We had a couple of firsts this weekend. Mel Candler was first lady at Great Notley parkrun on Saturday. The parkrun were celebrating their 3rd birthday and we are also very proud of our Octogenarian Brian Collins who was named runner up Most Inspirational parkrunner. James Smith won the tough Mersea Round the Island race today. Report below and photos attached of James Smith with the Mayor of Mersea and team photo from Mersea.

There were 2 Friday 5 events this week – the continuation of the Friday 5 Series and a separate one-off event hosted by Springfield Striders. Richard Candler was racing at the Springfield Striders’ event which was a 2 lap course starting and finishing at Pleshey Village Hall. Candler finished in 21st position in 31.39.

The Friday 5 Series race took place in Bury on a mainly off road course with a long hill half way. Andy Owen was the only male Road Runner competing on this occasion and finished in 32.49. Hazel Buist and Caroliena Cameron continued their good form in this series, both finishing 3rd in their respective age categories. Hazel ran a time of 35.13 with Caroliena crossing the line in 39.10.

Great Notley parkrun celebrated their 3rd birthday on Saturday. Brian Collins was named runner up in the Most Inspirational parkrunner of the year as part of the birthday celebrations. He topped his nomination off with a new PB of 30.31 which is also now the new age category record for VM80-84. Mel Candler scooped top honours finishing 1st lady in 23.07.

Charlotte May and John Warne took part in the inaugural Bocking and Blackwater 3km fun run which was a free event open to all ages and abilities. John Warne finished in 7th place in 13.41. Ladies’ Captain Charlotte ran with her 4 year old son finishing in 27.14.

On Sunday a group of hardy Road Runners took on the Mersea Round the Island race. The multi-terrain course, which measured around 13.3 miles, predominantly followed the beach and sea wall with very brief stretches on the road. James Smith, who only decided to race on the day, was in 7th position at the half way mark but finished strongly to win the race in 1 hour 26 minutes. Juan de Gea was second for Halstead in 1 hour 41 with Chairman Paul Hinsley and Dan Cole not far behind in 1 hour 44 and 1 hour 45 respectively.

Ian Chandler enjoyed the varied conditions finishing in 1 hour 53. Caroliena Cameron was first lady back for Halstead in 1 hour 57. John Warne put in an impressive negative split claiming second MV60 in 2 hours.

Other results for Mersea:

Karl Hillman, 2 hours 3 minutes
Heidi Worf, 2 hours 4 minutes
Nicole Smith, 2 hours 7 minutes
Treena Harrington, 2 hours 12 minutes