The main event of the weekend was the annual running of the Essex Way Relay starting in Epping and finishing in Harwich some 81 miles later. The route is split into 10 sections of varying distances with 10 runners to a team. It is a fantastic event and there were over 70 teams participating this year from clubs across the county. The warm weather made it a great day for running off road. Halstead fielded a men’s team who finished in 7th position and a ladies’ team who finished in 8th.
Elsewhere on Sunday it was the Colne Engaine fun run. In the 5 mile race Treena Carder finished 10th female in 44.58 before then going off to run a leg of the Essex Way. Cath Owen did 50.50. In the 10 mile race Stuart Ashworth finished 4th overall in a time of 1 hour 15 minutes. John Warne and Phil Jeffries did The Hare and Tortoise Purple Rayne race which saw runners complete as many laps as possible in a 6 hour time limit. John managed 9 laps which came to 29.75 miles in approximately 5 hours 40 minutes (unofficial time). Phil did 6 laps and a bit to make it up to 20 miles in 3 hours 50 minutes.
On Saturday Wes Atkins, Ivan Filchev, Nathan Roulson and Sam Wolton took on the Man versus Mountain race from Caernarfon Castle to Llanberis via the summit of Snowdon with a vertical kilometre and several water obstacles in the quarry to finish. The race totalled 22 miles in distance with 5,000 feet of ascent and the group all really enjoyed the event.
Choice of photos attached – Neil Poulter and Anna Bambridge on the Essex Way, Phil Jeffries and John Warne at the finish of the Purple Rayne or our Man versus Mountain team.