Harriers Out in Force at Tiptree

Colchester Harriers enjoyed a successful day at the Tiptree 10 mile road race, winning the women’s team trophy as well as posting a number of impressive individual performances.

The green vests secured the women’s title with 3 finishers in the top 5 led by Lydia Callan, who took a superb third place on her 10 mile debut, clocking 1:07:41 after a fast finish up the final hill.  Callan was closely followed home by Justine Sheekey who finished fourth in 1:08:26 and Laura Shewbridge who crossed the line in 1:08:46 to take the FV40 trophy and fifth place overall.  Other female finishers were Anita Mussett (1:19:54), Susan Waller-Toyne (1:20:19, 2nd FV55), Tarynn MaCleod (1:24:55) and Lydia Cunningham (1:32:03).

Lydia (3rd) and Justine (4th) led the Harriers ladies team home to an emphatic win at Tiptree on Sunday.

The men were led home by the evergreen Colin Ridley, the Sudbury based vet coming home in an amazing 59:52 to finish seventh overall as well as clear winner of the MV60 trophy.  Jack McGuire clocked a Personal Best (PB) 1:00:41, Jay Waite, paced by teammate Dean Williamson, finished in 1:02:21 (PB) to claim the MV50 prize and Matt Davey also ran strongly to claim his own PB of 1:05:44 as the men just missed out on the team prize.  Simon Colcough was next man home for the club in 1:08:33 (PB), Gary Licence ran 1:11:44 coming back from injury with Lee Holohan and David Hilson finishing together in 1:14:05.  Dean Wicks (1:23:55), Arthur Whiston (1:29:02) and Adrain Cooke (1:32:35) were the other male finishers in green.

Another sub 60m run from V60 Colin Ridley at Tiptree, good enough for 7th overall
Matt Davey ran strongly to claim a new PB of 1:05:44

Elsewhere Chris Stevenson ran a well-paced 1:28:55 at the Manchester Half Marathon to record a big PB and finish 3rd of more than 100 entrants in his age group, Wayne Cook ran just outside his own PB at the High Easter 10K, posting 37:27 to finish first V50 and tenth overall whilst Kev Stevens was in the Windy City, completing the Chicago Marathon in 3:28:55.