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Harriers and Stanford runners at weekend's big road event
9:00am Thursday 11th October 2012 in Sport
ATHLETICS: THE Southend 10K road race attracted 1,300 starters on Sunday – and there was decent representation from Thurrock Harriers and other borough distance runners.
Eight Harriers were among the competitors. Finishing in a very creditable 25th place was David Johnson who finished with a time of 37m27s. David will hope to break the 37 minute barrier in one of the up-coming very fast 10Ks.
Stanford-based Tom Richardson finished in a time of 37.49. The next Harrier athlete to finish was Adam Dowman who finished in 35th place in 38m27s.
The third Harriers to cross the line was Antony Tobin who improved to 39m02s, which is a towering personal best by half a minute.
He was in 47th place.
There followed some good performances from the Harriers’ strong veterans group - Mick Bumsted is now in the 60+ age group and still nursing himself back to fitness after keyhole surgery on his knee.
His time of 40m28s to finish 2nd in his age group was therefore particularly pleasing. He was beaten by his long standing rival from Southend, Peter Binns. Mick will have him firmly in his sights for the forthcoming cross country season.
Jason Syrett just missed the top hundred with a time of 41m34s. 50+ veteran Rob Russell, notched up an eye catching 40m54s performance to finish overall 88th. 2 more veterans in the 40+ age group can be pleased with their performances.
Gary Cahill recorded 44m16s in 168th place and Orsett based Gary Rowlett finished 211th in a time of 44m57s.
This weekend most of those athletes will be at Braintree for the opening race of the cross country league season. The league caters for all age groups and both genders and Thurrock hope to field teams in all sections.
For more athletics see Friday's THURROCK GAZETTE