Athletics: Mud and floods no obstacles for hardy Harlow runners

Athletics / Thu 15th Feb 2024 at 10:10am

HARLOW Running & Tri Club had a busy weekend last week, starting with the new Ladies Team captain Laura Prime, who competed in the Run for Cake.

Heavy Half at Ferry Meadows. She finished sixth out of 11 finishers and second female overall with a timing of 3.07.19, covering 5 laps (16.4 miles). Laura reported that despite the weather and running across many deep puddles (which she described as rivers), she enjoyed it a and had happy (albeit wet) feet.

Two members participated in the Victoria Park Half Marathon, which had 685 finishers. Kerry Mavris finished 260th, with a time of 1.45.49. She regarded the race as a terrific preparation run for her forthcoming London Marathon in April, and she also plans to run the Suffolk Back Yard Ultra again in June.

Sophie Evans, a new member of the club, also ran the race and finished 522nd with a time of 2:05.58.

Sophie said “I really enjoyed completing my first half marathon at the weekend in Victoria Park, it was a great atmosphere and made me realise how far I’ve come with my training (shoutout to HRTC!). All in preparation for the big day as I’m lucky enough to be running
the London Marathon, 9.5 weeks to go!”

Jack Shury, one of the club’s coaches, finished 23rd out of 393 runners in the Bramley 10-mile race in an impressive time of 1.01.28. Jack is currently training for the Essex 20 (Essex County 20 Mile Championship) in March, before focusing on the Valencia marathon in December.

On Saturday, there was a very muddy, race 5, as part of the Essex League Cross Country at Hainault Forest, and the HRTC results are shown below.

Women (7k)

69 Louise Kedge 33.40

96 Sandra Webber 39.44

103 Selina Morgan 41.54

114 finishers

Men (8k)

68 Rob Lowe 34.06

141 Ben Usher 39.27

162 Chris Burgess 41.20

211 Gary Mead 48.17

228 finishers

Harlow Running and Tri Club continues to support and attend local park runs, with Martin Westley finishing first out of 292 finishers in the Billericay Parkrun.

At Harlow Park Run Mick Maddams ran a personal best of 22.21 as did Simon Haigh with a time of 27.45, Cat Ridge finished first female in 22.52, while Heidi Fox, a Harlow Park Run regular, had an amazing run completing the course for the first time in under 30 minutes.

Lucy Barnes finished first female on the not-so-local Monsal Trail park run in 19.23 minutes, placing sixth overall out of 195 runners.

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