The headline this week goes to our ladies team who secured bronze medals at the Stebbing 10 race today. Although he didn’t race today our amazing veteran Andy Wilmot was announced 2nd in the MV70 category in the overall Essex Grand Prix Championship for the second year running. Report below.

It was the final road race of the Essex Grand Prix, the 10 mile championships at Stebbing. This is always a popular race preceded by a short service to mark Remembrance Sunday. The windy conditions made for tough going for runners particularly in the middle section of the course. However, there were some fantastic performances with Rachael Roughan, Mel Candler and Caroliena Cameron taking 3rd ladies team and Essex Bronze. Despite having sinus problems Rachael continued her recent excellent form finishing in 1:14. It was Mel’s first time racing over the distance and she finished with an impressive personal best time of 1:16. Caroliena followed 2 minutes behind in 1:18.

Jim Clark, who has put in some great performances recently at cross country, showed he is equally strong on the road returning first back for the Halstead men in 1:06. Jon Greenley had a great run finishing in a personal best of 1:09:29. Hot on his heels was Steve May who equalled his pb set at the same race last year in 1:09:50. Dan Cole was not deterred by the conditions crossing the line in a personal best of 1:11.

Phil Jeffries was also racing over the distance for the first time to secure a pb of 1:29. Most notably Axel Voigt ended a tremendous year on the roads where he has improved over all the distances he has raced. He knocked just short of 9 minutes off his 10 mile pb to finish in 1:33 alongside John Warne.

Other results from Stebbing:

Andy Owen 1:13
Simon Humphrey 1:14
Ian Chandler 1:18
Nicole Smith 1:27
Carol Atkins 1:29
Treena Harrington 1:32
Heidi Hibbet 1:34
Mick Purkiss 1:36
Sheila Purkiss 1:48

John Warne warmed up for Stebbing by doing the Kings Forest 50k on Saturday with club mate Andy Wilmot. They finished together in a time of 5 hours 41 minutes. Andy Wilmot was also announced today as 2nd MV70 for the second year running in the Essex Grand Prix Championship a superb achievement.

Photo taken by Nicole Smith left to right – Mel Candler, Rachael Roughan and Caroliena Cameron.