Long distance men on top form
Colchester Harriers tradition of producing national quality off road ultra runners continues to flourish with Nath Filer and Allen Smalls both excelling in the weekends events.
The Lowestoft to Felixstowe Pier to Pier run was held over 58 blistering hot miles, Nath Filer is an expert at continuous running and won the race in 8 hours 46 minutes over 2 and a half hours clear of second place.
Allen Smalls never tires from top class performances and in the very high quality North Downs 30km was a fine 9th over all in a very large field. Smalls was also the first over 50 male , and won the British Masters gold medal as first veteran runner .
In Romania Paul Spowage was 3rd in the over 50 mens competition in the European triathlon Championships, while the up and coming Ella Neale shocked the field by taking the gold medal in her age group. Mick Bond was the first over 60 in the Police triathlon Championships held at Worthing.
Keith Marley, although over 50, was first overall at the Nayland multi terrain 10km, with Mikey Smith and Malcolm Statham well to the fore. Gary Raynor took the over 60 prize at the Farm Fitness 10km, finishing 18th overall.
Malcolm Staham continued his effort to reach 300 Marathons with a second place at the Barrow off road marathon in Suffolk clocking 3 hours and 47 minutes.
Colchester Harriers were in action at the Mersea park run where they were the helpers at the monthly takeover event, 25 Harriers helped out and paced on the day. First home for the green vests was Kevin MacAlinden in 19m 30s.
At the Wye Forest park run Richard Millward finished 8th overall. At Colchester Castle Ian Haw was runner up in 18m 21s with Rob Cronshaw 4th in 19m 31s. Rachel Dale was 2nd lady in 22m 23s. Alexandra Hennessy won Colchester Highwoods in 22m 36s with Debbie Cattermole runner up, Jason Gunn was second for the men in 17m 59s, with Andy Raynor 6th in 20m 49s. Paul Dobson was runner up at Maldon Promenade park run clocking a fine 18m 29s, with second claim Harrier Nikki Woodyard an amazing third overall and first lady in 18m 30s.
Colchester Harriers staged a midweek trail race from the Recreation Ground café in Old Heath to raise funds for the charity based there and for Colchester Castle Park run. 62 runners took part in the 5.5 and 7.5 mile courses.