SVP50 and 5k/10k at Colchester

Colchester Harriers’ athletes enjoyed success at two very different events held over the course of another weekend of soaring temperatures.

An intrepid group of 4 took on the SVP 50, a gruelling 50 kilometre ultra-marathon trail race following the Stour Valley Path from Sudbury to Manningtree.   In torrid conditions Cameron Humphries completed the course, including 730 metres of climbing, in 5:06:36 to finish in fourth place.  Chris Manby came home in 14th in 5:57:05, whilst Paul Rodgers clocked 9:08:52 and Kieran Callaghan 9:10:25.

Whilst it may look like the Sahara Desert it’s actually Paul Rodgers and Kieran Callaghan on the SVP50.

Meanwhile an evening of 5K and 10K racing at the town’s Northern Gateway attracted a large field of runners keen to post fast times on the flat, looped course.

The fast 5K event saw Tom Rehal defy the conditions to run a Personal Best (PB) 15:26 to finish eighth, with Ryan Day running 16:01 (PB), Andy Jobling 16:26 (PB), Louis Davey 16:52 (PB) and Mark McKeown 17:22.

The earlier open 5K event also saw a number of fine performances in even hotter conditions with Justine Sheekey winning the women’s race with a perfectly paced 19:50 (PB), Annette Oakman 2nd FV50 in 22:39 and Georgina Horrocks 2nd FV 30 in 25:08.  Jay Hadley led the way in the men’s event, coming home in 17:53 to finish fifth, with Mark Howard sixth in 18:08, Michael Smith ran 18:48 and Simon Ford 19:31.  Simon Colcough (20:07) and Andy Raynor (20:15) finished just outside 20 minutes, whilst George Hayes ran 21:25 and Dean Wicks 23:06.  Meanwhile the evergreen Arthur Whiston braved the 10K event, completing 10 laps of the 1K course in a time of 54:17 to finish 1st MV 70.

Justine Sheekey on top of the podium in the womens’ 5k at the Northern Gateway, Colchester