It’s been a bumper weekend for the Halstead Road Runners. The big team event, and one of the highlights for Essex running clubs, is the annual Essex Way Relay starting in Epping and finishing 81 miles later in Harwich. This year saw the largest field to date with approximately 690 runners participating. It’s a great day out for both runners and spectators alike who can follow their club mates to the finish for celebratory fish and chips.

The Road Runners had 3 teams competing. The Men’s A team finished 7th with the Men’s B team 19th and Ladies coming 10th. Notable mentions go to Wes Atkins who had an outstanding win on his leg and Jim Clark who doubled up running different legs for both the men’s A and B teams. Well done to all our runners for a top team effort. Special thanks to Bob Langley for all his hard work and support in organising our teams both before race day and with Gavin on the day itself.

Whilst most of our runners were out on the Essex Way we also had a small contingent at the local Colne Engaine 5 and 10 mile races. This is the second year this event has taken place with runners rewarded with not only a medal but a bacon sandwich at the finish. Leigh-Anne Porter’s marathon training is paying off as she was 3rd lady overall in the 10 mile race in 1 hour 24 minutes. Dan Cole also had a great run finishing in a new pb of 1 hour 16 minutes. John Warne, following on from his Mersea 10 last week, completed the race in 1 hour 24 minutes.

Also on Sunday long running duo Andy Wilmot and Dan Smith headed down to sunny Margate to do the Kent Coastal Marathon. The last time the pair ran there together was 10 years ago for Andy’s 400th marathon. This time round Andy won the MV70 age category in 4 hours 24 minutes. Dan ticked yet another marathon off on his road to 100 in 4 hours 38 minutes.

On Saturday Axel Voigt travelled to Bedford for his second outing over the half marathon distance. Axel, who has been in great form recently, managed to knock an amazing 21 minutes and 6 seconds off his previous time to finish in a new personal best of 2 hours and 9 minutes.

Treena Harrington wins the prize for the strangest run this weekend doing the virtual ‘Marathon in a Day’. Over the 24 hour period she covered 14 miles on Friday evening and 12.2 miles Saturday morning including the Great Notley parkrun. Treena’s total time for the ‘marathon’ was 4 hours and 50 minutes and she says it’s probably the only way she will ever make herself cover the distance!