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Date04-11-18
EventWitham
Resultshttp://www.nessxc.org.uk/results-senior.htm
ReportThe second race in the NESS cross country series took place at the weekend with over 300 runners descending on Great Notley Country Park in a race hosted by Witham. The Men’s team performed well finishing 5th overall. Rob Reason was the first black and white vest home in 8th place. Stephen Peck was 22nd, just ahead of Graeme Knott and Mark Lloyd. Matthew Friend was again amongst the scoring 8, taking 54th place. Archie Barrington, Robin Brookes and a returning Sam Gooding-Matthews completed the scoring team with all 8 runners finishing within the first 70 places. There were strong supporting runs from Simon Day, Charlie McCarthy and Chris Payne as well as a debut for Craig Robinson. The ladies team was led out with a good run from Ellie Burke who finished 29th overall. Nicola Challis made her first appearance of the season, taking 44th and the scoring quartet was completed by Carrie Hook and Anne Herbert. There was a first cross country run for Jacky Lingley. The combined team effort again placed the team 6th in Pool A. There was also a junior race. Three boys and five girls from Harwich took part. Michael Knowles ran in the MU15 group and was 19th overall. Jamie Carter ran well again, finishing third in his age group (MU11) and Jack Manley ran his first cross country for the club. Daisy Ward finished an impressive 11th in the girls race and 4th in her age group. Jemima Garner went well in the FU11 category with Dalia Jaballah, Eleanor Newman and Isabella Ward also appearing in the black and white vests. After two races the juniors sit 5th overall out of 11 teams. The next race in the series takes place on November 25th and is a home fixture for Harwich Elsewhere trying something different, Friday Fright Night 5 mile at Great Notley near Braintree, Sarah Roxby-Clarke (42m 58s) and Andrew Thorn (44m 21s) were among the 122 finishers
Date28-10-18
EventSpringfield Striers
Resultshttp://www.nessxc.org.uk/results-senior.htm
ReportThe first cross country race of the new season took place last weekend at Writtle near Chelmsford. The weather was surprisingly pleasant giving the runners a good start to the season. Harwich Runners were back in the top pool, having bounced back from relegation at the first attempt in some style and will be seeking to remain in Pool A. Now needing 8 men and 4 women to score and with a number of good runners unavailable though the club finished 6th out of 6 in the first race run over an approximate 5 mile distance. In the Men’s race Stephen Peck was 8th overall and the clubs best placed runner on the day. Mark Lloyd in 23rd was next and regular cross country runners Archie Barrington, Simon Day and Robin Brookes all collected valuable points for the club. The men’s team finished 5th in the pool. There was an extremely promising debut for Matthew Friend with Ben Hammond and Mark Higgs completing the scoring team of eight. Scott Brian, Kim Pretty , Paul Smith, Steve Manley and Kris Dalby all ran their first cross country races in a Harwich vest. The ladies team was missing the consistently scoring Claudine Benstead among others. Frequent cross country runner Madeline Lewis was the first black and white vest to finish in 23rd. Carrie Hook is returning from a lengthy injury and scored at Writtle with Elspeth Knott and Anne Herbert completing the scoring quartet. The ladies placed 6th on the day. It was pleasing to see a couple of debut runners here too with Christina Pretty and Gina Jaballah completing their first race. In the Junior race, 91 youngsters took part. The only boy was the promising Jamie Carter who was 3rd in the MU11 group finishing 23rd overall. Daisy Ward was 4th in the girls U13 category and there was a good debut by Dalia Jaballah in the FU15 group. All the other Harwich Junior representatives on the day were in the girls U11 group and Jemima Garner finished an impressive 2nd in that category. There were also good runs for Eleanor Newman, Eryn Lewis and Isabella Ward all helping the girls to a healthy 5th placed ranking after one race. The next race takes place this coming Sunday at Witham.
Date14-10-18
EventTiptree 10 miles
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/results/tiptree-102
ReportA group of runners from Harwich travelled to the popular Tiptree 10 mile event. The scenic and undulating course provided some notable performances. Stephen Peck has not raced much since the Halstead marathon in May but decided to test himself on this course. Peck finished 8th overall in a high quality field in a spectacular time of 56 minutes 46 seconds and was second in his age group on the day. He also claimed a new Harwich Runners club record in the MV40 category. Claudine Benstead had another terrific run, claiming victory in the FV55 group with a stunning 70m 46s effort. It was her best time over the distance since 2015 and just short of her own club record. Lee Allen produced a new personal best time of 67m 18s, bettering his time from Chelmsford last November and finished a little way ahead of Simon Day in 67m 55s. Also recording his fastest time over this distance was Andrew Thorn whose time of 81m 12s was far quicker than he managed at Witham earlier in the year. There were also good performances from both Jeff and Jo Higgon and a wonderful return to action for Paul Brown who has had an extremely lengthy injury forced spell out of running.
Date16-09-18
EventRound Norfolk Relay
Resultshttp://www.roundnorfolkrelay.com/results_main_page.php
ReportHarwich Runners managed to assemble a team for the Round Norfolk Relay again this year. It is a 17 stage relay race starting and finishing at Kings Lynn and navigates the 198 miles around the county’s border. As well as being a test to see which team is fastest, a more realistic prize was available for the team that could predict their finish time most accurately. Harwich did not win this prize however as their runners collectively were almost 22 minutes faster than predicted. Mike Ball got the journey underway with a dawn start on the Saturday before passing on to Ellie Burke who ran her 14 mile leg 10 minutes faster than predicted in 1 hour 56 minutes 20 seconds. Anna Anderson, Niall Burke and Richard Newman all ran to form before David Pleace negotiated his almost 8 mile leg over 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Will Roxby-Clarke then gained a minute on a 9 mile leg finishing in Lessingham and with the team going well, decent runs from Sarah Roxby-Clarke and Matt Doran consolidated the good performance and took the race into Saturday evening. Stephen Peck was then 5th fastest over the second longest leg of day, covering just over 18 miles in a wonderful 1h 56m 46s bringing the team into Earsham. New member Paul Smith ran leg 11 as Saturday became Sunday and then it was Simon Day to tackle the longest leg of the race. Day covered the 19.67 miles from Scole to Thetford in an impressive 2h 13m, almost 9 minutes quicker than predicted. Robin Brookes was next to go before Justin Cooper-Keeble gained another two minutes as the team reached Wissington. Then the team finished in style. First Faye Elliott ran her 10.59 mile leg over 6 minutes quicker than expected to put the team back ahead of schedule. Then Elspeth Knott claimed the prize for the best Ladies Master graded performance with a strong 16th leg. Finally Jason Meachen rounded the race off with a quick final 11.73 mile leg gaining the team more time in the process . A total time taken of 27 hours 48 minutes 53 seconds was a success for the club who finished 45th out of the 60 competing teams.
Date16-09-18
EventDedham 10k plus Fun Run 3k
Resultshttps://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/dedhamrun/2018
ReportAt Dedham, five Harwich runners were among the 353 finishers in the popular 10km event. Claudine Benstead was a comfortable winner in her age group (FV50) in a swift 43m 33s. There were also good runs from Thomas Blake (47m 12s) and Alan Gardner (48m 31s).
Date16-09-18
EventGreat East Run
Resultshttps://www.greatrun.org/myresults/advanced-search
ReportThe Great East Run in Ipswich attracted a big crowd to the half marathon event which starts and finishes at the Portman Road football ground. Of the 2559 finishers, 19 of them were from Harwich Runners. First black and white vest across the line in 40th place overall was Simon Harrison, finishing in 1 hour 27 minutes 28 seconds. Next back was in-form Becky McCorquodale. Her impressive time of 1h 33m 33s was her quickest since 2013 and proved enough to take 6th place overall and 1st place in her FV45 category as well as claiming a new club record for her age group. Lee Allen was close behind in 1h 33m 59s, completing his first half marathon in the clubs colours. Other notable achievements on the challenging course, which includes a long climb just after the 7 mile mark, included third place category finishes for both Jeff Higgon (MV65) and Charlotte Hodgson (FV40). Nicola Challis was one of the few to achieve a new personal best in the warm conditions managing 1h 48m 50s, an improvement of almost 3 minutes. Andrew Carter (1h 50m 48s) and Christina Pretty (2h 18m 36s) also recorded new best times. Completing her first half marathon in Harwich colours was Emma MacKillop (1h 49m) whilst there were also strong runs from Karen Stapleton, Ian Bolton and Ruth Benham.
Date09-09-18
EventLangham 10km / 5k /2k
Resultshttp://www.langham10km.org.uk/results/Langham10k2018.pdf
ReportLast week a number of Harwich Runners members tackled the popular races at Langham. Started as a 10km race the day now also offers a 5km option too. Attracting 84 runners, the 5km race saw some quick times, one of which was set by 4th place Steve Cooper in 17 minutes 43 seconds. Lee Allen managed 20m 34s and Jeremy Downs 24m 21s but both runners were also preparing to run the later 10km distance. Becky McCorquodale is in great form at the moment; clocking 20m 45s here it was her fastest 5km run for many years and allowed her to win her age group (FV40) as well as finish as 2nd lady overall. Carrie Hook also recorded her best time since coming back from a lengthy injury. In the 10km race Lee Allen (42m 26s) and Jeremy Downs (59m 10s) ran again. Claudine Tisbury was first in her age group (FV55). Emma MacKillop (47m 24s) , Karen Barker (79m 38s) and Kelly Peck (67m 32s) were racing the distance for the first time in a Harwich vest Sarah Roxby-Clarke ran her quickest since 2014 and there were new personal best times for both Christina Pretty and Kim Pretty.
Date09-09-18
EventHarlow 10 miles
Results
ReportMark Higgs was among the many thousands of runners at the Great North Run. He completed the half marathon distance in 1 hour 51 minutes 15 seconds. Closer to home Matthew Friend completed the Colchester Zoo Stampede Half marathon in a new personal best time of 1h31m 29s. He finished 14th overall out of 555 finishers in the course which started and finished at the zoo itself. Meanwhile Allan Bush was Harwich’s only representative at the Harlow 10 mile race; finishing well in 1h 16m 17s
Date02-09-18
EventEssex Way relay
Results
ReportHarwich Runners entered three teams into the latest edition of the Essex Way run. Split over ten legs of varying distance the off road route takes the teams from Epping all the way through to Harwich, a total of nearly 82 miles. The ladies team finished 6th in their category. Both Kate Hodgkiss and Becky McCorquodale were the fastest ladies on their respective legs. Elspeth Knott and Sally Gillam had got the team off to a good start before Hodgkiss lifted the team to 7th . Ellie Haynes took the team into 6th a position consolidated with strong runs from Karen Stapleton and Emma McKillop. The West Bergholt to Dedham leg is the longest at just over 11 miles and that was tackled superbly by McCorquodale. The team never relinquished 6th place with final legs from Anna Anderson, Samie Franklin and bringing the team back home to Harwich Valentina Burley. Harwich’s mixed team produced some fine displays with Graeme Knott 3rd fastest of all the 73 teams on his 9.5 mile leg and Rob Reason 4th over the final Ramsey to Harwich leg, an effort which gained the team four places to finish 20th out of the 52 mixed teams. There were also strong runs in this team from Will Roxby-Clarke and Allan Bush. Andre Besant also ran well here despite having also done the first leg of the day for the Harwich vets team. Sadly missing one runner cost the vets team a better position; Besant and Jason Meachen had elevated the team to 1st in their category before losing ground without a runner on leg 3. There were good runs by Charlie McCarthy, Justin Burls and Robin Brookes though to give the team a respectable mid-category finish.
Date26-08-18
EventMERSEA ISLAND LIONS CLUB 5/10 MILES ROAD RACE
Results
ReportOver the bank holiday weekend the Mersea 5 and 10 mile races took place. Two members of Harwich Runners tackled the 10 mile option. Jeff Higgon completed the course in 1 hour 23 minutes 18 seconds, a time which placed him 3rd in his age group. Jo Higgon finished the same distance in 1h 37m 15s. Meanwhile a few club members opted for the 5 mile race. First of those to cross the finish line was Samie Franklin, completing her fourth 5 mile race since June in her quickest time yet of 43m 30s. Katie Holmes ran a solid 44m 25s whilst Sarah Roxby-Clarke continued her busy year of racing with a decent 49m 12s

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