Essex Champs – 2 Races to Go & the Competition is Heating Up

23 July 2017 - By Anita Grainger

With 2 races left in the Essex Championship Road Races there are medals and trophies at stake for Witham. In the team event the ladies have now slipped into second with only 2 points separating the top 3 teams. Only the top team win a trophy, lets make it Witham’s!

In the individual championship Penny Clarke and Leo Cole are holding their current 2nd places in V55 and V50 respectively,  Tracey Denby is in 5th in the V45 , Vicky Hunt is 8th in V35 and Heydon Mizon 9th in V40.

Now you may well say this is aimed at the faster runners in the club. This is not the case, points are awarded for participation as well as placings for each race and those who run in the majority or all of the races also accumulate points for each event. Tracey Denby is a perfect example of this. Tracey has raced all 4 events so far and although she is not the fastest V45 lady in the club she is flying high in the current standings, go Tracey!

The more club runners we have at these events the better the team spirit which helps everyone to feel part of our fantastic club. There are individual medals available at the events for each age category and yes the faster runners are may well win medals, this is fantastic for EVERYONE  in the club and having a big club turnout does give everyone that extra lift and feel part of our great club. I know personally running in the same event as a number of fellow club mates has helped me to get a new PB and perhaps sneak past a fellow team mate or help a team mate to achieve their PB.

Below is the current Ladies team table & the link to the full tables that have now been posted after Brentwood 10k  . with details of the 2 remaining races and previous post with more information on the championships.


Pos. Club 1/2m 20 miles 5 Miles Marathon 10k 10 Miles Total
1 Southend AC 9.00 8.00 6.00 23.00
2 Witham RC 7.00 6.00 8.00 21.00
3 Colchester Harriers 10.00 1.00 10.00 21.00
4 Springfield Striders 6.00 9.00 5.00 20.00
5 Harlow RC 8.00 3.00 8.00 19.00
6 Orion Harriers 10.00 9.00 19.00
7 Ilford AC 7.00 3.00 10.00
8 Benfleet RC 3.00 7.00 10.00

2 races left:

Pleshey Half Marathon – Sunday 24th Sep

Stebbing 10 miles – sunday 12th November

Previous posts & info for quick reference:

Essex Champs – Let’s keep up the fantastic effort so far

7 May 2017 – By Anita Grainger

We’re now 3 races into the Essex Championship Road races with 3 to go and the ladies are top…… wahooooo!

There are 3 races left to go on the dates below:

  1. 10k – Brentwood 10 k – Sunday 2nd July – entries open link Brentwood 10k Entries
  2. Half Marathon – Pleshey Half – Sunday 24th Sep – entries open
  3. 10 Miles – Stebbing 10mile – Sunday 12th November ( entries open in August)

Let’s get as many club members out as possible, it’s not just the fast runners who count. The more WRC runners we have the more we can knock down the positions of other clubs. Having a large WRC contingent at races helps EVERYONE to feel part of the team. I know personally it really helps to have lots of WRC team members around to either run with follow or cheer on. Let’s show what a fabulous friendly club we are.

Detailed below is more info on the Essex championships from a previous post. If you have any questions please feel free to ask Bill & I.

20 February 2017 – By Anita Grainger
Following on from our success in the 53-12 Cross Country League it would be great to continue this momentum over into the Essex Championship Road Races.
When entering any of the Essex Championship races please remember to select Essex Championship and enter as Witham running club. With the standard of our runners improving we are in with a good chance of medals either as individuals or as a team & it would be a great shame to miss out just because of an admin error.
Below is the link to the Essex endurance site with more info on the championships and an extract pasted below

Road Championships
Championships Info & Scoring
The Championships are held annually over several distances – 5M, 10K, 10M, Half Marathon, 20M and Marathon. Indeed, some races have been held since 1920s.
In addition to the individual championships for each distance, points are awarded for the first 25 in each age category of each race. These points are are totted up after the last race and medals awarded to the first three in each age category overall.
The following trophies are awarded to the winners of each distance as follows:
Distance Men’s Trophy Ladies’ Trophy
The points scoring is as follows (2016)
1. Points awarded for the best 5 races out of the 6 – runners can “drop” their worst race score.
2. The “attendance” point system remains (1 point for doing 1 of the races, an additional 2 points for the 2nd, etc up to 5 points for the 5/6th race). In total a runner could get 15 points by doing 5 races (1,2,3,4,5). The attendance points will only apply to age categories (not the open category);
3. “Position” points to the top 25 runners in each category remain – 1st gets 25 points down to 25th gets 1 point.
4. All races will score the same (no additional points for the longer races)

Anita & Bill , Ladies & Mens Captains

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