Road Running Roundup

Great Results by Harriers

Colchester Harriers road runners competed in a mixture of events at the weekend with great success. Anita Mussett started the ball rolling with a fine personal best by 14 minutes to complete the iconic Manchester marathon in a superb 3-39. Jon Nears then leapt to victory in the inaugural Bungay 10km , for over 40 veteran Nears it was a superb moment winning his first ever road race and of course taking the veterans prize as well in a time of 35-32. In the same race Laura Shewbridge who is coming back to her best showed that 10km is a good distance for her to make it a double victory for Harriers in 41-08, this was despite getting pins and needles which slowed her down in the last 5km. Another winner was over 50 veteran Peter West who was 6th overall in 37-37 also at Bungay 10km, and took the half Centurian prize. Heading for the Halstead marathon is Carwyn Jones and he warmed up for the event in which he will be amongst the favourites by running a quick 5 miles before running into the Bungay half marathon and suprisingly winning it in 1-17, although he was only running as ordered by his coach at Marathon pace. The harriers success continued with Joanna Hudson just pipped into 2nd place at the Bridgewater 10km in 40-18. Malcolm Statham ran 3-57-31 in the Bungay marathon.

Colchester Castle Park Run: Barraclough again a winner

Colchester Harriers Anthony Barraclough 17-00 just managed to record another victory at the Castle 5km although pushed hard by army man Gareth Williams before getting away on the notourious Castle Hill in the last 1km. Allan Smalls was a good third in 18-07 over the difficult orange course which produces a lot of congestion as the runners meet twice in narrow lanes. Mark Harrod 4th put the week befores Brighton marathon to bed in 18-12 .Sarah Stradling was first lady and aiming to possibly have a go at the course record but the tougher course put paid to that idea although she still clocked an impressive 18-43and was 6th overall in a huge field of 336. Ian Haws is smashing his own personal bests and was 10th overall in 19-30. Other Harriers finishers were 5 Jon Nears 18-19, 8 Ethan Thrower 19-09, 12 Phil Munro 19-35, 16 Danny Millward 19-57, 18 David Wright 20-02, 20 Max Caulfield 20-05, 23 Andy Raynor 20-20, 25 Richard Millward 20-30, 34 Laura Shewbridge, 41 Pat Marsh, 59 Gerry Walder, 65 Mark Baker, 76 John Wheatley, 178 Mellissa Wyard,272 Fay Smalls, 278 Jackson Runicles.