Halstead Road Runners’ Chairman Paul Hinsley ran an amazing PB of 3:16:08 at Edinburgh Marathon knocking 8 minutes off his previous best. Conditions were perfect with a sea fog keeping the sun at bay.
Conditions weren’t so great for James Smith who, following on from his 50 mile ultra marathon on the North Downs last weekend, did the Boddington Marathon in Gloucester. Storms and some extremely heavy downpours saw him finish in 3:02:05.
Club legend Andy Wilmot did the inaugural Braintree Track Marathon which consisted of 105.5 laps of the 400 metre track to cover the 26.2 mile distance. Wilmot finished in 4:32.
Caroliena Cameron did the Harwich to Mistley half marathon – a tough but beautiful off road route. Caroliena finished in 1:57:47.
Stuart Ashworth continued his great form of late with another personal best at Burnham-on-Crouch 10k knocking 4 minutes off his previous best to finish in 45:28.
Axel Voigt did the Folkestone 10k. It was a hot run on tired legs but he was happy with his time of 1:02:02.
On Bank Holiday Monday it was the popular Hatfield Broad Oak 10k which attracts a large field of runners and families making the most of the fete and kid’s fun run. The weather was extremely humid. Many runners found themselves walking at various stages in the race.
Leading the Halstead runners home was Trevor Sibley in 46:06. Rachael Roughan was first Halstead lady in 47:34. Phil Jeffries did not seem to be affected by the heat storming home in a personal best of 50:29 swiftly followed by Kris Bell in 51:14.
Despite having run a marathon the day before, John Warne made light work of the course in 52:41. Nicole Smith 54:58 and Dan Roughan 55:12 kept each other going in the second half of the race. Lisa Clark crossed the line in 57:52 with Ladies Captain, Charlotte May, doing her first official 10k race in 1:02:31.
Photo of Paul Hinsley courtesy of Simon King