Smalls top for Harriers again
Allen Smalls magic touch continues even at the tender age of 49 he produces great marathons finishing 249th overall in 2:38:17, Ged Mcmillan ran a personal best 2:43:49, with Mark Harrod also running a best ever time of 2:53:11, Marie Shirley continues to totter on the edge of the magic 3 hours clocking 3:06:24 this time, while a superb and huge personal best came from Laura Shewbridge in 3:08:50. Other Harriers were Paul Rodgers 3:06:13, Jamie Nelson 3:23:18, Craig Mitchell 3:37:39, Jenny Richardson 3:45:24 and Rachel Rodgers 5:44:42.
Jerry Walder ran his first marathon at Blackpool and clocked an excellent 3:32. Wayne Cooks form gets even better winning the Breckland Trail Half marathon in 1:32.
Maldon Promenade Park Series
The Maldon evening 5km road series in the Promenade Park got under way in quite dark conditions nethertheless 23 Harriers went to the line filling 11 of the first 12 runners home and supplying the first two ladies to finish in Helen Bloomfield 19:47 and Rebecca Cooke 20:13. The mens winner was Anthony Barraclough in 17:04, just squeezing out team mate Chris Sellens 17:05 and Danny Millward third in 17:19. Then it was 4th Paul Rodgers 17:30, 5th Jon Nears 17:32 and 6th Paul Preston 17:55. Other Harriers were 7 Doug mcGill 17:58, 9 Aaron Marley 18:08, 10 Fergus Crouch 18:18, 11 Paul Spowage 18:19, 12 Andy Raynor 18:20, 16 Joseph Boden 18:52, 19 Richard Boden 18:52, 21 David Wright 19:22, 22 Richard Millward 19:37, 25 Chris Manby 20:10, 30 Simon Morgan 20:21, 35 Jason Bilton 20:55, 36 Chris Panton 21:09, 49 Fran Norris 23:02, 101 Rachel Richardson-Wright 31:20.
The Park runs saw great success for Colchester Harriers a huge field of 437 went to the line at Colchester Castle and the Green vests Max Caulfield was the winner in 17:31 with Jon nears 3rd in 18:02,followed by 4th Ian Haw 18:15, Fergus Crouch 5th 18:22 and John Fryer 6th 18:40. It was also the first 3 ladies home for harriers thanks to Elspeth Bisson 20:09, Milly Presland and Elizabeth Woods.
Sarah Ivory was victorious at Great Cornard in 20:59, with Wayne Cook runner up for the men in 17:44.
At Mersea Island Ziggy Lambton was the winner in 18:20 with Andrew Jobling 2nd 18:24 and Simon Smith 4th.