Harriers Girls Star at Nationals

Colchester Harriers promising youngsters, Lyla Belshaw and Lizzie Wellsted continued their fabulous winter seasons with brilliant displays at the Saucony National Cross-Country Championships in Chester.  On a grassy, if flat, course both girls did their club proud with Belshaw running strongly to take a superb bronze medal in the U15 Girls’ race and Wellsted, at her first national event running a controlled, consistent race to finish a highly creditable 10th in the U17 Women’s event.  The girls now go on to represent Essex at the national inter-counties at Loughborough on 11 March.

Lyla Belshaw – National Bronze Medal Winner

Lizzie Wellsted taking on the field at the Nationals

Three Harriers also ran in the senior men’s race, representing their first-claim clubs. Angus Holford was 130th, exactly equalling his best-ever senior National and he was closely followed by Tom Rehal who finished 140th in his debut at the event whilst James Morleycame home in 277th.

Meanwhile on the roads there were some good performances from green vests at Tarpley 10 and 20 in Suffolk.  Matt Thomas was first home for the club in the 20 mile event, crossing the line in a Personal Best (PB) time of 2:08:33, Mark Howard clocked 2:10:11 on his debut over the distance and Chris Stevenson continued to roll back the years with his run of 2:26:44 (2nd MV 60, PB).  In the 10 mile event John Scaife broke an hour to post 59:37 (2nd MV45) and Muriel Lovering ran 1:36:27 on her debut for the club.

Finally in parkrun action Nate Filer was first home at Colchester Highwoods, running 19:00 whilst Cam Humphries (17:39) was third and Victoria Primmer (20:24) first female across town at Colchester Castle.  Colchester’s athletes were also first female finishers at a number of other events  – with Tracy English (19:57) taking the honours at Castle Bar (Ireland), Annette Oakman (21:03) at Marks Hall and Laura Shewbridge (22:02) at Holkham in Norfolk.