Mussett Rolls Back the Years

Evergreen Colchester Harriers veteran Adrian Mussett showed that he retains a spring in his step by cruising to victory in the Great East 10K at King’s Lynn. Mussett came home to win over a minute ahead of his closest rival, breaking the tape in a remarkable time of 32:33, the seventh fastest time in his age group in the UK this year. Keeping it in the family, Anita Mussett also had a good day, clocking 49:12 to finish 7th in her age group.

There were also a host of great performances by Colchester runners in other road races over the weekend. The Clacton Half Marathon saw Seb Eaton run a well-paced race to finish 20th overall in 1:28:27, with Ian Haw coming home in 1:32:57 and Malcolm Statham 1:34:06. In the 10K event Dan Cook continued his fine run of form to break 40 minutes for the first time, clocking 39:55 whilst super-vet Bill Haining ran 43:45 to finish first in his age group and Dan Macey posted 46:43. Meanwhile on the streets of the Capital there was a trio of personal bests in the Vitality Big Half with Jay Waite running 1:25:07, Steve Wilkins 1:29:33 and Chris Stevenson 1:39:38.

On the trails Allen Smalls conquered a challenging course in the 15 mile Admiral McHilly Trail to finish second in 1:49:56 with Paul Dellar going off-course before finally finding his way home in 2:15:30.

In Parkrun action there was a 1-2 at Colchester Castle for Cameron Humphries (17:27) and Jon Nears (17:46), wins at Harwich and Mersea Island for Isla Widdowson (19:35 – Personal Best) and Heidi Steele (19:55) respectively and a double at Great Cornard where the duo of Tom Cresswell (17:51) and Victoria Primmer {19:54) were first man and woman home.