A memorable Day, and an Ek of a week.

A fabulous week of running during a special week for the club.

Starting with:

Tuesday : Harwich 5k series race 4.

There was a good turnout of 18 blue vests at the 4th of the 5 race series on the Harwich promenade. Barbara Law was best position for the club on the night, in 9th position. Richard Moor stormed to a time of 21:11, for 11th place on the night. Ray Baggs achieved his target of sub 20 minutes, dipping under the mark with 19:59:9 ! Scott Young ran consistently in 22:31, Charlie Keitch after a long month off after injury ran 19:51, a minute slower than his first run, but happy with sub 20 minutes after the lay off. Gary Hill took was pleased to take another 20 Seconds of his time with an excellent 25:19, earning 185 points, and now looking to get another 20 seconds gain for next time to go sub 25. Special mention goes to club stalwart Rita Page ; although not happy with her time, it was great seeing Rita back in the blue vest on a race..Rita is a club legend (and always makes me a great cup of tea on Wednesday’s !).

For full race results and current positions see http://www.harwichrunners.co.uk/1_5k/5k2019


Geoff Day Memorial race. This special annual club race, in honour of the greatest male runner in the club’s history, was held on Wednesday. It was a great evening, with refreshments and cake in the hall afterwards. There was a good turnout (57 runners ) and Geoff’s sons Ryan and Donny ran the race, and brought along several friends to participate in the occasion. Fittingly, Ryan Day was first place in the male race, in a brilliant time of 17:18:9, with his mate Tom Newton in second place in 17:38:04. Justine Sheekey won the ladies race, in 22:53:50.

Ryan Day receiving the men’s winning trophy for his Dad’s race, from Paul Carlisle

Ladies winner Justine Sheekey and Mens winner Ryan Day

The Day’s and friends at the end of great club race for Dad Geoff.

Essex Track championships 10k.

Meantime on the Wednesday, at the Braintree Track , ladies captain Meera Rajoo-Oakley and Eileen Shadford finished as second ladies team in the 10k event. Eileen won the ladies veterans category.

Cheshire Cat grins from Eileen and the Meerkat at the Essex champs 10k

Thursday .

Maldon 5k Summer evening handicap series. Super coach Caroline Searle raced to 27:25 in race 5 of this these series held on Maldon Promenade.


West Bergholt 5 mile race. This inaugural race, organised by JME (jogging made easy) was a tough, race, with a mixture of trail and road. Bev Shortley, revelling in the glory of winning the Club Mickey Edwards series, continued her spectacular year to win her age category (FV45+) in a time of 43.02:96. Men’s cross country men’s hero Dave Wright finished in second place overall, and was also first in age group, in a time of 31.51. Darren Horner finished in 40:22:50. Tomasz Komorowski and Frank Gardiner ran together and finished with times of 46:15:61 and 46:15:67 . Rich Moor had another great race, finishing with a time of 37:33:73. Elizabeth Salmon ran 01:03:57:61.

Pre race nerves?.. Tomasz, Rich Moor, Dave Wright, Bev and smiling Frank Gardiner before Bergholt 5.

A winning Bev smiler at West Bergholt 5 miler

Dave Wright and trophy at West Bergholt – another winners smile !

Sue Wright Ventured to Great Easter for the MEC 8m trail. Sue enjoyed the beautiful course and to followed the narrative with ease !

Spitfire Scramble

John Bush (who really likes and highly recommends this event) and Belinda Palmer-Barnes ran the Spitfire Scramble 24 hour race at the weekend. This was Belinda’s first 24 hour event. John and Bee both entered as solo runners, and ran 6 laps together,which was an impressive 34.5 miles each over the 24 Hrs.
John said it was “Another fantastic spitfire weekend”.

John and Belinda in anticipation of a Spitfire weekend

Brilliant medal from the Spitfire

Brightlingsea Fun Run 5 and 10k.

Mark Crittenden ran this charity fun run, in it’s second year. Mark was not particularly pleased with his time this year, perhaps caused by a few too many the night before, but was pleased to overtake a rather rude older gentleman in the last 1km, to get revenge for an earlier ignorant passing move.

Ekiden Relays.

There was a big turnout once more at this popular team event. With thanks to ladies captain Meera Rajoo-Oakley, it all went smoothly , for an event which takes a lot of time and effort organising the place and team selection. The Bentley blues who took part in the internal club trophy race had a great day out, with lots of friendly inter club rivalry , posing for photographs, plus obligatory cakes once finished. The winning Bentley Team was “not fast, just furious”, but very well done to all who took part, you did the club proud.

The inspirational Lex Carlisle in action mode at Ekiden.

The winning team at Ekiden, minus Emma Wakeling

Results for all categories can be found here


On Sunday, Amy Young took part in her First Olympic Triathlon. This involved a 1.5km swim,then a 40km bike ride, finishing with a 10km run. Sounds fun (if you can swim !). Well done Amy… Cross Training is a good thing … For those who can do more than Doggy Paddle (unlike myself) , these events may be tempting to Tri in future .

Amy triing very hard.

ICELAND . Ultra club man John Booty took a trip to Iceland at the weekend to run the Laugavegurinn ultra with his two brothers. This was a tough and technical run, with a mixture of snow, sand, rock and river crossings and steep descents. The course was 55km and about 5000ft of ascent. John took about 7hrs 33min to complete the event. John, despite not having too much training time due to a calf injury, enjoyed a fantastic run and amazing scenery.

As well as the satisfaction of competing the event, John and his brothers were rewarded with a nice locally hand crafted medal.John fully recommends this event, if you have a bit of spare cash !

John Booty and fabulous backdrop in Iceland

Duncan James Scott took on the Alton Water Great Run Local, 5k race and came in at 21:30 and 3rd place.

Colchester race for Life.

Justine Sheekey completed a brilliant week, with another victory in the Colchester race for Life. Well done Justine, you should be rightly proud..great that you are a Blue !

Saturday Park Run update.

Bury St Edmunds, saw Rob Blackman feeling in good form so went strongly at the last mile to finish in 20:11, in 13th place.

Travelling to Bakewell in Derbyshire for some Parkrun tourism this week , was Anna Mills, who was 5th female in 23:03.

Highwoods Park run saw iron man Tomasz Komorowski running with fellow busy man Rob Dyer in 29:18 and 29:19 respectively.
Colchester Castle Park Run ; Robert Ferguson ran his 100th parkrun in (21:08) Russell Clarke in (23:03) Stephanie Mills in (27:14) Scott Young in (27:47) Andy Stephens in (28:13) Claudia Keitch in (28:53)

Clacton Sea Front; Ray Baggs in (20:20) Brian Telford in (23:14) Patrick Reynolds in (23:20) Kevin James in (25:22) Fiona Gosling in (29:31) Heather England in (33:05) Stewart Baggs in (33:36)

Harwich parkrun saw Teresa Jones run a PB time of 28:32, encouraged by Stephen Walsh in (28:30) and Dave Jones in (28:29) . The air and shirts were both a little blue apparently ! Emily Zethraeus prepared for Ekiden running (25:31).

Junior Park Run update ;
A quiet Sunday for the juniors this weekend.

Well done everyone. It’s been a pleasure reading about all your achievements , and then trying do you justice in the report. Up the Blues .. (that’s a running colour sentiment anyway). Have another great week everyone, keep up the good work, support each other as usual, and most importantly stay safe .