Halstead Road Runners hosted the Essex Cross Country Relays at Gosfield School last weekend. It was a large scale event with 125 full teams participating in the senior race. For the men Pete Robinson, Gavin Allen, James Smith and Wes Atkins finished in 7th position out of 51 teams which is a fantastic result for the club. Nathan Roulson, Gavin Ripton, Mat Hutley and Ivan Filchev finished in 22nd position with Paul Hinsley, Dan Hollinshead, Don English and Steve May in 37th.
For the ladies Sandi Robinson-Miller, Anna Bambridge and Rachael Roughan finished 22nd out of 49 teams. Wendy Carter, Lorraine Garnham and Sarah Frost were 30th with Treena Carder, Lisa Clark and Natalie Snow not far behind in 33rd position. Charlotte May, Cat Owen and Charlii Bower finished in 45th position.
We had one mixed team of Debbie Partridge, Val Kerrison, Phil Jeffries and Darren Powell who finished in 27th position.
On Sunday John Warne did the inaugural Blackwater Navigation Marathon. The course ran from Chelmsford to Heybridge Basin and it was an enjoyable route in good weather conditions. John ran with his son most of the way and finished in 4:51.
Further north Bob Langley did the Glencoe Trail Marathon taking in 4,800 ft of some of Scotland’s toughest ascent. Bob finished in 4:33 in 26th position out of a field of 289 runners.
On Monday the club were honored to be invited to participate in the JAFFA 40 lap track event for the second year in a row. The event involves teams of 6 runners – 3 men, 2 women and 1 junior – running 40 laps between them as quickly as possible. The running order was James Smith, Gavin Allen, Wes Atkins, Rachael Roughan and Rosie Atkins followed by Martha May, who made an impact at the event last year, as the junior runner. The whole team put in really strong performances and were the ones to beat on the night. Unfortunately they were just pipped to the post by Stowmarket Striders. However, it was a fantastic event and the team were over the moon to finish second.
Photo attached of the team at the JAFFA track event courtesy of Dan Hollinshead.