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Date19-08-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the local Park run on Saturday the 106 competitors faced a headwind on the way out along the seafront but had the benefit of a tailwind on the way back. Archie Barrington led the field after the opening lap of the Dovercourt Park as they headed towards the long run to the west end and back. The chasing pack included fellow Harwich Runners Junior Michael Knowles. At only thirteen the Parkrun was his one hundredth competitive race and tenth Parkrun. His time of 21.58 gave him finish position eleven, his highest to date and was first finisher in his age group. Of the first four back to the park three were local club members. Robin Brookes was first in 19.44, his second win at the event. Barrington was second in 19.48, only ten second off his best set in August last year, it was his third sub 20 minute finish this year. Fourth finisher was Simon Day in 20.38, this was only part of the days training for the local Triathlete, he added to the 5k run a 28 mile bike ride and a 2137 yard sea swim. Kate Hodgkiss had the misfortune to miss the start and had to play catch up, whilst running will son Leo in a buggy. Despite the late start she still managed to finish as second female finisher. First lady was once again Claudine Benstead in 20.58. Four club members achieved personal best this week. Alison Evans improved by 19 seconds to 24.23 and Zoe Orr set a new PB of 30.04. Jez Downs reduced his best set in April by 8 seconds to 23.28. Helen Benham is showing great progress at the moment with PBs at a number of races, on Saturday she recorded her third PB in as many runs. A massive 48 second improvement saw her finish in 24.29.
Date13-08-17
EventGreat Yarmouth Half Marathon
Resultshttp://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/GYRR-Half/2017
ReportStephen Peck travelled to Gorleston to tackle the Great Yarmouth half marathon. Peck has had a superb year since joining Harwich Runners with highlights including a stunning sub 17 minute 5km time two weeks ago as well as strong showings in 5 mile and 10km races. He started the year with a half marathon at Great Bentley and ran 1 hour 32 minutes but has improved considerably since then. At this latest race Peck managed to finish 9th in a field of over 300 runners in an impressive 1h 21m 39s. He was 4th in his age group (MV40) and looks well on track for a marathon effort later in the year.
Date12-08-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportHarwich Runners took first and second places in both the male and female categories in Saturdays local Parkrun. Sam Gooding-Matthews had his first run at the event since last December and was rewarded with a first place finish in 18.16. It was his seventh win in thirteen appearances. Second finisher was Graeme Knott pushing son Leo in a buggy, in 18.55. Sixth finisher and first lady was Kate Hodgkiss with another sub 20 minute run, (19.59) proving she is getting back to her best. Super vet, Claudine Benstead, was second lady back to the bandstand in 20.56. Archie Barrington was the only other club member inside the top ten, finishing ninth in 20.40. Fellow junior member, Jamie Carter, set yet another personal best, knocking a further 15 second off his previous best to record 21.59 finishing in fifteenth position. Other club members to set new PBs this week were Lian Meachen, 32.53 and Amy Kitching 38.39. Nicola Flatt continued her return from injury running her best time since May of 23.37 and Michelle Cooper Keeble ran 28.00 this week, her best since October 2016. Claire Bransby spent last weekend doing the three peaks challenge, which she completed in 22hours, 36 minutes, but still managed to run the local Parkrun five days later in 25.59. Two club members opted for other local Parkruns, Peter Fraser Hopewell ran 24.37 at Colchester and Gary Parker did 21.56 at the Ipswich event.
Date05-08-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportHarwich Parkrun has now passed the second anniversary of hosting parkruns at Cliff Park, 110 events completed. Some statistics to consider. 1443 different people have done the Harwich parkrun; 9697 runs have been completed covering a distance of 48485 kilometres. There have been 2304 personal bests. On Saturday conditions were favourable for some fast times, first back was visiting athlete Crispian Bloomfield from Billericay Striders, who is travelling around Essex each week and running every parkrun within the boundary of Essex. His time of 16:17 was the second fastest ever recorded at Harwich. First lady home was Harwich Runner Kate Hodgkiss in a new parkrun PB of 19:57. It is hard to comprehend how good Claudine Benstead is at the moment. Another personal best, 20.45, (second lady), running at nearly 90% of world record pace (89.64%). This is the fastest ever age-related time at Harwich. Fellow Harwich Runner, Elspeth Knott is not far behind on 85.9%. Each week Amy Kitching goes from strength to strength. Finishing on 38:43 was the best time for Amy by over a minute. Amy has made the leap of faith and joined Harwich Runners so this shows commitment to improve further. Amy first ran in a time of 58:55. So that is over 20 minutes improvement, most of which has come in the last 9 months. Both Alan Gardner and Ian Bolton have also joined Harwich Runners recently. Each are consistently pushing the boundaries of their running talent. Ian crossed the line on 22:51, his best time for this calendar year, while Alan got his 3rd PB in 4 runs to come home sub 22 minutes for the first time ever. Three other club members also achieved PBs this week, Ian Cottee, 20.35, Mike Ball, 24.22 and Helen Benham 25.17.
Date01-08-17
EventHarwich 5k Series 5
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2017/race5.php
ReportThe fifth and final race in the Harwich 5km series took place last week along the seafront. With the winner defined as the runners who beat their predicted time by the biggest margin, that accolade went to recent Harwich Runner recruit Alison Manley and Great Bentley’s Stuart Baggs. Also new to the host club are Alan Gardner, who has continuously improved throughout the series, and Kris Dalby whose efforts earned him the inaugural series performance award. Since joining last year Stephen Peck has improved rapidly and culminated here by posting the quickest time by any runner during the whole series. His time of 16 minutes 53 seconds sliced a further 30 seconds off his previous best. Peck was not the only runner celebrating a new PB on Tuesday. Justin Cooper-Keeble ducked inside 20 minutes for the first time ever (19m 43s) whilst there were also PBs for Chris Elliott (24m 25s), Nicola Flatt (23m 32s), Helen Benham (24m 46s) and Mark Higgs (20m 12s). Also recording their best times since joining Harwich were Kim Pretty, Anna Young and Christina Pretty. Conditions were good on the night and a number of other runners produced their quickest run of the year for this distance. These included Kate Hodgkiss (19m 58s), who was second fastest lady on the night behind Colchester’s Laura Shewbridge. Others recording seasons best times were Ian Cottee, Simon Harrison, Andrew Farthing, Scott Luckey, Tracey George, Philip Hutchings and Colin Matthews. With points awarded for each race performance the overall winner of the series was Alastair Burfoot for the men with a tie at the top in the ladies series between Rosie Forshaw and Sharon Frost. In the accompanying Junior race, run over a one mile distance again with runners looking to beat their predicted times, the winner was Ellalee Cumner recording her fastest time of the series (7m 56s). She was the fastest girl on the night alongside Daisy Ward who clocked the exact same time whilst Eddison Barker was fastest boy in 7m 47s. There was also another impressive performance from Parkrun regular Jamie Carter.
Date29-07-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportThis Saturday it is two years since the Harwich parkrun first started. The course has been altered since the original version to avoid using the grassy field, which makes it easier for those using push-chairs and accessible to wheelchairs should there be the need. It is a fast, flat course but sometimes affected by the prevailing wind conditions. Last Saturday was pretty typical. A fresh breeze on the outward leg and a hot tail wind when returning to the park. Of the 98 finishers, 23 were members of Harwich Runners, a lower number than usual because of holidays. First lady home was club member Claudine Benstead in a new PB time of 20:48. Claudine runs at nearly 90% of the world record pace for someone of her age. It was her 14th win at the local event out of 18 appearances. Simon Harrison was first male home this week in 19.18. He is nearly always one of the top 3 finishers and this week was his 4th time of finishing in top spot. Other club members in the top ten finishers were Justin Cooper-Keeble, who continued his current run of good race performances to finish 4th in 20.34. Race organiser, Denis Warner, finished in 21.53 for 7th position. Alan Gardner who finished 9th was only 5 seconds off his best set two weeks ago. Eight year old Jamie Carter continues to impress, this week he finished 12th in 22.38. Nicola Flatt was 5th lady finisher in 24.23. Harwich Parkrun regular, Ann Piercy was 6th in 26.01 closely followed by Claire Bransby, (26.13), in 7th. It is hoped anyone who has taken part since the event started, will return this Saturday as the local Parkrun marks its second birthday.
Date22-07-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportGavin Race made a return to Harwich Parkrun after an eighteen month absence. Having lost little of his previous speed saw him comfortably cross the finish line in first place in a respectable time of 19:35, nearly 30 seconds ahead of the next runner. Harwich Runner, Nicola Flat was the second lady to finish on 24:10. Third fastest lady this week was Ruth Benham in 25.17. The conditions appeared favourable, but the reality was that a stiff headwind on the outward leg and a hot humid return journey meant that most runners struggled to find those extra few seconds to improve their times. The exception to the rule was club member Ian Cottee who had a storming run finishing in his highest ever position of 4th, bang on 21 minutes a new PB for him. Three other male members of Harwich Runners made in to the top ten, Mark Higgs, 21.36, Ian Cannons, 21.38 and Justin Cooper Keeble, 22.08. Another club member in stunning form is Helen Benham. A top five lady finisher and a 10 second PB of 25.28 for her this week. Tracey George marked a different milestone this week, it was her 100th parkrun which she completed in 31.06. The first Harwich parkrun took place on 1st August 2015. The event is fast approaching the second anniversary. The actual date falls on a Tuesday, so event will celebrate the second birthday the following weekend, which will be Saturday 5th August. 65 runners took part in that first parkrun, it would be good to see back for the anniversary run.
Date21-07-17
EventBrantham Firday Five
Resultshttp://www.runbritainrankings.com/results/results.aspx?meetingid=209635
ReportLast Friday, 201 runners completed the undulating, mixed-terrain 5 mile course at Brantham. Previous winner of the event Rob Reason was 2nd this year finishing in a quick time of 28m 41s. Chris Payne almost matched his recent time at the Lawford handicap race in 33m 36s. In form Justin Cooper-Keeble clocked a decent 36m 42s whilst the race saw a welcome return to 5 mile racing for Faye Brown, completing her first race over this distance since 2013.
Date16-07-17
EventEkiden
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/the-ipswich-jaffa-ekiden-2017
ReportOn a really warm Sunday, Harwich Runners were out in force at the hugely popular Ekiden relay event at Woodbridge. Organised by the Ipswich JAFFA club, the event saw 200 teams of 6 runners each picking up a leg of between 5 and 10km and completing a full marathon between them. Harwich entered 7 teams across varying categories. The ladies veterans team (V35) performed well. Madeline Lewis and Claire Bransby got the team off to a solid start before a terrific 10km leg from Claudine Benstead lifted the team into 3rd place, a position they would hold for the remainder of the race. Penny Barrington was next to go ahead of another strong 10km leg, this time from Kate Hodgkiss. Nicola Flatt brought the team home safely to claim 3rd in their category. There was similar fortune for the Mens over 40s team. After opening legs from Robin Brookes and Simon Harrison, Mark Lloyd ran a strong 10km. With the team sitting in 4th place, Simon Day consolidated that before Stephen Peck produced one of the performances of the day over his 10km leg to lift the team into 3rd. A solid final leg from Steve Cooper ensured the team finished 3rd in their category and 11th overall in a combined time of 2 hours 42 minutes 35 seconds. Harwich also fielded a team in the Men’s V60 and Men’s open category with highlights being Sam Gooding-Matthews being 14th quickest overall on the opening 7.2km leg and a strong 5km run for Archie Barrington. Steve Scutchey, Kim Pretty and Amos Seddon all produced good 5km legs for the MV60 team. The remaining 3 teams were mixed and provided a little inter-club rivalry. With many last minute changes to the line ups to contend with there were still some good stories. Helen Benham ran a terrific opening leg in a team that also included a very strong 10km leg from Dennis Warner and a popular final lap from chairman Peter Gooding. Elsewhere there were good performances from Michael Turner and current runner of the month Sarah Roxby-Clarke. Harwich also fielded 3 Junior teams with each comprising 4 runners completing 1.1 mile. The quickest leg was run by Tony Greenwood who completed the distance in a rapid 7m 3s. There were also good performances from Eddie Cannons, Eddison Barker, Annabel Brookes and Aidan Downs.
Date15-07-17
EventPark Run
Results
Report At the Harwich parkrun on Saturday, Harwich Runners provided the fastest male and female runners. Rob Reason on 17:17 and Claudine Benstead on 20:56. Simon Day was 3rd male. Taking it easy after posting a fast finishing time at last weekends Ironman Triathlon. His time was 20:11. There was good results for the Fraiser-Hopewell household this Saturday, both Peter and Clare ran a new PB. Peter ran 23:10 and Clare 31:07. The run of the day was probably Zoe Orr, who has been constantly clocking times of around 32 minutes each week. This week a focused effort, good pacing and a flying finish saw a 43 second improvement on her previous best to cross the line in a new PB of 30.08. Two new club members also had good runs, Ruth Benham posted a long awaited PB. Running home in 31st position, her time was 24:35, beating previous efforts by 24 seconds. Alan Gardner ran an amazing race last week. To show it was not a one off, he made another improvement again this Saturday. Finishing on exactly 22 minutes, a 19 second improvement for him.

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