Halstead group battle strong head winds

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FIVE Halstead Road Runners took part in the Hedingham Half Trail Run hosted by Mid Essex Casuals. This was a tough off-road course, which was made harder by the strong head winds.

Gavin Allen and Phil Davies finished together in a respectable time of 1hr 45mins 44secs, gaining top 10 positions.

Next in for the club, with a super run, was Bob Langley in 1:47:52. Back in action for Halstead was Jeff Carlton in 2:06:26, followed by Andy Wilmot in 2:21:13.

A group of Halstead Road Runners competed in the Great Bentley Half Marathon, hosted by Great Bentley Running Club. With over 700 competitors, this proves to be a popular event on the race calendar.

With a flat course this is ideal for gaining a personal best time and Stewart Ellis did not disappoint, shaving over nine minutes off his previous half-marathon time.

59 Stewart Ellis (running for Braintree) 1:25:51; 66 Stuart Prestney 1:26:20; Alan Clack 1:45:15; Keith Thorogood 1:56:51; Mick Purkiss 2:11:18; Shelia Purkiss 2:30:52.

Wendy Carter and Sam Wolton competed at the South of England Cross Country Championship at Parliament Hill Fields, Hampstead Heath.

In the Senior Women’s five-mile race, Wendy Carter placed 250th out of 381 in a time of 41 minutes 23 seconds.

In the Senior Men’s 9.3-mile race, Sam Wolton placed 566th out of 885 in 1:10:01.

The undulating course was very challenging on a cold day, with some very muddy sections that really sapped the runners’ strength.