Harriers Win at Hadleigh

Colchester Harriers women continued their recent series of team victories with a winning performance at the Hadleigh 5 in Suffolk.  Ella Jeffries ran 37:01 to finish second female overall and she was backed up by fine runs from Fran Norris (38:32 – 1st FV60), Kate Gibson (38:48 – 3rd FV50) and Louise Yates (42:09) as Colchester beat home team Hadleigh Hares into second place by over 4 minutes.

For the men, John Scaife crossed the finishing line in 28:38 to finish fourth overall and first MV45, whilst Lee Holohan ran 35:40.

Harriers winners at Hadleigh.

There were also some excellent runs from green vests in the 10 mile event with Colin Ridley clocking 1:01:45 to finish eleventh overall and first MV60, Jerry Walder just outside his personal best (PB) in 1:04:44 and Chris Regan posting 1:15:12.

Meanwhile two Colchester athletes were busy representing their county.  Victoria Primmer, making her debut, capped a brilliant year to run a superbly paced 38:04 (PB), so helping her Essex team to an excellent fourth place in the Southern Intercounties 10K Championships in Brighton.  Whilst in cross country Adrian Mussett was part of the Essex team that triumphed in the Eastern Senior Men’s Intercounties Championships at Biggleswade, the supervet, who was the second Essex runner to cross the line, finishing in a remarkable fourth place overall, with Will Haining also competing in the open vet’s event.

In parkrun action Max Caulfield was first home at Colchester Castle in 17:23, with Cameron Humphries fifth (18:45) and Austen Mitchell eighth (19:48).  Annette Oakman ran her fastest parkrun for six years, running 21:03 to finish first at Felixstowe whilst Matt Thomas ran 18:21 to be first across the line at Marks Hall.