Seaside half marathon!

Some hardy souls braved the wet and windy weather to run the first Clacton Half Marathon and 10k races for 20 years, on Sunday 10th August. Despite battling rain and a head wind in the return leg of the course, some excellent times were achieved, not least by Charlie Keitch, 12th home in 1:25:54. Gary Hill only narrowly missed out on a PB in 1:59:06, while Steph Horner was 8th lady in just 1:49:22. Other runners were Michael Clark 1:58:10, Mark Crittendon 2:09:30, Ben Ficken 1:29:30, Darren Horner 1:34:35, Sue Sorrell 2:03:48 and Kieron Hayes 2:04:05.
Scott Young and Patrick Reynolds ran the 10k event in 49:16 and 41:50 respectively, a PB for Reynolds and club bronze age group standard. Other runners were Ray Baggs 42:21, Grahame Clark 46:33 and Sandra James 1:07:15.
Young also ran the Colchester Castle Parkrun the previous day, clocking 32:10 as he paced his sister round the course. The race was won by Joe Alexander in a stunning 17:04. Other Parkrunners were Belinda Palmer-Jones 29:29 (PB) and Ruth Metcalfe 34:18, her best time this year.