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Running club ready for race four in Suffolk Winter League

Haverhill Running Club have been in fine form this winter, with some great recent results preparing them well for the fourth race of the 2018/19 Suffolk Winter League.

Bury St Edmunds Pacers will host the fourth event, of the six race series, at Nowton Park on Sunday (11.15am).

The senior race will be run over a two lap course which will be about eight kilometres in length. Entry is free for club members as HRC will cover the cost.

There is also a junior race (10.45am) which will be approximately three km as well as an U11 event held near the finishing line.

Karen Martin at the Great Bentley Half Marathon for Haverhill Running Club. Picture: Contributed (7145753)
Karen Martin at the Great Bentley Half Marathon for Haverhill Running Club. Picture: Contributed (7145753)

Club chair Karen Martin said a ‘busy weekend’ at the Great Bentley Half Marathon on February 3 was perfect preparation.

Racing against 666 runners, 11 Haverhill members fought hard for their finishing places – Craig Sisson was the first runner home for the club in 68th position with a time of 1:23:30.

Karen, meanwhile, knocked an incredible two minutes and 20 seconds off her half-marathon PB as she crossed the line in 184th position in 1:35:20, and was the club’s only female representative on the day.

The club claim it is also the 34th best half-marathon time nationally for the V35 category this year and puts her in eighth position in the club records.

Westley Walker also knocked almost two minutes off his PB as he finished in one hour 26 minutes in 99th place while Ross Arnold (364th, 1:49:33) took more than three and a half minutes off his half-marathon best as he went sub one hour 50 minutes for the first time.

Also running wellwere Mark White (154th, 1:32:04), Lee Brown (170th, 1:34:09), Yusuf Firat (196th, 1:36:55), Vashti Macdonald-Clink (297th, 1:45:24), Graham Dixon (352nd, 1:49:53), Lee Taylor (480th, 2:00:53) and Steve Halls (498th, 2:02:07).

Tony Bacon also competed on the track at the weekend at Lee Valley in the Essex County and Eastern AA Championships. He claimed fourth in the M35 300m in 46:43 and another fourth in the 1500m (4:55:50).

In last week’s wintery time trial, Cheryl Eden also bagged herself a 5K PB, finishing in 30:47. It was a weekend of personal best times despite the cold conditions – Sally Johnston’s new time of 35:08 is over ten minutes faster than her beginner’s 5K time trial, while Becca Sims (35:14) also recorded a new fastest time.

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