Ultra men looking good as Smalls close to victory
Colchester Harriers ultra distance men Allen Smalls and Cameron Humphries are in great form. Essex marathon champion Allen Smalls continued his superb year with a runners-up spot over the 100km (62 miles) Stour Valley Way race from Newmarket to Catteswade. In a close run affair Smalls and Ian Hammett of Bedford and County were always only a couple of minutes apart until the last 15 miles where Hammett, who is much younger than 48 year old Smalls, finally got away, Smalls came in tired but happy with his time, over this tough off-road event, of 9 hours 39:25. Hammett clocked 9 hours 32:38 with third placed Kieron Drane of Ely way behind in 10 hours 15:38.
Cameron Humphries knocked up another 100 miles in training this week as he continues his odessy towards his 24 hour track race in September, but although running on tired legs he still managed to win the Colchester Castle Park run in a personal best 17:17. Dan Foster 19:05, Alex Williamson 19:16, David Wright 19:22 and Simon Smith 19:35 were all the top 10. Elsie Bisson 20:35 was 2nd lady and Sophie Stephenson 22:11 4th, with a returning from injury Andrea James 22:32 5th.
Great Yarmouth Half Marathon
Simon Smith put the Castle Park run behind him to clock an impressive 1:28:04 at the Great Yarmouth half marathon and was 3rd veteran over 50, Dan Wilkinson continued his Marathon training with a personal best 1:37:37.
Laura Shewbridge was 12th and first lady at the Maldon Park run with Robert Smith 2nd overall in 19:26, Ian Vickery ran well for 5th spot in 19:45.
Maldon Promenade 5k series
The final summer Maldon Promenade 5km handicap race saw Paul Rodgers lead the green vests home in 3rd place 17:54, young Max Caulfield continues to improve 6th 18:34, while Doug McGilliard was 7th 18:37 and a rejuvenated Jamie Nelson 10th in 19:06. Rebecca Cooke was first lady in yet another personal best this time clocking 19:09. Others to run were Alex Sales 19:06, Dan Foster 19:18, David Wright 19:22, Dan Marks 19:50, Dan Wilkinson 19:57,Heidi Steele 21:30 and Dave Gayor 22:02.