Blustery conditions did not deter 18 Halstead Road Runners turning out for the annual Great Bentley Half Marathon
Halstead’s Neil Wilson was first home for the club in a time of 1:27:25, shortly followed by a group of six who all scored personal bests, including Richard Candler who took a huge 20 minutes off of his previous best time.
Nicole Smith also recorded an excellent PB, beating her previous best time by over three minutes.
Times: Neil Wilson 1:27:25, Nathan Roulson 1:28:22, Jim Clark 1:28:54 PB, Andy Owen 1:29:03 PB, Richard Candler 1:29:14 PB, Jon Buist 1:33:47 PB, Glynn Stone 1:33:58 PB, Sam Wolton 1:34:38, Dan Hollinshead 1:37:17, Hazel Buist 1:42:47, Rosie Atkins 1:49:43, Karl Hillman 1:53:52, Nicole Smith 1:54:37 PB, Sam Wilson 1:59:17, Wendy Carter 2:00:44, Keith Thorogood 2:00:50, Julia Woolnough 2:10:15, Mick Purkiss 2:23:12.
Halstead’s successful weekend started at the Great Notley Park Run. Debra Stong made her debut as a Halstead Road Runner and was second in her age group in an excellent time of 29:58.
Mel Candler finished in 24:01 and was second lady overall. Sheila Purkiss won her age group in 36:11.
Reigning world duathlon champion Maurice Young, back in action after a three-month injury lay-off, recorded 39:34.