It was a busy weekend on the race circuit for the Halstead Road Runners, with international success for two.
Tom Porter and Nicole Smith both raced in the 45th Berlin Marathon. This marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors and see competitors from across the globe including the elites. Porter was thrilled to achieve a new personal best time of 3 hours and 9 minutes, two minutes quicker than his previous best time. Smith, who had been unwell in the days leading up to the race, completed the 26.2 mile course in 4 hours 38 minutes.
Both runners have now completed two marathons in the Abbott Majors, with Smith flying to Chicago in three weeks to complete her third major.
Tom Porter (3:09), Nicole Smith (4:38).
More locally was the hotly contested Pleshey Half Marathon. Part of the Essex Road Racing Championships, the race sees hundreds of the county’s finest runners take on the 13.1 mile course. A hotter day than expected saw many runners disappointed with their finish times.
Stuart Ashworth achieved a magnificent 5 minute personal best and finished in 1 hour and 39 minutes. Bob Langley continued his excellent form and gained another Essex Championship medal, claiming bronze in the MV60 category. He finished in 1 hour and 36 minutes.
Pete Robinson (1:15) , Gavin Allen (1:20) , Bob Langley (1:36), Stuart Ashworth (1:39 PB) , Sam Wolton (1:41), Neil Poulter (1:42) , Dan Hollinshead (1:44), Steve May (1:46), John Warne (1:54) , Leigh-Anne Porter (1:55) , Sam Hillyard (2:02), Anthony Denton (2:17), Keith Thorogood (2:26), Axel Voigt (2:29).
Sarah Frost took on the hilly Dedham 10km. Aiming for under 55 minutes, she was delighted to achieve a new personal best of 53 minutes and 40 seconds.