Essex Road Relays

Huge haul of medals for Harriers

Harriers weekend got off well with over 55 runner Colin Ridley coming home silver Medalist in the national Veteran XC Championships held in Liverpool, in a sprint finish Ridley grabbed 2nd place and was very unlucky not to be champion. Also this week Ridley claimed the Masters over 55 indoor 3000m silver medal clocking 9:43 at Birmingham.

The Essex Road relays has a record field of close to 100 teams at Harwich sea front. The event was extremely well organized by Harwich Road runners along with Essex AAA. Colchester Harriers had a best ever amount of 23 teams competing and were rewarded with 6 sets of team medals.

The senior men were very unlucky not to win medals with a new look young team including three 17 year olds the green vests were just run at the finish over the 4 x 5km course to come home fourth, Ramadam Osman was first leg and ran a personal best 15.55, with the other two youngsters Jake Young 16:50 and Oscar Dawson 17:36, both having great senior debuts. Daz Ferrugia bought the team home in 17:08. The veteran men over 40 took the gold medals with Adrian Musset running 15:41 to take the individual gold medal for fastest Veteran leg, the over 40 (B) team just missed out in 4th place with Richard Heath running fastest leg of 17:22.

The over 50 men took Silver and Bronze team medals although their two fastest runners Ridley and Spowage were unavailable. Fastest runner in the A team was Andy Raynor in 18:14 while Martyn Clarke clocked 18:36 for the (B) team.

Adrian Mussett returned to racing after a long lay off to lead the over 40 men to the gold team medals, Mussett clocked 15:41 to take the individual gold medal for fastest Veteran leg and was only 5 seconds off the fastest overall leg of the day.

Denise Morley continues to show age is no barrier, Morley led the over 45 ladies to gold for the 3rd consecutive year with a huge run of 19:31 and was rewarded with the fastest age category gold medal. Even better news was the ladie’s veterans over 45 (B) team winning silvers with Steph Horners 21:54 (PB) leading the way.

The senior ladies had an endless injury list but somehow still managed to take Bronze team medals with Rebecca Cookes 19:57 the fastest of the threesome.

Full Harriers results

Vet 40

A team 1st Adrian Mussett 15:41, Paul Rodgers 17:40, Mark Harrod 17:22. B Team 4th Paul Preston 18:19, Jon nears 17:37, Richard Heath 17:22. C Team 8th Keith marley 18:21, Simon Wilson 18:48, Tim Ballard 18:34. D Team 10 Craig Mitchell 18:35, Sean Ketteridge 18:30, Richard Flutter 19:41, E team 11th James Waterson 18:59, Richard Millward 19:31, Kevin Higgens 19:34. F Team 15th Jason Bilton 21:22, Simon Morgan 20:41, David Wright 19:42. G team 17TH Pat Marsh 22:00, Chris Panton 21:12, Ady Frost 20:33.

Vet 50

A Team 2nd Andy Raynor 18:14, Clive Thomas 18:45, Pete West 18:40, B Team Richard Boden 19:23, Martyn Clarke 18:36, Dan Foster 18:55. C Team 8th Arthur Whiston 20:57, Kevin McAlinden 20:00, Simon Smith 19:54.

Senior men

A Team 4th, Ramadam Osman 15:55, Jake Young 16:50, Oscar Dawson 17:36, Daz Farrugia 17:08. B Team 7th Anthony Barraclough 17=11,l Chris Selllens 17:10, John Fryer 18:29, Andrew Dagge 18:31. C Team 10th Andy lovelock 19:04, Aaron Marley 18:43, Alex Sales 18:48, Ian Haw 19:50. D Team 12th Robbie Smith 19:12, Jamie Nelson 19:02, Michael Bates 20:37, Chris Manby 20:08. E team 16th Dan Wilkinson, Dave Gayor, Lee Caulfield, Craig Mitchell.

Veteran Ladies over 45

A Team Denise Morley 19:31, Debbie Cattermole 21:21, Mellissa Dowell 22:01, B Team 2nd Steph Horner 21:54, Jennie Richardson 23:17, Fran Norris 23:01, C Team 6th Sharon Frost 25:19, Anita Mussett 24:50, Toni Wilson 24:24.

Veteran Ladies over 35

A Team 13TH Rachel Abbott 25:50, Rachel Rodgers 30:15, Rachel Richardson-Wright 31:43.

Senior Ladies

A Team 3rd Rebecca Cooke 19:57, Stacey Eyres 20:37, Amanda Henry 21:41. B Team 6th Sarah Sellens 21:56, Joanne Martin 21:57, Sara Wallace 22:13. C Team 8th Gemma Browne 22:40, louise Yates 23:46, Angela Isherwood 22:28. D Team 10th Katrina Vicentiyrlic 24:04, Natasha Rice 24:13, Becky Bjotter 25:41.


Mark Harrod, Paul Rodgers, and Adrian Mussett winners of vets gold medal

Amanda Henry, Stacey Eyres, and Rebecca Cooke, took the Essex bronze medals at the Essex road relays

Debbie Cattermole and Mellissa Dowell who along with Denise Morley retained their V45 Essex road relay title for the 3rd year.