Marathon Round up
Great effort by Preston
Colchester Harriers athletes kicked off the marathon season with some good results. Paul Preston, who has struggled with injuries, clocked a fine 2:28 at the Manchester marathon with Marie Shirley warming up for London with a time of 3:06. Yet another superb effort by Shirley who has run within seconds of busting 3 hours so many times. Chris Manby travelled to Brighton and although not expecting a good time was very pleased with 3:10, Wayne Cook had a big personal best in 3:20:25 dispatching 19 minutes from his previous best. Malcolm Statham edged towards 180 marathons completed at the Bungay event with a time of 3:29.
Bungay Half marathon
Team win for Harriers
Colchester Harriers swept to team victory at the Bungay half marathon as 4 Colchester runners continued their Halstead marathon training with a tough session over the Bungay/Beccles hilly course. Angus Holford ran a personal best 1:14:14 for 2nd spot, Colin Ridley and Jon Nears ran together and were happy with a time of 1:19:22, Paul Rodgers also clocked a fine time passing the line in 1:22:31 to bring the team trophy home to Essex.
Carwyn Jones ran a superb 1:13:06 for third place at the Taunton half Marathon. Pete West was 16th overall at the Braintree 5 clocking a fast time of 29:43 the standard was high and West had to settle for 4th Veteran over 50.
Hannah Rodgers was 2nd and Milly Presland 3rd at the Little Bromley Junior race.
Park Run Round up
Heath has Castle victory
Colchester Harriers were well to the fore amongst the 323 finishers at the latest Castle 5km. Richard Heath swept to victory in 17:48, with Mark Harrod 4th 18:37, Max Caulfield 5th 18:59, and Danny Millward 6th 19:08. Mark Penson 19:15 was 7th, with Dan Mark 11th in 19:46, Others to finish were Richard Boden 19:49, Richard Millward 20:32, Sandra Fox 23:46, Fran Norris 24:03, John Wheatley 24:20, and Fay Smalls 29:28.
Kesgrave is a grass course with a woodland circuit where David Wright equalled the over 55 record running 19:15 for 6th spot, Rachel Richardson-Wright finished in 30:20 and was 120th out of the 220 finishers.
Drew Olley was 4th at Great Cornard in 19:49, while Debbie Cattermole clocked 25:40.
Windsor Sprint Duathlon
Cooke 4th lady
The Windsor sprint Duathlon was held in cold and wet conditions but Becky Cooke hung on for 4th lady overall and 14th overall, Arthur Whiston was first veteran 65:69 and was 45th overall.