Another triple win for Colchester Harriers at the Ekiden relay

Following on from their 2018 men’s triple whitewash win in the seniors, over 40’s and over 50’s  mens races at the Ekiden 6 leg Marathon relay, the club made it a double treble at Woodbridge school, also busting two existing course records. The Senior men swept to victory for the third consecutive year in a time of 2h 24m 45s thanks to Ramadam Osman, Ermeas Aferwerki, Dean Williamson, Jason Gunn, Nath Filer and Mark McKeown. The veteran 40’s set a new course record in 2h 29m 51s the six man team being Doug MacGilvray, Kevin Higgins, Adrian Mussett, Jon Nears, Paul Rodger and Ged McMillan. Mussett clocked 32m 40s, the fastest run of the day on the 10km off road leg. The over 50’s also set a new standard in 2h 40m 52s with Paul Dellar, Jay Waite, Allen Smalls, Pete West, Clive Thomas and Paul Mingay the champions.

The senior ladies were runners up and ran with excellent spirit to clock 2h 48m 23s. The team consisted of Heidi Steele, Stacey Eyres, Sarah Stradling, Milly Presland, Aiko Henningto and Ella Neale.

The veteran 35 ladies 3h 25m 35s and veteran 45 ladies 3h 11m 33s both took third places. The over 35 team was Helen Taczynski, Anita Mussett, Alexandra Hennessy, Louise Yates, Jenny Richardson and Helen Thurlow. The over 45 team was Debbie Cattermole, Kate Sandercock, Melissa Dowell, Denise Morley, Nicola Hilson and Annette Oakman. The Mixed team finished eighth in 2h 51m 40s, the six to count were Will Radley, Fran Norris, Andy Taczynski, Sergio Azon Bellare, Allen Smalls and Jordi Moat.

Other Harrier teams were Senior men’s C team sixth in 2h 42m 21s, the B team were ninth in 2h 44m 30s, the D team 21st in 3h 08m 21s. The Mixed B team were 18th in 3h 15m 06s. The Male over 50’s B team were third in 2h -52m 13s and the Male over 40’s B team were fifth in 2h 49m 05s.

Rebecca Cooke clocked 14h 54m 28s to finish her first ironman triathlon in Bolton on Sunday. Cooke’s individual times were 1h 34m 08s for the 2.4 mile swim, 8h 16m 15s for the 112 mile bike ride and 4h 50m 17s for the 26.2 mile marathon run. Cooke was 16th in her age group, 96th lady and 902nd overall. A superb effort by the young Harrier.

In the Southern Inter Counties Track and Field match at the Julie Rose Stadium, Ashford several Harriers were representing Essex. Dominic and Daniel King were the first two walkers home in the 3km race walk, Dom clocking 12m 02.92s to win the A string and Dan 12m 51.21s to win the B string Ed Mitchell 15m 24.64s (PB) was fourth in the A string and Angus Holford 15m 29.61s second in the B string in a top class race. Under 20 Rebecca Jeggo competed in both the 100m and 200m races sprinting to victory for Essex in both A string races in 11.87s and 24.36s. Essex won the men’s match and the women were third in their match with Essex scoring 736 points to win the overall match from Kent by 10 points.

Laura Shewbridge won the women’s Essex 10,000m track Championship at Braintree in 39m 34.0s on Wednesday evening and with Jennifer Lovelock 40m 19.6s also took the gold team medals. Ramadam Osman was also the Essex Champion storming to victory in a personal best 32m 05.6s and with Mark McKeown 34m 58.9s took team bronze medals. A number of other Harriers competed in the A and B races.

The last of the Harwich 5km evening summer series saw some great times by the green vests. Danny Millward was third overall 16m 50s, David Campbell 18m 00s, Gavin Scanlon 18m 09s, Sergio Azon Bellare 18m 31s, Heidi Steele 18m 37s (PB and first lady), Simon Ford 18m 52s, Richard Millward 19m 07s, Gavin Laws 19m 12s, Richard Boden 19m 26s, Matt Davey 19m 34s, Andrew Taczynski 19m 59s, Ella Neale 20m 22s, Denise Morley 20m 31s, Joe Millward 21m 29s, Ellie Cumner 21m 47s, Helen Taczynski 22m 54s, Richard Chalkley 23m 13s and Helen Thurlow 23m 43s.

At the latest Park runs Simon Ford gained his first ever victory at the Pymmes event in London clocking 19m 17s.

At Cudmore Grove Chris Sellens was second and David Wright sixth.

At Colchester Castle Kevin MacAlinden was sixth.

At Colchester Highwoods Nate Filer was second and Adam Gerrish third.

At Great Cornard Jerry Walder was third.

At Chelmsford Richard Flutter was 30th and Debbie Cattermole eighth lady.

At Maldon Promenade Paul Dobson was seventh.     

Malcolm Statham finished third in the Brightlingsea 10km in 43m 31s.

The under 16 girls team were third at Woodbridge.