Racing conditions this weekend were unseasonably hot for the Halstead Road Runners both home and abroad making it particularly difficult for those runners taking on the marathon distance.

Dan Smith headed to the glamorous location of Ibiza for their inaugural marathon which attracted a field of over 2,500 runners. Despite wearing factor 50 and a hat Smith suffered in the heat finishing in 4 hours 38 minutes (photo of Dan Smith and friends courtesy of Dan Smith).

Men’s Captain Dan Hollinshead racing in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam also found the heat got to him. However, he still achieved a great pb of 3 hours 33 minutes.

Sarah Frost took on the popular Brighton Marathon finishing in a pb of 4 hours 34 minutes knocking almost an hour off her previous best. Frost enjoyed her marathon experience and took advantage of the coastal location by cooling down in the sea afterwards (photo courtesy of Sarah Frost).

Marathon stalwart Andy Wilmot completed the Haverhill Marathon in 4 hours 27 minutes.

John Warne unfortunately added on a couple of extra miles getting lost at the John Ray Trail Marathon covering 28.5 miles in 5 hours 59 minutes. Caroliena Cameron did the half marathon distance slightly over at 14 miles in 2 hours 20 minutes.

There were also pbs this weekend at the shorter distances. Tom Porter, continuing his good form, did the Little Bromley 10k in 39.27. Axel Voigt did the Haverhill 10k in 61.01. Jim Clark set a new course pb at Great Notley finishing 6th overall and 1st in his age category.