Several personal bests at the Stebbing 10
Colchester Harriers’ men were among the medals as they enjoyed a successful day at the Stebbing Remembrance Day 10 Road Race, which this year doubled as the Essex County 10 mile championships. James Wright was first home for the club, recording a Personal Best (PB) of 57:39 to finish 16th overall and take home the silver medal in the 2019 V40 Essex Grand Prix series. Keith Marley ran 1:00:46 (PB) to win the silver medal in the V50 category, closely followed by the fast-improving Kevin Higgins who took a massive 6 minutes off his PB to finish in a time of 1:01:32. Simon Miller crossed the line in 1:17:41.
In trail racing Allen Smalls seemed to revel in the muddy conditions, running 2:01:07 to win the 16.5 mile Hobble, the longest running trail race in Essex, by a margin of more than 20 minutes. Melissa Dowell was first lady home in the 10 mile event in a time of 1:33:07 with Paul and Rachel Rodgers clocking 2:05:46 whilst Andy Conway won the 5 mile event in 44:49, with Fay Smalls running 59:50 and Paul Dowell 1:04:29.
In parkrun action, 22 Harriers turned out at Castle Park and witnessed Ram Osman finishing first in a time of 16:54. Danny Millward (17:34) and Cameron Humphries (18:59) also finished in the top 10 whilst Jordi Moat was first lady home with Lizzie Wellsted second in a PB of 21:45. There were five Harriers running across town at Highwoods, with Russell Goodridge seventh in 20:57 whilst Will Radley ran 19:42 at Chelmsford.
Heidi Steele confirmed her position as Prom Queen by finishing first lady at the Maldon Promenade event, in a time of 19:35, with Paul Dobson continuing his recovery from injury to finish sixth in 19:23 and Stefan Hogan posting 24:30.
Elsewhere Richard Heath was first finisher at Brentwood, completing the tough course in 19:40, Adam Gerrish (20:34) was third at Conyngham Hall, Alex Sales (19:57) third at Merthyr whilst Richard Flutter and Debbie Cattermole braved the snow to run at Dolgellau, Debbie finishing first female in 22:36 with Richard fourth overall in 20:38.