On the run: Spotlight on Harwich parkrun

Graeme Knott, pushing a buggy, on his way to second spot at Saturday's Harwich parkrun.

Graeme Knott, pushing a buggy, on his way to second spot at Saturday's Harwich parkrun. - Credit: Archant

Just over 100 runners, joggers and walkers braved the cold, windy conditions to take part in the 141st staging of the Harwich parkrun on Saturday.

Female runners into their stride along the promenade at Harwich. Pictures: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK

Female runners into their stride along the promenade at Harwich. Pictures: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

Colchester Harriers and Harwich Runners club athletes accounted for the top five home, over the usual 5K course from Dovercourt Cliff Park.

Harriers’ Jon Nears led home a field of 102 in 18mins 36secs, at what was his first appearance at this event, followed by the Harwich duo of Graeme Knott (19:12) and Simon Day (19:34).

The experienced Peter West, of the Harriers (19:34) and Harwich Runners’ teenager Archie Barrington (19:39) also beat 20 minutes, while Saint Edmund Pacers’ Jon Lockwood was sixth in 20:26 at what was his 112th parkrun.

As is often the case at this event, Harwich Runners had a one-two-three among the ladies.

It was a cold morning down at the seaside for the weekly Harwich parkrun, so it was wise to wrap-up

It was a cold morning down at the seaside for the weekly Harwich parkrun, so it was wise to wrap-up warm. - Credit: Archant


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Kate Hodgkiss (21:14), over-55 veteran Claudine Tisbury (21:30) and Madeline Lewis (21:37) all featured in the top 15.

Young Eddison Barker (11-14 year-old age group) completed his first-ever parkrun in 23:30. Bec Newell and Courtney O’Toole were also ‘first-timers.

Jon Lockwood, of Saint Edmund Pacers, who completed his 112th parkrun in sixth spot at Harwich on Sa

Jon Lockwood, of Saint Edmund Pacers, who completed his 112th parkrun in sixth spot at Harwich on Saturday - Credit: Archant

Peter West, of Colchester Harriers, approaches the finish of Saturday's Harwich parkrun. He finished

Peter West, of Colchester Harriers, approaches the finish of Saturday's Harwich parkrun. He finished fourth. Pictures: HARWICH PARKRUN FACEBOOK PAGE - Credit: Archant

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