Stradling and Mussett continue to fly flag

Colchester Harriers top male and female runners over decades continue to fly the flag for the green vests, Sarah Stradling and Adrian Mussett have won countless races and championship medals and still are good enough to win races as both showed with Mussett smashing the course record at the Dedham 10km at 47 years old in 32m 55s. Sarah Stradling was the first lady home and 11th overall in 39m 19s, just pipping team mate Aiko Hennington 39m 28s. Further good runs came from Ella Jefferies 42m 27s and Jordi Moat 43m 33s. For the men Jason Gunn followed Mussett home in second place in 35m 43s and was in the winning team with Richard Heath fourth in 36m 54s and Dan Widdowson fifth 36m 53s. Craig Mitchell clocked 40m 28s. Malcolm Statham was fourth in the 3km race and first veteran over 40.

The Essex Half marathon Championships at Pleshey saw a superb run by Heidi Steele with a personal best 1h 25m 51s. James Wright led the men home in 1h 16m 59s. Other Harriers were Keith Marley 1h 22m 05s, Colin Ridley 1h 25m 17s, Andy Lovelock 1h 25m 47s, Chris Manby 1h 29m 23s, Jennifer Lovelock 1h 28m 03s, Richard Millward 1h 32m 05s, David Hilson 1h 34m 09s, Stephan Hogan 1h 47m 40s, Kieran Callaghan 1h 54m 21s and Diane Woolmer 1h 57m 15s.

Pete Jones completed his first iron Man at the tough Tenby Course in mid Wales clocking a superb 12 hours and 34 minutes.

The Dolgellau Park run in Mid Wales saw David Wright complete his 250th Park run in 20m 50s for fifth place. Just in front in fourth was Richard Flutter in 20m 13s. Debbie Cattermole was first lady home in 22m 09s and Rachel Richardson-Wright clocked 30m 23s.

Other park runs saw Danny Millward win Exeter in 16m 58, Paul Dellar was fourth at Maldon Promenade Park in 18m 44s. Young Victor Steinward won his first ever event taking Highwoods in 19m 03s with Alexandra Hennessy first lady in 22m 19s.

Colchester Castle saw Fergus Crouch runner up in 17m 54s. Jon Nears was in the frame again in third this time in 17m 56s. Richard Boden edged towards 250 park runs with his 249th finish clocking 21m 10s. Mark Wigley was the first Harrier home at Clacton in 22m 39s, while Mersea Cudmore Grove saw Harriers finish in positions two to six with Gavin Scanlon 18m 16s, Nate Filer 18m 25s, Craig Mitchell 18m 28s, Chris Sellens 18m 38s and Russell Goodridge 19m 17s.