Rodgers gets his qualifying time
Colchester Harriers Paul Rodgers achieved his qualifying time for the 2017 London Marathon with a good finishing time of 3:07 at the Yeovil marathon. Rodgers was one of the many casualties in the blazing heat of the Halstead marathon so is pleased to have put the record straight at the Yeovil event.
Angus Holford was another Halstead non finisher but the powerful runner swept to victory at The latest Colchester Park run and also the Maldon Promenade 5km. Holford clocked 16:40 at the Colchester race which was held at the Rugby Club rather then Castle park due to events in the grounds at the weekend. The Rugby club course was 130 metres long so times were down, but harriers still produced the first 4 home with Holford followed through the line by Jon Nears 17:53, Doug McGilliany 17:57 (Pb) and David Wright 19:10. Laura Shewbridge was a superb 5th overall even though she missed the start in 19:31, Dan Mark 19:48, Ben Halls 19:52 and Richard Millward 19:53 were all in the top 10. Second lady was Becky Cooke 20:05, with Helen Bloomfield 3rd 20:31, good runs came from Fran Norris 22:32, Natasha Rice 23:11 (Pb), Sophie Stephenson 23:18, Lily Waterson 24:31 and Katrina Vicentijevic 25:43.
At the slough Park run Martyn Clarke was a fine 4th in 18:53.
Maldon 5k Series
The Maldon evening Promenade handicap 5km saw 33 Colchester Harriers Runners on the start line on a superb evening for running. Just like the Colchester 5km Harriers had the first 4 fastest runners home and 8 in the first 10. Angus Holford ran a superb 16:26 for victory from team mates Colin Ridley 16:57, Daz Farrugia 16:59 and Danny Millward 17:02. The other top 10 men were Mark Harrod 17:06, Doug McGillany 17:25, Paul Rodgers 17:50 and Jon Nears 17:52. Young Max Caulfield was 13th in 18:03 (Pb),with Paul Preston 15th 18:07, Alex Sales 17th 18:26, James Waterson 18th 18:28 (Pb), Craig Mitchell 19th 18:33, Chris Manby 20th 18:33 (Pb), another superb personal best came from Richard Boden 18:35,with David Wright 18:45 next home for the green vests. For the ladies strong runs Came from Heidi Steele 21:15, Fran Norris 22:35, Hannah Rodgers 25:14, Rebecca Bjotter 25:57, Rachel Rodgers 27:22 and Rachel Richardson-Wright 29:57.
Southend Half Marathon
The Southend half marathon has a large field and Harriers were well to the fore and were unlucky to be pipped by 3pts by Southend AC for the team title. It was a reasonable breeze along the Seafront where most of the 13 mile race occurred keeping the times down, but the Harriers team of Daz Farrugia 13th 1:19:08, Mark Harrod 14th 1:19:14 and Colin Ridley 15th 1:19:20, ran extremely well, Chris Manby 1:25:37 and David Wright 1:29:49, used the race as a warm up for the Welsh Trail marathon this coming weekend, while Keith Marley although struggling with a minor injury clocked 1:28:44, Becky Bjotter continues to improve running a personal best 2:05.