Athletics: Oliver is the Mann for Thurrock in impressive 10K in Horndon.

Over 400 runners lined up for the Horndon 10k on Sunday. Among them were a dozen Harriers who produced some excellent performances.

Adam Dowman produced his best ever run to finish 7th in 37m33. Horndon resident Oliver Mann, who was discovered in this race last year, ran 39m34 to finish 15th. Still only 15 Oliver improved his time by 4 minutes. He has an excellent future in road running. Jason Syrett completed the scoring team coming in 16th in 39m43. Just one second behind was Nick Trencher who was delighted to break the 40 minute barrier.

Also pleased with that achievement was Tony Draper who was 18th in 39m37. All of these first 5 finishers produced pbs for this demanding course.

Thurrock’s sole prize winner of the day was Mick Bumstead who won the 60+ event in 41m03.

This year Havering won the team race, the first time Thurrock has been beaten in this race for many years. The excellent personal best of the clubs first 4 finishers

made up for the disappointment of losing the team title.

Other Thurrock runners were: 37th Gary Cahill 42m29, 48th Martin Mack 43m03, 55th John Russell

43m50, 69th Gary Rowlett 45m05, 76th Bernie Johnson 45m07.

Former members who finished well were Gary Collins 22nd in 40m38, Jay Kilshaw 54th in 43m41 and Liam Appleyard 94th in 47m06.

This week the club tackle the 4th round of the Southern Athletics League at Braintree. Some of the club’s leading runners will also take part in the county’s 10k road championship being held in Brentwood on

Sunday.

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