Another gold for Ridley
Colchester Harriers Colin Ridley kept up is amazing spell of form with a gold medal in the Essex 5 mile road Championships held from Gt Leighs racecourse an excellent venue. Ridley took the over 50 gold in 28:30 not bad considering he has now reached 55 years. Fran Norris took silver in the over 55s ladies with a fine performance clocking 37:45 and Pete West 30:06 showed that he is on the comeback trail with a bronze in the over 50 mens category. Other times were Ged McMillan 28:36, Crsig Mitchell 30:25, Keith Marley 30:25, Tom Cresswell 30:55, David Wright 31:40, Rebecca Cooke 33:50, Simon morgan 33:38, Rachel Rodgers 52:07.
Racewalker Dominic King has qualified for the IAAF World Championships held in London this year after a superb 50km performance in Dundine Slovakia. King clocked 4:04:15 to finish 13th the third fastest time of his career ( Pb is 3.57 ). King will become the first ever athlete to complete a hat trick of major sporting competitions in his own country after the London Olympics and Manchester Commonwealth games.
It was a two times double victory at Colchester Castle and Mersea park runs at the weekend, with Ramadam Osman and Amanda Henry victorious at the Castle and Richard Flutter and Debbie Cattermole romping to victories at Mersea. Danny Millward was the winner at the Arrow Park run near Manchester.
Richard Millward has trained hard for the Manchester Marathon and was rewarded with a big Personal best time of 3:22:04
Malcolm Statham ran his 194th marathon at Bungay clocking his best ever time at the event in 3:23. Wayne Cook ran a good time of 1:25:34 for the half marathon .