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Harrington completes gruelling Ironman

Halstead Road Runners chairman Paul Harrington now proudly owns the title of ‘Ironman’ after completing the Outlaw Triathlon in Nottingham.

Harrington was one of some 1,400 competitors taking on the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run, and was hoping to complete the course this year after injury forced him to withdraw halfway through in 2014.

After completing the swim in one hour, 49 minutes and 43 seconds, Harrington posted times of seven hours 27 minutes and 25 seconds for the bike ride and 6.22.21 for the marathon to finish 967th overall in 16.07.43.

Elsewhere, husband and wife duo Andy and Wendy Carter took on the shorter sprint distance of the Culford Triathlon.

Both athletes finished in the top 10 of their respective age categories, with Andy (fifth, 1.08.53) pipping Wendy (fourth, 1.12.14) by just over three minutes.

Aaron Heard and Jim Leaney battled through tough conditions in the popular Kirstie Five Memorial Race in Rayleigh.

Heard completed the race in 41 minutes and 12 seconds to finish 56th, while Leaney (45.25) came in 103rd among a field of 270 competitors.

Hazel Buist (21.54) and Rosie Atkins (22.43) both saw their times tumble with impressive performances in the Great Cornard Parkrun at the weekend.

Halstead celebrated their 30th anniversary on Saturday, with around 100 members past and present enjoying the annual family fun day at the club’s Courtaulds Sports Ground home.

The Road Runners meet every Wednesday evening (7.15pm). To find out more please call Jim Clark on 07921 312361.

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