Venue – Southchurch Park East, Lifstan Way, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2XD
Course Description – The course is a flat, out and back, traffic- free course along Southend seafront, also incorporating a section on the wide footpaths of Gunners Park.
“The Southend 10K is the one of the largest and long standing 10K road races in the area and the largest that takes part on a fully road closed course. Having always been staged on the first Sunday in October, we are proud to say that this year will be the 34th running of the event which over the years has benefited from a well supported seafront course often been blessed with favourable weather conditions for runners and supporters alike.”
This year was no different! Perfect running conditions, which certainly helped may runners to achieve a new PB.
42 CPJ completed the popular course. Richard Bonham was the first CPJ across the finish line in 58th position in a time of 38.45.
7 CPJ were competing at this distance for the first time – Adam Hemsworth 84th 39.51, Tina Burton 58.03, James Burton 58.26, Sarah Hemsworth 1:00.10, Karen Batt 1:08.28, Sophie Eastment 1:10.38 and Nigel Horobin 1:33.50 and 15 achieved a new PB – Rick Wade 41.38, John Sweeney 42.44, Stuart Harrison 46.32, Gary Clifford 48.18, Jo McNeilly 48.54 (and first CPJ Lady), James Austin 48.57, Martin Victory 49.26, Paul Varker 49.30, Justin Burton 50.06, Mark Collins 51.15, Ryan Fox 54.47, Patrick Waters 56.36, Laura Hemsworth 58.57, Joanne Reeves 1:01.15 & Jane Hopkins 1:08.24. Jan Steed 59.34 & Mike Hopkins 45.26 both beat their previous best times from this course.
CPJ Ty McKeown ran as a guide for visually impaired runner Daniel Ayling who was running his first 10k and finished in an impressive time of 56.55.
Remaining CPJ finishers were:
Derek Page, Mike Hayward, Rob Dunn, Mark Colquhoun, Catherine Maylin, Tina Victory, Gary Bright, Debbie Harper, Lorraine Heal, Chris Cammidge, Roy Jones, Albert Miles, Amie Bright, Gillian Victory, Clive Dunnico & Beverley Newman (who was celebrating her 60th Birthday!)