A rather windy day for a run along the front at Dovercourt / Harwich, which meant flying in one direction and struggling into the wind on the way back. Runners carried an innovative baton which tracked their teams progress around the 5K route and was handed over to the next runner after each leg. There were 12 times below 17 minutes, which was headed by Rob Warner of Havering AC who raced to a time of 16:10. However, it was a team event and the winners of each category were:-
Ladies Open Colchester Harriers A - 58:16
Ladies FV35 Saffron Striders - 62:10
Ladies FV45 Colchester Harriers - 62:30
Men Open Southend AC A - 67:32
Men MV40 Havering AC A -51:52
Men MV50 Colchester Harriers A - 57:10
Ladies and vets ran three legs while the male open ran four legs.
Full results are here
Photos of the event are on the Harwich Runners site here
Why not join our measured 5k race on bridleways and tracks, mostly through the beautiful Westley Heights Country Park, Langdon Hills, Basildon?
Our next race will be held on Good Friday, 3 April 2015 at 11.00 a.m. at Westley Heights Country Park, High Road, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6HU
(behind The Crown [Harvester] Public House – but please don’t park in their Car Park!)
Entry fee: £2.00 [on the day only]
Organised by Pitsea Running Club. All ages and standards welcome, but children under 12 must have parent / guardian running with them.
Toilets available, but no changing or shower facilities. Full details are on the Pitsea Running Club website – www.pitsearunningclub.org.uk
parkrun - Weekly Free 5km Timed Run every Saturday at 9am. Remember to register on the Parkrun website to get your barcode which allows you to be timed and then receive your weekly email.
There are also three Junior parkruns in Essex for 4-14 years, which are held over 2K and which operate on a similar basis to 5K parkrun, but are held at 10am on a Sunday. Parents can run with their children at these events. Locations are Barking & Dagenham (Central Park, Dagenham), Harrow Lodge (Hornchurch), Central Park (Chelmsford).
Details of all 17 Essex 5k parkruns under More tab at top of page and then follow Race Series in Essex tab.
Does you area NOT have a parkrun? Have you contacted parkrun about starting a new events - let us know of your progress and if you need any assistance getting a working group together.
Updated Grand Prix tables after Essex 20 can now be found on the website
The County Endurance Committee this week agreed to trial a new points system for 2015.
The current Grand Prix worked as follows:
Points were awarded for the top 10 finishers in each race of the 6 road championships for each age category (1st – 10 pts down to 10th - 1pt)
All 6 races count
The 3 longer races (Marathon, 20m and half marathon count +50% points)
Positives – It is relatively easy to administer
Negatives – (1) excludes the majority of runners who do not get in the top 10, (2) puts more emphasis on longer distances without a clear reason why and (3) penalises runners who miss a race (for a holiday etc)
Hatfield Forest parkrun
The new event at National Trust Hatfield Forest, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, Essex, CM22 6NE started on Saturday 21 March 2015 9am. Full details of the event are on the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hatfieldforest/ or facebook or @hatforparkrun on twitter.
Hockley Woods parkrun
The new event at Hockley Woods, Main Road, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4RN started on Saturday 7 February 2015 9am. Full details of the event are on the following link: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/hockleywoods/ or facebook or @hockwoodparkrun on twitter.
The new event at Weald Country Park, South Weald, Brentwood, CM14 5QS started on Saturday 6 December 2014 9am. Full details of the event are on the following link:- http://www.parkrun.org.uk/brentwood/ or @brentwoodpkrun on twitter or on Facebook.
Possible Romford & Thurrock Events?
I heard that groups are working to establish a parkrun events at Romford (Raphael Park) & Thurrock (Orsett Heath) in coming months.
I will pass on further details when I hear them.
Here's a few relays that you might want get a team together for:-
Green Belt Relay - Sat/Sun 16/17 May. The Green Belt Relay follows much of the Green Belt Way. It starts at Hampton Court and ends just a couple of miles away in Kingston, but taking a detour around 220 miles of footpaths, minor roads and towpaths around the outside of London
Spitfire Scramble - Sat/Sun 15/16 August. The Spitfire Scramble is a 24-hour multi-terrain relay or solo race held in Hornchurch Country Park around a 5.8 miles course. You can run on your own or in teams of two to eight runners.
Harwich Runners 24 hours race (also a 12 hours) Solo or team based 12/24 hours event around a 5 miles off road course.