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Date19-03-17
EventBrentwood Half Marathon
Resultshttp://results.sporthive.com/events/6249211268625460736/races/405908
ReportBoth Chris Payne (1h 35m 34s) and Paul Brown (1h 46m 50s) produced their best half marathon displays in a Harwich vest at the Brentwood half marathon whilst Matt Doran travelled north to tackle the same distance at Stowmarket, finishing in 2h 16m 46s.
Date18-03-17
EventEssex Road Relays
Resultshttp://www.essexroadrunning.org.uk/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&view=category&catid=15&Itemid=470
ReportSaturday was another busy day on the promenade as Harwich again successfully hosted the Essex Championship 5k relays. The fast route looped out from the oval shelter and round stone pier before heading back up through the park and back on to the sea front. The best runners in the county descended on Harwich with almost 300 runners representing 18 different running clubs from Essex with 40 Ladies and 50 Mens teams taking part. The MV40 race was won by Colchester Harriers who completed their 3 legs in just 50 minutes 45 seconds. Harwich had a team placed 5th in this highly competitive category with Mark Lloyd leading out and recording Harwich’s fastest leg of the day in 17m 24s, ably supported by Steve Cooper (17m 48s) and Simon Day (18m 29s). A second team in this category also placed well in 7th of the 20 competing teams with Robin Brookes ducking 3 seconds under the 18 minute mark and Steve Peck (18m 21s) and Andre Besant (19m 11s) also running strong legs. Ilford won the MV50 category with Harwich placed 4th. John Francis had a strong 18m 32s first leg followed by Justin Burls (20m 13s) and Mark Rutter (18m 49s). Ilford were also triumphant in the Men’s Open category and their team of 4 included the fastest leg of the day with closing runner Blair McWhirter clocking an incredible 15m 34s. Harwich were 15th with Sam Gooding-Matthews producing a good opening leg with 17m 59s and was followed by newcomer Niall Burke (22m 36s), Ian Cannons (21m 15s) and Dennis Warner (22m 40s). Another team from Harwich comprising Jeff Higgon, Kieran Callaghan, Jeremy Downs and Andrew Thorn finished 3 places further back. In the ladies races, Saffron Striders emerged victorious in the FV35 race; Harwich were 6th here with Charlotte Hodgson’s run of 22m 28s sandwiched by identical 21m 54s legs by Claudine Benstead and Madeline Lewis. In the Fv45 category there was a comfortable win for Colchester Harriers. Harwich were 8th in that age group with a team formed of Penny Barrington, Claire Bransby and Ann Piercy. Springfield won the ladies open race and lead runner Elizabeth Davies produced the fastest time by any of the ladies running on the day, clocking 16m 56s. Harwich placed 11th with a team comprising Anna Young, Hannah Jarvis and Ellie Haynes. Michelle Cooper-Keeble, Anna Anderson and Tracey George also formed a team.
Date12-03-17
EventColchester Half Marathon
Resultshttp://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/results/Colchester%20Half%20Marathon%20/2737
ReportThe Colchester half marathon is becoming an increasingly popular race. This year was the largest field yet in the events 7 year history with 2657 finishers. Conditions were good for running and the undulating course which starts and finishes at the football ground but visits the town centre before taking in Langham and Boxted lent itself to some impressive performances from those representing Harwich Runners. Mark Lloyd was the first home in the black and white vest of Harwich with a time of 1 hour 18 minutes 1 second; this placed him 12th overall and 2nd in the MV40 category. There were even four runners who had completed the Essex 20 mile race just 7 days previously; Simon Day still managed a very good 1h 21m 53s and 28th position whilst Mark Rutter battled to 1h 32m 55s. There was a good battle to the finish line between Simon Harrison and marathon hopeful Stuart Weaver with both completing the course inside 1h 27m. Another preparing for a marathon is Robin Brookes who didn’t let a troublesome knee get in the way of a 1h 27m 38s time. Winning the FV55 category was Ann Piercy (1h 56m 15s) and Jeff Higgon placed a good 6th in the MV60 group. There was another personal best for Francis Mills; his marathon training rewarded him with a time of 1h 36 42s which was an 8 second improvement on his recent Great Bentley time. There was also a PB for Justin Cooper-Keeble (1h 39m 2s) whilst Dennis Warner proved his Australian training had been good to run his fastest half marathon since 2013 in 1h 43m 39s. Scott Luckey was another with a PB, improving 2 minutes to 1h 49m but it was two ladies who scored the biggest PBs of the day. Valentina Burley sliced nearly 14 minutes off her time from Clacton last year to post 1h 59m 39s whilst Helen Benham improved by over 16 minutes from her last outing at this race to clock 2h 5m 14s. A number of Harwich Runners were making their debut for the club at this distance. Charlie McCarthy in 1h 38m 37s was fastest of those but Harry Young and Nicola Flatt should be proud of a sub 2 hour opening run. Michael Ball, Jean Weir and Lian Meachen also completed their first half marathon for Harwich.
Date05-03-17
EventEssex 20
Resultshttp://www.essexroadrunning.org.uk/index.php?option=com_jdownloads&view=category&catid=13&Itemid=470
ReportThe 20 mile Essex Road Racing Championship based around Langham is always a popular test for prospective marathon runners and attracts a high quality field from the county and beyond. This year was no exception with 417 runners completing the 3 lap course on country lanes although conditions were wet and windy. Eight members of Harwich Runners took part with Simon Day first home in the black and white vest. Day is on top form and completed the distance in a superb 2 hours 10 minutes 47 seconds. Mark Rutter ran his quickest 20 mile time since 2013, finishing in 2h 15m 26s bagging him 4th place in the MV50 category. Also going well in the same age group was John Francis whose extra training is paying off with a strong 2h 26m 19s. There was an excellent debut at this distance from Chris Payne in 2h 30m 54s whilst Francis Mills looks set for an excellent marathon this year having knocked 10 minutes off his Personal Best for this distance to finish in 2h 40m 7s. There were good outings also for Matt Doran (2h 55m), Jeff Higgon (3h 1m) and, the only Harwich lady running on the day, Clair Block (3h 43m). Meanwhile two Harwich Runners made their way over to Cambridge for their first half marathon in Harwich colours. Joel Osborne finished in 2h 11m 18s whilst Jo Maasz managed 2h 11m 42s.
Date04-03-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportOn Saturday the rain stopped just as the local Parkrun started, making it good conditions for those taking part. Ninety Seven people completed the 5k course of which twenty recorded new personal bests, (PBs). Of those taking part 31 were members of Harwich Runners, with finish times ranging from 20m 16s to 36m 28s. Fastest club member this week was Kate Hodgkiss who finished second overall in 20.16. Ian Cottee made a return to the event, finishing 7th in 21.37 and Will Roxby Clarke was just 3 seconds short of his best finishing 10th in 22.19. Mark Rutter, who has been first finisher on a number of occasions, was saving his legs for the Essex 20 mile the next day. Rutter finished 17th in what was his 50th Parkrun. Also marking his 50th Parkrun was Ian Cannons who finished 5th in 21.04, he was also first in his age group. Other members who were first in their age group were, Claire Bransby, Peter Fraser Hopewell and Dennis Warner. Two club members set PBs this week, Nicola Flatt achieved 24.37 and Michael Ball 24.34, showing the extra training they have been doing is paying off.
Date26-02-17
EventTarpley 10/20
Resultshttp://www.racesonline.uk/results/tarpley-20/
ReportMarathon season is fast approaching and the first of the 20 mile races took place at the weekend. Hosted by Bury Pacers with a start and finish at Beyton, the Tarpley 20 mile race is a good test for those preparing for a marathon. Stuart Weaver completed his first 20 mile race for the club in style, finishing 23rd overall and 4th in the MV40 category in an excellent time of 2 hours 17 minutes 59 seconds. Another coping well with the undulating course through surrounding villages was Paul Brown who clocked 2h 55m 10s. Completing a trio of marathon hopefuls was Faye Brown who beat her time from this course last year by almost 6 minutes to record 3h 33m 37s. There was also a 10 mile race on offer and three Harwich runners took up that option. Matt Doran completed the route in 1h 20m 13 finishing 110th in the field of almost 400 runners whilst Steven Kent produced a decent showing of 1h 25m 9s. Helen Benham continued her comeback with a solid time of 1h 36m 54s .
Date25-02-17
EventParkrun
Results
ReportHarwich Runners bounced back from the disappointment of relegation last Sunday in the cross country league to record some good results in the local Parkrun. The men placed eight members in the first 14 finishers and there were 5 lady members in the first 8 female finishers. Of the 93 people taking part 21 were club members. First finisher was Simon Day in 18.29 with Mark Rutter not far behind finishing in 18.54. Other male members finishing in the top 14 were, Joe Francis, (8th), Norman Gooch (9th), Scott Luckey (10th), Steve Manley (12th), Shaun Tye (13th), and Harry Young (14th). For Harry Young it was also a new PB of 24.32. Lady members also occupied the first two finish positions; first back to the bandstand was Nicola Flatt in 25.20 and second was Anna Young in a new PB time of 25.48. Both Ann Piercy and Claire Bransby have been first female finisher in the past. This week it was 4th place for Piercy and 6th for Bransby. Hannah Jarvis, in her second Parkrun at Harwich was 8th lady finisher and fifth female for the club. Again this week members did not restrict their runs just to the local Parkruns. Kieran Callaghan ran at the Colchester event, recording 24.09. Further afield, Vicky McCrea returned to the Walsall event where she joined 421 others; she achieved a course PB of 25.13 and was second in her age group. Dennis and Di Warner had their last Parkrun in Australia before making the long journey back to the UK. The venue they choose was Quinns Rock, Dennis was first in his age group and 6th finisher overall in 22.29 and Di was 53rd finisher in 34.28. Also running whilst on holiday was Jez Downs; he was in Disney Orlando in the US. He started Saturday with a 10k race at 5.30 am, which he completed in 56.43. A quick dash to the Clermont Parkrun for a 9 am start followed and a 36th finish position in a time of 26.53 rounded off the morning.
Date19-02-17
Event53-12 Witham XC
Resultshttp://www.53-12xc.com/
ReportIt was a sad day for Harwich Runners. Despite a good showing in the final race the club finished the 53-12 cross country series at the bottom of Pool A and were relegated. Neighbouring club Great Bentley pulled off an incredible result to take 2nd on the day and render the efforts of the 41 who turned out in Harwich colours insufficient. Harwich managed to get all 8 scoring men home in the first 52 places, far better than any of the previous 5 races this season yet the men finished 5th. Rob Reason was the highest placed finisher for Harwich in 7th place followed by Simon Day who showed excellent improvements over the 6 races and claimed 19th in the final race at Witham. Graeme Knott (24th) and Sam Gooding-Matthews (52nd) claimed scoring spots despite recent absences from racing whilst Steve Cooper went well in 30th. There were solid runs for two runners preparing for marathons with Stuart Weaver taking 49th, just behind Robin Brookes in 45th. One of the finds of this series has been Stephen Peck whose placing of 42nd here underlines his progress since joining the club late last year. Outside the scoring places, Chris Payne, Will Roxby-Clarke and Matt Doran ran well whilst there was a debut outing from Niall Burke. In the ladies race, Kate Hodgkiss recorded her best position of the series in 5th with the consistently strong Sophie Scott next home for the black and white vests in 17th. Madeline Lewis was next in 20th followed by Ellie Haynes making a sparkling debut in a Harwich vest finishing well in 35th. There were also good performances from Elspeth Knott, penny Barrington and a welcome return for Sally Gillam. There were 8 runners who were ever present at all 6 races. Sophie Scott was the only lady to achieve this feat. Alongside scorers Day, Brookes and Weaver, John Francis, Jeff Higgon, Kieran Callaghan and Julian Cordwell completed all the races this series. In the accompanying junior race, over a one mile distance there were three girls in the U11 category. Daisy Ward continues to show huge promise taking 8th whilst there were really strong runs from Eleanor Newman and Bella Ward. Samuel Bastow and Corey Hare both ran well in the MU11 group whilst there was a top ten place in the U13 category for Tony Greenwood where James Cooper also ran. Archie Barrington was the highest placed Harwich Junior, taking 17th overall.
Date18-02-17
EventParkrun
Results
Report The conditions for this weeks Parkrun were a lot better; it was about 5 degrees with very little wind which showed in the results with 27 PBs, 105 runners, of whom 11 were first timers. Nick Davies brought the field home in 18:19 which was also a PB, Mark Rutter of Harwich Runners was second in 18:29 and Warren Byrd was third in 19:22. For the ladies the first two places went to Harwich club members, Ann Piercy was first in 24:58, Nicola Flatt was second in 25:05 and Helen Ivory, with a PB was third in 25:28. Two club members were amongst those who achieved PBs this week, Tracey George recorded 29.18 and Michael Ball improved by 20 seconds to finish in 24.44.
Date11-02-17
EventParkrun
Results
ReportSaturday was a bitterly cold morning and sleet was in the air as the parkrun was being set up. The sleet continued and turned to snow by the 9 o clock start time. However there were 68 park runners that turned out and braved the conditions, 3 of which were first timers and 18 recorded new Personal Bests, (PB). Sam Gardiner led the field out of the park and onto the prom but it was Harwich Runners Simon Day who returned first with a PB of 17:52. Gardiner of Colchester and Tendring AC was second in 18:41 and Warren Byrd was third in 19:41. Nicola Pyle was first lady finisher in 22:29, Sally Gillam, also of Harwich Runners was second in 25:18 and Jemma Kerridge in a PB time of 26.01 was third. Simon Harrison has been unable to run since May last year due to injury, his return on Saturday was rewarded with a fourth place finish in 19.18. Fellow club member Aaron Rudkin, despite the conditions and having run a half marathon in Spain the Sunday before still managed a PB and 5th finish in 19.27. The only other club member to set a new PB was Christina Pretty, her previous best was set in December, she reduced this by 9 seconds to record 28.49. Thanks must go to the marshals and photographers that also turned out and braved the cold weather allowing the parkrun to take place, also congratulations to club members Archie Barrington and Valentina Burley who completed their 50th parkrun on Saturday.

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