Colchester Half – 1 Club Record and 8 PBs

25 March 2018 - By Steve Hennings

The Club Champs is now well and truly underway, with two events this weekend. Following yesterday’s  Essex Road Relays, a number of club members took on the Colchester Half Marathon.

Firstly, we’ve had some of enquiries from those that have looked at the Official Results online around mystery club member Marc Marc. “Is this Marc Underdown?” some have asked. “Is he really in a tribute act for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (early 90’s US Hip Hop Band for those too young to remember)?” was also questioned. We have tried to contact Mr Underdown for a comment, via his agent, but have received no reply so far and will assume the answer to both of the above is Yes.

So with the important stuff out of the way lets get to the results. Rachel Sweatt continues to break club records (her own on this occasion) with 2nd overall placed lady (1st Senior Lady) and a new PB of 1:21:57! That sub-3 London Marathon looks well within reach.

It was personal bests galore today also for Giles Sowerby, Owen Dare, Nik Bainbridge, Tanya Cregan, Gavin McClure and Julia Bacon, all achieving great personal success.

Finally, a big shout out goes to David Grainger, who completed his first competitive HM in a very respectable 1:56:00, well within his target time for the day.

Next up in the Club Champs is the Bromley 10k in just 2 weeks time!! It’s going to be a competitive year.

Place Name Category Chip
16 Chris Martin Senior Men 01:19:22
29 Rachel Sweatt Senior Ladies 01:21:57 PB and Club Record
43 Giles Sowerby Senior Men 01:23:39 PB
53 Owen Dare Vets Men 50-59 01:24:31 PB
61 Leo Cole Vets Men 50-59 01:25:06
177 James Crisp Vets Men 40-49 01:33:23
240 Marc Underdown Vets Men 40-49 01:35:40
335 Bill Smythe Vets Men 40-49 01:38:57
376 Nik Bainbridge Vets Men 40-49 01:39:50 PB
386 Tanya Nash Senior Ladies 01:40:08 PB
507 Gavin Moore Vets Men 40-49 01:42:19
640 Gavin MacLure Senior Men 01:45:55 PB
624 David Saward Vets Men 40-49 01:46:39
1164 David Grainger Vets Men 50-59 01:56:00 1st HM
1392 Anna Sutton Senior Ladies 01:59:08
1551 Ross Silverton Vets Men 60-69 02:04:20
1860 Sylvia Bullen-Bell Vets Ladies 45-54 02:09:48
1937 Julia Bacon Vets Ladies 45-54 02:11:54 PB


  1. Gavin Moore Gavin Moore says:

    I also ran the Colchester Half yesterday, I wasn’t a member of the club when I signed up. I got round in 01.42.19 (507) wearing the club colours for the first time.

  2. Steve Hennings Steve Hennings says:

    Thanks Gavin – I will update the report later

  3. David Grainger says:

    Owen was 2nd & Leo 4th in the 50-59 age category.

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