20th Halstead & Essex Marathon

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20th Halstead & Essex Marathon


20th Halstead and Essex Marathon 11th May 2014

Halstead Road Runner and Marathon guru Andy Wilmot completed his 600th Marathon on Sunday at the Halstead and Essex Marathon. Andy was joined by 25 members of his running club on the start line and had the pleasure of starting the race. Andy, who is 70 years young in two months time. Stormed around the North Essex course, whipping up a frenzy on his journey and clocked a fantastic time of 4 hours 13 minutes and 55 seconds. Andy celebrated at the end of the race with a specially brewed beer, a hand-made 600 shaped cake and a band! Andy appeared in the Sun newspaper the following day and has been interviewed by local media.

Well done Andy on this amazing achievement from all at Halstead Road Runners. We are very proud of you! Perhaps next up for you will be an appearance on TOWIE with your new found stardom?!

The course is held on public roads and flows through the North Essex villages of Colne Engaine, Twinstead and Pebmarsh before returning to the Headquarters at Halstead Leisure Centre. The conditions were cool and blustery with a touch of the wet stuff. HRR must thank the people of North Essex for the incredible amount of support they give this race every year. HRR have already heard from many of the runners and the first thing they always say is how supportive and friendly the organisers and members of the public are. The encouragement helps offset the pain and effort of 26.2 miles of running. WELL DONE NORTH ESSEX!

For HRR this was the 20th anniversary of the Halstead and Essex Marathon. The occasion was marked with the 26 HRR entrants wearing a special named and badged shirt for the race. The race was directed by Keith Thorogood and Chief Marshalled by Don Wilson once again. Many of the HRR entrants were completing their debut marathon. The HRR club were led home by Stuart Prestney in a cracking time of 3:18:08, Kathryn Bronson led the women with a wonderful time of 3:50:39.

Runners were greeted on the finish line and presented with their hard earned medals by Halstead Mayor David Hume. The medal had every race winner printed on the ribbon and was specially designed for the event. Each runner also received a technical t-shirt, some gels and a bottle of beer brewed for the race.

The race was led home by Springfield Strider Mark Newton in a time of 2:43:13, Allen Smalls from Colchester AS finished second in 2:47:01 and third place went to Peter Davy of Sudbury Joggers in 2:47:08. The Women’s race was won by Leanne Harling for the second time. Leanne from Serpentine RC in London stopped the clock in 3:01:22. Second place went to a delighted Alice Addison from Colchester Harriers AC in 3:11:21 and third place went to Nicky Tyrrell from Royston Runners in 3:13:02.

The first Mens team trophy went to Springfield Striders trio, Mark Newton, Tom Cammack and James Wright. The first Womens team trophy was presented to Gt Bentley RC, Vicky Presland, Elieen Shadford and Anna Migliorini Lyon.

Top 3 Men

1, Mark Newton – Springfield Striders – 2:43:13 chip time

2, Allen Smalls – Colchester Harriers AC – 2:47:01

3, Peter Davy – Sudbury Joggers – 2:47:08

Top 3 Women

1, Leanne Harling – Serpentine RC – 3:01:22

2, Alice Addison – Colchester Harriers AC – 3:11:21

3, Nicky Tyrrell – Royston Runners – 3:13:02

Halstead Road Runners entrants:

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46th Stuart Prestney 3:18:08

79th Stewart Ellis – 3:27:57

99th Mike Grealy – 3:34:01

111st Don English – 3:37:44

112nd Glynn Stone – 3:37:46

115th Nathan Roulson – 3:38:20

127th Neil Poulter – 3:40:07

146th Paul Hinsley – 3:44:34

166th Rob Thacker – 3:49:51

230th James Clark – 4:00:16

242nd Sam Wolton – 4:03:07

281st Andy Wilmot – 4:13:55

337th Daniel Hollinshead – 4:37:06

342nd Paul Harrington – 4:40:00

354th Aaron Heard – 4:45:06

366th Daniel Smith – 4:49:31

402nd Brian Hastings – 5:53:45


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27th Kathryn Bronson – 3:50:39

45th Lorraine Garnham – 4:05:12

55th Kate Allen – 4:16:15

85th Hazel Buist – 4:47:23

97th Carol Atkins – 4:55:10

103rd Carol Hill – 5:01:51

108th Anna Hinsley – 5:09:17

116th Megan Hollinshead – 5:17:30

122nd Sara Hill – 5:33:14



HRR would like to say a special thanks to Halstead Leisure Centre, Ramsey College Team, Halstead Air Cadets, Halstead Residents association, Blackwater Law, Witham Air Cadets, Woodlands Gym, Tabor Centre, Halstead in Bloom, Gosfield School, Holmes and Hills Solicitors, Lambert Chapman LLP, Gt Bentley RC, Havering 90 Joggers, Witham RC, Bentley RC, Tiptree Runners, Grange Farm and Dunmow runners, Phoenix Striders, League of Friends, Sainsburys, Halstead Tyre and Exhaust and Eat Natural. Without whom this event would not be so professional and enjoyable.