Thursday, July 25, 2024

Athletics: Thurrock shines at Essex Half-Marathon champs

The Essex Half Marathon Championships were held on Sunday on a new and attractive undulating course in the village of Pleshey. This event now looks as if it will be a fixture on the road running calendar for a
long time to come. On Sunday only 3 of the club’s road runners tackled the event.

Toni Noble produced an outstanding performance, finishing 3rd in the women’s race with a time of 91m4s. She also took the silver medal in the 35+ veteran’s category of the race behind the winner June Allen
from Springfield Striders. Toni is hitting her best form after a flat few months following the London Marathon. Her short economical stride is ideally suited to the roads and more excellent performances on this surface will come.

John Green ran 79m35s to finish 20th in the 40+ finishers. John’s mileage is high at the moment as he prepares for next month’s Amsterdam marathon.

Justin Renda can feel delighted with his effort finishing 54th in 86m53s. He had to withdraw from the London Marathon because of injury but if he continues this sort of form he can think about breaking 3
hours in next April’s event.

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