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11 May 2015 : Halstead marathon

posted 11 May 2015, 05:26 by Allen Smalls
Harriers men dominate

Colchester Harriers men dominated the Halstead Marathon over the new course which if anything had an extra hill to add to the already tough 26.2 miles of Essex Countryside, the weather got hotter as the morning went on, but it could not stop Colchester Harriers Chris Sellens becoming Essex Champion clocking an amazing 2-37-56 and outpacing a Spanish runner in the last couple of miles to finish strongly, with the Spaniard not counting in the Essex Championship 2nd place went to the talented Carwyn Jones 2-43-46 who knocked a huge 16 minutes off his personal best, 3rd spot only 7 seconds behind Jones in 2-44-53 was Allen Smalls who had run 2-36 at London only two weeks ago. Smalls took the Essex senior bronze medal, the Essex veteran gold, and along with Jones and Sellens the team golds, a fine day for the green vests . Chris Manby continued his long distance training with a fine run of 3-14-45, while Malcolm Statham continued his quest for 200 Marathons with another good race.

Colchester 10km

Mussett and Stradling dominate again

It was total domination by Colchester Harriers Adrian
Mussett and Sarah Stradling yet again at the Colchester 10km where 470 runners completed the course. Mussett ran 32-11 to finsh over 3 minutes clear of Haverings Richard Heath who still clocked a fine 35-28 although going well off course and having to come back from 25th place at 4km ,Heath is moving to Colchester and joining Harriers shortly. It was 3rd place overall for the amazing over 50 Colin Ridley 35-29 with team mate Mark Harrod just behind in 4th spot just missing a personal best by aa second in 35-52, Harriers obviously won the team prize. Sarah Stradling was pushed by Jo Coates of St Edmunds pacers on the first half of ther ace but finished a minute clear of her at the tape in 36-11 and was a superb 6th place overall in the race. Other Harriers were 16 David Wright 38-23, 17 Paul Rogers 38-33, 23 Richard Boden 39-34 (PB), 24 Paul Preston 39-49,

27 Keith Marley 39.56, 28 Simon Smith 39-55 (PB), 41 Arthur Whiston 40-54, 46 Richard Milward 41-51, 57 Ellie Mayne 42-42 63 Kevin Higgens 42-54, 76 Pat marsh 43-34, 79 Jerry Walder 43-56, 84 Ian Haw 44-24, 93 James Taylor 44-54, 97 Dan Wilkinson 45-16 (Pb)122 Rachel Taylor 46-16, 134 John Wheatley 47-14, 149 David Larner 45-52, 156 Charlotte Allen 48-24, 165 Fiona Wattam 48-54, 211 Anita Vaz 50-59, 341 Fay Smalls 58-24.

Other Events round up

New record for West

Colchester Harriers Pete West got the weekend off to a good start by setting a new 50-54 record at the Maldon Promenade park run in 18-36 in windy conditions, Hannah Watson was first lady home in a personal best of 20-48. At the Colchester Castle 5km, Laura Shewbridge was first lady and 11th overall in 19-40, while the men saw 8 green vests in the first 12 home, 3 Anthony Barraclough, 5 Mark Harrod, 6 Ethan Thrower, 7 Lee Hykel, 8 Harry Varela 19-06 (Pb), 9 David Wright, 10 Andy Raynor, and 12 Danny Millward.

Martyn Clarke ran very well in the Burleigh 20 mile obstacle race, , 4000 runners took part in waves of 250, and Clarke finished 2nd in his wave and 124th overall, it included a swim across a reservoir , 8ft climbing walls and and a lot of mud.

Rachel Richardson-Wright completed the tough sprint distance Redricks triathlon at Sawbridgeworth in a good time.

Sara Wallace knocked a huge chunk off her personal best half marathon time clocking 1-39 at the Leeds event.