The Ups and Downs of the South
The South Downs off road marathon saw another fine effort by Allen Smalls who, only a fortnight after winning the Stour Valley Marathon came home in 5th position with a good time of 3hrs 7mins, claiming first V50. Sadly Chris Manby had to withdraw at 13 miles with an achillies injury.
Rebecca Cooke ran the half marathon trail in 1hr 44mins. Fay Smalls also ran well in the same event. The 10km event saw Keiron Callaghan clock 48 minutes.
The Capel St Mary 5 mile race had some Harriers representation. Debbie Cattermole finishishedthird lady overall and first veteran in a time of 35 mins. Richard Flutter took the over 50 trophy in 31 mins, and helped to win the team prize thanks to fellow club members Wayne Cook and Ady Frost.
Sarah Stradling and Ffion Harris were the first two ladies over the finish line at the Mersea park run, while Ziggy Lampton 17-28 ran a personal best to win. Pete West was 5th 19-15, Richard Boden 6th 19-28, Andrew Dagge 7th 19-29. Richard Millward was 8th at the Clacton event, while Simon Wilson was 6th at Maldon. Rachel Richardson-Wright ran the tough Brabyns park run in Manchester.
The Kirton Friday 5 had fast times, Gavin Scanlon ran his fastest 5 mile in 29-15, with Paul Preston finishing in 29.44, Wayne Cook was also in super form in 30-14, Pete West 30-27 and Ady Frost 32-52.
At the Framlingham 5 mile Paul Preston, Gavin Scanlon and Pete West also attended the Framlingham 5, times of 29-20, 29-39, 30-16 respectively. Also running was Richard Boden 31-20 and Aiko Hennington, who ran a swift race to win for the ladies in 30-30.
Joe Patterson appears to be coming into good form for the track season, at the Watford open meeting he scorched to victory in the 800m’s with 1-59-94 a fine performance and new personal best.