Race Results w/e 18th Nov 2018

18 November 2018 - By Steve Hennings


Wendover Woods 50, Chilterns

As the name suggests, this is a (very) long run through some woods, consisting of five 10 mile laps –  so only a small number of club members would entertain this madness! It starts in daylight and, unless you are superhuman, ends up as some of the scarier scenes from the Blair Witch Project!!

Matt Jordan, finished an extraordinary year by completing this monster in a time of 12h 13m and 34 secs despite hallucinating due to fatigue on the last lap!


Brighton 10k (incl inter counties event)

Rachel Sweatt was representing Essex down on the south coast completing the race in a new Club Record  time of 0:36:03 to pick up yet another PB as 4th placed lady.

Overall Essex Ladies came 1st, the Men 3rd and the county also bagged 2nd place in the mixed team event!!

Hadleigh 10 (club champs for those that missed Stebbing)

The Hadleigh 10 is a tough course, quite often run though ankle deep water & mud over a rolling course. We had a few hardy souls taking on the route today.

Name Time
James Montgomery 01:21:46
Ross Silverton 01:31:59
Sylvie Bullen-Bell 01:33:58
James Attenborough 01:34:35
Karen Flowers 01:38:40

Gosfield Gautlet, Gosfield

With a choice of a trail full or half marathon this was the first running of this new event by Halstead. Sensibly all club members that ran chose the half marathon, to trudge around various fields and woods in north Essex for the morning. You’d think running every day would slow you down, but not Bill!

Name Time Comment
Bill Smythe 01:47:00 Strava time
Ben Miller 02:28:00 Strava time
Jo Smythe 02:41:00 Strava time

Hertfordshire Half Marathon

In the grounds of Knebworth House, this HM is billed as flat but is more of a rolling course. Colin Short was out racing on the closed roads finishing in a time of 2:03:57, securing himself yet another club record in the new 70-74 age group

St Neots Half Marathon

Anita Grainger was up in Cambridgeshire for this flat’ish and fast HM finishing in a strong time of 1:53:26. Recommended by Anita for future years.

Chelmsford 10k

And finally the last, fast 10k in Essex each year is always quite popular with members especially as it is run in the afternoon (which is novel). We had some cracking PB’s from (the artist known as) Heydon and James Crisp today amongst the members competing

Name Time Comment
Heydon Mizon 0:35:24 PB
James Crisp 0:36:43 PB
Leo Cole 0:38:43
David Church 0:39:09
David Jobling 0:48:33


  1. Colin Short Colin Short says:

    I ran the Hertfordshire Half Marathon as a wild card to complete the series due to missing out on the three designated races. It may be billed as flat but trust me that’s only if you lean backwards for half the race! I decided to run at 9 minute mile pace to get me in under 2 hours but that soon went out of the window as you had a 2 mile congested run to get out of the park as I lost a minute straight away. In fact if I had let the field go for 5 minutes it would have been beneficial as it was chip to chip timing! I did make the time up by 8 miles but then the effort of the hills kicked in and from 10 miles onwards it was a matter of survival – sounds melodramatic but it was tough, especially the uphill finish. It was a well marshalled race but would I do it again – a definite NO! Then it was an ordeal getting out of the car park – took half an hour – the bonus of it being I took 2 runners to the station for a £10 fare! Dawn who ran the race last year was right in her comments to me about the race and its undulations – unfortunately that was after I had entered! Another thing was that I timed myself 2 minutes and 37 seconds faster than my official time – could make all the difference – still it bodes well for the club record as it gives me more time to beat!

  2. Colin Short Colin Short says:

    As an amendment to the article above my amended time on the official results was 2.01.15 which put me 2nd in my age group!

  3. Heydon mizon Heydon Mizon says:

    Colin- you are really selling this one ;-)… sounds tough!

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