Harriers Close in on County Title

Colchester Harriers’ Senior Women’s team took another big step towards securing their first ever Essex County Road Race Grand Prix title with another stunning performance at the Felsted 10K.   On a hot morning in the North Essex countryside Heidi Hogan-Steele was first home for the green vests, returning to something like her best form with a run of 38:34 to secure the individual open silver medal.  Hogan-Steele was well backed up by captain Tracy English, who took V45 gold in a personal best (PB) time of 39:05 and Victoria Primmer who ran 39:48 to claim fifth place overall as Colchester’s A team took gold.  Lydia Callan (42:06 – PB), Justine Sheekey (43:37) and Tina Southgate (50:17) then combined as Colchester also claimed the team bronze medal on the day.  Harriers now enjoy a 4 point cushion over closest rivals Springfield Striders with just one race left in the series.

Tracy English, Victoria Primmer and Heidi Hogan-Steele win the ladies team medals

Harriers’ men had a great day too taking team silver with Adrian Mussett clocking 32:35 to finish fifth overall, Tom Creswell running 34:57 and Andy Jobling 36:08.

Adrian Mussett finished in fifth place and took the V50 gold medal

There were also individual county medals for Colin Ridley (Gold V60), Adrian Mussett (Gold V50), Tracy English (Gold V45), Heidi Hogan-Steele (Silver Open), Bill Haining (Silver V65) and Paul Dellar (V55 Bronze).

A group of Harriers also made the trip up to Suffolk to compete in the Ipswich Twilight 10K.  John Scaife enjoyed the flat, fast town centre course, running 35:48 to finish 14th overall and first M45.  Luke Orrin, on his 10K debut, ran an encouraging 39:33, whilst Chris Manby clocked 39:51.  Other Harriers runners to complete the course were David Hilson (44:20), Louise Yates (44:22), Simon Miller (47:47), Nicola Hilson (52:42), Lee Holohan (52:43), Anthony McLoughlin (53:39) and Sue Foley (1:17:25).

Meanwhile in Wales Matt Shaw took on the Dragon 100, a gruelling 100 mile trail race along the coast path featuring over 3,000 metres of ascent.  Shaw defied the warm conditions to complete the full course in 28:44:40 to finish 14th in a field of over 70 competitors.

Matt Shaw took on the Dragon 100 mile race trail race finishing 14th in 28:44:40

Felsted 10K full results:

Men:  Adrian Mussett 32:35 (V50 Gold), Tom Cresswell 34:57, Andy Jobling 36:08, Louis Davey 36:32, Colin Ridley 36:45 (V60 Gold), Dan Widdowson 36:49, Jerry Walder 39:28, Paul Dellar 40:28 (V55 Bronze), James Plant 43:37, Mark Wellsted 44:17, Simon Morgan 48:16, William Haining (V65 Silver) 48:48.

Women:  Heidi Hogan-Steele 38:34 (Open Silver), Tracy English 39:05 (PB – V45 Gold), Victoria Primmer 39:48, Lizzie Wellsted 42:02, Lydia Callan 42:06 (PB), Justine Sheekey 43:37, Tina Southgate 50:17, Tracy Wellsted 50:38.

One Response to “Harriers Close in on County Title”

  1. Tracy English

    Special mention to Tracy Wellsted as her great run pushed the 3rd Tiptree runner back a place helping secure the bronze.

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