The final Harriers action from a busy October
Harriers stormed to victory at the Wix 5 mile road race on Sunday, winning the men’s team even with Mark McKeown, recovered from his exertions at the Chicago Marathon, finishing third in 27:38, Andy Jobling fourth in 27:47 and Jason Gunn fifth in 28:16. The ladies race saw Kate Sandercock win the over 45 trophy in 36:21, whilst Thomas Colsell was first under 18, clocking 30:12.
The Ghent Marathon in Belgium saw Richard Millward run 3h 29m, with Graham Langford crossing the line in 4h 04m despite carrying an injury for the second half of the race. In the 10K event Richard Boden won the over 50’s event in a sprightly 40:18.
The Essex League Cross Country at Horseheath saw a weakened Harriers senior men’s team finish fifth with Adrian Mussett runner-up, Ed Mitchell seventh, Cameron Humphries 51st, Fergus Crouch 65th, Colin Ridley 66th, Kevin Higgins 77th, Mark Wellsted 113th and Ian Rattray 117th. The veteran men’s team finished second overall. The ladies came home ninth with Denise Morley 17th, Rachel Dale 27th, Ellie Cumner 43rd, and Holly Shinkwin 101st. Vicky Presland ran as a Harriers non-scorer finishing a fine 40th.
For the juniors there was a great win for Lyla Belshaw in the under 13 girls race. In the under 13 boys race Henry Rutland led the team home in 37th place with Harrison Leek 42nd and Finley Greenleaf 45th; 124 points securing ninth place on the day. In the under 15 girls race Lizzie Wellsted was the first Harrier home in 24th place with Emily Henderson 36th. In the under 17 women’s race Milly Presland was an excellent seventh. It was disapointing to see no under 15 boys or under 17 men competing at Horseheath.
Simon Miller finished his first ever ultra at the Stort 30 mile race in a time of 5:22:47.