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Date15-10-17
EventWix 5M
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_wix5/2017/wix_results_2017.php
ReportSunday was a warm and breezy day but 340 runners from across the region turned out for the latest edition of the Wix 5 mile race organised by the Harwich Runners club. Tim Woulfe of Braintree was 3rd last year but claimed victory this time over a minute clear of his closest challenger in 27m 20s. Fastest lady for the second year running was Elizabeth Davies of Springfield in 28m 35s on the fast course. Alongside all the organisers, helpers and marshals the host club also managed to provide 47 runners into the event. Highest placed among them and showing a real return to form with his quickest time for the distance since 2013 was Steve Cooper who placed 4th overall in 28m 41s. He was also the winner of the MV40 category. Also recording their best time in a number of years, since 2012 in fact, was Claire Bransby. New recruit Alan Gardner was making his debut in a Harwich vest and ran well to post 38m 22s whilst a number of other runners recorded new personal best times. Michael Ball improved 4 minutes from his previous best showing in Harwich colours (39m 24s) whilst Jez Downs ran under 40 minutes for the first time, recording 39m 11s. There were big improvements also for Nicola Flatt, John Tiniakos, Kelly Peck, Alison Evans, Alison Manley and Andrew Thorn. Claudine Benstead emerged victorious in the FV55 category, winning that by almost 3 minutes with Harwich duo Alison Evans and Anne Herbert also pacing in the top 5. Elspeth Knott was a clear winner in the FV65 group and in a surprisingly competitive MV70 group, Glyn Peck finished 4th in a good 46m 43s.
Date14-10-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAttendance at the Harwich Park run was down to 81 on Saturday. This was the lowest attendance since February 2017 and was probably due to the local Wix 5 mile race on the next day. Despite being organisers of the Wix race, Harwich Runners still managed to occupy the first four finish positions. Simon Day returned to the bandstand first, in a time of 18:36 and looks to be returning to his best. Second home was young Archie Barrington who finished in 19:04 and achieved a new PB. This is the fourth in a row for Barrington and he looks likely to be going under 19 minutes very soon. Third home was Mark Rutter in 19:34, another runner returning from injury. Fourth finisher was Robin Brookes in 20.12 In total Harwich Runners had six of the first ten finishers and of those three were juniors, hopefully indicating a bright future for the club. Second lady home was Harwich Park Run regular Claudine Benstead, in a time of 21:07, she was also one of those in the first ten finishers. Club members achieving a personal best this week were Kim Pretty who recorded a time if 24:27, knocking 16 seconds off his previous best and his fourth in five weeks. Kim has improved by over six minutes since 2016 and over twenty minutes since 2015. Lian Meachen has recorded three PBs in a row and is now eight minutes quicker than the first time she ran at Harwich.
Date08-10-17
EventTiptree 10
Results
ReportHarwich Runners were well represented at the Tiptree 10 mile race last Sunday. The beautiful conditions lent themselves to some terrific times being achieved. Finishing 6th overall and 2nd in the MV40 age group was Stephen Peck. Two weeks after a terrific 1 hour 18 minute time at the Great East half marathon, Peck continued his superb form by becoming only the 3rd club member in the last 5 years to go inside 1 hour for this distance, clocking an incredible 58 minutes 15 seconds. Also placing second in their age group was Claudine Tisbury. Finishing in an excellent 72m 24s, Tisbury was agonisingly only 2 seconds behind the lady who pipped her to the FV55 crown. Ann Piercy ran her best time for the distance since 2013 and Will Roxby-Clarke since 2014. There was a personal best time set by Justin Cooper-Keeble who improved by 4 minutes to 74m 30s. A number of runners were making their debut over this distance in a Harwich vest. Simon Day ran a strong 63m 57 and there was an impressive time set by Ellie Haynes (80m 50s). Also running a 10 mile race for the first time were Scott Luckey, Niall Burke and Sarah Roxby-Clarke. In a large field of 419 runners there were also strong runs for Robin Brookes, Kevin Fitchett, Dennis Warner and Claire Bransby.
Date08-10-17
EventMartlesham 10k
Results
ReportWith most of the attention on Tiptree, two runners headed for Martlesham to tackle the flat 5k race there. Nicola Flatt improved her best time by 8 seconds to 23m 24s and Steve Cooper ran his quickest time for the distance since 2013. Cooper clocked 17m 28s which placed him 3rd overall. Elsewhere, Peter Fraser-Hopewell completed the Oxford half marathon in 1h 55m.
Date07-10-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the Harwich Parkrun, club members occupied the first and third positions in both the mens and womens catorgies. First finisher was Robert Reason in 17.25, his first Parkrun since July, his 14th appearance and his 14th win. Third home was Lee Allen, a regular at the Clacton event, his second visit to Harwich and his second third finish position, this time in a 53 second PB of 19.09. First lady finisher was Karen Stapleton in 22.47 and third was Alison Evans in 24.45. Harwich juniors were also first finishers in their age groups. First junior overall and 18th finisher was Michael Knowles in 21.57, closely followed by Jamie Carter, 1st in the under 10 age group and 26th finisher in 22.39.
Date02-10-17
EventJaffa 40 lap track event
Results
ReportLast week, Harwich Runners were fortunate enough to be invited to send a team to an event held by Ipswich Jaffa to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Six members of the club took part in a 40 lap relay race on the track at Northgate. Supported by lap counters Peter Gooding and Roly Knott the runners opted for a rotating single lap strategy. Simon Harrison, Ben Hammond, Kate Hodgkiss, Elspeth Knott, Jez Downs and junior Joseph Hammond were the Harwich representatives on the night.
Date01-10-17
EventClub Winter Handicap Race
Results
ReportMeanwhile, most of the rest of the club were over at Lawford for the annual winter 5 mile handicap race. Held a little earlier this year due to an upcoming congested calendar, 36 runners tested themselves on the flat country road course. The overall winner was the runner who beat their predicted time by the biggest margin and it was no surprise to see Archie Barrington first home. Having scored a PB the day before at the parkrun, Barrington sliced 2 minutes off his previous best time for 5 miles, finishing in 31m 44s. The next placed finisher also secured a new personal best; Kris Dalby completed the distance in 44m 6s, an incredible 3 minute improvement. Others to record new PBs were in form Anne Herbert (40m 51s), Valentina Burley (43m 58s), John Tiniakos (39m 56s) and Ian Bolton (39m 49s). Both Ellie Haynes (37m 43s) and Niall Burke (37m 29s) recorded their best times for 5 miles whilst with the club. The fastest times of the day were recorded by Graeme Knott who posted a time consistent with previous runs on this course (28m 24s) and Steve Cooper with his best 5 mile time since 2013 (28m 51s). Claudine Benstead was the fastest lady on the day. Her time of 34m 16s just 13 seconds ahead of second placed Kate Hodgkiss. Other successes on a blustery day included Tony Anderson who ran his fastest time for the distance since 2014 and an impressive debut 5 mile race for Lee Allen, who will surely improve on his already impressive time of 32m 33s Alison Evans, Alison Manley and Kelly Peck were also running their first 5 mile races since joining Harwich Runners.
Date01-10-17
EventSouthend 10k Classic
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/southend-10k
ReportLast weekend Rob Reason was among the 1246 runners at the Southend 10k. Reason has clocked under 34 minutes for the distance previously but has had an injury plagued year in 2017. This race showed that he is well on his way back to top form however with a 12th place finish in a very high quality field and a time of 35 minutes 6 seconds.
Date30-09-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the 118th weekly Parkrun on Saturday 118 people completed the course. Once again Harwich Runners were at the front. Gavin Race was first finisher in 17.48, his fastest time on the local course. Third place finisher was Archie Barrington his third PB in as many weeks; a 17 second improvement saw him record 19.15. First lady was once again Claudine Benstead in 20.55. Second was Karen Stapleton in 22.12, just 2 second off her best. Two club members who made big improvements this week were Jez Downs and Mike Ball. Downs knocked 29 seconds off his best to finish in 22.32, his third PB in four runs. For Ball it was his third PB in three weeks, knocking a minute off last weeks time to set a new PB of 22.38.
Date24-09-17
EventPleshey Half Marathon
Resultshttp://www.chiptiminguk.co.uk/pleshey-half-marathon-2017
ReportTwo members of Harwich Runners also tackled the Pleshey Half Marathon with Kieran Callaghan and Tracey George both performing well in the hot conditions.

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