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On their marks for the London Marathon (please sponsor them!!)

IT IS a long way. Every year, since 1981, it comes round and ever year we stand in awe at the people determined to put themselves through the agony of 26 miles and 385 yards. There are a number of Thurrock folk running the marathon. They all have a chip in their race number and so we can follow their 5K split times on the Virgin marathon website.

Athletics: Johnson impresses at Brentwood Half Marathon

THE Brentwood Half-Marathon saw the usual huge field of 2000 toe the line and the return to Essex of David Johnson. He acquitted himself well in 14th place with a time of 79 minutes an improvement of almost a minute. Most pleased with his effort was Jason Syrett who returned a pb effort 86.46 in 66th place.

Athletics: Harriers make their mark at St Clare’s Hospice 10K

MICHAEL Bumstead ran a remarkable 40.20 for 10K at the St Clare’s Hospice in Harlow. On a lovely sunny morning, the over 60′s veteran put in a fine time over the undulating course. Gary Cahill came 33rd in 41.29 and Toni Noble 45h in 43.10.

Speedway: Big hearts for Little Havens

THE Lakeside Hammers Community Programme is declaring 2014 as the year “When Every Point Counts!” as we are thrilled to announce that our Regional Charity for this year will be Little Havens Hospice. Little Havens Hospice is set in beautiful woodland near Thundersley, Essex and cares for children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, throughout the journey of their illness.

Popular Parkruns set for the area

Parkruns are 5km runs that encourage entrants to race against the clock rather than each other. They have proved very popular around the country and around the country. Our sister paper, www.yourharlow.com reports regularly on the Waltham Abbey 5k which runs most Saturday mornings.

Athletics: person scoops four medals at indoors

THE Essex and Eastern Counties indoor competition this weekend was held at Lee Valley and Thurrock’s James Pearson didn’t disappoint. The Enfield and Haringey athlete was entered in two events with the possibility of four medals which is exactly what he came away with.

Sport: What will Tei excel at?

NOT many sportsmen have the dilemma that faces Tei Lynn-Jones. The 19-year-old excels at a variety of sports. He reached the national finals of the boxing newcomers competition. He has played football for Tilbury reserves.

Dinner to mark Mel’s world record

IN April 1964, Grays-based Mel Batty ran 40 laps of Herningham’s cinder track to break the world 10 mile record with 47m26.8s. The Thurrock Harriers are holding a dinner with celebrity guest speakers to commemorate his achievement.

Athletics: Pearson medals at London Winter Games

WILLIAM Edwards pupil James Pearson took part in the London Indoor Games this weekend at Lee Valley. Pearson threw an impressive 12.96m with the 5k shot to win the under 17 mens shot putt competition and his 1st of the 2014 season.

Athletics: Jo leads Harriers home on the country

THURROCK’S senior women’s team produced a good performance in the County Cross Country Championships led in by reigning champion Joanne Wilkinson who was third but the whole team rose to the occasion. Joanne, who ran for the club until she was 25, has since travelled widely with her RAF officer husband and has run for Paula Radcliffe’s Club, Bedford and County.

Athletics: Strong performances by Harriers

ALEC Finch led home the Thurrock squad finishing 5th in 18m8s, an excellent time in the muddy conditions. In 7th place was David Johnson with a time of 18m35s. Jodie Meredith in 11th place could vie for a place in the under 15s County team provided his football commitments permit. Thurrock’s strong under 13 group of boys did well. Jack Exley was 15th in 20m20s, Harry Parker, just 11 years old, was 21st in 20m40s and Reece Scott was 31st in 21m30s.

Athletics: Hayley wins key funding

THE Bruce Longden Community Foundation (BLCF) said: “BLCF is absolutely delighted to announce that Hayley McLean (GB), the 2013 European Junior 400m Hurdles Champion, is the first GB athlete to receive support from the Foundation, by way of initial assistance to her warm weather training costs later this month.

Athletics: Houghtons show class at Hylands Park

THE senior men had the rare luxury of fielding their top four runners in Saturday’s third round of the Essex Cross Country League at Hylands Park, Chelmsford. They were rewarded with their lowest points score of the season, 302, and the highest team position, 6th.

Athletics: Pat and Mick in rude health on the country

MICK Bumstead and Pat Dobbs added to their already large collection of County medals. Mick won a bronze in the MV60 age group and Pat took the
silver in the MV70 section. Mick was beaten by the world class veteran Dave Butler, who also beat the whole 50+ section and by Dave Cox from Woodford who has been a top class runner for over 40 years.

Athletics: Jodie shines again at 10K

CHELMSFORD 10k has a reputation of being a really fast course and 6 Thurrock Harriers put that reputation to the test last Sunday afternoon.
Top Harrier performance in the field of 500 came from Jodie Farrell who was 10th in the ladies section of the race and again runner up in the FV45+ age group. More significantly perhaps she lowered her personal best by a massive one and a half minutes to 42m50s. Over the past year at this distance she has improved by 7 minutes.

Athletics: Busy weekend of X-Country for Harriers

THURROCK Harriers from young to old had a successful day at the second round of the Essex Cross-Country League at Basildon’s Gloucester Park. Teenager Gemma Holloway once again stole the headlines by claiming back-to-back league wins, outsprinting Cambridge’s Claire Wilson to win the under-17/20 women’s race.

2014 could be the year for Gianni

LIKE a fine wine, international hurdler, Gianni Frankis seems to be maturing nicely. Gianni had an injury free season that saw him produce a personal best of 13.54 for the 110 metre hurdles.

Athletics: PB for Tobin in Billericay 10K

THE club was well represented in the Billericay 10k on Sunday morning. The race, which is outstandingly organised, was affected by strong winds which slowed the times down. Thurrock’s squad were led in by Antony Tobin in 17th place. His time of 38m04s was an excellent personal best that could have been better if he
had not been impeded by a careless driver in the final few hundred metres. Another pb went to Nick Trencher, also a relative newcomer to the sport. His 39m52s was a welcome breakthrough into the sub 40 club. His finishing position was 28th and he was 8th veteran. Jason Syrett showed a great return to form after a long period of injury finishing 37th in 40m17.

Athletics: Hayley chosen for elite Futures programme

STANFORD athlete, Hayley Mclean is amongst seven gold medallists from the 2013 European Junior and World Youth Championships that have been invited to join the British Athletics Futures Programme for 2013-14 reports Britishathletics.co.uk. The Futures Programme – which underpins the World Class Performance Programme (WCPP) – was created five years ago to provide more targeted support for young talented athletes and their coaches.

Athletics: Gemma leads the way in first x-country of the season

IN the opening cross country fixture of the Essex League programme, held at the Discovery Centre, Braintree on Saturday, Thurrock Harriers were well represented in most of the age groupings. Outstanding performance came from Gemma Holloway who comfortably won the under 17-under 20 women’s race. This was a particularly impressive performance as Gemma was one of the youngest in the race and it also promises well for the championship races that are dotted through the Winter.

Athletics: Harriers shine at Southend Open

A HANDFUL of Thurrock Harriers produced some great results at the Southend open on Bank Holiday Monday. Ben Gibbs ran an impressive sub 11 second seasons best and personal best of in the senior mens 100m which kicked off a volley of personal best performances and medal placements from all who attended.

Athletics: Pearson makes the grade at nationals

WILLIAM Edwards pupil James Pearson made the grade to enter the England Athletics U15 & U17 National Championships. Pearson was entered in the shot putt, discus and 80m hurdles.

Athletics: Rain no pain for the Mel Batty 10K

AN outstanding performance came from Jodi Farrell who was 49th overall, 10th lady with a time of 44m38s. 3 minutes faster than her previous best. There was a plethora of pbs from other Harriers. Mark Cable’s breakthrough run of 39m31s took 17th place; Martin Mack performed 40m40s (24th); Nick Trencher 40m52s (26th), Gary Cahill’s 42m51s (40th); Ian Scott 46m31s (55th) were all encouraging personal bests.

Athletics: Nine-event Ben shines for Harriers

THURROCK’S mens section of 8 athletes made heroic efforts to cover all the events in the Southern Athletics League match at Braintree on Saturday. They missed out only on one events and this was because of a traffic jam on the A13 which delayed the arrival of Ben Gibbs for the high jump.

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