Great Baddow 10
Despite Sunday’s sweltering heat, Andy Low gave another exemplary performance at the Great Baddow 10, qualifying in 5th position with a 13 second PB of 59:58. Also securing a place in the top 10 was Michael Valbonesi in 1:03:00. Next in was Ciaran Byrne in 1:11:34, followed by Nikki Leigh who crossed the line in 1:17:57. Shelley Hall trailed just behind in 1:17:58, followed by Jack Hodges in 1:19:33. Melanie Anthony conquered the course in 1:22:22, achieving an 8 minute personal best in the process. Mark Cowan completed the run in 1:27:30, followed shortly by Stewart Morley in 1:28:05. Susanne Barton, Greg Lloyd and Angela Benfield finished in 1:29:17, 1:31:17 and 1:32:15 respectively.
Benfleet dominated the top 10 scoreboard at the Bluebell 5. James Caldon won the race in 29:13, followed by Terry Spooner in 3rd place, achieving a 25 second PB of 30:05. Lee Baynton secured 6th position in 31:05 and in 7th position was Nick Rankin with a time of 32:07. Clipping his heels in 9th place was Alan Clark in 32:26. Ian Pyke and Graham Douglas tackled the course in 35:09 and 37:47 respectively, followed by Ann Reed in 46:17 and Annette Johnson in 46:23. Next in was Liane Fancourt in 44:07, followed by Lee Allen in 47:17 and Frances Webster in 51:06. Debbie Robertson and John Robertson crossed the line collectively in 58:13.
Traversing the pastoral paths of Rochford for the Rochford 10k was Kiera Tippett, in a time of 45:57. Next runner home was Duncan Holland, who achieved a 7 minute personal best of 52:29. Catherine Hughes crossed the line in 54:46, followed by Chris Groves in 58:40.
The North Downs Way 50
Daniel Lyons conquered the formidable North Downs Way 50-mile trail run in a time of 11:14:10.