Sunday the 14th December dawned deceptively bright and sunny for the Harwich Runners leg of the 53-12 cross country series. Despite the dry day, the course had been well and truly saturated over the previous few weeks, leaving it ankle deep in clay mud, making this race possibly the most challenging yet as runners struggled to stay upright. This year’s new course also adds a couple of hills in to further test runners. The results of this race leave the Blue Vests lying 5th in the league, with the men finishing the race in 4th place and the ladies in 5th. Scorers were Joe Alexander (6th), Russ Sharp (25th), Ben Ficken (27th), Dave Goldsmith (35th), Charlie Keitch (51st), Michael Simmons (56th), Rodger Alexander (74th) and John Booty (81st). The women’s team consisted of Vicky Presland (11th), Sophie Apps (30th), Anna Mills (32nd) and Tricia Stacey (51st). Other runners were Paul Carlisle, Martin Owen, Phil Presland, Mark Ross, Matthew Knowles, John Bush, Malcolm Jarvis, Frank Gardiner, Scott Young, Adrian Cherry, Patrick Reynolds, Keiron Hayes, Lex Carlisle, Marion Simmons, Rebecca Cook, Lynsey Apps, Sue Sorrell, Sue Thomas, Claudia Keitch, Rachel Giles and Davina Swindell.
Junior runners included Milly Presland, who won the under 11 age group on her first outing of the season, and Suster Katie who was 3rd under 15. Other runners were Hallie Booty, Emily Cook, Eve Cook and Emily Apps, the team finished 8th for the race and remained in 8th place overall.
Sinead Burgoyne ran a new PB of 26:30 at Colchester Parkrun on Saturday 13th December.