. A team of 3 Harwich ladies were also up for the challenge. Alice Cole, Clair Block and Penny Barrington each managed between 35 and 40 miles despite none of them having ever run that far before; as a team they covered 112.5 miles in total. Aside from the running many members of the club were also involved in making the event a reality; there were many organisers and marshals who all put in a tremendous effort over the 24 hours and beyond to put on an event that the Harwich Runners Club can truly be proud of.
Date03-06-17
EventParkrun
Results
ReportAt Saturdays Harwich Parkrun Harwich Runners secured both male and female first finisher positions. Simon Harrison was first finisher overall for the second time in the events history in 18.54. For Claudine Benstead it was her eleventh time as first lady, finishing fifth overall in 21.28. Two lady club members achieved personal bests this week. Alison Evans recorded 24.42 and finished third lady and Verity Webber improved by 33 seconds to 28.03.
Date02-06-17
EventKirton Friday 5 mile
Resultshttp://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=201055
ReportIt was the first race in the Friday 5 mile series and in incredibly wet conditions Stephen Peck put in a terrific performance to cross the line in 29m 52s, placing 20th overall and 2nd in the MV40 category. Anna Young recorded a new PB of 43m 10swith Jez Downs (42m 29s) also among the 422 strong field.
Date30-05-17
EventHarwich 5k Series 2
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2017/race2.php
Report142 runners from far and wide lined up on the promenade for the second race in the Harwich 5k handicap series. Conditions were warm but the wind dropped just before the race started meaning some fast times were possible. With runners aiming to beat their predicted times, 104 achieved that whilst the fastest Harwich Runner on the night, Graeme Knott, matched his handicap to the second recording 17m 20s. The overall winner was Sandra James of Great Bentley who beat her predicted time by the biggest margin ahead of Kellie McCreadie and Steve Hunt. Knott was second fastest man behind unattached Ed Mitchell who posted an impressive 17m 13s. Fastest lady for the second time in two races was Laura Shewbridge who sped round in 18m 54s. A number of Harwich Runners recorded new personal best times. Among those was Stephen Peck who followed up a brilliant debut in race 1 by going even faster this time in 17m 48s. Justin Cooper-Keeble is in fine form and was rewarded with a new personal best of 20m 17s. Anne Herbert proved she is back to her best by clocking 26m 3s whilst prolific racer Jez Downs struck a new best with 24m 38s. Newcomer Ellie Haynes continues to show much promise as she improved her best to 22m 31s whilst Katherine Pleace also imporved to 31m 54s. Also new to the club this series and going quicker in the second race were Kim Pretty (26m 24s), James Taylor (22m 28s), Steve Manley (24m 41s) and Simon Garner (24m 8s) There was a welcome return to action for Rob Reason who was 4th fastest in 17m 30s following an injury layoff and returning well after a variety of difficult recent events were Robin Brookes, Andre Besant and Elspeth Knott. Harry Young and John Tiniakos both took on their first 5km race in Harwich colours. In the accompanying junior race, run over a one mile distance, 17 youngsters were also trying to beat their predicted times. The winner was Jemima Garner who beat James Clarke in an exciting finish. Fastest girl on the night was Mazy Chinery who completed her mile in 7m 33s whilst Eddison Barker was fastest boy in 17m 30s. Several Juniors improved on their time from the first race, including Bella Ward, Eddie Cannons, Freya Peck and Jamie Carter.
Date28-05-17
EventBurnham on Crouch 10k
Resultshttp://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=193207
Reportat the Burnham-on-Crouch 10km race, Ellie Haynes won her age category (Ladies Open) in 49m 45s whilst Niall Burke recorded a new best for the distance of 52m 49s.
Date27-05-17
Event100th Harwich Parkrun
Results
ReportOn Saturday 175 people took part in the one hundredth Harwich Parkrun. This broke the previous highest attendance of 146 set last August. It was a good day for Harwich Runners with club members taking all three top finish positions and the first two lady spots. Robert Reason returned from injury to keep his record of winning every time he takes part. This was his tenth win, his time was 17.40. Next finisher was Simon Day, the winner last week, settled for second place in 18.25. Third was Harwich Parkrun regular, pushing son Leo in a buggy, Graeme Knott in 18.32. The two leading ladies have both been first home in the past, first lady this week was Kate Hodgkiss in 20.26. Second lady was Claudine Benstead in 21.30, who has been first lady ten times in the past and it was ninth win for Kate. It was a good day for Personal Bests (PB), as of the 175 taking part 30 achieved new PBs of these eight were club members. Nicola Flatt who is always up with the first finishers set a new PB of 23.06 Mike Ball achieved 24.24, Kellie McCreadie, 30.26, Niall Burke 23.06 and Ellie Haynes who was 4th lady finisher 22.36. Two club juniors also set new PB’s, it was 24.33 for Eddie Cannons and Michael Knowles made it three PB’s in three weeks knocking 72 seconds off his previous weeks time to record 21.40. The Parkrun is not only about fast times, it is also about encouraging people to tackle the 5k route, for many this means walking to start with. One such example is Kim Pretty who started out when the Harwich Parkrun started in 2015 as a walker at the back of the field taking about 46 minutes to get round. Since then Kim, encouraged by wife Christina who is a 28 minute 5k runner, has started including some running and now runs the whole way, he has joined Harwich Runners and continues to improve. On Saturday Kim knocked another 16 seconds off his best to finish in 26.47 in his sixty first time at the Harwich event.

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