Team win at Langham for Harriers
The Langham 10km boasted a sell out field of more than 500 runners, with many green Colchester Harrier vests taking part. Heidi Steele ran a personal best 37m 47s to come home second lady and 21st overall eleven seconds behind second claim Harrier and Springfield Strider Nikki Woodyard. Madeleine Claydon 47m 25s and Danny Millward 38m 00s both won awards for the first under 18 runners. Tommy Colsell 38m 20s and Charlie Walden 43m 36s filled the minor places. The men were strong with Mark McKeown third in 34m 34s, Jason Gunn sixth in 35m 05s, new signing Dan Widdowson seventh in 35m 36s and James Wright eighth in 35m 44s, all celebrating winning the men’s team prize. Cameron Humphries 36m 49s and Keith Marley just one second behind made the top twelve. Veteran Colin Ridley clocked 37m 09s to win the over 55 award while Arthur Whiston stopped the clock at 43m 04s to take the over 65 prize. John Hennington and Malcolm Statham ran well, both finishing the race in just over 42 minutes. Rachel Richardson-Wright finished in 62m 12s.
In the two mile fun run William Long and Harrison Leek ran well to finish second and fourth clocking 7m 30s and 7m 40s respectively. Alex Walder was 18th overall with Megan Taylor the first under 15 girl home in 23rd place overall. Amelie Taylor was 48th out of more than 180 finishers.
Chris Manby crossed the line in 14th spot at the Clacton Triathlon, while Jason Bilton and Paul Rodgers were runners up in the team event.
The Park runs saw 322 runners at Maldon Promenade park where Charlie Holihan ran a personal best of 19m 41s for ninth place, with Gavin Laws as strong as normal in seventh. Becky Cooke was first lady and 12th overall in 20m 33s, with first over 60 David Wright just behind in 20m 37s. Kate Sandercock and Fran Norris both ran well.
Mersea Cudmore Grove saw an easy win for Andy Jobling in 19m 26s. Alexandra Hennessy ran a best ever 21m 37s to be third lady.
Colchester Castle with a field of 359 saw Jon Nears runner up again in 17m 55s while Laura Shewbridge was first lady and fifth overall in 19m 07s. Ian Jeffries was 13th in 19m 52s and Richard Boden 19th in 20m 19s with Richard Flutter just behind in 20m 38s. The ladies packed the top seven places with Milly Presland second in 20m 49s, Jordi Moat third in 21m 04s, Rachel Dale fifth in 21m 32s, Ellie Mayne sixth in 21m 53s and junior Lizzie Wellstead seventh in a personal best 22m 17s.
The hilly Highwoods course saw Russell Goodridge first Harrier home clocking 20m 15s for sixth spot.