Weekend Race Results – Black & Gold!!

14 May 2018 - By Steve Hennings

Another busy week(end) of racing for the Black & Gold of Witham RC with some great results, PBs and County Team Gold (for the Ladies) & Bronze (for the men) and another Club Record for Leo Cole!!

Halstead & Essex Marathon – the lumpy one!

Where to start with the superlatives?

Putting aside the unofficial “Best Water Station 2018” & “Most acrobatic fall into a bush” awards we have the following:-

  • Rachel Sweatt – Silver 2nd place Lady
  • Rachel, Charlotte Elms & Tanya Cregan – Gold Team Medal
  • Leo Cole – Bronze 3rd place and a new Club Record!!
  • Leo, Giles Sowerby & David Stevens picked up the Bronze Team Medal.

It was Nik Bainbridge’s 1stMarathon, Haydeh Safavi’s 2ndin 2 weeks (why?) and Tracey Denby’s 11th (again, why?)!!

David Stevens 02:58:29 11th place
Leo Cole 03:04:55 3rd M50-55
Giles Sowerby 03:06:17
Rachel Sweatt 03:06:59 2nd place
Charlotte Elms 03:44:32
Tanya Cregan 03:54:26
Nik Bainbridge 03:57:48
Tracey Denby 05:09:55
Haydeh Safavi 05:10:26

Baddow 10 – the slightly less lumpy one!

1stClub Champs 10 miler of the season saw some great runs on a challenging course. Mark Finbow was best placed in 8th, Steve Watson got a great PB, Aimee Brinzer limped home to one; and, Danny Connor clocked up his 2nd this week (see Maldon Summer 5k results)

Mark Finbow 01:00:05
Steven Watson 01:10:08 PB
Kevin Harper 01:13:11
Danny Connor 01:17:04 PB
Gerry Greenwold 01:17:29
Lee Blake 01:19:31
Carina Taylor 01:26:14
Helen Came 01:31:28
Dave Holdich 01:34:39
Aimee Brinzer 01:36:53  PB
Sasha Rush 01:40:23
Julia Bacon 01:41:08

Essex Summer Cross Country Series Race 1 – Hylands Park

There are few people who race as much as Ross Silverton in the club! For his first outing of the weekend he was over in Hylands Park for race 1 of the Summer Cross Country series

Ross Silverton 00:59:30

Colchester 10k – the flat one

Next up for Ross, and again the only club member running this year’s event

Ross Silverton 00:56:50

Maldon Prom Summer 5k Series Race 2 – the loopy one

Great PB’s from Danny & Sue Smith!!

Steve Hennings 00:21:27
Danny Connor 00:22:07 PB
Sue Smith 00:26:19 PB
Sylvie Bullen Bell 00:28:00
Martina Hennings 00:29:39
Brigid Lager 00:32:38

Dereham 10 – the Norfolk one

Steve Hennings 01:19:48
Martina Hennings 01:41:18 PB


  1. Leo Cole says:

    Good write up Steve – cheers.
    and…I’ve checked, and I also got a club record in the 50-54 category.

  2. Scott Darney Scott Darney says:

    Well done Leo!

  3. Leo Cole says:

    Hi Steve
    Could we check the results again please for the male team award. I may have made a mistake, but cannot see why we wouldn’t have got silver??

  4. Steve Hennings Steve Hennings says:

    Thanks Leo – I agree, it does look like we should have Silver. I have contacted Essex AA and await their reply.

  5. Steve Hennings Steve Hennings says:

    Leo, Essex results are worked out based on Essex placing (so they exclude non-Essex runners like the winner from Bungay). when you work the result out on that basis Halstead had 34 points to Witham’s 38. the rationale is that Champs results should not be influenced by people not running in the championship – hence why they exclude non-Essex runners. Steve

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