Richard clocks up 250 Park runs
Colchester Harriers Richard Flutter reached a landmark 250 Park runs at the weekend running in the Treviso Park run in Italy. Flutter finished 2nd in 19m 58s with team mate Debbie Cattermole 3rd and first lady in 21m 55s, both Harriers set new age group records.
The Benfleet 15 is a very tough muddy off road race, always run in very cold conditions, it is a real test for runners, but James Wright had an excellent run leading the green vests home in 13th spot in an impressive 1h 39m 54s. Gavin Scanlon 1h 43m 01s had a good battle with Paul Rodgers 1h 43m 41s. They finished in 21st and 25th places respectively. Craig Mitchell clocked 1h 53m 54s with team mates Charlie Holohan 1h 56m 03s, Graham Langford 2h 00m 44s, Richard Millward 2h 01m 27s and Mellissa Dowell 2h 02m 30s.
Marie Shirley returned to road running after nearly two years out with injury, the 2017 Essex Marathon Champion, was pleased with her Gloucester marathon run finishing in 3 hours 15 minutes after doing very little training leading up to the race.
Malcolm Statham ran his 211th Marathon at the off road Braintree Boggle. Statham finished in 4 hours 4 minutes for 5th spot, his fastest ever time over this course by 17 minutes.
Colchester Castle Park run saw another big turn out with 473 runners braving the cold and frosty conditions. Rebecca Cooke was first lady home in 20m 41s in 20th overall position, Paul Rodgers was runner up in 18m 13s. Also in the top ten were Phil Munro 7th in 19m 03s, Andrew Raynor 9th in 19m 51s and Dan Foster 10th in 19m 57s. David Wright and Craig Mitchell filled 17th and 18th places. Ellie Mayne was 3rd lady while young Lizzie Wellsted was 4th lady and first junior girl in a personal best time of 22m 36s.
Chris Sellens was 3rd at Mersea Cudmore Grove in 20-04, with Ned Messer 6th in 21-52. Dan Wilkinson was 11th at Maldon Promenade park with Simon Miller 28th. Fergus Crouch was first overall at Clacton seafront in 18-23.