The Tiptree 10 mile road race saw a great 2nd place for Angus Holford in 54:45 minutes, Colchester Harriers won the male team thanks to Colin Ridely, Keith Marley, Andy Jobling and Tom Cresswell, with Laura Shewbridge running brilliantly to be the overall ladies winner and first Veteran in a new standard of 64.47 . Good times came from Paul Rodgers and Richard Boden who ran a personal best 65:23. Also knocking 3 minutes off his best ever was Chris Patton. Colin Ridley as well as being in the winning team was 7th overall in 58.59 and first veteran over 50. Louise Yates also ran a personal best.
Spartathon ultra event
Cameron Humphries became the first Harrier to ever complete the Spartathon ultra event held form Athens to Sparta which the Greek philosophers pondered whether the 246km course could be run within 36 hours over the severe course in extreme heat. Humphries went well for 200km but suffered badly in the the last 46km which took nearly 9 hours to complete. He stuck to the task and just beat the 36 hour cut off clocking 35 hours 31 minutes and 22 seconds for 241st place, only 255 runners were able to finish in the time, the rest are disqualified. The winner was Lituanian Sorokin Aleksandr who ran an incredible 22 hours and 4 minutes.
Jaffa 40 lap race
Harriers swept to victory in the Ipswich Jaffa 40 year Anniversary 40 lap relay event held at Northgate stadium Ipswich, with a mixed team of men, ladies and juniors, Harriers track experience paid dividends as the team of Colin Ridley, Tom Cresswell, Becky Cooke, Danny Millward, Lily Waterson and Richard Flutter, just managed to get away from runners up Ipswich Jaffa in the last few laps, to win in 47mins and 50 seconds.
At the Southend 10km Laura Shewbridge was a fine third in 38:38.
The last two weeks of park runs saw Wayne Cook won the first ever Claire castle run in 18:23. Max Caulfield won Colchester Castle with Mark Harrod 2nd and Jon Nears 4th, Andy Raynor was 5th, Craig Mitchell 8th and Richard Boden 9th.
Richard Flutter celebrated his 50th birthday with a new age category record at the Lowestoft park run in 18:49 finishing 7th overall. Steph Horner won the over 45 ladies category at the Martlesham 10km after a long lay off with injury.