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).
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.
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.