Race reports

6th June 2017

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Tony Bacon. He came first in the club time trial in a time of 17:17 which puts him 5th on the club records! Then at the London Vitality 10K he ran a PB of 35:42 which extends his lead at the top of the PB league with 8! Then on Saturday he came first in the Hatfield Forest parkrun with a time of 17:45, which puts him 7th on the club records!
Alex Smith was 2nd in the club time trial with a time that puts him 8th on the club records 17:53. Youngster Jed Randall ran an excellent time trial 22:48 PB, and came 4th overall and 1st in his age category at the Bury 2K Junior parkrun 8:39. Clair Gale, Alison Goodwin and Rob Goodwin all got PB’s in the time trial.
At the Hatfield Broad Oak 10K, Mark White continued his recent good form with a PB of 40:01. Kevin Millard had a great run knocking 1min 18secs off his previous best with a time of 45:24. Ross Arnold got his 4th PB of the year with 52:29.
At the Gorleston Cliffs parkrun Sarah Stuppell got a 5K PB of 38:19, taking 31 seconds off her previous best!

At the Flaming June Half Marathon Paul J Sherritt ran his first half marathon for 14 months with a very respectable 2:12. Vashti McDonald-Clink ran a PB of 50:54 at the Worthing 10K.





27th July 2015

Haverhill running club members continued to make there presence felt in recent races over the last couple of weeks

Craig Sisson recorded his first ever win in a race at the Sudbury 10k. A low key multi-terrain event with 50 runners, Sisson dominated throughout coming home in a time of 45:25 to take the glory. Four other members took part with Stuart Shepherd finishing in 18th place with 58:02, Darren Cornell coming home in 59:35 for 21st place and Terry Braverman and Zoe Chapman completing the line up with 80:49 and 83:47 respectively.

The same Sunday saw the popular 10k at Felsted take place. In the field of over 250 runners, nine ran from H.R.C. Chairman Trevor Bunch continues to rip up his personal records, this time smashing his 10k best in a time of 37:09, enough for 10th position overall and 3rd Vet40 home. Haverhill ladies Theresa Franklin, Briggite Heard and Dawn Dixon were Third in the ladies team event.

A different kind of race took place at Woodbridge, organised by the Ipswich Jaffa club. The Ekiden Relay is an event of 26.2 miles (marathon distance), split into teams of six runners. Starting with a leg of 7.2k, followed by 5k, 10k, 5k, 10k and 5k respectively. Set in the fields of Woodbridge school there’s plenty of support for runners as they loop around the grounds. Haverhill running club entered three teams, with various targets to achieve. Indeed the mixed team of Michael Gilbert, Siobhan Dockerill, Matt Bigley, Mary-Ann Moseley, Andrew Bell and Sian-Marie Lucas achieved there aim of winning there section, and in the process smashing the all time best finishing time for mixed teams, coming home in 2 hours 38 minutes and 15 seconds in total.

With the other two teams also performing admirably, Haverhill had made its mark on this race .

6th July

Haverhill running club continue to be very busy attending races throughout the summer months . The last two Friday’s have seen the continuation of the Friday five series of races , with Trevor Bunch and Sian-Marie Lucas travelling to take on the five miler at the home of Springfield Striders .Bunch again broke the magic 30 minute mark , with his time of 29;53 , giving him 10th place overall in the field of 128 runners . For Lucas it proved a profitable journey as well , achieving a new personal best time of 32:20 , for 25th place overall , and a prize being the third lady to cross the finish line .

The following Friday saw Bunch and others travel to Great Bentley for there five mile event. This course is pretty much as fast and flat as you can get , making it very popular for runners looking for personal bests. Indeed all five runners from the club achieved there aims . Bunch smashed his best time to bring his new p.b. Down to 29;12 , and 17th position out of the near 400 athletes . Ian Elden was next in, 31:04 demolishing his old best , and 39th place .Graham Dickens new p.b now stands at 35;48 , enough for 164th  place .Charlotte Acheson continued her fine recent form , 38:21 and 217th place for her , with Dawn Dixon obliterating her old 5 mile best with 46:22 , coming in 336th position overall .

At the other end of the spectrum to great Bentley , also ran on a Friday was the wibbly wobbly log jog. A five mile run set in the woods of Thetford forest. This twisty turney course has its obstacles to manoeuvre too. A superb turnout of Haverhill runners took up the challenge of something a bit different to the normal race.

Last Sunday saw the annual Newmarket 10k take place . The undulating course is set in stetchworth. A handful of runners from H.R.C. Took part in the field of 140 .and there was success for three ladies from the club , namely , Carole Le-Roy , Helen Spooner and Debbie slater who took the prize of top female team .all three have been steadily improving in there running , and will be s big boost to them in the fukture . Also grabbing some silverware was Martin Lawrence who won the male veteran 50 category .

Results are on the results page

22nd June

As the summer gets into gear, Haverhill running club members have been very busy, filling races around the region, and very profitable returns have been had at that .

First up was the next leg of the Suffolk Friday five series, this five miler taking part at Nowton park, home of Bury Pacers. Trevor Bunch maintained his position of sitting in second place in his category of veteran 40 , with his time being 29;55, enough for 12 place overall in the field of 350 runners . Achieving there own personal bests in the race were Craig Sisson, Matt Cowell, Graham Dixon, Charlotte Acheson and Dawn Dixon.

The following Friday saw the next leg of the Friday five, this event being held at Haughley Park, with  Stowmarket  Striders the hosts. This race coincided with it being the next leg of the Suffolk Grand Prix, and with Haverhill riding high in this, it guaranteed a good turnout of runners for this off road 5 miler. Within the total of 372, Haverhill provided 21 runners in total. It proved a really fruitful night for the club, strengthening there place at the top of the league. Major highlights were Sian Marie Lucas coming second lady overall, Mary Ann- Moseley grabbing first vet 40 lady prize, and the women coming in as the second best overall on the night. For the men Andrew Bell stormed to fourth place overall, and the men’s team of Bell, Bunch and Lawrence achieving first men’s team place. Everybody played there part on the night, one of the most successful in the running clubs history.

Moving on to last Sunday and nine members travelled to Sutton, near Ely, to compete in the 10k there called the Sutton Beast.

Sian -Marie Lucas is really making a name for herself this year with her racing exploits and again she didn’t disappoint. in creating a new personal best for herself she also smashed the women’s course record for this event .Lucas’s time of 41;17 also got her 8th position overall and of course the prize for First Lady home.

Another lady who had a successful Sunday was Siobhan Dockerill, who was Haverhills sole entrant in the Huntingdon 10k. Dockerill crossed the line as third lady back , grabbing a prize for that achievement. Her time was 44:08, enough for 44th position in the field of over 500 athletes.

Full results for all of the above races can be found on the results page

15th June

Haverhill Running Club enjoyed a record-breaking evening at the third Kevin Henry 5K league fixture last Thursday, hosted by Newmarket Joggers. Ninety two Haverhill runners completed the race in hot and dusty conditions – the highest ever turnout from any club for the league. HRC maintained their scintillating form, and remain in 2nd place at the halfway point of the series. For the first time, three HRC men finished in the top ten, with PBs from Mat Bigley (16:40, 4th place), Andrew Bell (16:56, 5th) and Michael Gilbert (17:10, 8th). Sian-Marie Lucas continues to lead HRC ladies, achieving 1st place female with a new PB of 19:08 after a nail-biting battle with Vickery of CTC over the final 50m. Siobhan Dockerill also finished in the top ten ladies, posting a time of 20:52 for 10th position. It was a remarkable night for HRC ladies, who are steadily closing the gap on 1st place ladies’ team CTC. The club is in a very strong position moving into the second half of the series, and will have home advantage at the next race in Kedington, hosted by HRC on 2nd July.

Haverhill running club member Michelle Brazier competed in her first ever half marathon recently. Appropriately called the flaming June half, the event  was held  at Impington in hot sweltering sun. Brazier can be well happy with her first attempt, coming in with a time of 2 hours 25 minutes , for 421st place in a field of 450 runners

Taking in an off road marathon in Norfolk (the Poppyline Marathon), with stunning views and sights, was David Edwards , competing in his 71st marathon, Theresa Jones and Shirley Fowler . The trio kept each other company around the course , completing in 6 hours 5 minutes each .

Throughout the summer a series of five races take place on a Friday night , with athletes competing in what’s called the Suffolk Grand Prix Friday five . The first two races took place at Kirton and Ipswich respectively . Club chairman Trevor Bunch continued his sparkling form , firstly at Ipswich ,smashing his personal best to record a stunning time of 29:46 , enough for him to grab a trophy as second veteran 40 overall.also well up the field was Ian Elden , running 33:08 , with Charlotte Acheson the sole lady from the club , recording 39;04 .onto Kirton the following week , and Bunch was the sole entrant from Haverhill. He kept up his strong position overall , timing 30:35 , for 26th place out of 396 runners.

1st June 2015

The racing season is truly under way now and Haverhill running club members have been taking in events around the country .

The Woodbridge 10k is a tough hilly course ,with great support throughout by the locals. A total of 15 runners from H.R.C were among the 638 athletes. A productive so morning work ensued with Trophys won by Mary-Ann Moseley for first female 40 veteran across the finishing line , Martin Lawrence was first vet 50 and Sian-Marie Lucas was 4th woman overall. Also achieving new personal bests among the rest of the club were Ian Elden , Lucas , Craig Sisson , Siobhan Dockerill  and Charlotte Acheson .

Lindsay Matthews was the sole H.R.C. Entrant in the Wheathampstead 10k .Matthews time of 57:32 giving her 321st place overall in the field of 544 runners .

Club captain and newly Qualified running Coach Siobhan Dockerill travelled down to Bristol to compete in their 10k. A massive field of nearly 10,000 competed in this , with some top class elites among them . Dockerill made the trip well worthwhile , smashing her p.b in a time of 43:01, putting her well up the field of females, finishing in  765th place overall .

25th May 2015

Haverhill Running Club continues to dominate the local running scene, with success in both the Suffolk Grand Prix and the Kevin Henry 5K series.

They have taken this years Kevin Henry 5K league by storm, remaining securely in 2nd place after the latest fixture. 77 HRC runners travelled to Newport last Thursday evening to take on the challenging, mainly off-road course hosted by Saffron Striders. In a field of 290 club runners, first home for HRC and in 4th place overall was Mat Bigley, followed by Andrew Bell in 8th place, Michael Gilbert in 11th and Trev Bunch in 15th. HRC ladies also had a fantastic race with Sian-Marie Lucas taking 2nd place, Siobhan Dockerill in 9th, Mary Ann Moseley 16th and Karen Martin 21st. Cambridge Triathlon Club currently top the league, and with four more races to go, HRC is enjoying its most successful Kevin Henry league to date due to a combination of competitive runners and the largest turn out of any club in the series. The league, in which every runner contributes to the team score, continues to be well supported by the club and a large HRC presence is expected at the next fixture in Newmarket in June.

Haverhill RC sit proudly at the top of the Suffolk Grand Prix league table after 3 races and an accumulated points tally of 5248. They have a clear lead over second place Ipswich Jaffa (4951 points) and third place Stowmarket Striders (4810 points). There is also success on an individual level for Sian-Marie Lucas (2nd Senior Lady), Janet Symonds and Dawn Dixon (2nd and 3rd FV35), Mary-Ann Moseley (1st FV40), Cheryl Trundle (2nd FV60) and Martin Lawrence (1st MV50). The next race in the series is the Stowmarket Friday 5 on 9th June.

18th May 2015

Nine runners from Haverhill running club took on the hills and the heat of the Halstead marathon last Sunday. It certainly was A tough day at the races , as the event went on , the hills and the sun took its toll on the field of 500 runners . Mark White was first in for the club ,his time being 3;45:38 . In running 3:50;13, Karen Martin was in fact the second senior female to cross the line .clubmates followed in behind, steely determination and guts helping them to complete the gruelling run .

Taking part in the Colchester 10k the same weekend was Ian Elden from the club. This is a very competitive field , with some classy athletes to boot. Elden ran a great race, to achieve a new personal best time of 41:14 and getting 39th position overall.

11th May 2015

The first of the  new season of Kevin Henry 5k races took place last week at Impington, home of the Cambridge Triathlon club. It’s the same format as previous years with six teams namely, Cambridge tri ,Newmarket Joggers, Saffron walden Striders, Ely running club, Cambridge and Coleridge and Haverhill Running club taking turns monthly to each host a 5k race against each other .Each year this event grows bigger and stronger , with well over 350 runners taking there place on the start line for the first race .Haverhill itself had an incredible turnout of 87 runners .with each and every runner scoring at least a point for there club. The format consists of the first six men from each team , and first for ladies, pick up extra points , depending on where they finished in the overall race . The fast flat course and determined efforts all round Brought home several new personal bests among the finishers . For the men the first six past the post were Matt Bigley in 7th place , his time of 16.48 also claiming a new p.b. And club record time . Andrew Bell was just behind in 8th , another p.b. In 17;04. Michael Gilbert claimed 11th place overall in 17:16 (p.b. ) , and club chairman Trevor Bunch was in 22nd place , his time of 17:48, smashing his old best time. Andrew Quarell in 25th , with 18:09 , and a new best , and Mark White, also. Claiming a p.b with 19;11 and 45 place completed the top six men .

For the ladies , the ever improving Sian-Marie Lucas claimed second place overall, and grabbing a new p.b , and club record with 19;19. Kirsty Millard finished second lady with 21:44 , also a p.b .Karen Martin was 26th position with 22;22 , and Mary-Ann Moseleys time of 22:41 and 30th place completed the women’s top four line up .with the great turn out achieved by Haverhill, this put the team in second place in the contest , with Saffron Striders the next venue on the calendar.

Ashdon held its annual 10k on the bank holiday Monday , and there was a strong continent for Haverhill running club make the short journey to race . A total of 156 runners in total competed in what is a tough run , with plenty of hills and mixed terrain to contend with . haverhill runners showed up well in the event , with trophys won by Matt Bigley, Andrew Bell and Sian -Marie Lucas .

Also the same day as Ashdon was another 10k held at Breckland , near Thetford. This race is the complete opposite to Ashdon , fast and flat with a downhill finish , producing fast times .making the most of this was Trevor Bunch who proceeded to smash his previous best time , in achieving 37;24, enough for 9th place overall , and second male 40 in the field of 284 runners . Ian Elden was the other sole entrant from Haverhill, running in with 42;04 for 35th place .