Harriers Girls Star in London
Colchester Harriers athletes had a good day at this year’s TCS London Marathon, with the women in particular putting in some fine performances. In form Victoria Primmer led the way, running a superbly paced Personal Best (PB) 3:02:08 in what was only her third marathon to cross the line just outside the top 100 women finishers on the day. Clubmate Heidi Hogan-Steele, also running her third 26.2 miler, was not far behind, coming home in 3:08:50 despite fading slightly in the second half of the race. Tina Southgate, coming back from illness and injury, ran an encouraging 4:05:42 whilst Louise Yates ran 4:30:56 (PB). Nate Filer, the only male Harrier to take part, completed his fourth London race in 2:53:51.
Lily Gilby, on her second outing at the distance at the Loch Ness Marathon, was another to get her pacing exactly right as she came home in a PB of 3:31:46 whilst Simon Miller was in Wales, completing the Cardiff Half-Marathon in a time of 1:49:19.
In parkrun action Dean Williamson was first home at Colchester Castle, running 16:43 whilst Jordan Middlemist ran 18:42 to repeat the feat at Highwoods, with Emma Burgess first woman home in 21:03. John Scaife was another first finisher, running 18:25 at Alton Water whilst Chris Sellens ran 18:37 to take the honours at Mersea Island, with veteran Richard Boden clocking 20:30 in third place.