Athletics: Duel in the Sun for Harriers

AGE proved no barrier to performance as Thurrock Harriers took part in the Southend 10K which was held in blistering heat. A total of 1,300 distance runners survived rocketing temperatures on Sunday and borough distance athletes were on top form.

Thurrock’s dozen runners were led in by David Johnson whose 37m 43s earned him a worthy top 50 slot.

Harriers chairman Staines told a paper: “Allowing for the heat, this was one of David’s best runs.

“He has only been in the sport for two years and has made excellent progress.”

The runner was followed in by two 50-year-olds from the borough.

Experienced distance runners. Eamonn Shelley recorded 38m 11s and he was followed by track star Jon Metcalf in 38m 37s.

The race was Jon’s debut at the distance and should give him a confidence booster as he goes into the autumn.

New 40 plus veteran Jon Russell recorded 39m 18s and Jason Syrett ran a very good 40m 58s. There were great times for the club’s younger runners too.

Tom Richardson and Dennis Cross found the going tough and recorded times around 41m.

Evergreen Pat Dobbs logged 45m 38s while newcomer Nick Trencher is capable of faster than his 46m 10s.

Thurrock’s only lady athlete was Victoria Peacock who logged 49m 58s.

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