It’s been a very busy weekend for the Halstead Road Runners with a couple of high profile events so please feel free to cut content.

The annual Essex Road Relays took place on Saturday along the seafront in Harwich in good conditions. Halstead fielded just the one team this year in the hotly contended female V45 category. The first runner to cover the 5k course was Caroliena Cameron who got the team off to a strong start finishing her leg in 23.05. Caroliena then handed the baton to Sandi Robinson Miller. Sandi is a relative newcomer to the club but showed no nerves securing a great new personal best over the distance in 24.10. Nicole Smith ran the anchor leg in 25.42 taking the team’s cumulative time to 1 hour 12 minutes and 58 seconds. This earned them 5th place out of 9 teams (team photo attached left to right Nicole Smith, Sandi Robinson Miller and Caroliena Cameron).

The big race on Sunday was the Colchester Half Marathon, one of the most popular events over the distance in Essex. As you would expect there was a large turnout from the club with some taking on the distance for the first time including Anthony Denton and Phil Jeffries who both finished in 2 hours 12 minutes (photo attached – Anthony Denton on the left and Phil Jeffries on the right).

Others secured new personal bests. Jon Greenley knocked over 3 and a half minutes off his previous time to finish in 1 hour 33 minutes. Not far behind him was Simon Humphrey in a new pb of 1 hour 35 minutes. The biggest pbs of the day went to the ladies with Melanie Candler running only her second half marathon blitzing 9 minutes off her previous time to finish in 1 hour 46 minutes. Debbie Cook also knocked off 9 minutes to finish in 2 hours 10 minutes.

Stewart Ellis was the first runner home for Halstead in 1 hour 23 minutes. It may not have been his best time but it was still his fastest half marathon in 5 years. Tom Porter was 3rd back for the club in 1 hour 28 minutes.

Sam Wolton was on pacing duties for a friend and finished in 1 hour 55 minutes. Just a minute behind him was John Warne who was also acting as a pacer with his son for a friend.

Carol Atkins finished in 2 hours 8 minutes. Axel Voigt, who had previously pulled out of this event in 2015 due to injury, was pleased to get round in 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Elsewhere on the road Gavin Allen did the Wymondham 20 in Norfolk, his first race back in a Halstead vest, in 2 hours 14 minutes.

Off road Don Wilson organised a scenic hilly trail run from Lamarsh taking in parts of the Stour Valley Path. It was well attended by 67 runners 9 of whom were Halstead Road Runners. Rob Frost was the quickest by far over the longer 9.75 mile distance in 1 hour 12 minutes (photo attached). Other runners over this distance were:

Mike Grealy 1 hour 37 minutes
Caroliena Cameron 1 hour 43 minutes
Bob Langley 1 hour 47 minutes
Richard Tiller 1 hour 53 minutes.
Lorraine Garnham and Nicole Smith ran the 6 mile route in 1 hour 6 minutes.

Finally Keith Thorogood and Andy Wilmot walked the Daffodil Dawdle covering 26.6 miles in 7 hours 32 minutes and 7 hours 17 minutes respectively.