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Date17-09-17
EventDedham 10k plus Fun Run 3k
Resultshttps://www.nice-work.org.uk/races/dedhamrun/2017
ReportRecently the Dedham 10k provided a good test for a number of local runners. In a fast field of 427 runners, Claudine Benstead again tasted success with her second age category win in 2 weekends. Her time of 44m 11s gave her a comfortable win in the FV50 group and also saw her finish as 3rd lady overall. There was another good showing from Justin Cooper-Keeble, finishing slightly quicker than he had at Langham a week earlier (43m 20). Johnny Zeeuw produced his best 10k of 2017 (46m 49s) in his last ever race in a Harwich vest as he moves to pastures new whilst Peter Fraser-Hopewell (50m 32s) and Angela Drury (71m 43) also ran well. Michelle Cooper-Keeble stepped up from the previous weeks 5k to produce a solid run in just under the hour mark.
Date10-09-17
EventLangham 10km / 5k /2k
Resultshttp://www.langham10km.org.uk/results/Langham10k2017.pdf
ReportA popular race with members of Harwich Runners is the Langham 10k. This year 16 members of the club were among the 700 entrants. There was an age category win for Claudine Benstead (FV55) in 43 minutes 59 seconds. Promising new recruit Lee Allen zipped round in 41m 34s, a personal best for him on his first 10k in a Harwich vest, and was the quickest Harwich Runner on the day. Justin Cooper-Keeble continued his good form with a strong 43m 45s run. Others to record new personal bests on the day were prolific racer Jeremy Downs who chipped 20 seconds off his previous quickest (52m 25s) and Lian Meachen (68m 37s). There were also debuts at this distance for Ruth Benham and Verity Webber.
Date10-09-17
EventPenisula Triathlon
Results
ReportSunday saw a handful of Harwich Runners compete in the Penisula Triathlon. The event was made up of a near 500 metre swim, 32 kilometre challenging bike route around the Shotley penisula and an off road 5 kilometre run. Ellie Haynes lead off her relay team with a swim within a few seconds of the fastest swimmers handing over to Michael Haynes on the bike. Niall Burke finished with a solid run for the team to finish 4th in the relay event. Jo Higgon made a welcome return to triathlon action with a good swim, bike and run to finish a close 2nd in the 55-59 age category. Husband Jeff went one better to finish 1st in the 65-69 age category. Justin Burls competed well in the swim, bike and run to finish an impressive 7th overall and winning the 50-54 age category trophy for his efforts. Jonathon Burls was comfortably winning his 55-59 age category after the swim and bike, but unfortunately was unable to finish the run due to a injury.
Date10-09-17
EventIron Man Wales
Results
ReportWhilst the weather was not ideal at Shotley it was even worse for Harwich’s Simon Day. He had entered the Iron Man Wales event. The event started with a 2.4 mile sea swim in Carmarthen Bay which he completed in 1 hour and 9 seconds. It was then straight onto the bike for a 112 mile ride which involved two loops around South Pembrokeshire, he completed this in 6 hours 30 mins 30seconds. If that was not enough he then ran a full marathon, four laps of the seaside town of Tenby, 26.2 miles in 4 hours 17 mins 55 seconds. After the event the organisers said, “It was the toughest race day we’ve seen in 7 editions”. Also speaking afterwards, Day said, “it was brutal and relentless in today’s wind, I saw several nasty crashes where people had simply been blown off their bikes”. Of the 2066 competitors registered to start, some choose not to and others, who started did not finish, 1613 did finish. The last person to finish took 17 hours 2 mins and 49 seconds. Despite the bad weather Day stuck at it and completed the race in 12 hours 2 mins 48 seconds.
Date09-09-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the local Parkrun on Saturday, once again Harwich Runners occupied the top male and female finish positions. Gavin Race was first finisher in 18.30, a new PB. Archie Barrington was second, equalling his Personal Best of 19.38; it was his third consecutive week finishing in second place. One second later was Robin Brookes, third in 19.39. First two lady finishers were once again Kate Hodgkiss in 20.16 and Claudine Benstead in 20.50. Third lady was new member, Karen Stapleton. Having only taken part on four occasions she has improved by 80 seconds to set a new best of 22.26. Other members who set new personal bests this week were, Tahnee Gueizelar 25.32, Kim Pretty 25.07, and Russell Mowle 27.49.
Date03-09-17
EventEssex Way Relay
Results
ReportThe Essex Way relay took place last week and has become a very popular event among clubs from across the county and beyond, This year saw a bumper entry of 69 teams of 10 runners, each covering a distance of between 5.3 and 11.2 miles. With the route following the Essex Way trail between Epping and Harwich the teams covered a total of 81.7 miles each. Springfield Striders won the overall race and also claimed the Veterans title whilst Leigh-on-Sea won the Ladies category. Harwich Runners fielded two teams this year. Team ‘A’ finished 11th overall and there were some excellent runs. Rob Reason, despite missing a turning, and Graeme Knott were both 3rd fastest on their respective legs. Mark Lloyd took on the longest 11.2 mile leg between West Bergholt and Dedham and was 4th quickest. Kate Hodgkiss was 7th on her leg bringing the team in to Ramsey from where Sam Gooding-Matthews rounded things off with a good performance despite an injury. Team ‘B’ kicked off with a welcome return to action from Sally Gillam. Also running in that team were Will Roxby-Clarke who stepped in at the last minute following a late withdrawal and Clare McKenna who took on a 9.5 mile leg the day after a 50 mile race. There were notable debuts at this event from Ellie Haynes, Niall Burke and Anne Herbert.
Date26-08-17
EventPark Run
Results
ReportAt the Harwich Parkrun conditions seemed perfect for fast times as seven members of Harwich Runner achieved new personal bests. There was PBs for new club members Tahnee Gueizer, (25.33) and Kelly Peck, (30.56). Kim Pretty knocked 41 seconds off his previous best to finish in 25.23 his first sub 26 minute run. It was first sub 25 minute for Anne Herbert who improved by 42 seconds to record 24.47. Kris Dalby marked his fiftieth Parkrun with a 52 second improvement, 26.41. Alison Evans set a new best last week and knocked another 3 seconds off this week to finish fourth lady in 24.20. Current club Runner of the Month, Helen Benham, made certain she deserved the award with four PBs in her last four Parkruns. Helen has improved in those four runs by 71 seconds and now has a best of 24.17 and finished third lady. First lady finisher was club member Ellie Haynes in 22.41, not quite a PB but just 5 seconds off. Visiting serial Park runner, Tony Daglish, marked his 350th Parkrun at Harwich in second place, (19.42). A member of Redway Runners, he has run at 130 different venues doing his first ever Parkrun at Milton Keynes in 2010. The first finisher this week was Josh Newlyn in 19.03, his fastest time at the local event.
Date21-08-17
EventPenticton ITU Duathlon World Championships.
Results
ReportHarwich Runners member Elspeth Knott recently travelled to Canada to compete in the Penticton ITU Duathlon World Championships. Knott is a founder member of the local running club and does her bike training with Colchester Rovers. Earlier this year she retained her European Champion title which qualified her to take part in the world championships and represent Great Britain. Knott entered the race as reigning world champion in her age group, (65-69), having won the world title seven times and the European title eight times. The Duathlon involved a 10k run, followed by a 40k bike ride and finished with a 5k run. Great Britain was only represented by one other athlete the rest of the field being made up of competitors from New Zeeland, USA and host nation Canada. Right from the start the Little Bromley resident dominated the race, running the 10k stage 2 minutes faster than anyone else. Her 40k bike stage was also quicker than her rivals, 2m 17s faster. On the final 5k run one other athlete was quicker by a small margin of just 22 seconds. Fellow British competitor, Jan Forrester, finished second overall in 2 hours 41 mins 20 seconds but the world title stayed with Elspeth who finished almost 6 minutes ahead in 2h 35m 27s, her eighth world title.
Date20-08-17
EventClacton half marathon and 10k
Results
ReportAndrew Thorn completed his 3rd half marathon of the year at Clacton, clocking 2h 10m 28s. There was also a 10km race on offer with Johnny Zeeuw running well in 47m 8s. In the same race Nicola Flatt was 2nd in her age group (FV35) crossing the line in 50m 27s.
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.

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