It was a jam packed day of racing today in unseasonably warm conditions. Amongst the results were some fantastic firsts and new pbs.
There were 2 big local events; the Wix 5 which also hosted the County 5 mile championships and was the last fixture in this year’s Championship series. The race saw a particularly large field of runners. No official results are available yet so times are watch times.
Don English was first back for the club in 34:51 but hot on his heels were Rachael Roughan and Steve May in 34:54. This was Rachael’s second pb in as many weeks and Steve’s first ‘official’ 5 mile race.
Axel Voigt was pleased with his time of 47:22 just missing his 2014 pb by 5 seconds. Charlotte May knocked 3 minutes off her time to cross the line in 48:43 and also came away with a trophy. This year Harwich Runners, who organised the race, gave out club performance trophies to every club who had entered 10 or more runners. It was then for the club runners present to decide who deserved to win based on their performance and Charlotte deservedly got the Halstead vote.
The other big local event was the Chelmsford Marathon which saw Phil Jeffries take on the 26.2 mile distance for the first time following 12 weeks of secret training! Despite suffering from persistent bad cramp from mile 11 he pressed on and said it felt amazing when he crossed the line in 4:48 alongside friend and club mate John Warne. Also at Chelmsford were Ray Sharman who finished in 3:52 and Andy Wilmot who said he decided to put his foot down at this race to see what he could do finishing in 4:17.
Also taking on the 26.2 distance was Rosie Atkins who was racing at the very popular Abingdon Marathon known for its fast, flat course. Rosie was thrilled to go sub 4 for the first time knocking 7 minutes off her previous best in 3:54:45.
Darren and Nina Powell travelled down to Portsmouth for the Great South which is slightly shorter in terms of distance compared to its Northern equivalent measuring 10 miles rather than 13.1. Darren knocked an amazing 8 minutes off his previous best to finish in 1:30 with Nina in 1:44.
Competition for next year’s International Award continues to hot up with Nathan and Jo Roulson travelling to Amsterdam for the half marathon. The pair ran together and their unofficial time was 2:06.
Back home again Family Frost did the Wenham 64 Trail run organised by Mid Essex Casuals. Rob completed the 10 mile route in 1:22 with Sarah and baby Alice walking the 6.4 mile option in 1:35.
Finally Tony Rivers continues to improve coming first in his age category in a new pb of 32:43 at Clare park run on Saturday.
Photos attached of Andy Wilmot, Phil Jeffries (centre) and John Warne at Chelmsford Marathon and our team at Wix 5.