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Date21-01-18
EventBenfleet 15 Mile
Resultshttps://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/Benfleet-15/2018
ReportOn a cold, wet weekend there were a few members of Harwich Runners out at races. At the Benfleet 15 mile, Will Roxby-Clarke continued his good form by posting 2 hours 6 minutes 33 seconds to finish 184th in a good field of 649 runners. Anna Young did well to post 2h 32m 19s and Tracey George completed the Harwich contingent at this rarely raced distance with a time of 3h 35m 56s. Meanwhile Stuart Weaver has made a good start to the year. He travelled to Kent to tackle the Canterbury 10 mile race. On an undulating course and in difficult conditions Weaver crossed the line in a very good 1h 6m 50s to take 89th place in a strong field of 1390 runners. Also recently Claire Bransby was in Norfolk for the Snetterton 10km race where her time of 53m 5s was quicker than she has managed for that distance in the last 5 years.
Date14-01-18
Event53-12 XC Ipswich
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/results-senior.htm
ReportHarwich Runners’ charge back towards Pool A of the 53-12 Cross country league continued on Sunday with a fine performance in muddy conditions at Ipswich. The club finished victorious in both the men’s and ladies categories in Pool B and have now won the first four of the six races in this group. With the first six scoring men accumulating points, Harwich had those six home within the first 38 runners in a field approaching 200. Leading the way in 4th was the in form Steve Cooper again just one place ahead of Rob Reason. Stephen Peck and Graeme Knott both finished within the top 20 with Mark Lloyd and Simon Day completing the scoring six. There were excellent supporting runs from Gary Parker in 40th and Archie Barrington just two places further back. Stuart Weaver, Robin Brookes and James Olley were making their first appearance of the season, there was a debut from Andrew Carter and a notably excellent performance from Will Roxby-Clarke. Alongside the 26 men representing the black and white vest of Harwich, there were 7 ladies. The scoring trio comprised Kate Hodgkiss who finished 8th followed by Madeline Lewis and Ellie Haynes, both of whom were inside the top 30. There were strong runs also from Nicola Flatt and Alison Evans. The overall victory leaves Harwich 5 points clear at the top of Pool B and the club will be looking forward to the 5th race in the series which is on 18th February at Halstead. In the accompanying Junior race which attracted an impressive 130 runners, Michael Knowles was 6th in the MU15 category and Harwich’s highest placed junior in 15th overall. Eddison Barker was in the top 10 for the MU13 group whilst Charlie Newman was the highest placed finisher from school year 3. There was also another strong run from the talented Jamie Carter. Jemima Gardner was the highest placed year 4 girl with Eleanor Newman, Eryn Lewis and Isabella Ward also running in the FU11 category. Daisy Ward finished 5th in the FU13 group. Elsewhere Sarah Roxby-Clarke completed an event called the Chase the Moon 10k at the Olympic Park. Her time of 62 minutes 16 seconds was her fastest since 2014.
Date13-01-18
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the Harwich Parkrun on Saturday, Harwich Runners dominated the top male, female and junior positions, plus five members achieved personal bests, (PBs). First finisher was Mark Lloyd in 18.07, second was Simon Day in 18.30. The ladies were led home by Kate Hodgkiss in 21.00 and Karen Stapleton was third in 23.17. First finishing juniors were Michael Knowles, tenth finisher overall, (21.19). Second was Jamie Carter in 22.38. Mike Ball continued his run of PBs, (21.45), as did Kris Dalby, (25.30). Christina Pretty went under 28 minutes for the first time to set a new best of 27.54. Junior member Aidan Downs ran his fastest since November 2016 to record a new PB of 28.05. Not to be outdone, Aidans mum, Lian Meachen, also set a new best of 30.35.
Date06-01-18
EventEssex Cross Country Championships
Results
ReportThe main event last weekend was the Essex Cross Country Championships at Great Notley. Harwich Runners were well represented on a day where muddy conditions made running hard work. The ladies finished a highly respectable 13th out of the 28 teams with Kate Hodgkiss leading the way in 35th place overall. Also claiming points for Harwich were Ellie Haynes, Nicola Flatt and, welcome new club addition, Alison Evans. There were also good supporting runs from Elspeth Knott, Helen Benham and Anne Herbert. In a very high quality field for the Senior Men, Steve Cooper was Harwich’s highest finisher coming 17th overall, two places ahead of Rob Reason. Simon Day had a strong run to take 66th and there were further scoring contributions from Charlie McCarthy, Ian Cannons and Matt Doran. Michael Ball and Niall Burke also put in solid runs. The scoring men placed 16th out of the 25 competing teams. Harry Young ran in the under 20 race with Archie Barrington representing the club in the under 17 equivalent. The club will be looking to consolidate their place at the top of pool B in the 53-12 cross country league with Ipswich hosting the next race. Elsewhere, Anna Young completed the Kings Forest 10km at Bury St Edmunds in 55 minutes 46 seconds finishing 59th out of 185 runners.
Date06-01-18
EventPark Run
Results
ReportWith the Essex Championship race taking place on the same day, Harwich Runners attendance at the local Parkrun was reduced. For the first time since July last year club members were not in any of the top finishing positions. Twenty five members still took part and the first finisher was Ian Flook in fourth place, (21.01). Next home was club junior Michael Knowles, close to his best in 21.23 seventh finisher overall. Other club members in the first ten finishers included, Alan Gardner, eighth in 21.59 and Dennis Warner, ninth in 22.07. The quickest lady club members were, Claire Bransby, fourth lady in 25.20 and Ann Piercy fifth. Club junior Alexander McCreadie completed his hundredth Parkrun this week, second placed male junior in 22.41 and thirteenth finisher overall. Some club members visited Parkruns away from Harwich. Colin Matthews ran at Clacton, finishing in 26.34. Will and Sarah Roxby travelled to Lowestoft and joined 268 others for the Parkrun. Will recorded 21.07 and Sarah 32.05. Two Harwich Runners were at the Colchester event where 463 people finished. Anna Anderson finished in 30.27 and Mark Lloyd finished third in 18.10. The following day Lloyd was at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park competing in his first Duathlon since winning his age category last April in the European Championship. Once again he won in his age group, finishing sixth overall in 45.34.
Date30-12-17
EventIlford Xmas 10mile
Resultshttp://ilfordathleticclub.co.uk/2017/12/30/ilford-ac-10-miles-30th-dec-2017-xc-results/
ReportBack in the country for Christmas, Sally Gillam travelled to another of her old haunts, Ilford, for the 10 mile cross country. She did well finishing the challenging course in 98m 45s to take third in her age group (FV55). Unfortunately three other runners arrived too late to complete the full 3 lap course; Julian Cordwell, Elspeth and Roly Knott were the unlucky trio held up by closures on the A12.
Date26-12-17
EventWitham Running Club Boxing Day 5
Resultshttp://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=223580
ReportAt the Witham 5 mile race on Boxing Day, there were 5 members of Harwich Runners. Steve Cooper continued his good form by posting his quickest time in several years; 28 minutes exactly proved enough to take 11th place overall and saw him win the MV45 age category. Also victorious in their age group was Claudine Benstead who claimed 1st place in the FV55 group with a good time of 34m 47s. It was a good day for personal best times. Nicola Flatt has run three 5 mile races in the last 10 weeks at Wix, Chelmsford and now Witham and improved in each of them lowering her best time to 39m 14s. There was a 10 second personal best for Andrew Thorn (39m 38s) and new recruit Alison Evans also recorded an impressive new best time of 40m 52s
Date16-12-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAs the weather worsens attendance at the local Parkrun seems to decline. This week eighty people completed the 5 kilometres, (3.1 miles), seafront route, down on the numbers taking part during the summer. It was visitors to the area who took two of the top three places on Saturday. First back to the bandstand in Dovercourt Park in a time of 17m 52s was Stuart Lumsden from Northbrook AC, his third visit and second win. Third place went to Lyndon Meredith of South London Harriers, his second run at Harwich in a PB time of 18.15. Local club member, Graeme Knott, was second in 18.13 and fourth, fifth and sixth places were filled by Harwich Runners, Simon Day, 18.54, Mark Rutter, 19.10 and Archie Barrington, 19.28. In the junior 11 to 14 age group it was a very close finish with club junior Michael Knowles, setting a new PB of 21.06, finishing ninth just ahead of Sam Plummer, tenth in 21.10. The first three lady finishers were all Harwich Runners. Claudine Benstead recorded her twenty fourth win in 21.30, fourteenth finisher overall. Second was Alison Evans in 24.07, just eleven seconds off her best. Third lady finisher was Valentina Burley in 26.18 her eighty fourth appearance at the Harwich event. Seven of those who took part this week achieved new Personal Bests, (PBs), one of those was Lian Meachen, her time of 31.14 was a massive 53 second improvement on her previous best set at the beginning of November. Parkruns are not all about fast times and first finishers. Whilst six running clubs were represented at the most recent event, about half of those taking part were not club members. A lot of those running regularly now started out as walkers and some still walk as do many of those taking part for the first time. Ages range from under ten to over seventy five, all are congratulated as they finish. Members of running clubs can use it to gauge their current fitness or use it as a return from injury. For most it is a chance to do some form of exercise or part of a weeks training or weight loss plan. All are welcome and treated equally regardless of ability. It costs nothing to take part; all you do is register at www.parkrun.org.uk print a barcode and turn up any Saturday ready to start at 9am.There will also be two extra runs over the festive break as well as the regular Saturday events. Christmas day at 9am and New Years Day at 8.30, both Mondays this year, a great way to start 2018.
Date09-12-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportIt was a cold frosty day that greeted the competitors at the Harwich Parkrun on Saturday. Despite the sun shining the temperature hardly moved off zero. Of the seventy seven who took part thirty four were members of Harwich Runners. Once again the first male and female finishers were club members. Simon Day was first back to the bandstand in the park in 18.59. New club signing Tim Brand was close behind in 19.11. Once again first lady finisher was Parkrun regular Claudine Benstead in 21.16, sixth finisher overall. First junior was club member Michael Knowles, eleventh finisher in 23.03. Ellie Haynes only ten days ago had her appendices removed; she has made a rapid recovery from the operation and finished second lady, not too far off her best in 23.45. Four weeks ago Kim Pretty set a new Personal Best, (PB) of 23.50, in his last two runs he has been within two seconds of beating that. This week he achieved his goal and set a new best of 23.49. Mike Ball started the year with an aim of running sub 25 minutes. By the end of February he had achieved that and set new targets. By mid September he had a best of 24.04. During his last ten Parkruns he has achieved seven PBs, this week going sub 22 minutes for the first time to record 21.59, probably faster than he thought possible at the beginning of the year. Harwich Runners were due to compete in the fourth race in the 53-12 cross country league on Sunday at Halstead. As with so many sporting events, due to the bad weather it had to be postponed until March.
Date02-12-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportWith other races also on Saturday numbers were down at the local Park run. Nineteen Harwich club members took part, less than usual but they still had first male and female finisher. Sally Teatheredge had her first win in 36 appearances at Harwich in 27.24. Archie Barrington was first finisher overall, his second win at Harwich and in a new personal best, (PB), time of 18m 43s. Other club members to record new PBs this week were Alexander McCreadie, who finished eighteenth in 22m 14s, over a minute faster than he has ever run before. Christina Pretty was one of those who ran at the very first Harwich Park run and has now run there on eighty four occasions, setting a new best of 28m 29s this week. Kris Dalby has recorded thirty PBs in his sixty one appearances at Harwich, and improved from 58m 57s, to Saturdays new best of 25m 36s. Two club members who came frustratingly close to new PBs were Lian Meachen and Kim Pretty, they were both just two seconds off a new best.

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