Silverstone Half Marathon
Shirley close to Personal Best
Colchester Harriers Marie Shirley, who was a triple Essex medallist from the previous week’s Essex 20 mile race, carried her form to the Silverstone half where she clocked 1:26:23 along with team mate Paul Preston, the course was 200 metres too long so Shirley would have claimed a best ever time if Silverstone had correctly measured the course. Ady Frost ran well in a personal best time of 1:29:49, with Sharon Frost on her Harriers debut clocking 1:53:52.
Park Run Round up
Danny boy is a star
Danny Millward is a definite name for the future in Athletics. The 14 year old ran away from the 260 runners at Colchester Castle Park run to win in 17:58 only a week after being first Essex boy home in the National Schools XC in Nottingham. Richard Boden ran a personal best 19:08 8th, with Ian Haw 19:36 11th, and Andy Raynor 19:38 12th, David wright lowered the buggy record to 20:08 19th, with Simon Smith 20th in 20:11. Amanda Henry was first lady in 20:23. Other Harriers to finish were David Harbrow 20:29, Rob Gibby 20:39, Artur Whiston 21:05, Dan Wilkinson 21:52, Sandra Fox 23:22, John Wheatley 24:32, Oliver Saunders 25:21, Hannah Rodgers 26:07, Richard and Freya Millward 29:15, Fay Smalls 29:19, and Rachel Wright on her 50th Park run 31:21.
At the Thurrock event Martyn Clarke was first home in 18:43, at Maldon Pat Marsh was 17th in 21:38, and at Chelmsford Jon Nears was runner up in 17:31, with Pete West clocking 18:26 for 8th, Hannah Watson was 1st lady in 19:47. Finally Drew Olley was 2nd at Great Cornard in 18:54.