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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.
Date11-07-17
EventHarwich 5k Series 4
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2017/race4.php
ReportLast week saw the 4th race in the popular Harwich 5km handicap series along the sea front. The expected downpour held off until just after the finish providing decent conditions which resulted in a number of personal best times being set. The overall winner was Anselm Martin who beat his predicted time by the biggest margin; Teresa Farmer and Andrew Mills placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Fastest runner on the night was Danny Millward from Colchester who posted a very swift 17 minutes 4 seconds whilst fastest lady was Harwich’s Kate Hodgkiss in 20m 21s. Leading the way for Harwich was Stephen Peck who as well as clocking the 2nd fastest time of the evening in 17m 24s also knocked an impressive 24 seconds off his previous best. Peck wasn’t the only one returning home with a new PB; Helen Benham (24m 53s), Philip Hutchings (24m 39s), Kim Pretty (25m 47s) and Jez Downs (23m 52s) all improved by 30 seconds or more. There were also new PB times set for Alexander McCreadie, Justin Cooper-Keeble, Anne Herbert and Niall Burke. In the corresponding Junior race which takes place over a mile distance, newcomer Peter Hughes was the runner who beat his predicted time by the most, clocking an impressive 7m 50s. It was a good night for the Juniors with many recording their fastest time of the series including Annabel Brookes and Eleanor Newman. Fastest boy on the night was Eddison Barker (7m 25s) with Ellalee Cumner the quickest girl (8m 16s).
Date09-07-17
EventSouthend Half Marathon
Resultshttp://results.sporthive.com/events/6289842574061359616
ReportJames Taylor completed his first half marathon in a Harwich vest, finishing at Southend in 2h 5m 57s
Date09-07-17
EventRoth Ironman
Results
ReportSimon Day travelled to Germany for the DATEV Challenge Roth, the worlds biggest long-distance triathlon event. He joined about 3,400 individual participants and 650 relay teams from more than 70 nations, a high-class field of participants and around 260,000 spectators along the race course. The competition started with a 3.8 kilometres swim in the Main-Donau-Canal, followed by a 180 kilometres bike race and a marathon run of 42 kilometres. The swim went to plan in 61m1s. So did the bike in 5h25m53s despite the wind picking up on the second lap. About 10k into the run, having endured the 30 degree heat for 14 hours by then things started to go wrong, he was sick, had to stop for a break and try to cool down. Despite being advised by medics to pull out he continued at a slow pace to finish the marathon run in 4h15m. His overall finish time was 10h47m18s having covered about 140 miles of swimming, biking and running, not the result he hoped for but still an outstanding achievement.
Date08-07-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the Harwich Parkrun Simon Harrison strode out in first place along the beach-front and managed to extend his lead throughout the duration of the event. Returning to Cliff Park first, after 18 minutes and 57 seconds of hard effort. Young Archie Barrington was third to cross the finishing line in 20:24. The third female to finish this week was Harwich Runner, Ellie Haynes, (23.33), running with partner Niall Burke to feed off each others efforts. One of the most remarkable runs of the day was once again young Jamie Carter. 12th place is his highest ever placing and yet another PB. Strong and focused throughout the 5 kilometres, showed determination beyond his years. 22:14 is the fourth consecutive PB for him. Among the most consistent attendees is Alan Gardner. Recently joining Harwich Runners seemed to have helped Alan rise to new heights. 22:19 is by far his quickest, with probably more to come in the future. Another new club member, Kim Pretty, who is still knocking off precious seconds every week. This weeks PB was 26.04, getting even closer to a sub 26 minute finish.
Date07-07-17
EventGt Bentley Friday 5
Resultshttps://www.racesonline.uk/results/great-bentley-2017/
ReportOn a warm night the ever popular Great Bentley 5 mile race attracted a strong field of 441 runners with a healthy contingent travelling from Harwich. At the sharp end there were some stunning results. Rob Reason dipped back under 28 minutes for the first time since the corresponding race last year to finish 16th overall and he was closely followed by two runners claiming new personal bests. Mark Lloyd clocked 28 minutes 23 seconds, knocking 25 seconds off his previous best, and finished 2nd in the MV45 category. Stephen Peck has continuously improved since joining the club last year and he also grabbed another PB here, going 11 seconds faster than he managed at Kirton a few weeks ago. Claudine Benstead claimed an age category win, her time of 34m 18s enough to take the honours in the FV55 group. Ann Piercy ran well to take 2nd in the FV60 category. There were a couple of other PBs recorded on the fast flat course. Michael Ball (44m 13s), Justin Cooper-Keeble (33m 45s) and Anne Herbert (42m 3s), also 3rd in the FV60 category, all ran the distance faster than ever before. Meanwhile a whole group of runners recorded almost identical times to their recent outing at the club handicap race; Madeline Lewis, Kieran Callaghan, Jeff Higgon and Jez Downs were the ones showing remarkable consistency.
Date27-06-17
EventSummer handicap
Results
ReportFifty members of Harwich Runners competed in the annual summer 5 mile handicap race at Lawford last week. The flat course in the country lanes behind the village allows runners a great opportunity to post some fast times and that was in evidence again. Runners were looking to beat a very carefully calculated predicted time and 15 people managed to do that. Overall winner on the night was Glyn Peck who in his first 5 mile race since 2014 arrived at the finish line almost 3 minutes earlier than predicted. Gary Parker and Julian Cordwell placed 2nd and 3rd respectively. Fastest runner on the night was Rob Reason, who is returning to form with a healthy time of 28 minutes 12 seconds, finishing 17 seconds quicker than Graeme Knott. Mark Lloyd has shown amazing consistency on this course in recent years with his last 5 times all within 15 seconds of each other, he finished in 29m 8s this time. Kate Hodgkiss was fastest lady in 33m 56s. There were 5 new personal bests set on the night. Chief among them was Stephen Peck who followed up an excellent sub-30 minute time at Kirton recently with further improvement here to a stunning 29m 15s. Jez Downs chipped another couple of seconds off his best to 41m 8s whilst there were also new PBs set by Helen Benham (42m 37s), Andy Thorne (40m 58s) and Christina Pretty (49m 12s) A number of runners were completing their first 5 mile race since joining Harwich Runners. These included John Tiniakos, Ruth Benham, Kris Dalby and Ian Bolton. Newcomer Ellie Haynes posted a promising 38m 6s with other encouraging debuts from Mark Higgs (34m 49s), Nicola Flatt (41m 8s) and Niall Burke (37m 46s). Andre Besant and Sarah Roxby-Clarke both recorded their fastest times in the last 3 years whilst Jeff HIggon deserves a mention for not having missed a handicap race since records began.
Date24-06-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the Harwich Parkrun on Saturday the first two finish positions went to Harwich club members. Robert Reason, returning from injury, was first finisher in 17.08 and Simon Harrison was second in 19.12. This week Anne Herbert, (25.29), Kim Pretty, (26.05), and Zoe Orr, (30.51), all bettered their previous best times. Junior Jamie Carter continues to impress, at only 8 years old, he once again set a new PB, this time at 22.33, 13th finisher of the 102 who took park.
Date20-06-17
EventHarwich 5k Series 3
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2017/race3.php
ReportThe third race in the Harwich 5km handicap series took place last Tuesday night on the promenade. A headwind in the first half of the race was replaced by the remaining heat of the day in the second, a combination which most runners did not find conducive to fast times. The overall winner of the race was Sue Wright from Great Bentley who was the runner who beat her handicap by the biggest margin. Jeff Higgon of Harwich and Christopher Bing of Ipswich were 2nd and 3rd respectively. Fastest runner on the night and fastest lady was Elizabeth Davies in a stunning 17 minutes 3 seconds, just 2 seconds ahead of fastest male and quickest Harwich Runner Graeme Knott who improved 15 seconds from the previous race in the series. There were encouraging times despite the conditions for Mark Lloyd (17m 51s), Nicola Reason (26m 47s) and Chris Payne (20m 36s) in their first outing of the series. There were a few personal best times set by Harwich Runners. Jez Downs chipped 3 seconds off his previous best to post 24m 35s and Anne Herbert is in top form improving slightly to 26m 1s. There were also new best times set for several runners competing in their first series in a black and white vest including the promising Mark Higgs (20m 40s), Alexander McCreadie (22m 58s) and Niall Burke (22m 32s). Elsewhere a clutch of runners recorded a series best time. These included Scott Luckey, Neil Bridges, Richard Griggs and Claire Bransby. In the accompanying junior race run over a 1 mile course also on a handicap system, there was a popular victory for Eryn Lewis who whizzed round in her fastest time of the series in 9m 18s. Many of the youngsters were able to improve their times from previous races including fastest boy Eddison Barker (7m 20s) and fastest girl Mazy Chinery (7m 26s). Others showing improvements were Alexandria Burls, Bella Ward, Darcy Peck, Eddie Cannons and Jamie Carter.
Date18-06-17
EventHarwich Sprint Triathlon
Resultshttp://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/triathlon_old/2017/sprint_results.php
ReportOn Sunday the hot and sunny weather continued for the Harwich Runners Sprint Triathlon. Based at Dovercourt Swimming Pool the competitors take in 12 lengths of its 25 metre pool as the first phase of the event. After the swim they embark on a 24 Kilometre bike ride which takes them out of Harwich towards the villages of Ramsey and Wrabness and on to Wix and Great Oakley and finally back to the swimming pool where they will enter the transition area once again, dismount and prepare for a 5K run along Dovercourt promenade. To put on any event of this nature takes a lot of commitment from club members plus friends and relatives, even so 18 members were able to compete, some of whom had also helped to set up for the race early in the morning. The fastest time was recorded by James Hayward of Ipswich Tri Club, 61.09. Simon Day placed second for the second time in two days, finishing in 62.57; he was also first in his age group. Other club members to finish first in age group were, Sam Gooding-Matthews, 8th overall, in 67.09. Regular age group winners, Elspeth Knott, 79.20 and Jeff Higgon, 81.15, once again took first place. Young Archie Barrington exceeded his own expectation to finish his first Triathlon in 78.17, a time he will certainly improve on in the future. Three club members came second in their age groups. Claire Bransby, 84.55, Justin Burls, 70.08 and Peter Fraser-Hopewell, 92.10. The feedback from the competitors has been very favourable, praising those who put on the event, the slick organisation, supportive and smiling marshals on the route. Many are already asking about entering the event next year. Comments which reflect the hard work put in by the main race organisers Dennis and Di Warner.

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