A very busy weekend for the Halstead Road Runners and some great performances including a sub 3 hour marathon in Manchester from Richard Candler, another Essex Championship medal for Bob Langley, age category honours for Andy Wilmot at Bungay Marathon and first lady at Notley parkrun for Rosie Atkins. Unfortunately no photo of Richard so I’ve attached photos of Rosie and Bob. Report below.

It was a very busy and successful weekend for Halstead Road Runners. The weekend started well with Rosie Atkins first lady at Great Notley parkrun in a fantastic pb of 21.36. Mike Grealy continued to improve his time at Great Cornard parkrun finishing in 22.38 second in the V60-64 age category.

Sunday saw the first of the big spring marathons, the ASICS Greater Manchester Marathon which has a reputation for being fast and flat. Richard Candler, running only his second marathon, joined the sub 3 hour club coming home in a an impressive pb of 2 hours 59 minutes. Congratulations to Lizzie Masters, running her first marathon, who finished in a respectable 4 hours 53 minutes.

Marathon regulars Dan Smith and Andy Wilmot took on the 26.2 mile distance at the Bungay Festival of Running. Despite having a cold and being on antibiotics, Wilmot claimed age group honours in the MV70 category in a time of 4 hours and 14 minutes. Smith finished in 4 hours 34 minutes. Treena Harrington was also at Bungay competing over the half marathon distance in a time of 2 hours 6 minutes.

Preparing for the forthcoming London Marathon was Jon Buist, Steve May and Simon Humphrey who did a 20 mile race around the Olympic rowing lake at Dorney near Windsor. Unofficial times were Buist 2 hours 29 minutes with Humphrey and May finishing together in 2 hours 44 minutes.

Finally a large contingent of Road Runners and supporters were at the Braintree 5 at its new home at Chelmsford City Racecourse. This race also served as the 5 mile Essex Championships. Bob Langley was 3rd MV60 and took the Bronze MV60 Essex Championship medal, his second Essex medal this year. Wesley Atkins was first back for the men with Rachael Roughan, on her official debut first back for the ladies. Special mention to octogenarian Brian Collins who finished in under 50 minutes.

Full results for Halstead:

Wesley Atkins 30:01
Andy Owen 32:17
Tom Porter 32:24 (pb)
Bob Langley 34:01
Rachael Roughan 36:25
Karl Hillman 40:05
Leigh-Anne Porter 40:09 (pb)
Nicole Smith 41:29 (pb)
Adam Buckle 41:52
Michael Purkiss 45:56
Axel Voigt 48:31
Debbie Partridge 49:39
Brian Collins 49:45